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The Grills and Other Experiments
for the
Prevention and Re-use of Postage Stamps

 

The Grill Experiments

79-E13d
3c Carmine, National Bank Note Co., colored grill with points down. Approximately stamp size, deep rich color, thin spot at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine.
Ex-Finkelburg and Lake Shore, illustrated in Brookman. $1,250.00

79-E13e
3c Colorless circular grill, with “3” in the center with points down on tan wove paper, perforated 12, OG. Please order by position. $250.00 Each

79-E14b
Wove paper with experimental all-over grill with points up, OG. Please order by position. $200.00 Each

79-E15c Formerly 79P4
3c Rose, vertical pair, imperforate, with all-over “biscuit grill”, points up, no gum. Very scarce. $600.00

79-E15c Formerly 79P4
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3c Deep rose shade, horizontal pair, imperforate, with all-over “biscuit grill”, points up, OG. Very scarce. $600.00

79-E15c Variety Formerly 66aP4
3c Lake with all-over “biscuit grill” points up, OG, and perforated12. Perforations probably added after the fact. $250.00

79-E15c Variety Formerly 66aP4
3c Lake with all-over “biscuit grill” points up, OG, imperforate pair with pin hole in the right stamp. Pair $500.00 single $250.00

79-E15d
3c Rose misaligned “music box grill” on finished 3c stamp, OG. $75.00 Each

79-E15d Variety
3c Rose perfectly aligned “music box grill” on finished 3c stamp, OG. Scarce variety. $125.00 Each

79-E15d Block
3c Rose misaligned “music box grill” on finished 3c stamp, OG, upper right sheet margin block of four. $500.00

79-E18a
3c Carmine grilled shield die essay, with a “3” in the center, on thick white wove paper cut to stamp size, no gum. This essay has a points down “biscuit grill”. SCV: $1,000.00 Net $500.00

79-E18a
3c Black grilled shield die essay, with a “3” in the center, on thick white wove paper cut to stamp size, large part OG as was originally applied. This essay has a points down “biscuit grill”. SCV: $1,000.00 Net $500.00

79-E18e
3c Black grilled shield die essay, with a “3” in the center, on thick yellow wove paper, 58x64 mm. Large part OG as was originally applied. $1,250.00

79-E18f
3c Black grilled shield die essay, with a “3” in the center, on thick orange wove paper, 74x79 mm. Large part OG as was originally applied. Small thin well away from the design.
Ex-Finkelburg $1,250.00

79-E18f
3c Carmine grilled shield die essay, with a “3” in the center, on thick orange wove paper, 55x66 mm with a single hole punch at top left. Large part OG as was originally applied. Small thin well away from the design.
Ex-Finkelburg $1,250.00

79-E18k
3c Albino 12x14 mm shield embossed on white wove stamp paper, perforated 12. Shield contains five wide spaced bars. Please order by position. $350.00 Each

85C-E2
Black yellow and white wove paper with firmly impressed points down “Z” grill, OG. $200.00 Each

79-E19a
3c Green shield essay engraved on thick India paper. Rare! $3,000.00

79-E19c
3c Dark red-brown shield essay typographed on thick white paper. Scarce! $2,750.00

79-E19c
3c Dark blue-green shield essay typographed on thick white paper. Scarce! $2,750.00

79-E27b
2c Black engraved relief for surface printing, die essay pulled on thick glazed paper. Very rare!
Ex-Earl of Crawford & Finkelburg $800.00

79-E27e
2c Red trimmed die on India paper, on thick soft card with the colorless parts in relief. With PF certificate.
Ex-Drews $450.00

79-E29c
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on pink laid paper, OG. Very rare!
Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

79-E29c Variety
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on thin transparent laid paper, OG. Unlisted and very rare!
Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

79-E29d
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on pale pink paper, OG. Very rare!
Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

79-E29f
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on thick yellow paper, OG. Very rare!
Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

79-E29h
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on thin transparent paper, OG. Rare.
Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

79-E29i With monogram overprint
1c Red-brown die essay with 11x13 points down grill on thin transparent paper, OG, perforated 12, with red monogram overprint. Very rare!
Ex-Finkelburg $11,000.00

85-E1a
12c Blue on thin transparent white paper with experimental “Z” grill, no gum, perforated 12. $250.00

85-E1b
12c Black on fugitive salmon colored paper with experimental “Z” grill, no gum, perforated 12. $250.00

85-E1d
12c Black on thick heavily laid yellow paper with experimental “Z” grill, no gum, perforated 12. $250.00

85-E1f
12c Brown on thick heavily laid green paper with experimental “Z” grill, no gum, perforated 12. $250.00
 

Sturgeon Patent

79-E10b Variety - John M. Sturgeon Patent
10c Dark carmine die essay, pair, on wove, rough impression, under printed with light carmine lathe work. I does not have the word “CANCELLED” running diagonally in each direction. $575.00

 

Lowenberg Decalcomania Patent

79-E8a Singles
3c Plate essay on onionskin paper, imperforate. Please order by position. $10.00 Each

79-E8a Blocks
3c Plate essay on onionskin paper, imperforate, blocks of four. Please order by position. $50.00 Each

 

                                                  Gibson Patent

79-E23i Singles
3c Five different colors, imperforate, typographed plate essays on white wove, gummed. Please order by position. $50.00 Each

79-E23i Blocks of four
3c Complete set of six different colors, imperforate, typographed plate essays on white wove, gummed, blocks of four. $1,200.00

79-E24c
Lithographed black vignette, faced lined, on solid color background, thick soft buff paper. $495.00

79-E25b Block
3c Dim red lithographed plate essay on opaque white wove paper, block of four. $95.00 We also have singles available at $25.00 each.

79-E25c Singles
3c Ten different colors, lithographed on opaque white paper, poorly printed, with Gibson starch coating. Please order by position. $25.00 Each

79-E25h Singles
3c Six different colors, lithographed on white paper, perforated 12, OG. The centering is typically poor for these. Please order by position. $25.00 Each

 

Network Overprints

Type B

76-E26e
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3c With safety network overprint, without gum, imperforate 12.
Position 1 in Dull brown with pale brown overprint, with left sheet margin. $650.00
Position 2 in Dull brown with pale brown overprint, with left sheet margin. $650.00Position 3 in Dull violet with gray-blue overprint, with right sheet margin. $650.00

79-E26e
3c With safety network overprint, OG, perforated 12.
Position 1 in Dull violet with gray-blue overprint, right sheet margin copy. $650.00
Position 2 in Dull red with gray-blue overprint, right sheet margin copy. $650.00
Position 3 in Dull violet with gray-blue overprint, right sheet margin copy. $650.00


Type C


79-E26f
3c With safety network overprint, OG, perforated 12.
Positions 1 & 2 in Dull violet with gray-blue overprint. $550.00 Each
Position 3 in Dull violet with gray-tan overprint. $550.00
Position 4 in Dull violet with gray-blue overprint, right sheet margin copy. $650.00

79-E26f
3c With safety network overprint, OG, perforated 12.
Position 1 in Rose-red with gray-blue overprint. $550.00
Position 2 in Yellow-brown with tan overprint. $550.00
Position 3 in Yellow-brown with tan overprint, right sheet margin copy, unlisted perforated. $650.00

79-E26f
3c With safety network overprint, imperforate without gum
Position 1 in Pale rose red with gray-blue overprint, left sheet margin copy, and unlisted imperforate. $650.00
Position 2 in Dull violet with tan overprint and unlisted imperforate. $550.00
Position 3 in Green with pale green overprint, right sheet margin copy, and unlisted imperforate. $650.00

 

Type D

79-E26g
3c With safety network overprint
Position 1 & 2 in Green with dull blue overprint, OG, perforated 12. $550.00 Each
Position 3 in Dull red with pale green overprint, without gum and imperforate. Left sheet margin copy and mild diagonal crease. $450.00

79-E26g
3c With safety network overprint
All positions in Rose-red with gray-blue overprint, OG, perforated 12. $550.00 Each


 

Spencer Patent

79-E30d
3c Black essay, liberty design, used in conjunction with the Spencer patent. Typographed on stiff yellowish paper. $750.00

79-E30d
3c Blue-green, liberty design, used in conjunction with the Spencer patent. Typographed on thin white wove paper. Paper not listed in Scott. $750.00

79-E30n
3c Various colors with vignette intact. These have been removed from the larger sheets, perforated 12, vignette perforated 16, Some with gum removed for the sake of preservation. Please order by position. $125.00 Each

79-E30l
3c Seven different colors, die essay of the complete design, die impression on stamp paper, imperforate, with National imprint at the bottom. Please order by position. $175.00 Each

79-E30n
3c Seven different colors, die essay of the complete design, die impression on stamp paper, perforated 12 around the full design, perforate 16 around the vignette, with National imprint at the bottom. Please order by position. $150.00 Each

79-E30o Imperforate singles
3c “Rainbow” plate essays, imperforate on wove paper, with two colors shading into each other. Scarce! Please order by position. $150.00 Each

79-E30o Imperforate pairs
3c “Rainbow” plate essays, imperforate pairs on wove paper, with two colors shading into each other. Pairs are very scarce! $350.00 Each

79-E30r
3c “Rainbow” plate essay, OG, perforated 12, Dull carmine to Dull orange on wove paper. Very rare! $250.00

79-E30r
3c “Rainbow” plate essay pairs, with two colors shading into each other. Pairs are very scarce and rarely offered! $500.00 Each

79-E30s
3c Singles, plate essay, OG, perforated 12, on thin transparent white wove paper. Dull orange and Dull blue-green. $150.00 Each

79-E30s
3c Blocks of four, plate essay, OG, perforated 12. The first Dark brown on yellowish wove paper, with two thins an HR’s. SCV: $600.00 net $400.00. The second and third Dull orange followed by carmine on thin transparent white wove paper. $600.00 Each

79-E30t
3c Singles, plate essay, OG, imperforate. Colors: Dull blue-green, Carmine, and Dull orange which is an unlisted color. $125.00 Each

79-E30t Blocks
3c Blocks of four plate essay, OG, imperforate. Dull orange and Dull blue-green. $500.00 Each

79-E30u
3c Black over scarlet, one color printed directly over the other color. On thin white paper, gummed, with small thin at the top. Rare! $250.00


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