EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL -- THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $12,500.00). Only one grades higher (at 98J) and only two others share this desirable grade. With 2011 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 XQ). This is the highest grade awarded by the P.F. to No. 92, and this example is the only one to achieve it
Buttonless Shoe (Congress Gaiter), Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff O-12), bold strike on 1¢ Blue, F. Grill (92), diagonal crease at top left is very faint, Very Fine strike of this scarce fancy cancel, according to Wikipedia, this style of buttonless shoe was invented for Queen Victoria in 1836, utilizing stretchable rubber (a new invention) at the sides in place of laces but still keeping the profile of lace-ups, its feminine image was soon lost and was adopted by male wearers, at which time it was dubbed the Congress Gaiter or Boston Boot in the United States, with 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS EVERYTHING ONE COULD WISH FOR IN A USED STAMP -- PERFECT CENTERING, GORGEOUS COLOR, BRIGHT PAPER AND A CLEARLY STRUCK FANCY CANCEL. IT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,500.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J, ex Merlin) and only two others share this grade. This statistic has not changed in over five years.