Sale 1289 — 2023 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2023
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "BEDSPRING" SAFETY NETWORK OVERPRINT, ATTRIBUTED TO EMANUEL HARMON, ON THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH BUFFALO NEW YORK PATENT CANCEL.
The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essay offered here conforms to the Harmon patent and is so attributed in the first Chronicle article. We are aware of only one other example with this Buffalo patent cancel. An example with a Washington D.C. cancel is also known (see Sale 890, lot 263).
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT A GRILL. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PERFORATIONS INTACT.
Due to the nature of the grilling machine and the overall grill, most examples of this issue have missing or ragged perfs. The example offered here, with intact perfs all around, is a condition rarity.
Ex Geisler, Curtis and Lesnik. With 1986, 1990 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates
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.
Ex Zoellner, Dr. Puliafito, "Natalee Grace", "Golden Oak", Morton and Myerson. 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."
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM PART-IMPRINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.
This is the upper left stamp from the block of four offered in our 1992 Rarities sale and sale of the Curtis collection.
Ex Curtis (as a block) and Przybyl. With copy of 1994 P.F. certificate for the block. Scott value $25,000.00
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 12-CENT Z GRILL.
With 1986 and 2007 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85). With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $2,750.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2000 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,850.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT F GRILL. A SCARCE STAMP IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
With 1984 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,250.00). Only four grade higher and four others share this desirable grade.
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 1868 5-CENT F GRILL WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Ex Przybyl. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott value $17,500.00
FRESH AND FINE. A REMARKABLE POSITION BLOCK OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL, SHOWING SPLIT GRILLS.
Our records contain fewer than ten blocks of four, plus the iconic ex Gross pieces--a plate block of eight (Sale 1188, lot 85) and a block of 15 (Sale 1200, lot 92). These blocks come from the complete pane in the de Coppet collection sold in 1893.
Ex de Coppet, Colonel Green, Drews and Przybyl. Scott value as normal block of four is $45,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE FOLDED LETTER TO JAPAN FROM THE THOREL CORRESPONDENCE, WITH A CHOICE QUALITY 1868 GRILLED ISSUE FRANKING.
Charles (or Karl) Thorel was one of many western merchants doing business in Japan after the 1858 Harris Treaty formalized commercial relations between the United States and Japan. Thorel partnered with a Swiss-born merchant named Karl Ziegler in the silk-trading firm of Thorel, Ziegler & Company. The company was based in Yokohama and operated from 1865 to 1868, at which point the partnership dissolved. Thorel continued in business under the name Charles Thorel & Company. Were it not for the Thorel correspondence, collectors would have no 24c or 30c 1869 covers to Japan. In addition, there are quite a few Thorel covers with stamps of earlier issues or other 1869 values. This cover comes from the more recent discovery of Thorel letters, sold through Dr. Wilhelm Derichs auction house in Germany (August 29, 2014).
From the Magnolia collection.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. OUR CENSUS CONTAINS ONLY 18 EXAMPLES AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST.
The 12c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 389 of the 12c were sold; the remaining 9,611 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
Our census of Scott 107 used, at https://siegel-auctions.com/census/us/scott/107, records only 18 examples with contemporary cancels. Of these, only ten are potentially sound. Of all the stamps in our census, this example and the one offered in our 2022 Rarities sale have the most face-free cancels.
Census no. 107-CAN-18. With 2021 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85 XQ).