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The Richard Drews Collection of U.S. 1861-1868 Issues continued...

Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Grills, Charles F. Steel
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
224   ImageCharles F. Steel, 1867 Grill Patent Card. 66 x 76mm thick buff card, with patent no. 70,147 and manuscript or printed "C F Steele, Manufacture of Postage Stamps, Patented Postage & Revenue Stamps, October 22nd, 1867.", small scuff at bottom right and minor toning, a wonderful and historic item for the classic stamp or grill collector, accompanied by 3c shield-shaped perforated essay with grill as an example of the work (79-E18d), original gum, small thin spot and gum crease, appears Fine, Scott Retail for the essay alone is $1,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
225   ImageGrill Production Collateral. 107 x 79mm bond paper signed by Alexander Duke, "Operator of the Grilling Machine National Bank Note Company", Alex Reid, "Maker of Grilling Cylinder for Continental Bank Note Co.", and W. Dougherty, a transfer technician (written in pencil), oil stain at top right, a rare and fascinating signed item for grill production, likely unique, ex Thomas Morris Sr. (Siegel Sale 505) (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
226 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a). 80 x 140mm wove paper bearing four different types of grill impressions, signed "First experiments of grill, Chas. F. Steel" at bottom, all four are unadopted grill designs, one very strong and breaking thru paper at bottom, light toning has been professionally removed, crease at bottom right, few minor thins

AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE ESSAY SHOWING THE FIRST EXPERIMENT OF THE GRILLING DEVICE INVENTED BY CHARLES F. STEEL AND SIGNED BY HIM. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GRILLED ISSUE ITEMS IN EXISTENCE.

On October 22, 1867, Patent No. 70,147 was issued to Charles F. Steel for a device specifically designed for applying a grill to postage stamps (see lot 224 for the patent card). As noted in our introduction to the grilled issues in the Siegel Encyclopedia, available at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/1867.pdf , correspondence is known from Steel as early as 1865 demonstrating his efforts to persuade officials to employ his invention. This essay, likely produced in 1865, is of great historical importance.

We are aware of only three examples of this rare essay. One of the others, ex Finkelburg, has the positions of the top and bottom grills reversed.

Ex "Lake Shore". Illustrated in Scott Catalogue on p. 846 (Image)

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$ 9,000.00

SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
227 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essays on White Wove (79-E13b, 79-E13c). Complete set of five stamp-size essays, including cross in square, star in square, horizontal lined oval in square, diagonal lined oval in square and perforated circle (with 24 holes) with large waffle points down grill, all original gum, narrow h.r. at top which causes a few to have some faint toning at top, last shows a few breaks in the grill from a heavy impression

VERY FINE. THIS COMPLETE SET REPRESENTS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THESE EARLY ODD-SHAPED COLORLESS GRILL ESSAYS. A SPECTACULAR SET FOR EXHIBITION.

The first four odd-shaped grills offered in this set also show grilling in the larger square background. This might indicate the use of two different grilling devices in their production, but Brookman notes in his United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century that the grill points on each stamp are in perfect alignment -- indicating that the backgrounds were polished to allow the central design to stand out more clearly. Therefore, it is surmised that they were produced by the same grilling device.

Ex Brazer and Finkelburg. Illustrated in Brookman on p. 77 and in Scott Catalogue on p. 846. (Image)

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$ 7,000.00

SOLD for $7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
228 E ImageCharles F. Steel, 3c Carmine, Colored Grill with Points Down on Quadrille Batonne Watermarked Paper (79-E13d). 43 x 27mm, deep rich color, small thin spot at top, appears Very Fine, very rare, the only other example we have encountered (ex Finkelburg and "Lake Shore") has a second partial grill below the main grill, Scott lists this essay that way, probably because the editors were not aware of this example which lacks the second partial grill, ex Thomas Morris Sr. (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $550.00
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229 Ebl ImageCharles F. Steel, 3c Grill Essay, Red Network Frame, Perforated 12 (79-E13 var). Colorless grill with "3" as seen in other 79-E13 listings, on stamp paper, original gum, h.r., red network frame is pasted onto essay, Fine and very rare, we have not encountered another, unlisted in Scott (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
230 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Grill Essay, Perforated 12 (79-E13 var). Stamp-size horizontal pair, original gum applied to bottom -3/4 of essay, -5/8 inch diameter points down circular grills, right essay with single pen stroke cancel (no doubt to test the ink penetration of the grill), horizontal gum creases visible from front, otherwise Very Fine, a most unusual grill essay, unlisted in Scott but reminiscent of the circular grill essays listed under 79-E13 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $225.00
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231 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) All-Over Grill Essay on White Paper (79-E14b var). 144 x 117mm paper with 144 x 28mm grill across middle, from a male roller with Z Grill-like horizontal ridges, applied from reverse so points up (points slightly pierce the paper), with manuscript "Ten Thousand Dollars" written across grilled area, no doubt to test ink penetration, light creases from folding mostly outside the grilled area, insignificant tear at left, Very Fine appearance, undoubtedly unique, ex "Belmont" (Siegel Sale 581), unlisted in Scott (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
232 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essay on White Wove (79-E14a). 46 x 26mm male grill, pyramidal bosses with points down, on 97 x 47mm wove paper with red "521800" control number struck inside grill, pen markings in grill no doubt to test ink penetration, light creases from prior folding, Very Fine and extremely rare (despite the modest catalogue value), this and the example offered in the following lot (with no. 521801) are the only recorded examples (Image)

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$ 450.00

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
233 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essay on White Wove (79-E14a). 47 x 26mm male grill, pyramidal bosses with points down, on 97 x 52mm wove paper with red "521801" control number struck inside grill, light creases from prior folding, Very Fine and extremely rare (despite the modest catalogue value), this and the example offered in the prior lot (with no. 521800) are the only recorded examples, illustrated in Scott Catalogue on p. 846 (Image)

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$ 450.00

SOLD for $500.00
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234 E ImageCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) All-Over Grill Essay on Light Gray and Salmon Papers (79-E14b). One of each showing female grills with points up, light gray is 80 x 55mm, salmon is 87 x 55mm, clearly-defined grills, both with area at top ungrilled, fresh and Very Fine, rare (Image)

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$ 400.00

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction

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