FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1867 ALL-OVER GRILL, OF WHICH ONLY SEVEN ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
There are eight 30c A Grill stamps recorded in our census, which is shown here and available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/81 . All are centered to upper right and cancelled by a quartered cork (at least two types). One of the eight is The New York Public Library's copy, which was stolen and recovered, but those responsible for finding a buyer for the stolen stamp added ink to the face to change its appearance. Excluding the NYPL copy, there are seven 30c A Grill stamps available to collectors. Six of the available stamps have missing or pulled perforations and/or margin defects. The all-over grill weakened the paper, causing issues with poor separation, so the experiment was discontinued after a short period of time.
Census No. 80-CAN-04. Ex Worthington, Hind, Peyton ("Isleham"), Lutwak and Lessin. The footnote in Scott Catalogue notes that "All are more or less faulty and/or off center. Values are for off-center examples with small perforation faults".
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT Z GRILL -- ONE OF THE SCARCER REGULAR-ISSUE GRILLS AND VERY RARE IN UNUSED CONDITION IN THIS QUALITY.
Ex Rorke and Golin. With 1976 and 1994 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 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, especially in unused condition.
With 1972 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS GORGEOUS STAMP IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL IN EXISTENCE. ONLY TWO OTHERS KNOWN TO US CAN BE FAVORABLY COMPARED WITH THE CENTERING OF THE STAMP OFFERED HERE, BUT THE INTENSITY OF SHADE AND OVERALL CONDITION OF THIS STAMP SURPASS ANY WE HAVE SEEN.
Although the supremely rare Z Grills (Scott 85A, 85D and 85F) have attracted more attention over the years, the rarity of original-gum examples of the 2c, 3c and 12c Z Grill has been well-known to collectors who demand Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering and original gum. Unlike the 2c Z Grill, no well-centered blocks of the 3c or 12c have been available to furnish singles.
A review using Power Search found only one other sound and reasonably well-centered copy, offered in our 2009 Alan Whitman sale.
With 1971 and 1994 P.F. certificates
FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL.
As a measure of the scarcity of the 2c E Grill in original-gum block form, none was contained in the Eno, Lilly or Caspary collections. A block of four with similar centering was offered in the Klein sale.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT ROSE E GRILL. RARELY SEEN IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
The 3c E Grill should not be confused with the F Grill in terms of condition. It is far rarer in this original-gum condition and Extremely Fine Gem grade. The reason could be that multiples, from which such choice stamps can be harvested, have always been scarce, and single stamps saved by collectors in albums typically have disturbed gum from multiple hinges. Therefore, this lightly hinged 3c E Grill, with its intense shade and enormous margins, should be given special attention.
With 1999 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL. FAR RARER IN THIS CONDITION THAN ITS F GRILL COUNTERPART.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE RAREST GRILLED ISSUE BLOCKS AND PROBABLY THE LAST 1868 15-CENT E GRILL BLOCK TO SURVIVE IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.
Our records contain only three other unused blocks of four, and no larger multiples. One if these is reperforated at right (ex Lilly). The Zoellner block of four was broken into singles after the sale, as have most multiples containing stamps with decent centering.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
A FINE APPEARING LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL.
With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks of four, three pairs and a single
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCKS OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL IN THIS CHOICE GRADE.
Almost every 10c F Grill block with Very Fine or better centering has been broken to satisfy demand for singles. This block is a rare survivor.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT F GRILL. UNUSUALLY FRESH WITH INTENSE SHADE AND IMPRESSION.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL -- A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
Almost every original-gum block containing Very Fine or Extremely Fine stamps has been broken for the singles market. 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.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT F GRILL.
A review using Power Search and a perusal of classic named-sale auctions revealed very few sound original-gum examples of the 15c F Grill with Very Fine or better centering.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY CHOICE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL. THIS BLOCK IS EASILY AMONG THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
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. The demand for choice original-gum examples of the 15c F Grill has resulted in the decimation of virtually every well-centered block in existence. Other surviving blocks have faults such as thin spots or creases.
With 1995 P.F. certificate