The Proof Material of the 1953-1967 Karsh and Heritage Definitive Issue
The proof material falls into four main categories:
1. Essays of the unapproved designs.
2. Essays of the approved designs.
3. Progressive, unfinished proofs of the approved designs.
4. Trial colour, and die proofs of the approved designs.
5. Plate proofs of the issued designs.
Essays of Unapproved Designs
These two essays are the only ones known in black and white. The one on the left borrows heavily from the earlier King George VI Postes Postage: the lettering is similar. Both designs incorporate the Royal Cypher, as the issued stamps did. The portrait is a photographic profile of the Queen, similar to the Wilding portrait used on the issue that replaced this one.
The above essay is the only one known in colour. It incorporates much the same style of lettering as used in the issued stamps, but uses a different profile portrait and omits the Royal Cypher. It is die sunk on card and three examples are known in private hands.
Essays of the Approved Designs
Both known essays of the unapproved designs are black and white. The one on the left is very similar to the issued design, except that the font used for thee lettering is different and the background shading is completely different.
On the 20c, there exists three unique die essays:
- Large photographic die essay in grey
- Large photographic die essay in brown-grey
- A metal tintype plate in black
- Three large essays on card with a white frameline around the value.
- Two large essays on card where the background, lodge and totem are different from the issued design.
- Two large essays on card with the shading and background different.
- Two large essays on card with the $1 and shading in sky different from the issued design.
- Two large essays on glossy paper as above.
- Two large essays on India paper with straight lines in the background.
- Large defaced essay with the white frameline around the value.
- Large defaced essay with no frame around the $1.
- A photostat of the potential vignette.
- A small photostat of the essay.
- A large photostat of the essay.
- Photostat of the essay with notes in margins.
- Photostat of two dies with notes.
- Photos of die with notes on order.
- Photostat negative
- Photostat negative that includes the 2c Postes Postage design
- Tinplate proof
Progressive Proofs of the Issued Design
The above is a progressive proof of the approved design. The value and the date are missing. There are a total of six known in black brown on various papers (India, Glazed and Manila), four in carmine rose (2 on India and 2 on card), two in violet and two in steel blue.
The above progressive proof has the date in the lower right corner, but still no face value. A total of four in black brown are known (2 on glazed card, 2 on India paper), 2 in carmine-rose (India paper), 2 in brown-red (India paper), and 4 in violet (2 on India paper and 2 on glazed paper).
Two small progressive proof in black exist for the 20c, that show the design almost complete, except for the background.
On the 50c value there are currently four progressive proof known, none of which are printed in the issued colour:
- Large progressive proof on card, incomplete date, no imprint or die number, printed in carmine-rose.
- Large progressive proof on card, incomplete date, printed in carmine-rose.
- Large progressive proof on card, incomplete date, no shading around letters, printed in carmine-rose.
- As above, but on glazed paper and printed in red-brown.
The above is a small die proof on glazed card in the issued colour, violet brown. A similar large hardened die proof also exists. In addition to these, the same proofs each exist in black, and a large progressive proof on India paper exists that is printed in blue-green and has the background shading near "1c" unfinished.
For the two cent, the hardened die proofs on glazed card that can be found are the issued colour of green, then blue green and olive green. A progressive proof exists in brown that shows no shading around the "2c". A large trial colour proof on glazed card exists in ultramarine, while a small trial colour proof on glazed card exists in brown.
- Small unhardened die proof on card
- Large unhardened die proof on card
- Large unhardened die proof on glazed paper.
- Large unhardened die proof on glazed card, printed in slate-blue.
- Small hardened die proof on glazed card, printed in blue.
- Large hardened die proof on glazed paper, printed in blue.
Photographic proofs also exist of all values from the 1c to 5c in grey. They are unique, as far as is currently known.
There are currently no known die proofs, or trial colour proofs known of the 7c Canada Goose.
For the 50c value there exists a unique photographic proof in black with the printer's notes in the margin as well as three large trial colour proofs on card, printed in carmine-rose. Of the proofs printed in the issued colour, there are three each known of the following:
- Large hardened die proof on India paper
- Large hardened die proof on off-white paper
- Large hardened die proof on glazed paper
The above block of the 1c violet brown is the only plate proof block that I have seen in this series. I assume that the other values must exist. Readers, if you either have, or know of the existence of other blocks, or singles for the other values, please do comment, so that I can update this post to include them.
That concludes my roundup of the proof material that is currently known from this issue. If you know of or have in your possession any other proof material not listed above, I would very much appreciate a comment to that effect with the details, so that I can update this post.