15¢ Black, E. Grill (91), horizontal pair, used with 12¢ Black, F. Grill (97), tied by segmented cork cancel and "Fairhaven Ct. May 17" (1869) duplex circular datestamp on cover to Hong Kong, China, from the Collins correspondence, sender's "Via Marseilles" route directive, blurry strike of red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 18" backstamp, "32" credit handstamp struck three times (over "26" credit applied in error), red "London Paid" transit datestamp (May 28) and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp which ties left 15¢ stamp, "Hong-Kong Marine Sorter, Singapore to Hong Kong, JY ?/15 69" Marine Sorter backstamp, Very Fine cover with an extremely rare use of the 15¢ Lincoln for the 42¢ rate to China by British Mail via Marseilles, especially desirable with the Hong Kong Marine Sorter backstamp which was introduced in 1868 to expedite mails by having an official clerk sort letters on board the steamer from Singapore to Hong Kong
15¢ Black, E. Grill (91), block of four, original gum, deep shade and impression, strong grills, well-centered for this issue and very fresh
T. Charlton Henry, Harmer, Rooke sale, 12/14-16/1960, lot 296
Siegel Auction Galleries, 1981, 1985, 1989 and 1991 Rarities of the World sales
President's Sale, Ivy, Shreve & Mader, 12/4/1993, lot 286, to William H. Gross
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
Our records contain only three or four other unused blocks of four of the 15¢ E Grill, and no larger multiples. The Zoellner block of four was broken into singles after the sale. This block is not from the Caspary block of eight, which went into the Phillips collection and was later divided into two blocks of four (and possibly further divided). The similarity in centering among the known blocks suggests they originated from one sheet. #
The Philatelic Foundation (1994)
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 15-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST GRILLED ISSUE BLOCKS. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FOR THIS ISSUE.
Our records contain only three or four other unused blocks of four, and no larger multiples. The Zoellner block of four was broken into singles after the sale, as have most multiples containing stamps with decent centering.
Ex Lilly. With 1968 P.F. certificate.