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Sale 890 — The Lake Shore Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs (Part 1)

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 February, 2005

Category — 1867 Grilled Issue Essays

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
216
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Sale Number 890, Lot Number 216, 1867 Grilled Issue 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 right, few thins

AN OUTSTANDING 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.

9,000
13,000
217
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 217, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c 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). Approximately stamp size, deep rich color, thin spot at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, ex Finkelburg, illustrated in Brookman

1,250
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218
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 218, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Paper (79-E14b var), All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Paper (79-E14b var)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, ex Finkelburg

E. 750-1,000
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219
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 219, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b), All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b)All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b). Five, three approximately 78 x 52mm, two approximately 31 x 50mm, incl. White, Light Gray Green, Light Gray, Light Blue and Salmon, the latter shows soiling, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,000
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220
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 220, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b), All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b)All-Over Grill Essay on Colored Papers (79-E14b). 60 x 63mm on Cream colored paper, top 17mm is ungrilled (probably edge of sheet), few toned spots and light crease at top, otherwise Very Fine, accompanied by photocopy of note which reads "Sample Grill from the first griller used by Chas. F. Steele. I lived at home of this man's son, in Bensonhurst N.Y. in summer of 1904 (or '05)?", Very Fine

E. 500-750
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221
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 221, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up (79-E15b), 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up (79-E15b)3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up (79-E15b). Clear grill points, rich color, unusual trial cancel at left, some slight overall soiling and smal tear at top right, otherwise Fine, scarce with the cancel, Scott Retail as normal unused

200
325
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222
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 222, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c; formerly 66aP4), 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c; formerly 66aP4)3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c; formerly 66aP4). Bottom imprint and plate no. block of twelve, original gum, h.r. at bottom left and top right, large margins, rich color, corner defect at top right, vertical crease between rows, otherwise Very Fine, scarce multiple, Scott Retail as six pairs

2,400
2,300
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223
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 223, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c), 3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c)3c Rose, All-Over Grill Essay, Points Up, Imperforate (79-E15c). Horizontal pair, original gum, barely hinged, large margins, deep rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine

400
400
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224
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 224, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d), 3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d)3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d). The so-called "Music Box" essay, top selvage block of four, brilliant color, h.r. at top and right, right stamps vertical crease at right, appears Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

300
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225
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 225, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d), 3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d)3c Rose, All-Over Pinpoint Grill Essay (79-E15d). The so-called "Music Box" essay, tied on small piece by segmented cork trial cancel, additionally cancelled by pen strokes, fresh and Fine, ex Finkelburg, illustrated in Brookman, with copy of 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
500
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226
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 226, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays C. Grill Essay with Partially Erased Grill, Imperforate (79-E15g var), C. Grill Essay with Partially Erased Grill, Imperforate (79-E15g var)C. Grill Essay with Partially Erased Grill, Imperforate (79-E15g var). Block of nine,original gum, h.r. at top, clearly defined grills but showing strong signs of partial erasure between several positions at right, vertical and horizontal creases, small thin spot at top, otherwise Very Fine, very rare, a wonderful showpiece

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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227
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 227, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays Z. Grill, Points Down, Perforated 12 (79-E15q), Z. Grill, Points Down, Perforated 12 (79-E15q)Z. Grill, Points Down, Perforated 12 (79-E15q). Five, all colors included except Pale Lilac, original gum, small h.r., Very Fine, also incl. one copy of No. 79-E13e

825
650
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