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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 76, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), This superb original-gum block is the finer of two recorded imprint blocks of the 1867 3¢ Rose C Grill-- a rare and gem-quality classic multiple from the Caspary, Phillips, Bechtel and Zoellner collections

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Rose, C. Grill (83), block of four from the top of the sheet with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint at top, original gum, beautiful rich color in the distinctive Rose shade, exceptionally fresh, remarkably choice centering, especially for this grilled issue

PROVENANCE

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/19-21/1956, lot 243, to Weill (for Phillips)

Benjamin D. Phillips (Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr., purchased from Weills, March 1970 (collection sold privately in 1993; block sold privately to Zoellner)

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 218, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1969)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; neat pencil "Tiffany" on back, John K. Tiffany (1842-1897) was a pioneering 19th century philatelist

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$30,000.00 for an ordinary block of four

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The C Grill Experiment

The August 1867 3¢ experimental A Grill was the first grilled issue, using a machine patented by Charles F. Steel. It was soon learned that the all-over female grill weakened the paper and interfered with perforating and separating, resulting in rough perforations and pieces torn out of the margins when split apart. Within two months of A Grill production the apparatus was modified by dividing the embossed area into small rectangular units within each stamp (C Grill). Eventually the female A/C grill device was replaced by male grilling rollers that had grills sized well within the dimensions of the stamp. All stamps produced during the regular grilling period, starting January 1, 1868, were grilled on the machines using the male rollers.

Multiples of the 3¢ C Grill, Scott 83, are extremely rare. This block has a notation indicating the possibility it was owned or handled by John K. Tiffany, which would date its discovery to sometime prior to his death in 1897. Its earliest auction appearance was in the 1956 Caspary sale, where it sold to the Weills, on behalf of their closely-guarded client, Benjamin D. Phillips. After the Weills purchased the Phillips collection in 1968 for $4.07 million, they sold the block to another major client, Stephen D. Bechtel, whose notation "Weill March '70" appears on the accompanying Philatelic Foundation certificate issued to Raymond H. Weill Co. on October 6, 1969. When the Bechtel collection was sold privately in 1993, the block was purchased by Robert Zoellner. Mr. Gross acquired it in the Zoellner sale held by our firm in 1998.

There is only one other imprint block of the 3¢ C Grill, a left margin block of four that was part of the Lozier and Sinkler collections, then reappeared in our 2012 sale of the Frelinghuysen collection (Sale 1021, lot 240). The block offered here is the better centered of the two.

E. 20,000-30,000
30,000
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1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1144, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Clearly-defined grill, bold strike of Heart-shaped grid fancy cancel (S-E PH-H54) of Elizabeth N.J., few toned spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine strike and especially desirable on the 3c C Grill, with 1992 A.P.S. certificate, Scott Retail with no premium for the cancel

1,100
200
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2019-03-14
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1687, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Original gum, h.r. at top, rich color, Fine, a scarce stamp with original gum, from an old-time collection put away in 1926 (when this stamp had a catalogue value of $25.00)

5,500
550
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1688, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Clearly defined grill, bright color and paper, wide margins, neat circle of wedges cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.F. certificate

1,100
700
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United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1689, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Clear grill, centered to top with well-balanced margins on three sides, bold strike of New York City circle of large V's cancel, Very Fine, accompanied by cover from which it originated

1,100
275
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 864, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Choice centering, clearly-defined grill, tied by 6-bar circular grid cancel and "Brattleboro Vt. 30 Nov." circular datestamp on manila Assistant Assessor's Office corner card cover to Vernon Vt., slightly reduced at right, Extremely Fine 3c C Grill on an attractive cover, ex Emerson

E. 500-750
325
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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 328, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: C Grill3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Block of four, original gum, brilliant color, clearly-defined grills

FRESH AND FINE. A REMARKABLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL. VERY FEW BLOCKS OF THIS ISSUE REMAIN INTACT.

The 3c is the only issued denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, which was made from the female A Grill device with the grill embossing modified to fit within each stamp (it was usually applied points up). Very few blocks are known, as most have been broken to feed the market for singles.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

30,000
8,500
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 329, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: C Grill3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Unused (no gum), bright color, clear grill, two short perfs at bottom right, otherwise Fine

2,000
375
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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 330, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: C Grill3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Radiant color, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of Blue Bird fancy cancel of Rockford Ill., fresh and Fine

1,200
650
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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 331, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: C Grill3c Rose, Double C. Grill (83 var), 3c Rose, Double C. Grill (83 var)3c Rose, Double C. Grill (83 var). Overlapping impressions on well-centered stamp, blue quartered cork cancel

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1867 C GRILL WITH A DOUBLE GRILL.

Ex Koppersmith and Dr. Morris. With 1996 P.F. certificate

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