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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 316, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: A Grill5c Brown, A. Grill (80), 5c Brown, A. Grill (80)5c Brown, A. Grill (80). Clear grill points cover the entire stamp, deep rich color, neat manuscript criss-crossed lines cancel, perforations in far better condition than normally seen, small corner creases at top right, small internal paper breaks at center caused by combination of grill and manuscript (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 5-CENT WITH THE EXPERIMENTAL ALL-OVER "A" GRILL. THIS IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF UNITED STATES STAMPS.

Our census contains four 5c A Grill stamps considered to be issued stamps. All four are cancelled. Two are in shades of Brown, which are classified as Scott 80 (although one has a P.F. certificate as Scott 80a), and two are in the true Dark Brown shade, Scott 80a. The unused copies now classified as essays are from the same block of four. For a complete census of the 5c A Grill, please go to https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/80 .

Two of the recorded examples, in the Dark Brown shade seen on covers dated from October 1867 to May 1868, originally formed a pair and were used as singles on the same cover. The example offered here is in a slightly lighter shade and must come from a different supply of 5c sheets printed earlier.

The stamp offered here shows some of the effects of the all-over grill on the perforations, which were weakened and easily torn during separation. For this reason, the experimental A Grill device was retooled to reduce the dimensions of the grill, producing the C Grill, and all later grills were made smaller to improve the grilling process and its product. The two examples of the distinctive Dark Brown, Scott 80a, show perforation defects, but the two others do not. Obviously, the presence of perforation flaws should be considered a perfectly normal character trait of this issue.

Census No. 80-CAN-03. Ex Robert P. Greenes (Siegel Sale 395 in 1971) and Lutwak. With 1971 P.F. certificate

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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2015-06-25
2015 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3100, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: A, B, Z Grills5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80a), 5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80a)5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80a). Unused (no gum), characteristic centering and perforations of the experimental A. Grill, small nick at top, few faults at lower right

THE TOP RIGHT STAMP FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1867 5-CENT ALL-OVER EXPERIMENTAL GRILL. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THIS ESSAY.

There are four unused 5c A Grill essays recorded in our census, which originally formed a block of four owned by the Earl of Crawford. This stamp is the top right stamp from this block, which has an interesting history.

The entire Earl of Crawford collection was purchased by Nassau Stamp Co. (John A. Klemann) in 1915. In a June 5, 1930, letter from Klemann to Philip H. Ward, this stamp was described as follows: "The 5c copy was one of a block of four from the 'Lord Crawford' collection, purchased by this company and later broken into four single stamps. It was previously owned by an employee of the National Bank Note Company, Mr. Charles F. Steel." [Steel was the creator of the grilling process]. The stamps originating from the Earl of Crawford block have drawn inconsistent opinions over the years. The right vertical pair of stamps (including this one) have been separately certified by the P.F. as genuine, while the upper left stamp was certified first as an essay (PFC 3170) and then as a counterfeit (PFC 36753). The lower left stamp -- offered in our 2003 Rarities sale and the one described in the Klemann letter -- had never been submitted to the Philatelic Foundation until 2003, when it was declared to be an all-over essay grill. It previously had a 1942 American Board of Experts certificate signed by Klemann, describing it as a genuine "5c Brown with essay grill covering the entire stamp", an opinion consistent with Klemann's knowledge of grilling and of the source block's origin.

Of the four recorded used 5c A Grill stamps, two have identical shades, centering and cancellations. In fact, the two of the same shade were originally joined as a pair and were used as singles together. They are printed in a distinctive shade -- sometimes called Black Brown -- that is very scarce and found only on covers dated from late 1867 into 1868 (we have records of four covers from October 1867 to May 1868). It is likely that a small number of sheets from this late printing were available for grilling with the A Grill in 1867. The other two recorded 5c A Grills are in a brighter shade of Brown and must come from a different supply of 5c sheets printed earlier.

Two of the four unused 5c A Grill stamps from the Earl of Crawford block, including this one, were previously certified as genuine Scott 80's by The Philatelic Foundation. The P.F. is now being consistent in describing this as an essay.

Ex Schilling. With 1969 P.F. certificate as Scott No. 80, unused, with small defects. With 2015 P.F. certificate stating "it is a genuine Scott 80E, with an all over essay grill, a small nick at top and faults at lower right."

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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2003-11-15
Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3067, 1867-68 Grilled Issue5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80), 5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80)5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80). Original gum, small h.r. at bottom reinforcing a partly broken 10mm vertical crease, characteristic centering and perforations of the experimental A. Grill, couple pulled perfs at top, light creases

THE BOTTOM LEFT STAMP FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1867 5-CENT ALL-OVER GRILL. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THIS ESSAY.

There are eight 5c A Grill stamps recorded in our census (see Zoellner Appendix or http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/80/80.htm) -- four used and four unused copies that originally formed a block of four owned by the Earl of Crawford. This stamp is the bottom left stamp from this block, which has an interesting history.

The entire Earl of Crawford collection was purchased by Nassau Stamp Co. (John A. Klemann) in 1915. In a June 5, 1930, letter from Klemann to Philip H. Ward, this stamp was described as follows: "The 5c copy was one of a block of four from the 'Lord Crawford' collection, purchased by this company and later broken into four single stamps. It was previously owned by an employee of the National Bank Note Company, Mr. Charles F. Steel." [Steel was the creator of the grilling process]. The stamps originating from the Earl of Crawford block have drawn inconsistent opinions over the years. The right vertical pair of stamps (Census Nos. 80-UNC-01 and 80-UNC-03) have been separately certified by the P.F. as genuine, while the upper left stamp was certified first as an essay (PFC 3170) and then as a counterfeit (PFC 36753). The lower left stamp -- the stamp offered here and the one described in the Klemann letter -- had never been submitted to the Philatelic Foundation until this year, when it was declared to be an all-over essay grill. It previously had a 1942 American Board of Experts certificate signed by Klemann, describing it as a genuine "5c Brown with essay grill covering the entire stamp", an opinion consistent with Klemann's knowledge of grilling and of the source block's origin.

Of the four recorded used 5c A Grill stamps, two have identical shades, centering and cancellations. In fact, the two of the same shade were originally joined as a pair and were used as singles together. They are printed in a distinctive shade -- sometimes called Black Brown -- that is very scarce and found only on covers dated from late 1867 into 1868 (we have records of four covers from October 1867 to May 1868). It is likely that a small number of sheets from this late printing were available for grilling with the A Grill in 1867. The other two recorded 5c A Grills are in a brighter shade of Brown and must come from a different supply of 5c sheets printed earlier.

Two of the four unused 5c A Grill stamps from the Earl of Crawford block were previously certified as genuine Scott 80's by the Philatelic Foundation, yet this stamp from the same block has been described in 2003 as an essay. Obviously, if the other stamps from the block are re-certified, the P.F. will have to be consistent and describe them as essays.

Census No. 80-UNC-04. Ex Sinkler and Lamdorn. From the Bruce Daniels estate. With 2003 P.F. certificate stating "it is a genuine previously hinged Scott 80E, all over essay grill, with creases."

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1975 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 468, Lot Number 80, 1867-68 Grilled Issues5c Brown, Grilled All Over (80), 5c Brown, Grilled All Over (80)5c Brown, Grilled All Over (80). Fresh Deep Shade, with P. F. Certificate which states ... "genuine with small defects". Of the six or seven examples of this stamp believed to exist, two are unused, both being of similar quality. The Rarest of All Unused U. S. Stamps in Existence, with P. F. Certificate, ex-Klein, Morgenthau

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