Sale 1084 — The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 November, 2014
Category — 1870-71 National Bank Note Co. Grilled Issue (Scott 134-144)
FINE AND RARE. A DESIRABLE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE ISSUE, COMBINING TWO STAMPS WITH AN OBVIOUS GRILL AND TWO STAMPS COMPLETELY LACKING A GRILL.
It has been surmised that sometimes more than one sheet was fed into the grilling machine at a time, resulting in weak or missing grill points. The grill on the right stamps is centered to the far right and this would have been a split grill, but it may also come from the far left row of the sheet, and the left stamps missed the grill due to misalignment.
With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as pair of No. 134 and pair of No. 145 with no premium for the variety of a multiple containing one with and one without grill.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 6-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,000.00). Only six others share this grade and only one has graded higher (at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 7-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Senchuk and Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $10,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade (offered in our Kirke sale). This statistic has not changed since 2009.
A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH H GRILL.
With 1995 P.F. certificate as a block of six. Scott Retail $35,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 10-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
This issue is normally found with small margins and very few visible grill points. The margins on the example offered here are exceptionally wide, the perfs are long and full all around, it has wonderful color, and a clear cancel. It is without question one of the finest in existence.
Ex Natalee Grace. With 1996 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $4,600.00 as 95, $11,500.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and this is the only example to achieve this grade.
FINE AND RARE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY H GRILL.
Linn's Stamp Facts reports one unused block of four (ex Zoellner), and notes that pairs are the largest reported used multiple (they must have been unaware of this strip).
With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $17,000.00
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 12-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE ON COVER. ONLY FOUR COVERS ARE REPORTED -- THIS IS THE ONLY COVER TO SWEDEN.
Our Levi records contain three other covers previously described as bearing the 12c 1870 Grilled Issue: 1) single used alone on cover to Liverpool, ex Braus (Siegel Sale 449, lot 54); 2) used with 10c 1870 to India, Bissell corr. (ex Braus, Siegel Sale 449, lot 55); and 3) used with Nos. 145, 146, 147 and 148 on large domestic cover from the Austro-Hungarian Consulate in New York (Siegel Sale Apr. 18, 1979, lot 175). This fourth cover was identified by us after it was consigned to our auction in 2001 as a No. 151. The grill on this stamp is much stronger than the grills on the stamps on the other covers. The stamp overpays the 11c NGU Closed Mail rate to Sweden. The cover was carried on the North German Lloyd's Weser II, departing New York on May 4 and arriving in Southampton on May 15, 1872.
Ex Andromeda. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott value for 12c Grill is $3,750.00 off cover and $7,000.00 on cover
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1870 15-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FOR THE ISSUE.
Perhaps three or four unused blocks of four are known. One has creases affecting all stamps and one is reperfed at right.
Ex McKinney. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $45,000.00
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 15-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE ON COVER. THE USE OF THIS ISSUE FROM A SMALL TEXAS TOWN ON REGISTERED MAIL TO GERMANY IS UNDOUBTEDLY UNIQUE.
The 15c stamp pays the 7c Closed Mail rate to Germany via England and the 8c registry fee. This rate was reduced to 6c in October 1871, and the earliest documented use of the 15c Grill is in June 1870 (although the stamp became available in April 1870). The New York May 22 and German Jun. 6 postmark dates point to three possible sailings in May 1870 or 1871. Very few covers are known with the 15c 1870 Grilled Issue, this being one of the most colorful and unusual.
Ex Andromeda. With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW SOUND EXAMPLES OF THE 24-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE GRILLED ISSUES.
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1992 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 30-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY GRILLED ISSUE.
With 1983 and 1999 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1870 90-CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH H GRILL.
There are probably no more than four used blocks of the 90c 1870 Grill (including one block of seven). This is the first we have offered since our 2001 Twigg-Smith sale.
Ex Krug. With 1954 P.F. certificate stating "it is a genuine block of #144 only if kept in this form" implying that one stamp does not show a grill and not mentioning any faults. Scott Retail $13,500.00
VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE WITH THE RARE I GRILL.
Ronald A. Burns records 14 used off-cover, three unused and two covers, for a total of 19 items. Very few are late state I Grills.
With 2013 P.F. certificate
FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY 15-CENT WITH THE RARE I GRILL.
Ronald A. Burns records 14 used off-cover, three unused and two covers with the 15c I Grill, for a total of 19 items.
Accompanied by 17 pages of research notes by Ronald Burns detailing the grill characteristics, the correspondence, the ship marking and history of the ship, and stamp procurement from the U.S. Consul in Panama.
With 2013 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.