EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL. THIS ISSUE IS FAR SCARCER THAN ITS F-GRILL COUNTERPART, AND THIS STAMP IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
In our previous auction catalogues, we have commented on the scarcity of the 1c E Grill in higher grades in relation to its F-Grill counterpart. Using Power Search, we were able to find perhaps three or four others which merited the grade of Extremely Fine. The stamp offered here, with its pristine gum, rich color, clear grill, and wide margins, is among the two or three finest.
Ex Gorham. With 1989 and 2001 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL.
Most blocks containing stamps of this quality have already been broken to feed the demand for high-quality singles.
Ex Ishikawa. With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
As collectors who have been searching for a superb original-gum copy of the 12c E Grill can attest, it is rarely seen in choice condition. One reason is that there have been far fewer multiples of the 12c E Grill than other grilled issues, and, therefore, fewer singles from broken blocks. No blocks were offered in sales of great classic collections, such as Crocker, Caspary, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West or Ishikawa. The Zoellner block was broken into Fine-Very Fine singles. The singles in most of the important U.S. collections offered during the past 20 years have been unsatisfactory in one way or another.
With 1990 P.S.E. and 1989 and 1995 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL.
As an indication of the rarity of 15c E Grill stamps with original gum, the Scott Catalogue values Scott 91 at $5,250.00 without gum, and $13,500.00 with original gum. This stamp, with its unusually balanced margins, full original gum, clear grill and overall freshness, is truly a remarkable rarity.
With 1998 P.F. certificate