The 1893 French Military Franchise Essays.
In anticipation of British agreement, essays of a military franchise label were prepared in Nouméa by one Lt. Col. Delauney.
This is what we call the Design Sheet B
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I. The variations to the Letter "F" of "FRANCAIS" at positions B & D create the impression that there may be a variety of proofs of
the Design Stone 2 in existence at some stage. A study shows that there are at least 3 iterations of the letter at position D showing
the letter being progressively retouched.
Thus far proofs from the Design Stone only appear as examples the definitive or approved design. The early examples of the Design Stone B
showing the variations of the letter "F" at position D are only seen in combination with the coloured stones.