Lot 181, Canada twelve and a half cent Small Queen engraved die essay, very fine

Lot 181, Canada twelve and a half cent Small Queen engraved die essay, very fineLot 181 Canada 12½c Small Queen Engraved Die Essay in Blue, on thin hard wove paper measuring 23 x 30 mm, very fine. A rare die essay for a value intended to replace the 12½c Large Queen issue. Illustrated in Hillson and Nixon Canada’s Postage Stamps of the Small Queen Era 1870-1897 on page 29. Ex Gillilan, Brigham, Cantor. Estimate $5,000.