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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 127, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Unused (no gum), three large to huge margins, fresh, deep rich color, Fine, rare unused stamp which is seldom available in sound condition, with 2006 P.F. certificate

5,500
2,100
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2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 94, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), One of two original-gum blocks of the 90¢ F Grill, which originated from the same sheet and for the past century have stood their ground as the only extant unused blocks of this rare issue

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Blue, F. Grill (101), block of four, original gum, hinge marks, beautiful deep shade

PROVENANCE

Probably George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 396 (no photo)

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/19-21/1956, lot 297, to Cole (for Lilly)

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 94, to Sam Pinchot

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 594, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine appearance; faint horizontal crease in bottom pair (noted on certificate), minor reinforced perf separations (not noted)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$75,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Only Two Unused 90¢ F Grill Blocks for a Century

The design of the 90¢ 1861 adopted the previous issue's Trumbull portrait of a youthful General Washington in uniform, but added "90" numerals to make the denomination more obvious. The same deep blue color was chosen for the top value, but the perforation gauge was changed from 15 to 12, and the holes were enlarged. Two 90¢ plates were made: Plate 8 from the First Design die, and Plate 18 from the modified die. In 1868 a supply of sheets from Plate 18 was grilled with the F Grill roller (Scott 101), using the machine patented by Charles F. Steel.

There are approximately ten original-gum blocks of the 90¢ 1861 without grill, but only two unused F Grill blocks have been documented. Both have original gum, identical centering and shade, and undoubtedly originated from the same area of the same sheet. The ownership history of the two blocks has been confused by the absence of photographs in the 1917 Worthington and 1933 Hind auction catalogues, and by the similar appearance and condition of the blocks. We have concluded that the block offered in this sale, which was definitely Caspary's, probably came from the Worthington collection.

The other block, sold most recently in our sale of the Richard Drews collection (Sale 1195, lot 406), is definitely the Sinkler block (Klein sale, 5/17/1940, lot 133), and it was described in that sale as ex Ackerman. In our opinion, the Sinkler block passed from Ackerman to Hind to Lozier and then Sinkler. One compelling piece of evidence supporting this conclusion is a copy of the 1933 Hind catalogue in our library that was Warren H. Colson's personal marked copy. He represented Caspary in that sale and did not buy the block for him, probably because Caspary already owned the Worthington block at that point.

The block offered here passed from Caspary to Lilly and eventually to Ishikawa. In the 1993 Ishikawa sale, Mr. Gross acquired it for his collection.

E. 20,000-30,000
30,000
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1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1710, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill, well-proportioned margins, bold cork cancel at right

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

2,250
950
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United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1711, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Wide margins, deep rich color, clear grill, cork cancel, fresh and Very Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

2,250
900
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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 406, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four, original gum, few h.r., centered slightly to bottom as are all known multiples, deep rich color, bright and fresh

FINE-VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST OUTSTANDING CLASSIC BLOCKS -- NO MORE THAN THREE UNUSED 1868 90-CENT F GRILL BLOCKS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE OUR 1998 ZOELLNER SALE.

Brookman estimated that only three unused blocks may exist. We have been able to locate only two, both with similar centering. One is ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, and has some disturbed gum on the right stamps and a crease on the bottom pair. The other is the block offered here, which is ex Sinkler, Bechtel and Zoellner. This block is also possibly ex Worthington or Hind; both collections contained a 90c F Grill block, but the sale catalogues were restricted from having photographs of stamps, which accounts for the confusion as to the number known.

Ex Sinkler, Bechtel and Zoellner (where acquired by Mr. Drews for approximately half its then-current 1998 Scott Catalogue value). With 1998 P.F. certificate.

75,000
28,000
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2018-12-12
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 407, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Unused (no gum), rich color on bright paper, clear grill, fresh and Fine, a scarce unused example of the 90c F Grill

5,500
2,800
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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 408, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var), 90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var)90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var). Showing part of the grill on each side, rich color, cork cancel, few tiny perf tears at right caused by the split grill, Very Fine example of this grill variety

2,400
225
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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 409, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four comprised of two rejoined pairs, centered to right, clear and sharp grill points, large red segmented cork cancels, top left stamp small corner crease and top right stamp rounded corner, otherwise Very Good, an extremely rare multiple, only three intact used blocks of four are known, each with a black cancel, this reconstructed block is desirable with the red cancel, ex Hessel and Rose, Scott Retail as block $26,200.00, Scott Retail as two pairs

1,070
1,500
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 194, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Disturbed original gum, h.r., rich color, clear grill, small toned spot on one perf at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate

14,500
1,800
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2018-11-14
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 195, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Brilliant color, clear grill points, enormous Jumbo margins, cork cancel, tiny thin spot at left, reperfed at right, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1987 P.F. certificate which does not note reperfed side

2,250
1,300
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