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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: F Grill

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
379
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 379, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill1c-12c F. Grills (92-97), 1c-12c F. Grills (92-97)1c-12c F. Grills (92-97). 3c original gum, others unused (no gum), clearly-defined grills, rich colors, few faults, appear Fine with a few appearing Very Fine

4,540
700
380
ngbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 380, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill1c Blue, F. Grill (92), 1c Blue, F. Grill (92)1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Block of four, unused (no gum), bright color, clear grills, few perf separations at top, short perf at bottom right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine and attractive block

16,000
1,600
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381
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 381, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill2c Black, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Split (93 var), 2c Black, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Split (93 var)2c Black, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Split (93 var). Original gum, clear grills with one split side to side, intense shade, Fine example of this rare grill variety, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records

E. 400-500
400
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382
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 382, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Block of four with right imprint selvage, original gum, bit heavy h.r. on top pair, clear grills, right stamps with pre-printing paperfold causing some unusual irregular perfs at right of bottom stamp, Fine-Very Fine and attractive multiple, ex Allen and Metzger, illustrated in Lane book on p. 123

2,600
1,200
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383
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 383, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Block of four with bottom right corner selvage, clearly-defined grills and showing trace of end roller grill in selvage at far right, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, fresh and Fine, Scott Retail as normal block of four

3,000
1,000
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384
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 384, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (94 var), 3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (94 var)3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (94 var). Showing one grill at center and the other with portions at all four corners, radiant color, neat strike of blue target cancel, Very Fine and choice example of this rare grill variety, ex Sheriff, with copy of 1997 note from Scott Catalogue editor James E. Kloetzel confirming this is the listing copy

E. 400-500
225
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385
c
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 385, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill, Points Up (94 var), 3c Red, F. Grill, Points Up (94 var)3c Red, F. Grill, Points Up (94 var). Bright color and clearly-defined grill, cancelled by segmented grid, partial strike of blue N.Y. double-circle datestamp on cover to Tecumseh Mich., barely reduced at right, light soiling, still Fine, a great rarity, this is the listing copy, accompanied by 1941 letters (one from Lester Brookman) stating that this will be added to the next Scott Catalogue, with 1974 and 2005 P.F. certificates

E. 500-750
275
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386
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 386, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Points Up (94 var), 3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Points Up (94 var)3c Red, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Points Up (94 var). S.e. at left, wide margins at sides showing part of adjoining stamp at right, bold target cancel, light diagonal crease, vertical crease at right which caused the variety, Very Fine and choice, a phenomenal rarity, this must have been folded over when placed in the grilling machine, with 1999 note from Scott Catalogue editor James E. Kloetzel stating this is the only example of this variety which has been found, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 400-500
300
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387
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 387, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Rich color, dramatic misperf caused during grilling, quartered cork cancel, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, light creases to be expected (which caused the variety), very unusual and dramatic, accompanied by cover on which this originated, ex Herzog

E. 300-400
250
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388
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 388, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill3c Red, F. Grill, Imperforate (94b), 3c Red, F. Grill, Imperforate (94b)3c Red, F. Grill, Imperforate (94b). Horizontal pair, original gum, large to huge margins, radiant color, Extremely Fine pair, ex Sheriff, with 1975 P.F. certificate

1,500
900
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389
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 389, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, clear grills, some slight offset on back, intense color

FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL.

The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. With 1972 P.F. certificate

17,000
2,600
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390
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 390, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Deep rich color, each stamp shows clear and sharp grill points, choice centering, each stamp with neat strike of target cancel, top left stamp has expertly repaired tear, bottom right stamp light creases and rounded corner

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT F GRILL. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

There is no recorded used multiple larger than a block of four. Used blocks are extremely rare -- we have never offered any others in our Rarities sales or other auctions since 1994.

Ex Twigg-Smith.

9,000
2,400
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391
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 391, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Block of four, original gum, bottom stamps with light gum staining, small h.r., rich color, strong grill impression

FINE-VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.

Almost every 10c F Grill block with Very Fine or better centering has been broken to satisfy demand for singles.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

25,000
4,000
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392
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 392, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Block of four, fairly light cork cancels, reperfed, Fine appearance, a scarce used block, we have offered only one other since keeping computerized records

3,500
1,500
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393
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 393, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Block of four with wide right imprint selvage, original gum, h.r., clear end roller grill in selvage at right, few perf separations sensibly reinforced

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL, WITH END ROLLER GRILL AND IMPRINT SELVAGE. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.

Our records contain around a dozen original-gum blocks of the 12c F Grill. Some of these have may have 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 Herzog. Scott Retail with no premium for the end roller grill or the imprint selvage

50,000
4,250
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394
ngbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 394, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Block of four, unused (no gum), intense shade and impression on bright paper, expertly rejoined perf separations, bottom right stamp small tear

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARING UNUSED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

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.

Ex Ishikawa. Scott Retail as with original gum

35,000
3,500
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395
ng
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 395, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Unused (no gum), crisp impression, few short perfs, otherwise Very Fine

1,600
300
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396
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 396, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Block of six, clear grill points, detailed impression, each stamp with neat "15" manuscript cancel, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS PROBABLY THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.

As an indication of rarity, the Twigg-Smith collection lacked a used block of Scott 98. The Ishikawa collection, known for its multiples, contained a used block of four. We have offered only one used block of four since keeping computerized records.

Scott Retail as block of four and pair.

6,600
1,800
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397
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 397, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Scratch under "A" of "Postage" (99 var), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Scratch under "A" of "Postage" (99 var)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Scratch under "A" of "Postage" (99 var). Unused (no gum), unusual small plate scratch on forehead, also with selvage at left which also shows the grill, light diagonal crease in selvage only, few perfs expertly reattached (neither mentioned on accompanying certificate), the F and Z Grills come with extra grills in the selvage at sides, while the E and D Grills have extra grills at top and bottom, which suggests different sheet-to-grill orientation or a difference in how the grilling devices were made, ex Wagshal, with 1989 P.F. certificate, listed but unpriced in Scott, Scott Retail as normal unused F Grill

3,250
800
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398
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 398, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Split Grills (99 var), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Split Grills (99 var)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Split Grills (99 var). Block of four with bottom sheet selvage and interpane margin at left with full vertical guideline, Positions 81-82/91-92R, grills shifted towards bottom and showing part of the grill in the selvage, top right stamp does not show any trace of the grill at top, original gum, h.r. at left where few perf separations sensibly reinforced

FRESH AND FINE. A REMARKABLE POSITION BLOCK OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL, SHOWING SPLIT GRILLS.

Our extensive records contain perhaps a half-dozen or so blocks of four, plus a block of fifteen and an imprint and plate no. block of six. This is the only block with the split grill variety.

Ex Colonel Green. Scott Retail as normal block of four

45,000
4,750
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399
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 399, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Points Up (99 var), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Points Up (99 var)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill, Points Up (99 var). Clearly-defined grill with the points facing up, small break in the grill, color changeling (not mentioned as such on certificate), neat strike of circle of wedges cancel, Fine, an extremely rare and unusual grill variety caused when the sheet was placed face down in the grilling machine, this is the discovery example, with 1983 and 1984 P.F. certificates, the former not mentioning the variety, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
900
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400
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 400, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Block of four, clear grills, bold cork cancels

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

Approximately a half dozen used blocks are known. Most have faults.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

10,500
1,900
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401
ng
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 401, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Unused (no gum), vibrant color, few small ink spots on back, light soiling in grill allows the points to be clearly seen on the front of the stamp, small corner crease at top left, Very Fine appearance, with 1990 P.S.E. certificate mentioning only the last qualifier

3,300
700
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402
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 402, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill (100 var), 30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill (100 var)30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill (100 var). Showing clear second grill at an angle and slightly overlapping the first, red and black cancels, fresh and Fine example of this grill variety

1,770
250
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403
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 403, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (100 var), 30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (100 var)30c Orange, F. Grill, Double Grill, One Quadruple Split (100 var). Vibrant color, all grills are clearly visible, the quadruple split grill shows in all four corners, light strike of "HIOGO" in double-circle handstamp, faint corner crease at bottom right, short perf at top left, still Fine and dramatic grill variety, the only example recorded by Mr. Drews, ex Herzog, unlisted in Scott

E. 500-750
275
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404
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 404, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill30c Orange, F. Grill, Triple Grill (100 var), 30c Orange, F. Grill, Triple Grill (100 var)30c Orange, F. Grill, Triple Grill (100 var). Showing three clear grills, slightly overlapping (as would be expected) but the three are easily discernible, vibrant color, cork and blue crayon cancels, tiny tears at top caused by the grills, certificate notes "tiny thin in the eye" which is nothing more than a strongly impressed grill point, Fine appearance, a rare and unusual grill variety, with copy of 2005 P.F. certificate, Scott does not list this variety, they do list (but do not price) a triple grill with two split, but none of these are split

E. 500-750
200
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405
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 405, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Fresh color, clear and sharp grill points, segmented cork cancels, some natural paper creases, short perf at upper right

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 30-CENT F GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST USED BLOCKS. ONLY FOUR OR FIVE ARE KNOWN.

All of the other used blocks in our records have faults and are off-center.

Ex Twigg-Smith.

8,750
2,500
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406
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 406, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four, original gum, few h.r., centered slightly to bottom as are all known multiples, deep rich color, bright and fresh

FINE-VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST OUTSTANDING CLASSIC BLOCKS -- NO MORE THAN THREE UNUSED 1868 90-CENT F GRILL BLOCKS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE OUR 1998 ZOELLNER SALE.

Brookman estimated that only three unused blocks may exist. We have been able to locate only two, both with similar centering. One is ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, and has some disturbed gum on the right stamps and a crease on the bottom pair. The other is the block offered here, which is ex Sinkler, Bechtel and Zoellner. This block is also possibly ex Worthington or Hind; both collections contained a 90c F Grill block, but the sale catalogues were restricted from having photographs of stamps, which accounts for the confusion as to the number known.

Ex Sinkler, Bechtel and Zoellner (where acquired by Mr. Drews for approximately half its then-current 1998 Scott Catalogue value). With 1998 P.F. certificate.

75,000
28,000
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407
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 407, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Unused (no gum), rich color on bright paper, clear grill, fresh and Fine, a scarce unused example of the 90c F Grill

5,500
2,800
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408
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 408, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var), 90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var)90c Blue, F. Grill, Split Grill (101 var). Showing part of the grill on each side, rich color, cork cancel, few tiny perf tears at right caused by the split grill, Very Fine example of this grill variety

2,400
225
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409
bl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 409, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: F Grill90c Blue, F. Grill (101), 90c Blue, F. Grill (101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Block of four comprised of two rejoined pairs, centered to right, clear and sharp grill points, large red segmented cork cancels, top left stamp small corner crease and top right stamp rounded corner, otherwise Very Good, an extremely rare multiple, only three intact used blocks of four are known, each with a black cancel, this reconstructed block is desirable with the red cancel, ex Hessel and Rose, Scott Retail as block $26,200.00, Scott Retail as two pairs

1,070
1,500
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