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Sale 918 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 2: 1847-1869 Issues and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 September, 2006

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
44
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 44, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color on bright paper, beautiful centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.

With 1997 P.F. certificate.

6,500
13,500
45
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 45, 1867-68 Grilled Issue1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, clear grill points, trivial natural gum bend which is extremely faint and not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, PARTICULARLY IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Some time ago we observed that the 1c E Grill appeared at auction very infrequently, in any form. After analyzing the early 1868 regular-production grills (Z, D, E and F), we concluded that grilling of the 1c 1861 issue with the E (and Z) Grill must have been short-lived, occurring sometime around February 28, 1868. Later grilling of 1c stamps was probably done with the F Grill. Relatively little of the 1c E Grill supply appears to have reached the philatelic market, as evidenced by the stamp's scarcity.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

3,500
3,750
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46
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 46, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Rose, E. Grill (88), 3c Rose, E. Grill (88)3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color on crisp paper, clearly-defined grill, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL.

With copy of 1979 P.F. certificate and with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,100
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47
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 47, 1867-68 Grilled Issue2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Original gum, which has been very lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grill which is easily visible from the front of the stamp, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

500
1,400
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48
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 48, 1867-68 Grilled Issue3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color and detailed impression, clear grill points, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2000 P.F. certificate

425
1,800
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49
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 49, 1867-68 Grilled Issue5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Original gum, very lightly hinged, clear grill points, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with perforations clear of design all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION AND WITH SUCH SUPERB CENTERING.

The spacing on the 5c plate was quite narrow. The outer portions of the design are often touched in one or more places. Thus, centered copies are scarce, and in original-gum condition they are rare.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1990 and 2000 P.F. certificates.

3,500
6,000
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50
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 50, 1867-68 Grilled Issue10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Original gum, very lightly hinged, clear and sharp grill points, rich color on bright paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL WITH UNCOMMONLY WIDE MARGINS.

With 1986 and 2005 P.F. certificates.

3,500
2,900
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51
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 51, 1867-68 Grilled Issue12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with remarkably wide margins all around capturing the characteristic plate burrs of 12c 1868 grills, intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grill

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP AND CERTAINLY AMONG THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

We acknowledge the past existence of original-gum 12c F Grill multiples, which in recent years have been broken to furnish choice singles. However, the quality of this particular stamp -- its centering and margins, shade and overall freshness -- qualify it as one of the three or four finest in existence.

With 1997 P.S.E. and 1998 P.F. certificates

3,500
15,000
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52
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 52, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with unusually wide margins for this issue, very clear grill impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

A review of our computerized auction records from the past 12 years indicates that we have sold perhaps three or four examples which would compare favorably with the example offered here.

Ex Chapin. With 1983 and 2003 P.F. certificates

4,500
8,500
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53
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 53, 1867-68 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Original gum, lightly hinged, clear grill points visible from both front and back of the stamp, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL. A RARE STAMP IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

The high-value F Grill stamps are scarce in original-gum condition and rarely seen with the centering of this superb example.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

8,000
7,500
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54
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 54, 1867-68 Grilled Issue30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Original gum which has been lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill with all points easily visible, beautiful bright color, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SOUND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES IN EXISTENCE.

The 30c 1861-68 Issue stamps -- Scott 71 (to a lesser extent) and Scott 100 -- rank as two of the most difficult classic U.S. stamps to find in such pristine condition. Due to narrow spacing of the plate, the 30c 1861-68's are usually found with narrow margins, especially at sides.

A review of auction sales produced only six other original-gum examples of the 30c F Grill in grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine. With the exception of the stamp from the Dr. Vernon R. Morris Jr. collection (Shreve sale), they appeared in sales held during the 1940's and 50's. Whether any or all of them could pass today's more rigorous standards for condition and certification is unlikely.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

8,000
22,000
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