1893 French Military Franchise Essays of the New Hebrides
Essays by stone
Definitions and terms
Essays by printing group
Essays by position
Essays by stone
A. Design stone
B. Background stone
C. Disk stone
D. Ring Label Banner stone
E. Disk Ring stone
What we know, assume, deduce
Plate features by stone
How many are there?
Where are they now?
Each of the four essays on a sheet was drawn differently, so they each have different characteristics. As well, retouches of the essays over time help to show printing order.
Studying these essays by stone augments the knowledge gained from studying them by printing subgroup and by position.
The links on the left take you to the stone pages (currently A, B, C, D and E stones are dead links). Each set of stone pages provide different ways to interact with the essays (the list below is yet to be set in stone):
A closer look
A really close look
Compare side by side
Compare top and bottom
Flipbook of comparisons
What we know
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Essay scans naming system
means that the essay is from the "background lettering" printing, position A, a single, complete (i.e. has both design and colors), is in the Ruecker collection, scanned at 600dpi, cropped to show thick or altered frameline plus black mark in design stone, with a width of 220 pixels.
means that the essay is from the "blue disk lettering" printing, position B, a single cropped from a sheet, has colors only, is in the Blinco collection, scanned at 450dpi.
means that the essay is from the "design lettering" printing, a sheet, has design only, is in the Mele collection, scanned at 300dpi.
means that the essay is from the "design lettering" printing, a construction of a sheet for comparison or printing purposes, has colors only, scanned at 300dpi.
means that the essay is from the "blue disk lettering" printing, a sheet, complete (i.e., has both design and colors), is in the Millet collection, scanned at 60dpi (thumbnail).
All scans are the same size, where possible.
Some have been enlarged beyond their normal resolution (e.g., some from the Treadwell and Millet collections, from eBay purchasers such as "ra32" and "jschen20001", and from auction houses such as Empire Auctions).