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1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 89, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), This beautiful strip of four is the only recorded 12¢ 1861-68 multiple with the full imprint and plate number--an important classic piece of great beauty and quality

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Black, F. Grill (97), unused horizontal strip of four (no gum) with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 16 Plate." plate number at bottom, crisp shade and impression, nearly perfect centering

PROVENANCE

"Country Gentleman," Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/29-30/1972, Sale 422, lot 239

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 310

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1983)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; a few negligible perf separations noted on certificate

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$50,000.00 for this strip, which is the only one recorded, but it has not sold publicly for decades

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Unique 12¢ 1861-68 Full Imprint and Plate Number

When the National Bank Note Co. won the contract to print stamps, they had already designed the 1861 Issue, engraved the dies and made eight plates for each denomination, and printed sheets of "sample labels" to submit as part of the competitive bidding process. The differences between the 12¢ First and Second Designs are significant. The First Design die was used to make Plate 5, and that plate was only used for the trial printing. The Second Design stamps issued from 1861 through 1868 were printed from one plate, Plate 16. Another plate, Plate 60, was made for the 1875 Re-Issue (Scott 107). Beginning in January 1868, the 12¢ stamps were grilled, using the machines patented by Charles F. Steel and starting with the Z Grill (Scott 85E), followed by the E and F Grills (Scott 90 and 97).

12¢ stamp multiples with the plate number are extremely rare, and the Chapin census is probably inaccurate. Our records show three examples (all bottom positions):

1) Scott 69, Chapin no. 249, pair, o.g., part imprint and number, ex dos Passos (Robbins 9/22/1981, lot 751)

2) Scott 69, Chapin no. 250, pair, o.g., part imprint and number, ex Lilly, Frelinghuysen (Sale 1021, lot 216; we wrongly said it was an addition to the record)

3) Scott 97, Chapin no. 310, strip of 4, no gum, full imprint and plate number, offered in this sale

The Chapin no. 251 entry lists a Scott 69 strip of four in the Hind sale (Phillips-Kennett, 11/20/1933, lot 266), but the description for that strip reads "part imprint and plate No., perfs close at bottom." In our opinion, that strip was reduced to the pair listed in Chapin as no. 250 (#2 in the list above). A plate block of eight with "Specimen" overprint was altered prior to 1940 by removing the overprint. According to Ashbrook's indexed notes, it was offered by Klemann to Moody, but Colson determined it had the overprint removed--its current whereabouts is not known.

Therefore, based on the above careful analysis, this strip of four is the only known 12¢ 1861-68 stamp multiple with the full imprint and plate number. It was part of the Chapin collection, which Mr. Gross acquired in 2002 in a private transaction.

E. 30,000-40,000
40,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 90, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101), Attractive 12¢ F Grill block in original-gum condition

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Black, F. Grill (97), block of four, original gum, double transfers of framelines at top or bottom, spaces between stamps show plate bruises, deep shade and fresh

PROVENANCE

T. Charlton Henry, Harmer, Rooke sale, 12/14-16/1960, lot 310

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 578, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1976 and 1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$50,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
5,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1164
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1164, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Choice margins and centering, neat circle of wedges cancel with trace of red cancel at left, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $700.00)

250
650
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1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1165, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Wide margins and choice centering, intense shade, light strike of blue circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

260
375
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19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1309, Switzerland12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Crisp impression, used with 3c Red, F. Grill (94), cancelled by red circular cork foreign mail cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Mar. 15" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Basle, Switzerland, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Mar. 16" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover paying the rate by Swiss Closed Mail via England, ex Ishikawa, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1310, Switzerland12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114), 12c with cork cancel and "Los Angeles Cal. Aug. 17" circular datestamp, 3c tied by pen and by red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Aug. 28" (1869) circular datestamp on pink cover to Switzerland, Basel, Maggia and Locarno backstamps, Very Fine use sent via Direct Closed Mail through England (15c rate)

E. 400-500
325
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1324, Italy12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Used with 3c Red F Grill (94), tied by red segmented cork foreign mail cancel and by matching "Baltimore Md. Nov. 30" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Direct Dec. 1" circular datestamp struck on back, red boxed "Hamburg Franco" transit datestamp and "4" credit handstamp, manuscript "25" due in Rome, transit and receiving backstamps (Dec. 20 arrival in Rome), 12c stamp with perfs slightly affected at bottom from placement at edge of cover, Very Fine and attractive cover with red Baltimore foreign mail markings, sent at the 15c North German Union direct rate

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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1867-68 Grilled Issue
2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 393, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Block of four with wide right imprint selvage, original gum, h.r., clear end roller grill in selvage at right, few perf separations sensibly reinforced

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL, WITH END ROLLER GRILL AND IMPRINT SELVAGE. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.

Our records contain around a dozen original-gum blocks of the 12c F Grill. Some of these have may have been broken to feed collector demand for singles, and therefore the number of surviving multiples may be smaller. Blocks of four are the largest surviving multiples, since the Caspary block of eight has been broken.

Ex Herzog. Scott Retail with no premium for the end roller grill or the imprint selvage

50,000
4,250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 163, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Original gum, clearly-defined grill, crisp impression, fresh and Fine, with copy of 1992 P.F. certificate for block

2,800
475
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19th Century Issues
1867-68 Grilled Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 145, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 79-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Original gum, well-centered with wide margins, sharp proof-like impression, very fresh

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT F GRILL. UNUSUALLY FRESH WITH INTENSE SHADE AND IMPRESSION.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

2,800
2,200
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