EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1867 EXPERIMENTAL ALL-OVER GRILL IN EXISTENCE. A PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- CENTERING, COLOR, IMPRESSION, PAPER, PERFORATIONS AND CANCELLATION.
The August 1867 3c experimental A Grill was the first grilled issue. It was soon learned that the all-over grill weakened the paper and interfered with perforating and separating, resulting in rough perforations and pieces torn out of the margins when split apart. Within two months of A Grill production the apparatus was modified by dividing the embossed area into smaller rectangular units within each stamp (C Grill).
The 3c A Grill, Scott 79, is one of the most distinctive of 19th century United States stamps by virtue of its consistently poor appearance. The Scott Catalogue values this stamp in Fine-Very Fine grade and with perforation faults, the norm for the issue. Any example with complete perforations and in sound condition is valued far in excess of the Scott Catalogue price. The example offered here, which received a clear but not as heavy grill impression as usual -- allowing the perfs to remain intact -- has realized hammer prices of many multiples of Scott value each time it has been sold, including $35,000 and $47,500 hammer in its last two auction appearances.
Ex Zoellner, Dr. Puliafito, "Natalee Grace" and "Golden Oak". With 1966, 1987 and 2012 P.F. certificates. Scott Catalogue states that "Values for No. 79 are for Fine-Very Fine examples with minor perf faults. Examples with complete or virtually complete perforations sell for much more."
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT ROSE C GRILL WITH A COLORED CANCEL.
The 3c is the only denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down. Like the all-over A Grill this is classified as an experimental grill and saw limited production and use in late 1867, just after the A Grill experiment and prior to the more widespread use of other grills in early 1868.
With 1986, 2002 and 2013 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
The device equipped with the D Grill was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 9, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 2c D Grill (2/15/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place only a day or so after sheets of 2c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. The great rarity of 2c D Grills, relative to all other regular-production grills, bears out this theory.
With 1991 and 2010 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL.
With 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL.
As experienced collectors know, Black Jacks with perforations clear of the design are scarce, and those with the Z Grill are rare.
With 1998 and 2004 P.F. certificates noting red and black cancels. The way they are struck makes us think the cancelling device was first used with one color and was re-inked in the second color before this was cancelled, causing the two colors to display.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE -- MADE MORE DESIRABLE BY THE STRIKING "B" CANCEL. P.S.E. HAS AWARDED THIS STAMP THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AND IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.
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. Our review of past auctions, including Power Search, found precious few sound copies with Extremely Fine centering, and none that rival this stamp.
Ex Merlin and "Hanover". P.F. certificate no. 340419 no longer accompanies (states "genuine"). With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $27,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL, WITH PHENOMENAL IMPRESSION AND SHADE, BEAUTIFUL MARGINS AND PERFORATIONS AND A CLEAR GRILL. THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The 12c Z Grill stamps are often quite off-center. The example offered here is a true condition rarity.
Ex "Natalee Grace". With 2006 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT HESITATION WE REGARD THIS ONE-CENT E GRILL AS ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES EXTANT. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE SERIES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. A MARVELOUS COMBINATION OF THE FOUR C's -- COLOR, CLARITY, CENTERING AND CANCELLATION.
Ex Dr. Puliafito and "Natalee Grace". With 1987, 2000 and 2012 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED 1868 2-CENT E GRILL BLACK JACK WITH A BLUE CANCEL.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00 without premium for the blue cancel). Only three grade higher (two at 95J and one at 98J)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00 as normal paper). Only three grade higher (two at 95J and one at 98J). SMQ does not separate the paper types so this may be the highest grade awarded to the very thin paper variety. Scott Retail as normal paper
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH JUMBO MARGINS. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Ex "Natalee Grace" and "Clipper City". With 2002 and 2017 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $4,750.00). Only two grade higher (both 98J) and only one other shares this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT E GRILL, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE ON RECORD AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.
Ex Zoellner, "Natalee Grace" and "Hanover". With 1989 and 1998 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT E GRILL WITH A VIVID RED CANCEL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Dr. Puliafito. With 2004 P.F. and 1998 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by two others. One of the others has a light black cork cancel (ex Kirke); the other has a black cork and blue transit cancels (ex Dr. Dauer)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL -- THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $12,500.00). Only one grades higher (at 98J) and only two others share this desirable grade. With 2011 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 XQ). This is the highest grade awarded by the P.F. to No. 92, and this example is the only one to achieve it
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex "Connoisseur", Dr. Morris and Collier. With 1992 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL IN EXISTENCE. A MARVELOUS STAMP.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $4,000.00). The highest grade awarded and shared by no others. Certificate notes "Centering Appearance: Gem 100J" so they took off a full five points for the manuscript on back
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL JUMBO-MARGINED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND ONLY ONE OTHER SHARES IT.
With 2008 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,000.00). The highest grade awarded and only one other shares it (ex Kirke)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00 with no premium for the very thin paper). Only two grade higher and nine others share this grade, but we do not know if any others are this paper variety
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL IS RARELY OBTAINABLE IN THIS OUTSTANDING USED CONDITION. THIS STAMP, WITH SUPERB CENTERING AND A RED LEAF CANCEL, IS REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.
The higher-denomination F Grills were produced in limited quantities and are often found either off center or with choppy perforations.
Ex Kirke. With 1987 and 1996 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,500.00). The highest grade awarded and shared by only four others. We have sold three of the others, which all have black cancels
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL, A STAMP RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH WIDE MARGINS AND PRECISE CENTERING.
Ex Zoellner and Senchuk. With 1991 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,250.00). Only two grade higher (at 95). Scott Catalogue states "Values for No. 100 are for copies with small margins, especially at sides. Large-margined examples sell for much more."
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL WITH A RED CANCEL.
The 90c stamps used to make grilled issues were printed on a thick stock of paper. It is likely that sheets remaining from the pre-grill period were used and that the thinner paper introduced in 1868 had not been used for the 90c value. Two characteristics of 90c F Grill stamps are poorly punched perforations and generally poor centering.
Ex. Dr. Morris and Bowman. With 1985 and 1994 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,850.00). In our opinion this stamp deserves a 95 grade based on eye appeal and margin width, but the slightly wider top margin and non-rectangular overall conformation kept the current graders at P.S.E. from reaching the same conclusion. Regardless of the numerical grade, this is one of the most beautiful 90c F Grill stamps in existence.