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Sale 816 — The Falk Finkelburg Collection of U.S. Essays & Proofs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 September, 1999

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1336
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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1336, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays[No Value] Experimental Grill Essays on White Wove (79-E13a, 79-E13b), [No Value] Experimental Grill Essays on White Wove (79-E13a, 79-E13b)[No Value] Experimental Grill Essays on White Wove (79-E13a, 79-E13b). Complete set of five stamp-size essays, incl. cross, star in square, horizontal line oval in square, diagonal lined oval in square and perforated circle with points down, all original gum, h.r., few have faint toning at top, last shows few breaks in grill from heavy impression

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE ODD-SHAPED COLORLESS GRILLS.

The four odd-shaped grills also show grilling in the larger background. Brookman noted that the alignment of the design and the background matches perfectly, and so probably were produced by the same grilling device

2,950
7,500
1337
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1337, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays3c Carmine, Colored Grill with Points Down (79-E13d), 3c Carmine, Colored Grill with Points Down (79-E13d)3c Carmine, Colored Grill with Points Down (79-E13d). Approx. stamp size, deep rich color, thin spot at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, illustrated in Brookman

600
1,200
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1338
Ebl
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1338, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays3c Grilled Circle on Tan Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13e), 3c Grilled Circle on Tan Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13e)3c Grilled Circle on Tan Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13e). Bottom right corner margin block of four, original gum, bottom stamps Mint N.H., wide natural gum skip at right and bottom corresponding to creases, few natural internal creases, appears Very Fine, Scott Retail as four singles

800
750
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1339
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1339, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays3c Grilled Circle on Yellowish Wove, Perforated 12, Experimental Cancel (79-E13f var), 3c Grilled Circle on Yellowish Wove, Perforated 12, Experimental Cancel (79-E13f var)3c Grilled Circle on Yellowish Wove, Perforated 12, Experimental Cancel (79-E13f var). Vertical strip of three with bottom two stamps only with embossing, original gum, h.r., showing trial cancel of similar design to grill, light vertical crease at right corresponding to end of gum, Very Fine and unusual item

E. 300-400
600
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1340
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1340, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays3c Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13g), 3c Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13g)3c Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13g). Right sheet margin block of six, original gum, h.r., top two rows tete-beche, inscription in margin reads "Subjected to a half hour's pressure after embossing" and matching "2." at corner, faint vertical creases affecting left row and selvage

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPORTANT GRILLED ISSUE ESSAY.

In Charles F. Steel's 1867 patent for the grilling device, he notes his intention that as part of the process he would "flatten a portion or the whole of the paper, so as to nearly remove all indications of the embossing, except that the fiber of the paper remains disturbed and partially broken. After this I print on the surface thus prepared."

Our records do not indicate whether the tete-beche design has been noted by experts before, and its existence is a mystery

2,000
3,500
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1341
Ebl
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1341, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays[No Value] Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13h), [No Value] Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13h)[No Value] Grilled Circle on White Wove, Perforated 12 (79-E13h). Sheet margin block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, wide natural gu skip at "bottom" corresponding to crease (similar crease in selvage at "right", one stamp with some black ink on embossing, Very Fine, Scott Retail as four singles

800
525
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1342
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1342, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b), [No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b)[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b). Five, three approx. 78 x 52mm, two approx. 31 x 50mm, incl. White, Light Gray Green, Light Gray, Light Blue and Salmon, the latter shows soiling, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,000
1,000
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1343
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1343, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay, Colored Paper (79-E14b var), [No Value] All-Over Grill Essay, Colored Paper (79-E14b var)[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay, Colored Paper (79-E14b var). Four different colored papers affixed to 152 x 228mm card, ms. at bottom "Section of Grill used by National Bank Note Co." in handwriting and signed first by J. Macdonough (manager of N.B.N. Co.), Alexander Duke (operator of grilling machine), W. Dougherty (last in pencil), also signed by "Chas. F. Steel, Inventor and patentee of the grill", small thin at top of card, small pen notation marks added at far right of card by a challenged collector, top paper sample hinged back in place

VERY FINE. AN INTERESTING GRILLED ISSUE ITEM. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION PIECE.

The card, signed by both the the manager of National Bank Note Co. and Steel (with his notation as inventor and patentee), provides an acceptance of Steel's patent claim by National

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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1344
E
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1344, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Paper (79-E14b var), [No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Paper (79-E14b var)[No Value] All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Paper (79-E14b var). Three samples affixed to 147 x 206mm card signed "Chas. F. Steel" at bottom, card has few toned spots, top sample light creases, faint scuff along left side from removal from album (all minor detractions), Very Fine appearance, rare

E. 500-750
1,700
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