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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: Z Grill

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
347
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 347, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Part disturbed original gum, clear grill, intense shade, three wide margins, perfs just about clear at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.

This is one of the most difficult grilled issues to obtain with decent centering. As further evidence of this stamp's rarity, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only five original gum stamps in any grade, including graded 10 (two), 20, 30 and 50.

With 1986 P.F. certificate stating "part o.g."

17,500
5,250
348
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 348, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Block of four, full original gum, h.r., crisp impression, detailed grills, few faults including toned spots and small thin spots

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL. PERHAPS THREE ARE KNOWN, AND ALL HAVE SIMILAR CENTERING.

Only a small quantity of 2c sheets were grilled during the period when the Z device was active -- after the D Grill (Scott 84), the Z is the rarest of Black Jack grilled stamps. We were only able to locate two other unused blocks. One was offered in our 2014 Curtis sale (also ex Allen and Metzger), which had traces of original gum. Another was offered in our Sale 1037. The block offered in our 1970 Rarities sale has likely been broken, since the bottom stamps were sound.

75,000
8,500
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349
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 349, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Wide interpane margin at right, clear grill, choice centering, unusual strike of Circle of Squares cancel, small thin spot at right, Extremely Fine appearance, a stamp with great visual appeal

1,100
325
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350
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 350, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill, Double Grill (85B var), 2c Black, Z. Grill, Double Grill (85B var)2c Black, Z. Grill, Double Grill (85B var). Intense shade and impression nicely complemented by blue grid cancel, showing second grill slightly out of alignment with the first, light corner crease at bottom right, single perf crease at bottom, still Very Fine example of this rare variety, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records, ex Dr. Rorke, with 1974 P.F. certificate, listed but unpriced in Scott, Scott Retail as normal

1,250
850
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351
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 351, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Horizontal pair, intense shade, bold strikes of quartered cork cancel, light creases at top left of left stamp, few short perfs, otherwise Very Fine, scarce pair, each with light purple backstamp

2,600
800
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352
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 352, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Horizontal strip of three, unobtrusive cancels, right stamp with slight creases, perfs naturally misaligned, a rare multiple of the 2c Z Grill, ex Wagshal, with 1988 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as a pair and a single

3,700
1,000
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353
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 353, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Two pairs and a single, tied on piece by New York Leaf cancels, Fine, a scarce piece with five of the 2c Z Grill, with 1992 P.F. certificate

6,300
950
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354
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 354, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill2c Black, Z. Grill (85B), 2c Black, Z. Grill (85B)2c Black, Z. Grill (85B). Block of four, lightened thick horizontal pen cancels, sharp well-defined grills, lower left stamp with small repair

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE KNOWN USED BLOCKS OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.

Ex Sinkler. This is the only used block we have offered in over 25 years. Scott Retail $10,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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355
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 355, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Original gum, lightly hinged, fairly well-centered for this difficult grilled issue, attractive color, clearly-defined grill, light horizontal crease at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT Z GRILL.

The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed thru the Z Grill, which accounts for the rarity of surviving examples. The stamp offered here is far better centered than most and has only a faint crease.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

25,000
5,000
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356
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 356, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Bottom sheet selvage pair with "The National Bank Note Company City o(f New Y-York)" portion of imprint and "No. 35 Plate", original gum, clear grills, bright color, sensibly strengthened along heavy diagonal crease, few short perfs at left not mentioned on accompanying certificate which also does not mention light natural pre-printing paperfolds mostly in selvage (the diagonal crease may in fact be a pre-printing paperfold)

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT Z GRILL WITH PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE. A PHENOMENAL GRILLED ISSUE RARITY.

The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill. Only a small number of 3c sheets were fed through the Z Grill device. A block of four is known with a small part of the imprint at top, but the stamps have holes and thins, and one is repaired. For all 3c stamps (Scott 65, 88, 94 etc.) the full imprint and plate number are found only at the bottom of the sheet. The pair offered here, with the full plate number and a significant portion of the imprint, is a remarkable artifact.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. Durland lists this pair with a value of $100,000.00. Scott Retail as two singles with no premium for the imprint and plate number is $50,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750
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357
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 357, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Block of four with left sheet margin and part original gum, deep shade and strong grill impression on thin paper--unusual for the 3c Z Grill--extra grills in selvage, centered to top right, a few nibbed perfs at top

AS FINE AS THIS EXTREMELY RARE STAMP EXISTS IN BLOCK FORM. ONE OF SIX KNOWN 3-CENT Z GRILL UNUSED BLOCKS.

The deep shade and very thin paper of this block are atypical of many 3c Z Grill stamps (including essays), but match at least two other unused blocks (ex Caspary). 3c sheets were first put through the Z Grill device in January (EDU 1/29/68), then migrated to the D Grill device about one week later (EDU 2/1/68). The 3c Z and D Grill stamps from this period are printed in a pale Rose shade on medium-thick paper, which did not take the grill very well. If our timeline is correct, the Z Grill was still functioning as late as March 17, 1868, and it is possible that some 3c sheets printed in a different shade on thinner paper were run through the Z Grill just before its conversion to the F Grill. Based on quantities delivered to the Stamp Agent and the time period of E Grill production, 3c sheets must have dominated the grilling devices in the February and March 1868.

We located six blocks in a survey of past auction sales and using Power Search for our sales. The block offered here is arguably the finest.

Ex Klein and acquired by Mr. Drews in our 1998 Zoellner sale, where it realized one-third of its then-current Scott Retail value of $34,000.00. With 1975 P.F. certificate

120,000
26,000
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358
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 358, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Wide margins, clearly-defined grill, bold Star fancy cancel with part of circular datestamp at left, tiny tears at top, short perf at bottom right, Very Fine appearance

3,250
800
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359
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 359, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C), 3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C)3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Vertical strip of seven, rich color, clear grills, bold strikes of rosette cancel, few faults including top stamp with tear at right

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL. A MARVELOUS SHOWPIECE.

The 3c Z Grill was in production for only a short period of time before the device was replaced with the F Grill, so few multiples are known. Ex Ishikawa. Scott Retail as singles

22,750
3,750
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360
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 360, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Intense shade, clear grill, unobtrusive strike of target cancel, reperfed at right, Very Fine appearance

2,400
350
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361
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 361, 1867-68 Grilled Issue: Z Grill12c Black, Z. Grill (85E), 12c Black, Z. Grill (85E)12c Black, Z. Grill (85E). Horizontal strip of three, intense shade and impression, clear grills, side stamps with grills 13 points across and center stamp with grill 14 points across, target cancels, right stamp natural inclusion, each stamp with small corner crease

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL. ONE OF THE KEY MULTIPLES USED BY JEROME WAGSHAL TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE Z GRILL COMES IN TWO SIZES.

Scott Catalogue notes that the Z Grill is identified as having 13-14 points across by 18 points high. This strip demonstrates the two different grill sizes.

Ex Wagshal. With 1986 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in Scott even as a pair. Scott Retail as singles with no premium for the grill variation

7,200
2,600
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