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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 (re-use prevention essays)

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1330, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1), 2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1)2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1). Folded design for re-use prevention, original gum, h.r., small nick at top left, few internal faults

EXTREMELY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF THESE RE-USE PREVENTION ESSAYS ARE RECORDED.

The inventor of these designs is unknown. The design of the stamp is such that it was intended to be affixed to a cover folded as shown in the illustration. The postmaster would then remove part of the stamp, exposing punched out or different colored numerals underneath. The background of the design is also scored so that any attempt to remove a cancel or the the stamp from the cover would result in its breaking apart.

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1331, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1), 2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1)2c Dull Red Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E1). Original gum, h.r., lacking top part of design, small tear at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS RE-USE PREVENTION ESSAY.

The top portion of the design, missing on this example, was scored to facilitate removal of the bottom portion showing numeral, ex Hackett

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1332, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)2c Bronze & Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b), 2c Bronze & Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b)2c Bronze & Violet, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b). U.S. 10mm high, original gum, h.r., part of design punched out

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONLY A VERY FEW OF THESE RE-USE PREVENTION ESSAYS ARE KNOWN.

Unlike the previous two lots which are folded designs, this re-use essay was pierced with "S"-shaped cuts, with the numeral cut out. This made the stamp too fragile, preventing its reuse

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1333, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)3c Black & Bronze, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E4a), 3c Black & Bronze, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E4a)3c Black & Bronze, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E4a). Original gum, h.r. folded design similar to 79-E1 with underlying "3" punched out, fresh and intact design, faint toned spot

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ESSAY FOR STAMP RE-USE PREVENTION IN REMARKABLY INTACT CONDITION.

Due to the nature of the prention methods used on these designs, most surviving examples are not completely intact.

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1334, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)3c Black on Green Paper, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E5), 3c Black on Green Paper, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E5)3c Black on Green Paper, Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E5). Affixed to small piece with violet ms. "Stamp After Cancellation" at top and with top portion of design removed, some soak on piece from scotch tape on back

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE RE-USE PREVENTION ESSAY.

Pencil notation on reverse from larger piece, probably explaining how the design was to be used

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Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1335, 1867-68 Grilled Issues Essays (re-use prevention essays)Charles F. Steel Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a), Charles F. Steel Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a)Charles F. Steel Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a). 80 x 140mm wove paper bearing four different types of grill impressions, signed "First experiments of grill, Chas. F. Steel" at bottom, all four are unadopted grill designs, one very strong and breaking thru paper at bottom, some toning, crease at bottom left and light vertical crease, few thins

THIS IS THE LISTING ESSAY SHOWING THE FIRST EXPERIMENT OF THE GRILLING DEVICE INVENTED BY CHARLES F. STEEL AND SIGNED BY HIM. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GRILLED ISSUE ITEMS IN EXISTENCE.

On October 22, 1867, Patent No. 70,147 was issued to Charles F. Steel for a device specifically designed for applying a grill to postage stamps. As our introduction to the grilled issues in the Zoellner catalogue notes, correspondence is known from Steel as early as 1865 demonstrating his efforts to persuade officials to employ his invention. This essay, likely produced prior to 1865, is of great historical importance.

Illustrated in Brazer and Scott catalogue

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