Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
586
 
Sale 1255, Lot 586, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Brilliant color, choice centering with unusually wide margins, clear grill points, neat strike of Chambersburg Pa. circular datestamp

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL.

This issue is rarely encountered with the town datestamp used as a cancel.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2000 and 2007 P.F. certificates

425
1,300
587
 
Sale 1255, Lot 587, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Rich color nicely complemented by red oddly segmented cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1988 and 2006 P.F. certificates

475
425
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588
 
Sale 1255, Lot 588, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Beautiful centering with wide margins, crisp impression, blue quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE P.F.

With 2014 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

63
1,900
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589
 
Sale 1255, Lot 589, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill, Very Thin Paper (93 var). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1992 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,900.00 with no premium for the paper variety). Only five grade higher and 15 share this grade, but we do not know how many are on very thin paper. Only one of the nine others we have offered was on this paper variety.

60
1,500
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590
 
Sale 1255, Lot 590, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Choice centering, deep shade, blue 4-Point Star in Circle cancel of New York City, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
350
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591
 
Sale 1255, Lot 591, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Choice centering with Jumbo margins, intense shade on bright paper, blue cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1990 and 2004 P.F. certificates

63
200
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592
 
Sale 1255, Lot 592, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Bright shade, red duplex datestamp and Rosette cancel, well-proportioned margins, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

75
475
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593
 
Sale 1255, Lot 593, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Detailed impression, bold strike of red Circle of Hearts fancy cancel, Very Fine strike of this unusual cancel, with 2010 P.F. certificate

75
350
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594
 
Sale 1255, Lot 594, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Detailed impression, wide margins, neat strike of Galesburg Ill. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, scarce cancelled solely by a circular datestamp, with 2014 P.F. certificate

55
650
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595
 
Sale 1255, Lot 595, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Intense shade, "(N. Y)ork (S)teamship" circular datestamp and also red numeral "4" handstamp, Very Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
225
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596
 
Sale 1255, Lot 596, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Deep rich color, perfect strike of "A.J." (Andrew Johnson) Tombstone with Skull and Crossbones fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff R-5), Extremely Fine strike, rarely struck with this degree of completeness and clarity -- Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency after the assassination of Lincoln in 1865, he was unable to secure the nomination for the 1868 election, partly because he had alienated many politicians and the public, this sentiment is reflected in the fancy cancel, with 1986 and 2001 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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597
 
Sale 1255, Lot 597, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Deep rich color, bold strike of blue Rosette cancel, Extremely Fine strike, with 2009 and 2014 P.F. certificates

E. 300-400
375
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598
 
Sale 1255, Lot 598, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Jumbo margins including right interpane margin, excellent strike of "Mummers" fraternal fancy cancel of Philadelphia, part of circular datestamp at bottom, Extremely Fine strike of this unusual cancel, mumming involves colorful costumes and folk plays, every year in Philadelphia mummers have a parade on New Year's day, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
450
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599
 
Sale 1255, Lot 599, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Rich color, well-struck Fouled Anchor fancy cancel of Fayville Mass., Extremely Fine strike, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
325
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600
 
Sale 1255, Lot 600, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Bright color, clear grill, bold strike of Pointing Hand fancy cancel of Berea O., Extremely Fine strike, with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
425
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601
 
Sale 1255, Lot 601, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Bright color, Three-Leaf Clover fancy cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
225
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602
 
Sale 1255, Lot 602, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Rich color, well-struck blue Leaf fancy cancel of Cheyenne, Dakota Territory, Very Fine strike, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
200
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603
 
Sale 1255, Lot 603, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Radiant color, perfect strike of Flower Petals fancy cancel, Extremely Fine stamp and cancel, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
350
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604
 
Sale 1255, Lot 604, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Bright shade nicely complemented by perfect strike of blue Mummer's Fez fancy cancel of Philadelphia, Extremely Fine strike of this rare fancy cancel, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
160
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605
 
Sale 1255, Lot 605, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Rich color, with captured imprint at left, strike of blue negative Star cancel at bottom, Extremely Fine, rare with the captured imprint, the only examples with imprints we have ever offered are three unused items with selvage, including the unique block of six with plate number, there appears to be two different styles of imprint -- the unique plate number multiple has squared design, ex Haas, with 1979 and 2006 P.F. certificates

875
650
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606
 
Sale 1255, Lot 606, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Rich color, bold strike of cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

850
325
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607
 
Sale 1255, Lot 607, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)5c Dark Brown, F. Grill (95 var). Deep rich color, clearly defined grill, face-free cancels, Very Fine example of this shade which is distinctly darker than the normal Brown yet not as intense as the Black Brown, with 1986 and 2006 P.F. certificates

850
800
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608
 
Sale 1255, Lot 608, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)5c Black Brown, F. Grill (95a). Deep rich color in the true Black Brown shade, remarkably detailed impression showing all of the subtle details of the lathework engraving, well-balanced margins with design well clear of perforations on all four sides, neat strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL IN THE BLACK BROWN COLOR. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE SHADE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

The 5c F Grill is known in Brown, Dark Brown and Black Brown. The first two are in the same color family (listed as Scott 95). The Black Brown is distinctly darker and is given its own sub-letter designation, Scott 95a. The Dark Brown is sometimes mistaken by collectors for the Black Brown shade, but a side-by-side comparison illustrates the significant difference between the two. On the Black Brown the engraved lines are especially clear, it has a proof-like appearance, and is significantly scarcer than the other shades.

Ex Hansen and "Natalee Grace". 1980 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $10,000.00). With 2012 P.F. certificate. Only four have been graded, including one at 95 which realized $40,000 hammer in our Sale 1199. A review using Power Search found we have offered only three others since 1995, two of which were faulty.

2,300
8,000
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609
 
Sale 1255, Lot 609, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)10c Dark Green, F. Grill (96a). Deep shade, wide and balanced margins, light cancel (almost appears unused), unpunched perf at upper left not noted on certificates, Extremely Fine example of the Dark Green shade, with 1984 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90), by way of comparison P.S.E. has not graded any in this shade

325
800
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610
 
Sale 1255, Lot 610, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Rich color nicely complemented by bold red circle of wedges cancel, wide margins, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 1979 and 2008 P.F. certificates

285
275
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611
 
Sale 1255, Lot 611, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Rich color on bright paper, beautiful centering, light strike of blue cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

260
500
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612
 
Sale 1255, Lot 612, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, wide and balanced margins, letter "F" cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

250
300
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613
 
Sale 1255, Lot 613, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Bright shade nicely complemented by blue "Donut" cancel (or bagel, lifesaver or "O"), unusually choice centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1988 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

260
1,500
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614
 
Sale 1255, Lot 614, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Unusually wide and balanced margins, detailed impression, light strike of circle of rays cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1989 P.S.E. and 1988 and 2004 P.F. certificates

250
550
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615
 
Sale 1255, Lot 615, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Intense shade and impression, green cork cancel, pulled perf at left, still Very Fine, extremely rare with a green cancel, we have never offered one before and the P.F. has only certified one other (with a corner crease), with 2008 P.F. certificate, Scott assigns only a $250.00 premium for the green cancel, which seems very low to us

500
325
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616
 
Sale 1255, Lot 616, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Deep shade and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering, quartered cork and red cancels, Extremely Fine, scarce with such choice centering, with 1996 P.F. certificate

375
550
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617
 
Sale 1255, Lot 617, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Intense shade and impression, face-free blue cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2006 P.F. certificate

295
275
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618
 
Sale 1255, Lot 618, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Detailed impression, bold strike of blue segmented cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, attractive with such a distinctive cancel, with 2004 P.F. certificate

295
325
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619
 
Sale 1255, Lot 619, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)24c Gray, F. Grill (99 var). Unusually choice centering with well-balanced margins, detailed impression, rich color, quartered cork cancel and also red London transit at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1868 F GRILL IN THE GRAY SHADE.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates, the former stating Gray shade and the latter stating Gray Lilac. In our opinion this is the Gray shade and was no doubt submitted as the standard shade in error the second time.

1,700
4,000
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620
 
Sale 1255, Lot 620, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)24c Gray, F. Grill (99 var). Rich color which is distinctly different than the Gray Lilac primary shade, neat strike of circle of wedges cancel, trace of red cancel along a few perfs at left, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1868 F GRILL IN THE GRAY SHADE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate.

1,500
2,100
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621
 
Sale 1255, Lot 621, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Lovely color, well-proportioned margins, neat strike of segmented cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,400
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622
 
Sale 1255, Lot 622, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Vibrant color, clearly defined grill, well-struck blue target and red circular datestamp cancels, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a stamp with great visual appeal, with 1988 and 2008 P.F. certificates

1,170
1,100
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623
 
Sale 1255, Lot 623, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Vibrant color on bright paper, clearly defined grill which is visible from the front of the stamp, well-struck Rosette cancel, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,000
750
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624
 
Sale 1255, Lot 624, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Brilliant color, clear grill easily visible on the front of the stamp, face-free strike of red cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1991 and 2003 P.F. certificates

1,120
850
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625
 
Sale 1255, Lot 625, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Lovely color, perfect strike of 9-bar open grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,000
900
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626
 
Sale 1255, Lot 626, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Rich color, well-struck Anchor in Diamond of Dots French Maritime cancel, Very Fine, scarce cancel which is listed but unpriced in Scott, with 2008 P.F. certificate

1,000
550
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627
 
Sale 1255, Lot 627, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Detailed impression on crisp paper, clear grill, face-free strike of cancel, unusually choice centering for this issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

With 1991 P.F. and 2001 P.S.E. certificates

2,500
4,250
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628
 
Sale 1255, Lot 628, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, F Grills (Scott 92-101)1861-68 Issue, Better Cancels. 15 used stamps, four of No. 68 including one with rimless Revenue cancel, one with Three-Leaf Clover, one with Horse's Head and one with green cancel, No. 73 with blue Wells, Fargo oval datestamp, No. 78b with segmented cork, No. 88 with negative Hebrew letter "Aleph", No. 94 with green "PAID" straightline, others, some faults, generally Very Fine strikes, a diverse group, most with certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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