Sale 1278 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 March, 2023
Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue and 1861 Re-Issue (Scott 79-111)
FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT ALL-OVER GRILL.
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 small rectangular units within each stamp (C Grill).
Ex "Laila". With 1975, 1988 and 2005 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM STAMP. THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE REGULARLY-PRODUCED GRILLED ISSUES, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CENTERED, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF 90 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
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 sound, original-gum condition. Our review of past auctions, including Power Search, found precious few sound copies with at least Very Fine centering.
With 2021 P.F. certificate (XF 90). This is the highest grade awarded by the P.F. to an original gum Scott 85C (shared by one other). By way of comparison, the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. is VF 80 (two examples).
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL.
With 2022 P.S.E. certificate