Sale Number: 1024
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The Natalee Grace Collection of Used Stamps of the United States, Part One

3c 1867 C Grill, 2c-3c 1868 D Grill (Scott 83-85)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
140   3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around, bold strike of quartered cork cancel beautifully accentuates the clear grill points

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The 3c is the only denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down. Like the all-over A Grill this is classified as an experimental grill and saw limited production and use (probably in late 1867) just after the A Grill experiment and prior to the more widespread use of other grills in early 1868. The 3c B Grill, Scott 82, is only known from a cover dated Feb. 17, 1869, and was probably produced much later than the C Grill.

Ex Blocker. With 1989 and 2004 P.F. certificates. (Image Magnifier)

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141   2c Black, D. Grill (84). Intense shade and detailed impression, well-balanced margins, wonderful perforations, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of cork cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 3c D Grill and the 12c Z Grill. It is our theory that two grilling machines were used simultaneously, and that one of the machines was converted from the D to E Grill in early 1868, after a small number of 2c sheets were run through the D-equipped machine. This was the first time the Black Jack received a grill.

Ex Twigg-Smith but not offered in his single-owner sale. With 1981 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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4,500 Current Sale
142   3c Rose, D. Grill (85). Radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of radial cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT D GRILL MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS PHENOMENAL STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

It is our hypothesis that two grilling machines were used to make regular-production grilled stamps, beginning in January 1868. Based on our analysis of grill production, the D Grill machine was refitted with the E Grill on or about February 3, 1868. Based on the earliest known uses of the 3c D Grill (2/1/68) and 3c E Grill (2/12/68), it is our theory that the conversion from the D to E Grill took place very soon after sheets of 3c stamps were first run through the D-equipped machine. This would explain the scarcity of 3c D Grill stamps.

Ex Ishikawa and Hinrichs. With 1993 and 2004 P.F. certificate. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $27,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other has achieved this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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