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Sale 1195 — The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
337
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 337, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill2c Black, D. Grill, Split Grill (84 var), 2c Black, D. Grill, Split Grill (84 var)2c Black, D. Grill, Split Grill (84 var). With left sheet selvage, original gum, grill shifted top to bottom, bright shade, light diagonal crease

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS IS A RARE STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND IS EVEN MORE DESIRABLE SHOWING A SPLIT GRILL. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED EXAMPLE WITH SPLIT GRILL WE HAVE OFFERED IN AT LEAST 25 YEARS.

Our computerized records go back to 1994, plus our Rarities sales and select name sales back to 1966. During that time, we have offered only two used example of Scott 84 with split grill, plus a pair on cover in our recent auction of the Faust collection. The Metzger collection did not have any, and the Rorke collection had one used with perfs significantly in on two sides.

A Power Search review will also demonstrate how rare this is as an original-gum stamp, regardless of the variety. The example offered here, with full original gum, the sheet selvage, the split grill and a small fault, is very desirable.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

16,000
1,800
338
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 338, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Original gum, clear grill, choice centering for this difficult issue, sealed tear at top right, few light toned specks

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND ANY SEMBLANCE OF DECENT CENTERING.

A Power Search review (sort Scott 84 results by prices realized to see the nicest copies) demonstrates how difficult this is to find with original gum and decent centering. The finest examples are contained in the intact block of four, ex Caspary, Lilly, Klein and Faust. This stamp will look far better on an album page than most.

16,000
3,250
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339
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 339, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Detailed impression, clear grill, neat strike of blue quartered cork cancel, reperfed at right, Fine appearance, a rare stamp

5,500
1,200
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340
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 340, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill2c Black, D. Grill (84), 2c Black, D. Grill (84)2c Black, D. Grill (84). Block of four, strong grills, bold strikes of quartered cork cancel, centered to right with perfs into design, repair at top with small piece added to fill in nick

THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USED BLOCK OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. A GREAT RARITY OF THE GRILLED ISSUE.

Listed but unpriced in Scott as a block of four. Scott Retail as two pairs

20,000
2,600
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341
ngbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 341, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Block of four, unused (no gum), radiant color, clearly-defined grills, few sensibly strengthened perfs at top

FINE-VERY FINE. THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT GRILLED ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN BLOCK FORM, AND IS MISSING FROM EVEN THE MOST ADVANCED COLLECTIONS. THIS IS THE ONLY BLOCK WE HAVE OFFERED IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS, AND IT IS PROBABLY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

It is our hypothesis that two grilling machines were used to make regular-production grilled stamps, beginning in January 1868. Based on our analysis of grill production, the D Grill machine was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 2, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 3c D Grill (2/1/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place very soon after sheets of 3c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. This would explain the scarcity of 3c D Grill stamps.

Our records contain only three unused blocks. The block of six has perfs strongly in at right and has faults. We offered a block of four in our 1966 Rarities sale, but it may no longer be intact. We cannot determine whether these two have gum. The block offered here is ex Lilly and last appeared in our 1991 Rarities sale. No blocks were contained in Caspary, Klein, Ishikawa, Zoellner, Whitman or other major name sales.

Ex Lilly. With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as with original gum

45,000
5,750
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342
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 342, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Unused (no gum), bright color, clear grill, fresh and Fine

2,400
2,000
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343
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 343, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Well-centered with wide margins, sharp grill impression, bold Star in Circle fancy cancel, faint diagonal crease at bottom does not detract from appearance, tiny pinhole at bottom left not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine appearance, rare 3c D Grill with a fancy cancel, ex Curtis, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,100
600
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344
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 344, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Two, one with blue rosette cancel, tiny tear at top and small corner creases, other with split grill with Star in Circle fancy cancel, few perfs at top affected by the split grill, Fine-Very Fine appearance, first with 1992 P.F. certificate

2,150
600
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345
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 345, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Horizontal pair, clearly-defined grills, neat cancels, perf tip added at top right of right stamp, short perf at top left of left stamp, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, scarce pair, the largest recorded used multiples are the strip of five offered in lot 346 and a block of four (one or perhaps two known), we have offered only one used pair and one used strip of three since keeping computerized records

2,400
375
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346
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 346, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: D Grill3c Rose, D. Grill (85), 3c Rose, D. Grill (85)3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Horizontal strip of five, bright color, clear grills, bold cork cancels, some sensibly reinforced perf separations, few faults mostly confined to strong grill points breaking thru and few short perfs, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded used multiple of the 3c D Grill

5,800
500
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