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Lot 421: Franklin Bank: Printing Plate+Proof Imprint
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Franklin Bank Note Company "Arms of New York City" Engraved Steel Printing Plate and Original Proof Imprint
19th Century. Two Items. Original Engraved Steel Printing Plate. "Arms of New York City" with Printed Title Below. Together with its Original Proof Imprint. Franklin Bank Note Company. Steel Plate is Choice Extremely Fine.
This is the original Engraved Steel Printing Plate and Proof Sample Imprint of Franklin Bank Note Company, New York. The plate is very nice, being a natural steel-gray in color, satiny and pleasing, measuring 4" x 4" square, with a blank reverse. Original paper wrapper is included, together with an early original sample Proof Impression on heavy laid paper. The black and white image has press soiling and wear, obviously used as a guide for the Press operator in the printing process. Engraved historic "Arms of New York City" with identification number: "V48731" in red, with No. "81" in black seen in the outer margins as a Printer notation. Appears to be totally unique. (2 items)