VERY FINE. ONE OF EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1867 ALL-OVER GRILL, OF WHICH ONLY SEVEN ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS AND ONLY TWO ARE SOUND. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
There are eight 30c A Grill stamps recorded in our census, 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 in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. It 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. Five of the available stamps have missing or pulled perforations and/or margin defects. The small stain at bottom of the stamp offered here is very minor and should not be considered a "fault" in the technical sense of the term. This stamp is for all purposes sound and thus of even greater rarity and value.
Census no. 81-CAN-02. Ex Schilling and from our 1975 and 2015 Rarities of the World sales (one owner between 1975 and 2015). With 1969 and 2015 P.F. certificates. 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".
VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FOUR 3-CENT B GRILL STAMPS DISCOVERED TOGETHER ON A COVER IN 1969, WHICH REMAIN THE ONLY EXAMPLES KNOWN TO PHILATELY. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN THE WORLD AND A KEY TO A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS.
The distinguishing characteristics of the true B Grill are its size--22 points wide by 18 points high (18 x 15 mm)--and the points-up orientation of the grill, which shows as a pyramidal (male) grill impression on the back. The four recorded 3c B Grill stamps were discovered in 1969 on a cover mailed in February 1869 from Mason, Texas, to Germany. A photograph of the complete cover as discovered is shown here. Our census data can be found at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/82 .
The shade and thinner paper of the 3c B Grill stamps are more typical of the mid-1868 printings and quite different from the paler Rose shades and thick paper of the 1867 and early 1868 3c grilled issues (A, C, D, Z and some E production). The shade and paper indicate that the B Grill was implemented after the 1867 experimental period and after the first two months of regular 1868 grill production. Perhaps the B Grill was created during the process of making a replacement grilling device for one of the two machines. The grilling surface must have worn during production of many thousands of sheets, and it seems likely that replacement grills would become necessary in mid-1868. Through miscalculation or possibly deliberate experimentation, the grill size per stamp on this new B Grill device was twice the width of the F Grill. Based on the small number of surviving copies, this wider grill must have been quickly modified or discarded. Sheets with the B Grill made their way into the regular supply and, in the case of the discovery examples, were used in early 1869.
This stamp was the first example of the 3c B Grill (Scott 82) ever offered at auction when it appeared in our sale of the Dr. Drew B. Meilstrup collection on May 2, 1973 (lot 148). It was acquired by a private collector in that sale for $23,000 hammer. By comparison, just two years later the 1c Z Grill (Scott 85A) was offered in our 1975 Rarities sale and realized $42,500.
Census no. 82-CAN-02. Ex Drew B. Meilstrup (Siegel Sale 431, May 2, 1973) and from our 2015 Rarities of the World sale (one owner between 1973 and 2015). With photocopy of 1969 P.F. certificate for the cover and with 2015 P.F. certificate as this single.
FRESH AND FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
The 3c is the only denomination that was regularly issued with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT Z GRILL. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE GRILLED SELVAGE.
This stamp is one of the pieces of evidence supporting our theory that the Z and F Grills were used in succession on the same machine, while the D and E Grills were used in succession on another machine. Additional grills on Z/F Grill selvage always occurs at the sides, while additional grills on D/E Grills always occur at the top or bottom.
From our 2006 Rarities sale. 1955 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott value without gum is $6,750.00. Scott value as original gum
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
Excluding the supremely rare grills -- 5c and 30c A Grill, 3c B Grill, 1c, 10c and 15c Z Grills -- the 3c Z Grill is the rarest of the regularly produced grilled issues. Examples of the 3c Z Grill are usually far off-center and faulty. This stamp is one of the few sound original-gum examples of the 3c Z Grill with Very Fine centering.
Ex "Laila". With 1993 P.S.E. and 2001 P.F. certificates
FRESH AND VERY FINE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL.
With 1983 P.F. certificate for a block of four ("Unused OG", which at the time meant Mint N.H.) and 2006 P.F. certificate for this single
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF THE 1868 3-CENT E GRILL.
With 2004 A.P.S. certificate
VERY FINE. A LOVELY ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT E GRILL WITH THE "TAG" TRANSFER VARIETY.
With 1977, 1990 and 2006 P.F. certificates
FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE PANE OF THE 1868 2-CENT BLACK JACK F GRILL AND THE ONLY KNOWN COMPLETE PANE OR SHEET OF ANY BLACK JACK STAMP.
The 2c stamp of 1863-68 depicting President Andrew Jackson has long been a favorite of stamp collectors and has been the inspiration for a number of famous named collections and exhibits, including those of Allen, Rorke, Metzger, Burrows, Fosdyke-Ray and Faust. The Jackson portrait, based on an 1842 painting by John Wood Dodge, takes up nearly the entire design, making the 2c Black Jack one of the most striking 19th century stamps.
A complete pane or sheet of any classic stamp is the ultimate display piece for a specialized collection. This 2c F Grill pane is the only one in existence and is, in fact, the only full pane of any Black Jack issued (Scott 73, 84, 85B, 87, 93 or 103).
From our 1984 Rarities sale and ex Metzger and Fosdyke-Ray. Scott lists but does not price a plate block of this issue. Scott value as a plate number strip of four and 96 hinged singles is $49,700.00
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL.
With 1995 and 2001 P.F. certificates
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 10-CENT F GRILL, WITH POTENTIALLY MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
Scott value $26,000.00 as hinged block
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT BLACK F GRILL.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 12-CENT F GRILL WITH EXTRAORDINARILY PRECISE CENTERING. VERY FEW BLOCKS OF THIS QUALITY REMAIN INTACT TODAY.
Our records contain around a dozen original-gum blocks of the 12c F Grill. Some of these have probably 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 Whitman. With 1983 and 2006 P.F. certificates. Scott value $40,000.00
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
With 2003 P.S.E. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
Scott value $45,000.00
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN AND THIS SOUND EXAMPLE IS PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE.
Our records contain fewer than ten unduplicated blocks of four of Scott 99, plus the two iconic ex-Gross blocks -- the block of fifteen (Sale 1200, lot 92) and the imprint and plate number block of eight (Sale 1188, lot 85). Several blocks have faults, and a few might have been broken since their last appearances in auctions decades ago.
Ex Whitman. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott value $45,000.00
FINE-VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE SET OF THE 1861-66 RE-ISSUES IN CHOICE QUALITY.
All except 1c with P.F. or P.S.E. certificates