FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE TOP SELVAGE IMPRINT BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL. HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE.
The E Grill was the first regular-production grilled issue, after the experimental grilled issues (A thru D Grills). As with the ungrilled issue, the imprint with plate number is found only at the bottom of the sheet. The printer's imprints without the plate number are located at one side (left or right, depending on the pane) and at top. Brookman reported the existence of a complete pane of 100 in the Worthington sale, but it has not been seen nor photographed and might have been broken. Only one full plate block, from Plate 10, is known to exist (ex Hind, Brigham and Moody, copy accompanies). Don Evans owned a block of six from the top with imprint. This is the only other we have been able to locate.
Ex Caspary. Scott Retail as two blocks of four with no premium for the imprint.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.
A block of six is the largest-size multiple of the 12c E Grill that exists unused, and the two stamps at left are straight-edge. Blocks of the 12c E Grill are much rarer than multiples of the 10c or 15c E Grill, or the F Grills up through the 15c. Not one block of the 12c E Grill was included in the massive classic collections formed by Caspary, Crocker, Eno, Lilly, Moody, West and Ishikawa. The Green collection had two off-center blocks, and the Klein collection had one off-center block (all with original gum). The last we offered was in our 1998 Zoellner sale.
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.
A pretty stamp.
VERY FINE. A 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 original-gum condition at more than twice the value of unused without gum.