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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3067
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3067, 1867-68 Grilled Issue5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80), 5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80)5c Brown, A. Grill Essay (80). Original gum, small h.r. at bottom reinforcing a partly broken 10mm vertical crease, characteristic centering and perforations of the experimental A. Grill, couple pulled perfs at top, light creases

THE BOTTOM LEFT STAMP FROM THE EARL OF CRAWFORD BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1867 5-CENT ALL-OVER GRILL. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THIS ESSAY.

There are eight 5c A Grill stamps recorded in our census (see Zoellner Appendix or http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/80/80.htm) -- four used and four unused copies that originally formed a block of four owned by the Earl of Crawford. This stamp is the bottom left stamp from this block, which has an interesting history.

The entire Earl of Crawford collection was purchased by Nassau Stamp Co. (John A. Klemann) in 1915. In a June 5, 1930, letter from Klemann to Philip H. Ward, this stamp was described as follows: "The 5c copy was one of a block of four from the 'Lord Crawford' collection, purchased by this company and later broken into four single stamps. It was previously owned by an employee of the National Bank Note Company, Mr. Charles F. Steel." [Steel was the creator of the grilling process]. The stamps originating from the Earl of Crawford block have drawn inconsistent opinions over the years. The right vertical pair of stamps (Census Nos. 80-UNC-01 and 80-UNC-03) have been separately certified by the P.F. as genuine, while the upper left stamp was certified first as an essay (PFC 3170) and then as a counterfeit (PFC 36753). The lower left stamp -- the stamp offered here and the one described in the Klemann letter -- had never been submitted to the Philatelic Foundation until this year, when it was declared to be an all-over essay grill. It previously had a 1942 American Board of Experts certificate signed by Klemann, describing it as a genuine "5c Brown with essay grill covering the entire stamp", an opinion consistent with Klemann's knowledge of grilling and of the source block's origin.

Of the four recorded used 5c A Grill stamps, two have identical shades, centering and cancellations. In fact, the two of the same shade were originally joined as a pair and were used as singles together. They are printed in a distinctive shade -- sometimes called Black Brown -- that is very scarce and found only on covers dated from late 1867 into 1868 (we have records of four covers from October 1867 to May 1868). It is likely that a small number of sheets from this late printing were available for grilling with the A Grill in 1867. The other two recorded 5c A Grills are in a brighter shade of Brown and must come from a different supply of 5c sheets printed earlier.

Two of the four unused 5c A Grill stamps from the Earl of Crawford block were previously certified as genuine Scott 80's by the Philatelic Foundation, yet this stamp from the same block has been described in 2003 as an essay. Obviously, if the other stamps from the block are re-certified, the P.F. will have to be consistent and describe them as essays.

Census No. 80-UNC-04. Ex Sinkler and Lamdorn. From the Bruce Daniels estate. With 2003 P.F. certificate stating "it is a genuine previously hinged Scott 80E, all over essay grill, with creases."

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
3068
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3068, 1867-68 Grilled Issue1c, 2c, 3c, 12c 1868 E. Grills (86, 87, 88, 90), 1c, 2c, 3c, 12c 1868 E. Grills (86, 87, 88, 90)1c, 2c, 3c, 12c 1868 E. Grills (86, 87, 88, 90). Each with exceptionally strong grill impression, original gum, rich color and deep shade, scissors-separated with straight edge(s)

THESE FOUR 1868 E GRILL STAMPS WERE FOUND TOGETHER AND DESCRIBED BY BRAZER AND FINKELBURG AS TRIALS FROM THE NEW E GRILL DEVICE.

Certain characteristics of these four stamps suggest that they were trial products grilled in early 1868 after the E Grill device was created. These distinguishing characteristics are 1) the uniform and very strong grill impressions, 2) the shades of the 3c (Rose) and 12c (Intense Black), 3) scissors-separated perfs, and 4) the discovery of these four denominations together. This "set" is accompanied by Falk Finkelburg's original album page identifying these as "Trial Essayed...The Only Ones Known".

Scott Retail as normal stamps is $10,750.00

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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3069°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3069, 1867-68 Grilled Issue2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, faint trace of lightened stain at top center which is negligible in a stamp of this rarity

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL.

As a thorough search of past auction catalogues shows, the 2c D Grill in original-gum condition is conspicuously absent from most important collections. The finest examples are contained in the intact block of four, ex Caspary, Lilly and Klein. The stamp offered here, with full original gum and with perforations clear of the design on all four sides, is a rarity of the highest order.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

15,000
11,500
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3070
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3070, 1867-68 Grilled Issue2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Well-defined grill points, choice centering, cancelled by blue handstamp, matching "Savannah Ga. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on Oct. 1868 printed prices current to Charleston S.C., light horizontal file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL BLACK JACK COVER.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 2c and 3c D Grills, and the 12c Z Grill. Covers bearing the 2c D Grill are extremely rare.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

4,500
3,500
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3071
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3071, 1867-68 Grilled Issue12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Choice centering, light cancel at bottom leaves most of design clearly visible, perfect grill impression, dark color on fresh paper with long full perfs

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

1,600
3,250
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3072
bl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3072, 1867-68 Grilled Issue1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Block of four, remarkably well-centered, beautiful bright shade and fine impression, strong E Grill impressions, lightly cancelled by open grids, two pulled perfs at lower right, otherwise Very Fine, one of the choicest known used blocks of the 1c E Grill -- the second scarcest stamp of the E Grill set and extremely rare in block form, the majority having been used for 1c and 2c rates, ex Twigg-Smith

2,750
1,600
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3073
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3073, 1867-68 Grilled Issue1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Horizontal strip of three, bright shade and proof-like impression, beautifully centered, tied by well-struck "Waterford N.Y. Apr. 17" duplex datestamp and quartered cork cancel on pristine buff cover to Plattsburgh N.Y., merchant's blue 1869 handstamped corner card, Extremely Fine, a gorgeous cover, the 1c E Grill is scarce on cover, especially in multiples, ex Haas

E. 1,500-2,000
6,750
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3074
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3074, 1867-68 Grilled Issue12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Block of six, clear grills, crisp impression, neat strikes of circle of wedges cancel, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED USED BLOCKS OF SIX, THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLES OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.

Ex Emerson and Twigg-Smith. With 1966 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four and pair

3,250
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3075°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3075, 1867-68 Grilled Issue10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Block of four, original gum, bottom stamps with light gum staining, small h.r., rich color, strong grill impression

FINE-VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

25,000
7,500
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3076
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3076, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Block of four, large part of adjoining pair at top, well-struck segmented cork cancels, sharp impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. UNDOUBTEDLY THE FINEST USED BLOCK OF THE 1868 15-CENT LINCOLN WITH F GRILL.

As an indication of rarity, the Twigg-Smith collection of used blocks lacked a block of Scott 98. Considering the centering of this block and the fact it is sound, we have no hesitation describing this as the finest used block extant.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,750
7,500
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3077
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3077, 1867-68 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Part original gum, well-centered, rich color

VERY FINE. THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL IS VERY RARE IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Ex Golin. With 1984 P.F. certificate

6,250
4,250
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3078
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3078, 1867-68 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Block of four, rich color and detailed impression, each stamp has sharp grill points, neat strikes of oval registry cancels, top stamps faint horizontal crease, bottom right stamp two tiny tears and thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED BLOCK OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

Ex Ishikawa and Twigg-Smith. Each stamp with small "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. With 1979 P.F. certificate

7,250
3,250
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3079
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3079, 1867-68 Grilled Issue90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four, each stamp with clearly-impressed grill, deep rich color, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THREE RECORDED INTACT USED BLOCKS OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

Multiples of higher-denomination stamps such as the 90c F Grill were usually used on heavy parcels or large covers to foreign countries. The parcels or wrappers were rarely kept, and so few multiples have survived. Of the 90c F Grill, we record two other off-center blocks, as well as two rejoined and faulty blocks (one ex Klein and the other ex Ishikawa).

This block was offered in the Emerson sale of May 15, 1948, as a block of six. The left stamps were later separated. This is the only well-centered, sound and intact block we have been able to locate, and it is by far the finest used multiple.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1970 P.F. certificate

20,000
23,000
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