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Suspect Scott #84

This is a curious case, what we have is an 1861 66 2c Andrew Jackson (Black Jack) with a grill. I bought this stamp on EBay for $15.00 as a known fake with the goal of getting it off of the market and doing a proper analysis on it.

The number of grill points is 14 X 18 with the points down on the face. A quick look on the Sonic Imagery Labs Grill Pattern Gauge shows that there is only one grill type that would fit and that is the Z grill (13 to 14 X 18). No other grill type would fit the C grill is 16 to 17 X18 to 21 points and the points are up on the face, the D grill is 15 X 17 to 18 points and the E grill is 14 X 15 to 17 points. The grill itself does not look right either it seems to be narrower at the bottom than at the top, there is a space between the 8th and 9th rows and the only distinct points are cross shaped not H shaped. Below are images of the suspect grill overlaid on D, Z and E grill pattern gauges found on the Sonic Imagery Labs Precision U.S. Specialty Multi-Gauge. The upper left corner point was used as the reference for all three images.

"D" Grill overlayed on the suspect.

The 15 horizontal points of the D grill fit the 14 points of the suspect not to mention a lot of the other points do not match up with the reference points.
"Z" Grill overlayed on the suspect.

The fit with the Z grill is not even close.
"E" Grill overlayed on the suspect.

Same goes for the E grill.

Conclusion: the suspect stamp is a Scott #73, a nicely centered one I might add, with an added fake grill to look like a D or "Z" grill. Of the three stamps the suspect could be, #84 D grill, #85B Z grill and #87 E grill, the most expensive is the Scott #84 D grill with a catalogue value of $4500. I sent this stamp to the A. P. S. to be expertized.

Reference material used:

Sonic Imagery Labs Precision U.S. Specialty Multi-Gauge.

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