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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
231
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 231, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var), 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var)3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var). 40 x 58mm, rich color, large part original gum, small adherences, grill with points down, Very Fine, scarce, unlisted in Scott on this paper and with this grill orientation

E. 750-1,000
375
232
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 232, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var), 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var)3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a var). 33 x 41mm, ungummed and with grill points down (unlike later essays of this design), crisp impression and clear grill, Very Fine and choice, scarce, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
270
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233
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 233, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var), 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var)3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var). 73 x 77mm, large part original gum, crisp impression with grill points down, small thin spots, appears Very Fine, scarce, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
350
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234
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 234, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var), 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var)3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove Paper (79-E18a var). 62 x 67mm, partly gummed, h.r., rich color and clear grill with points down, fresh and Very Fine, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
450
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235
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 235, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper (79-E18a var), 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper (79-E18a var)3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper (79-E18a var). Large part original gum, bright shade, neat ms. "X" cancel, some slight toning on back and small thin spot at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine, especially scarce with the ms. "X", Scott Retail as normal

1,000
425
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236
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 236, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Experimental Grill Shield Essay on White Wove, Perforated and Gummed (79-E18j), 3c Experimental Grill Shield Essay on White Wove, Perforated and Gummed (79-E18j)3c Experimental Grill Shield Essay on White Wove, Perforated and Gummed (79-E18j). Traces of original gum, adherences on back, unusually strong grill impression causing some paper loss, diagonal crease at bottom, otherwise Very Fine

450
75
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237
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 237, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k), 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k)3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k). Bright paper, vertical crease at left and pulled perf at right, otherwise Very Fine

350
125
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238
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 238, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k), 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k)3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k). Natural s.e. at left and with unusually wide margins, clear grill impression, Very Fine and choice, with 2001 P.F. certificate

350
160
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239
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 239, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k), 3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k)3c Experimental Shield Essay, Wide Spacing (79-E18k). Horizontal pair, original gum, barely hinged, clearly-impressed grills, Very Fine and choice, scarce multiple and especially rare with gum, Scott Retail as two singles

700
325
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240
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 240, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Green, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a), 3c Green, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a)3c Green, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a). 120 x 36mm, rich color, few tiny thin spots, small translucency at right from hinge, otherwise Very Fine, scarce essay

3,000
2,400
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241
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 241, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var), 3c Black, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var)3c Black, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var). 117 x 47mm, intense impression and with "One Thousand Dollars" and "1570" imprint at bottom, mounted on thin card with partial National Bank Note Company label from Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co. on back

VERY FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL ESSAY PRINTED BY NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY.

Unlisted in Scott with the imprint or in this color. Scott Retail as normal is $3,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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242
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 242, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Brown, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var), 3c Brown, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var)3c Brown, Shield Die Essay on India, Engraved (79-E19a var). Die sunk on 150 x 58mm card with full die sinkage, intense impression and with "One Thousand Dollars" and "1570" imprint at bottom, few toned spots

VERY FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL EXAMPLE OF THIS NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ESSAY.

Unlisted in Scott with the imprint or in this color. Scott Retail as normal is $3,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
1,700
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243
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 243, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Dark Red Brown, Shield Die Essay on Thin Card, Typographed (79-E19c var), 3c Dark Red Brown, Shield Die Essay on Thin Card, Typographed (79-E19c var)3c Dark Red Brown, Shield Die Essay on Thin Card, Typographed (79-E19c var). 122 x 36mm, showing progressively lighter impressions, fresh and Very Fine, very rare, ex Finkelburg, Scott Retail for printed on thick paper

2,750
1,400
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244
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 244, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays Shield Experimental Grill on Card (79-E20, 79-E20a), Shield Experimental Grill on Card (79-E20, 79-E20a)Shield Experimental Grill on Card (79-E20, 79-E20a). Two, both with same design, first is 29 x 33mm with purple printing in uncleared part of the die, second is 44 x 53mm with die sinkage area at bottom, fresh and Very Fine, unlisted in Scott, 79-E20 is conveniently skipped in the catalogue, so we have assigned these two this Scott number

E. 1,000-1,500
625
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245
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 245, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c), Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c)Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c). 43 x 50mm, original gum, h.r., rich color, light crease at bottom and left corresponding to end of gum, otherwise Very Fine, scarce with such wide margins, ex Finkelburg

500
350
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246
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 246, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c), Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c)Diagonal Grill Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c). 36 x 39mm, deep rich color and clear grill impression, small h.r. at top, Very Fine and choice

500
475
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247
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 247, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Blue, Shield Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22), 3c Blue, Shield Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22)3c Blue, Shield Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22). Stamp size, tiny thin spot, otherwise Fine, scarce essay

3,000
1,150
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248
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 248, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Washington, Die Essays on India (79-E23 var), 3c Washington, Die Essays on India (79-E23 var)3c Washington, Die Essays on India (79-E23 var). Three, stamp size and die sunk on approximately 67 x 67mm cards with full die sinkage, additional "sinkage" area around stamp, one is albino impression on card (India may have fallen off), others are Carmine and unusual Dim Orange-Orange Red, few toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, unlisted in Scott

E. 500-750
500
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249
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 249, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted (79-E24a), (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted (79-E24a)(3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted (79-E24a). 78 x 46mm with die sinkage area at top and bottom, Red Violet, fresh and Very Fine, scarce, ex Brazer

750
525
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250
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 250, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined (79-E24c), (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined (79-E24c)(3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined (79-E24c). Die sunk and printed directly on 71 x 70mm card with full die sinkage, outer area of die and area around portrait uncleared, printed in Blue, Very Fine and choice, scarce, this color unlisted in Scott

750
425
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251
E
3c Plate Essay on Gibson Patent Starch Coated Opaque White Paper (79-E25c). Complete pane of 100 in a shade appearing to us to be Carmine, sheet margin all around, deep rich color, pencil "A" on two stamps at right, trivial edge wear in one or two spots is barely noticeable, Very Fine and choice, a rare complete pane, Scott Retail as singles

2,500
500
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252
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 252, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "Veinte" Overprint (79-E26c), 3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "Veinte" Overprint (79-E26c)3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "Veinte" Overprint (79-E26c). Complete sheet with selvage all around, intense shade, part original gum

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE COMPLETE PANE OF TWELVE OF THE 3-CENT WITH THE "VEINTE" SAFETY OVERPRINT.

This pane may well be unique.

7,500
5,250
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253
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 253, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Rose Red, Safety Network Essay Ty. D (79-E26g), 3c Rose Red, Safety Network Essay Ty. D (79-E26g)3c Rose Red, Safety Network Essay Ty. D (79-E26g). Gray Blue ovpt., original gum, natural gum skip at top left, rich color, Very Fine and choice

550
600
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254
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 254, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 2c Black, Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b), 2c Black, Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b)2c Black, Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b). 62 x 42mm, intense color, negative "2" and "s" printed at far left, Very Fine and choice, possibly unique, ex Brazer

600
450
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255
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 255, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Red, Die Essay on India (79-E28c), 3c Red, Die Essay on India (79-E28c)3c Red, Die Essay on India (79-E28c). Bright color, removed from original card, fresh and Very Fine

500
300
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256
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 256, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Smoky Violet Red, Die Essay on White Paper, Perforated and Gummed (79-E28f), 3c Smoky Violet Red, Die Essay on White Paper, Perforated and Gummed (79-E28f)3c Smoky Violet Red, Die Essay on White Paper, Perforated and Gummed (79-E28f). Original gum, h.r., brilliant color, fresh and Fine

250
200
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257
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 257, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Red, Essay on Scored Paper (79-E28 var), 3c Red, Essay on Scored Paper (79-E28 var)3c Red, Essay on Scored Paper (79-E28 var). 30 x 35mm, basic design is similar to 79-E28 but with wide printed margins, paper with vertical scoring and probably intended to separate when removed from an envelope, Very Fine and very rare, unlisted in Scott, this particular type of re-use prevention essay is not used on any other essay and reminds us of the principle behind the patent envelopes

E. 1,000-1,500
250
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258
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 258, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H), 3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H)3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H). 98 x 51mm, rich color, few light toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, very rare especially in such a wide size, Scott Catalogue notes that this "possibly includes a third design at right" and illustrates a smaller example, the example offered here answers this question

1,250
700
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259
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 259, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 3c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H), 3c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H)3c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H). Trimmed to size and mounted on card, intense shade, Very Fine, from an American Bank Note Company die sample book

E. 750-1,000
475
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260
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 260, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 1c Red, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper (79-E29c), 1c Red, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper (79-E29c)1c Red, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper (79-E29c). 25 x 30mm, original gum, h.r., clear grill at center, thin spot at bottom from hinge removal, otherwise Very Fine, scarce essay

1,250
950
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261
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 261, 1867 Grilled Issue Essays 1c Blue, A. Grill, All-Over Grill Essay with Points Up (unlisted in Scott), 1c Blue, A. Grill, All-Over Grill Essay with Points Up (unlisted in Scott)1c Blue, A. Grill, All-Over Grill Essay with Points Up (unlisted in Scott). Original gum, full and well-defined grill, a few perfs missing at top, centered to right as are all four known

ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 ONE-CENT ALL-OVER GRILL ESSAY, WHICH IS UNLISTED IN SCOTT. FROM THE EX-STEEL, EARL OF CRAWFORD AND WORTHINGTON BLOCK OF FOUR.

The four recorded examples of the 1c A Grill essay come from the block of four that originated in the Charles F. Steel archive and was part of the Earl of Crawford and George Worthington collections. The grill has tiny "X" pyramidal points impressed into the back, which differs from the essay grill made of small squares (79-E15a/b); it is very similar to the issued A Grill. The 1c block and a 5c block with the identical grill were acquired by the Earl of Crawford from the archive of papers and stamps retained by Charles F. Steel, who patented the grilling device. For more information about the origins of the experimental A and C grills, please refer to Chronicle 134 and to our October 1998 catalogue of the Zoellner collection (also available in the Siegel Encyclopedia at www.siegelauctions.com/enc/1867.htm).

Two of the stamps from Steel's 5c block have actually been certified by the Philatelic Foundation as Scott 80, which indicates how similar these grills are to the issued A Grill (Scott 79, 80 and 81). We believe that the 1c and 5c A Grills from the Steel blocks deserve Scott Catalogue listings -- we would go so far as to put them at the front of the catalogue, not in the essay section. There is precedent for giving the 1c and 5c grilled stamps from the Steel blocks full Scott listings: the 4c Pan-American Invert and the 4c and 8c Bluish Paper stamps. None of them were issued at the post office, but nonetheless they are experimental stamps that reached the public through official channels. Whether or not Scott's editors concur with our view, collectors should consider the stamp offered here to be an integral part of classic U.S. philately.

Ex Steel, Earl of Crawford and Worthington. The top right stamp was sold in our 2000 Rarities sale (Sale 824, lot 164, realized $5,750 hammer).

E. 4,000-5,000
9,000
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