Lot 2195 o1867, 3¢ rose, C. grill, sharp clear cross-roads cancel, exceptional centering amid beautifully balanced margins, rich radiant bright rose color and a complete well defined grill impression, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 1996 P.S.E. & 1995, 2005 & 2022 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-S 95, SMQ $9,750).
Scott No. 83 $1,100.
WITHOUT QUESTION - ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 3¢ C. GRILL ISSUE.
We known of only one other used 3¢ C. grill issue of comparable quality with similar P.S.E. grade. No other examples are known with any grade higher.
Lot 2196 o1867, 3¢ Rose, C. Grill, New York town and rosette duplex cancel, well centered amid large margins, bright fresh color and well defined grill impression, full even perforations, Extremely Fine; with 1991 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 83 $1,100.
A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE WHICH IS AMONG THE FINEST KNOWN.
Certain stamps transcend today's grading system, which focuses primarily on centering, this is one of those stamps, it possess outstanding centering, bright color, freshness, fancy rosette cancellation and full perforations, all of which make this gem impossible to duplicate.
Lot 2197 o1867, 3¢ rose, E. grill, light blue town duplex cancel, exceptional centering amid large beautifully balanced margins, stunning deep rich color and detailed impression almost unheard of on this issue, an Extremely Fine gem, one of the most exquisitely beautiful used examples of the 3¢ E. grill we have ever encountered; with 2017 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 88 $30.
Lot 2198 o1867, 12¢ black, E. grill, full red cork cancel, well centered amid nicely balanced margins, strong color and a sharp detailed impression, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, an attractive 12¢ E. grill bearing a complimentary color cancellation; with 2022 P.F. certificate Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $650).
Scott No. 90 $450.
Lot 2199 o1867, 1¢ blue, F. grill, very thin paper, light face free target cancel, precision centering amid wide margins, strong vibrant color, Extremely Fine and choice, due to the fragile nature of this paper, this issue is not often found sound and with exceptional centering; with 2022 P.F. certificate Graded (XF 90, SMQ $1,250 for normal paper).
Scott No. 92 var. $750.
ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 1¢ F. GRILL ON VERY THIN PAPER.
Lot 22001867, 10¢ yellow green, F. grill, o.g., lightly hinged, well centered amid wide margins, rich deep color on bright fresh paper, strong well defined grill, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a wonderfully fresh and immaculate mint 10¢ F. grill issue, a very difficult stamp in such choice condition; with 1992, 2000 & 2022 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $5,100).
Scott No. 96 $2,500.
Lot 2201 o1867, 15¢ black, F. grill, very thin paper, neat fancy circle of wedges corner cancel, precision centering amid large evenly balanced margins, rich bold color, an Extremely Fine gem, due to the fragile nature of this paper, this issues is not often found sound and with exceptional centering, with exceptional centering and margins as such - we feel this stamp is a bit undergraded; with 2022 P.F. certificate Graded (XF 90, SMQ $875 for normal paper).
Scott No. 98 var. $475.
ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1867 15¢ F. GRILL ISSUE ON VERY THIN PAPER.
Lot 22021867, 30¢ orange, F. grill, wonderfully fresh full o.g., neatly hinged once at top, rich brilliant color, exceptionally well centered especially for this notoriously tight margin issue, bright and wonderfully fresh, strong well-defined grill impression, Extremely Fine; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 100 $12,500.
A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The 30¢ 1861-68 Issue is one of the most difficult classic United States classics issues to find in premium condition. The narrow spacing of the plate leaves many with perforations cutting into the design. Color is also an issue with many stamps oxidizing from the apparent high metallic content of the ink used to print this orange color. The stamp offered here with exceptional centering and post office fresh color and paper is a true condition rarity.
Lot 2203 o1867, 90¢ blue, F. grill, exceptional centering with wide well balanced margins, beautiful shade and impression, red cork cancel, much better formed perfs than typically encountered, an Extremely Fine gem, after reviewing all known graded examples at the P.S.E. and despite the grade attributed by the P.S.E., this is in our opinion this is the finest example, with perhaps the exception of the 90¢ Graded 100; with 1985, 1994 P.F. & 2015 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SMQ $4,850).
Scott No. 101 $2,800.
A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90¢ F. GRILL, COMBINING CHOICE CENTERING, PERFORATIONS, COLOR AND A PREMIUM CANCEL.
The 90¢ 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 bad centering. This stamp is a remarkable exception. The perfs are much better formed than usual (although they show the genuine characteristics) and the centering is precise. In this stamp there is also the added feature of a striking red cancel.