VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL SHOWING PART OF THE IMPRINT AT BOTTOM. THIS IS THE FIRST BLOCK OF THIS ISSUE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 1992.
A full plate block is not known for the 1c F. Grill. The Chapin census records a block of six (without gum) with plate number and part of the imprint, offered in our 1980 Rarities sale, which is also the largest recorded multiple. The block of four offered here has part original gum and a large portion of the imprint, including the word "Plate", which only occurs on the bottom of the sheet
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 1868 3-CENT F GRILL.
Multiples larger than a block of four should be considered rare. Scott Retail as four blocks of four and two pairs.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.
Almost every block with sound and centered stamps has been broken to feed collector demand for singles.
FINE-VERY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL. A DIFFICULT BLOCK TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
The largest recorded original gum multiples are a reconstructed block of 20 and a block of 16. Both are significantly off center with perfs cutting far into the stamp designs. Virtually all of the better-centered blocks of this scarce issue have been broken to feed the market for choice singles.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
A presentable and rare block.
FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.
The largest recorded multiple for this issue is a block of four. Only two or possibly three are known -- it is difficult to know if one is duplicated since the Worthington and Hind catalogues were restricted from having photographs of stamps. We have offered only one in all of our Rarities sales and since keeping computerized records (ex Zoellner), and its centering is similar to the pair offered here, as is the strip of four from the Caspary sale.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.
We have offered approximately a dozen original-gum examples since keeping computerized records, and most either have faults or are off-center.