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Sale 1115 — A European Connoisseur's Collection of U.S. Classic Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2242
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2242, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)12c Black, E. Grill (90), 12c Black, E. Grill (90)12c Black, E. Grill (90). Large part original gum, deep shade and sharp impression

VERY FINE. A FRESH AND SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL.

Ex Caspary (as a pair). With 2015 P.F. certificate for pair (left stamp)

4,750
4,500
2243
ng
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2243, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Horizontal strip of four with full imprint and plate no. 41 in bottom sheet selvage, unused (no gum), deep shade on thin paper with clear grill impressions, few perf separations in selvage at left, the gum has been removed but there is faint natural coloring to the paper where the gum once was

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1868 15-CENT E GRILL MULTIPLE WITH IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE.

This 1868 15c E Grill strip of four is not listed in John C. Chapin's A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks, nor does the Chapin census record any plate number multiple for this issue. Our own records of classic multiples confirm that this is the only 15c E Grill multiple with the plate number.

The bottom edge of the back of the selvage has a small "W.H.C." handstamp below each stamp, which was applied by Warren H. Colson, one of the preeminent dealers of the early 20th century. In his 33-page booklet Colson of Boston and The Duckwall Collection, published in 1929 to document the collection formed by Herbert R. Duckwall of Indianapolis, Colson specifically mentions this strip: "In beauty alone we might award the palm to an exquisite mint strip of four of the fifteen cents 11 x 13 with imprint and plate number." We have no additional information about the provenance of this strip before or after Colson's 1929 publication. There is a pencil "SG £36/c" notation on the back of the righthand selvage tab, which indicates this strip was traded in England at one point in the distant past. We checked the auction catalogues of the Worthington, Waterhouse, Hind and Crocker sale, as well as the list of Duveen's United States rarities, but the strip was not present in any of these collections.

Without any meaningful Scott Catalogue value to cite, we are simply providing the total value for four singles with no gum

18,000
32,500
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2244
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2244, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Unused (no gum), choice centering, fresh color, trivial corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, scarce in unused condition

1,300
800
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2245
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2245, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Cancelled by blue Outline Star, small thin spot at right, Fine appearance, the 5c F Grill is rarely found with fancy cancellations

925
900
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2246
ogbl
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2246, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Horizontal block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged, extraordinarily choice centering throughout, intense shade and proof-like impression, clear grill on each stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS REMARKABLY FRESH AND COMPLETELY SOUND BLOCK IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL IN EXISTENCE. A WONDERFUL GEM CLASSIC BLOCK THAT HAS MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED INTACT SINCE THE LEGENDARY 1956 CASPARY SALE.

The few well-centered 1868 10c F Grill blocks from past auctions have, for the most part, been broken to feed market demand for singles. The block offered here is the second largest surviving multiple, but it is in far superior condition to the block of fifteen illustrated in Brookman. To the best of our knowledge, this block last appeared in the November 19-21, 1956, H. R. Harmer sale of the Alfred H. Caspary collection (lot 282), where it was described as "extremely fine... a magnificent block of the greatest rarity and a marvelous showpiece." In the Caspary sale it realized $2,100 versus its then-current Scott Catalogue value of $800.00. We have been unable to trace its provenance prior to Caspary, and it is quite possible that it was acquired by the European Connoisseur at or shortly after the 1956 auction.

With 2015 P.F. certificate as "genuine, previously hinged." Scott Catalogue value for two blocks of four

52,000
42,500
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2247
ogbl
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2247, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Block of four, original gum, deep shade on crisp paper, clearly-defined grills, choice centering throughout

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND ALMOST PERFECTLY-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL. VERY FEW BLOCKS EXIST IN ANY CONDITION, AND THIS IS PERHAPS THE FINEST.

Our records contain only six original-gum blocks of the 12c F Grill. Some of these have probably been broken to feed collector demand for singles, and therefore the number of surviving multiples may be smaller. Blocks of four are the largest surviving multiples, since the Caspary block of eight has been broken.

Ex Caspary, where in 1956 it realized $650 against its then-current Scott Catalogue value of $250. With 2015 P.F. certificate

50,000
26,000
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2248
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2248, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var), 12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var)12c Black, F. Grill, Double Transfer of Bottom Frameline (97 var). Original gum, h.r., remarkably precise centering and wide margins, deep shade, fresh gum and paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL AND PROBABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE DOUBLE TRANSFER VARIETY.

Ex Caspary

3,500
2,600
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2249
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2249, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Nicely centered, cancelled by red Dot in Circle cancel with matching "Baltimore Md. Aug. 27" duplex datestamp on 1869 blue folded cover to Amsterdam, Holland, red New York transit datestamp, sender's name in oval handstamp crossed out in pen, Very Fine, scarce and very attractive use of the Baltimore red foreign-mail cancel on 15c F Grill cover to Holland

E. 500-750
1,100
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2250
og
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2250, 1867-68 Grilled Issue (Scott 90-100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Original gum, clearly-defined grill with all points easily visible, attractively centered, beautiful bright color

VERY AND CHOICE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL IN EXISTENCE. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

There are several reasons why 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. When one margin is large, it usually means that the other side will have perforations impinging on the design. Due to certain elements in the inks used to print the 30c, the stamps are prone to sulphurizing and color-change over time. The stamp offered here, with excellent centering and fresh color, is a condition rarity.

A careful review of auction catalogues in our extensive library and using Power Search produced no more than six other original-gum examples of the 30c F Grill in grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine.

Ex Caspary. With 2015 P.F. certificate

8,500
12,000
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