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Lee & Munson. Lee & Munson JOKES breath perfume handstamp cancel dated 1869, but stamp is clearly a silk paper with multiple blue threads apparent on both sides of the stamp. The silk paper did not exist prior to early-mid 1870, but it was not uncommon for users of proprietary cancels to use the same cancel for extended periods of time, so this cancel could easily have been used into 1870.
A one-of-a-kind piece, a complete bottom margin plate block of 16 used improperly as revenue stamps.
The Franklin Bank of Cincinnati. Doubling showing in lettering at bottom.
Crocker & Co., Bankers. Nice large-format oval bank handstamp cancel.
Jas. B. Haines & Sons. Block of 4 plus a single. Very unusual document. Not only is the date of the cancel two plus years PRIOR to the date the document was written, but the anti-protest clause at right is overly dramatic, encouraging the bank to 'PUSH VIGOROUSLY' for payment.
Farmers National Bank.
Pleasant Valley Wine Co. Lovely sight draft with vignette.
Double transfer in stars, plate position as yet unidentified.
USPS. A strip of three 1-cent Express (R1c) used illegally as postage, caught and a 6-cent penalty (double the postage amount) assessed. All 3 stamps are tied by a bold December 29, 1863 Washington, DC postal cancel. A lovely example of a wartime illegal/improper usage.
S. R. van Duzer. A 1-cent Proprietary (Scott #R3c) with printed/typeset precancel on an unfolded box top from S.R. van Duzer. This piece showcases perfctly what we collectors frequently lament as lack of care with respect to the stamps themselves, when in fact the workers of the period cared not one whit... nor were they required to. The sheets of stamps were cut up once removed from the printing press, and it didn't matter how close the cuts aligned with the perforations. The only thing that realistically mattered was affixing the canceled stamp to the product to prove the payment of tax. A very scarce piece.
First National Bank. Four 1876-81 checks from the First National Bank in Hartford, CT with 2-cent Propritary revenue stamps used illegally/improperly as documentaries. The top two 1876 checks have RB11a (silk paper) affixed, and the bottom two 1881 checks have RB11b (watermarked USIR) affixed.
Harnden Express Co. Express company receipt. The revenue stamps overlapping is nominally illegal, although universally condoned. Note that the two 1-cent Express stamps are paying the 2-cent recipt tax, not the 2-cent express tax, which by late 1865 had long since been repealed.
A very nice dual-EMU! A May 1863 protest document with the original instrument (a January 1863 promissory note) attached. It's odd in that the 25-cent revenue paying the tax on the protest is affixed not to the protest document itself, but to the original document, overlaying the 15-cent revenue paying the original tax. What is notable though, is that BOTH stamps are EMUs (early matching usage): R40a 15-cent Inland Exchange imperf paying the tax on the original promissory note, and R49a 25-cent Protest imperf paying the tax on the protest.
Joseph Greenleaf, Treasurer.
Tax Collector, City of St. Louis.
Four singles of the 10c Foreign Exchange on an 1865 Indiana indenture.
G & Co.
Scarce double transfer down left side, most visible in scrollwork, TWENTY, and FO of FOREIGN.
Very scarce position piece, a horizontal strip of four with full plate number imprint at right. Sadly torn in half and reattached. Catalogue value shown is simply that of two pairs.
Robbert Fitton. A fancy large-format embossed cancel from Robert Fitton, 'Manufacturers of Woolen Fancy Cassimeres' in Cavendish, Vermont. The word 'cassimeres' is an archaic spelling of cashmere.
Steve Kopecky, Notary Public. Uncut examples of R660, R664, R673, R706, and R707 on a 1957 warranty deed.
Pauline E. Koch, Notary Public. Uncut solo usage of 1953 $1.65 documentary on a 1957 warranty deed.
Fritz A. Nagel, Notary Public. Uncut examples of R571, R577, R595, and R607 on a 1953 warranty deed.
Partola Products Co. Uncut examples of R666, R675, R677 and R726 on a 1959 deed.
The Litchfield Security Co. 1898 Colorado promissary note with two 10-cent battleship documentaries and two provisional overprint revenues, the latter with overprints shifted dramatically to the north.
USPS. 1-cent battleship documentary used illegally as postage on a 1904 leather postcard to New Denver, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian receiving handstamp on reverse.
Samuel Dexter Hastings, State Treasurer. Very attractive bi-color draft.
Secretary of the State of Wisconsin. Unusual check from an audit of the state school fund income account.
USPS. 2-cent Proprietary battleship revenue stamp used illegally as postage on an 1899 Spanish American War patriotic cover.
USPS. Two 1-cent proprietary revenue stamps used illegally as postage on an 1899 Spanish American War patriotic cover.
Very scarce and under-catalogued imperforate between pair. I've seen less than 10 examples come to market over the last 20 years.
Very scarce and under-catalogued imperforate between pair. I've only seen examples come to market 2 or 3 times over the last 20 years.
Unusual large format (7in x 4in) 'Magic Lantern' glass slide in wooden frame with remains of a 15-cent 1st issue revenue stamp affixed, dated April 29, 1865, approximately two weeks after Lincoln's assassination.
The Peoples National Bank. Interesting check that straddles the beginning of the Spanish American War tax period. Check written on June 28, 1898 with the admonition 'this check not goot till July 2/98' submitted for payment on July 2, 1898 and revenue stamp affixed, a second day of tax usage.
James E. Woods, Notary. Second issue 30c and 20c paying 50 cents tax on an 1872 chattel deed.
Tropical Fruit Corp. Sight exchange document drafted in Kingston Jamaica on the Bank of Nova Scotia, with funds drawn on the account of the Tropical Fruit Corporation in New York, with multiple U.S. and Jamaica revenue stamps on the reverse.
Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. Sequence of five annual life insurance policy renewal receipts from 1865 through 1869, all for the same policy, with the last one bearing an illegal use of the 1869 2-cent post horse and rider as a revenue stamp. Unlike today, life insurance policies were generally a luxury only the wealthy could afford, so they were not common.
Two confirming examples of the same diagonal plate scratch just touching liberty's head. Note also that what initially appear to be stray ink dots throughout are also persistent, which means that they are not merely a printing anomaly but more likely plate erosion. The left stamp exhibits an additional plate scratch at upper right which is not present on the right stamp, so presumably the left stamp was printed later, after an additional scratch had occurred.
Double transfer at bottom that resembles a doubled bottom frame line.
Largest jumbo I have seen of this stamp with three large margins. Unfortunately the top-to-bottom centering precludes grading.
Elgin National Watch Co. Very nice typeset printed cancel.
Second National Bank. Three versions of a uniquely engraved fish vignette from the account of John Elsey, a fish dealer. You can see variances both in color and in the position of the revenue imprint with respect to the vignette. Of special interest is the unique fish-shaped check protector used over the dollar amounts.
The London and San Francisco Bank, Ltd.
The Bank of Leadville.
National Bank of New England. Account of Emory Johnson, Manufacturer of Cotton Twines, Neptune Twine Mills. Not sure if it was printed in 2 colors or hand tinted. Small documents (checks, receipts, notes, etc.) printed in more than one color of ink are very unusual, as most companies would not have gone to the additional expense.
American National Bank. Account of The Sharps Rifle Co, with beautiful background vignette of crossed rifles.
City National Bank. Printed in black, red, green, and brown, with reflective gold ink used for the frame and banner borders. Account of the Travelers Insurance Co.
The Phoenix Insurance Co. Printed on translucent parchment/onion skin. Draft drawn on account of the Connecticut River Banking Co.
S. Lemon Banking Co.
First National Bank. Account of W.A. Lowell & Co., Dealers in Hardware, Cutlery, Stoves, Tinware and Furnaces, House Furnishing Goods. Revenue imprint shifted to the right instead of being printed at center, in order to not overlay the attractive vignette underprint.
C. H. McCormick & Bros.
Jacksonville National Bank. Account of John I. Chambers, Wholesale and Reatil Dealer in all Kinds of Lumber.
Merchant's Savings Loan & Trust Co. Changed via violet handstamp from original GERMAN NATIONAL BANK.
Merchants Savings Loan & Trust Co. Account of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co.
Addison Goodell, Real Estate & Farm Loan Agent. Printed on dark blue paper.
Banking House of E. C. Haskett & Co. Printed in metallic bronze ink.
Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Railway Co. Beautiful railroad piece printed in orange.
German Savings Bank. Majestic vignette and great font usage.
J.H. Branch & Bro., Bankers.
Piatt & Allen. Wholesale dealer in boots and shoes.
The National Bank of Somerset. Drawee combination manuscript and printed red; serial number printed in blue.
Traders National Bank. Account of Cephas M. Lewis, Commission Merchant. Train vignette. Printed in metallic gold/bronze ink.
First National Bank of Provincetown. Account of the Atlantic Mutual Fire and Marine Insurance Company. Very ornate check protector.
Townsend National Bank.
First National Bank of Manistee. Ornately engraved check from the Buckley & Douglas Lumber Co., 'Manufacturers of Lumber, Lath, Shingles & Salt,' Cityscape at left shows layout of factory grounds.
Aull Savings Bank. Two attractive vignettes.
Pacific Rail Road of Missouri Auditors Department.
N. Armstrong & Co., Bankers. Account of the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company. Indian vignette at left.
First National Bank.
Banking House of L.H. Hershfield & Bro. Vignette of miner and his dog on a draft payable in gold.
Farmers and Miners' Bank. Vignette of the battleship Iowa.
Wells, Fargo & Co.
Agency of the Bank of California. Account of the Gould & Curry Silver Mining Company.
First National Bank of Helena. Beautiful orange and green bank draft depicting a bank's counter with weighing scale.
Clinton National Bank.
Banking House of L.H. Hershfield & Brother.
Banking House of L.H. Hershfield.
Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Co. Considerably more scarce than the G type that is most frequently seen on these drafts.
Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Co.
USPS. 1941 10-cent documentary used illegally as postage on an oversized 1943 special delivery cover, caught and 10-cents postage due assessed. A scarce mid-20th century in-period usage.
Banking House of George P. Harrington. Draft, drawee is Marine & Fire Ins. Co., Springfield, Illinois.
Phillipsburgh National Bank. Account of Joseph C. Stewart.
The Merchants National Bank of Albany. Account of Gay & Quinby, Grain Commission Merchants. Vibrant pink and green color.
S. D. Hungerford & Co's Bank.
Steuben County Bank. Account of the Pleasant Valley Wine Co. The medallions at top center are printed in gold foil.
National Mohawk Valley Bank. Beautiful patriotic vignette and bicolored printing.
William Topping & Co.
William Topping & Co.
The American Exchange National Bank. Check from the very company that printed the tax stamps on these checks (American Phototype Co.), payable to the IRS for $1,000 for 'I.R. stamps.'
The American Exchange National Bank. Unusual greenish-brown color caused by environmental exposure and/or unstable violet ink.
The American Exchange National Bank.
American National Bank. Manuscript changed from 'American Exchange National Bank'.
Atlantic National Bank.
The Bank of New York.
Central National Bank. Account of Porter & Higby.
The Chatham National Bank. Account of Samisch & Goldmann, Steam Printers and Wood Engravers.
Fourth National Bank. Interesting 'per pro' handstamp above signature, meaning 'by delegtation to' or 'on behalf of'.
Fourth National Bank. Account of Partridge & Smith, Commission Merchants.
The Hanover National Bank. Revenue imprint at left so as to not overlap Type G facsimile imprint at center.
Marine National Bank.
The Marine National Bank.
The Manufacturers' National Bank. Imprint positioned at right. There was supposed to be a 'GERMANIA BANK' paste-up strip over Manufacturers National Bank, but on most examples the strip has come off.
Merchants' National Bank.
National Bank of North America.
National Bank of North America. Imprint is in bronze metallic ink.
National Bank of North America. Imprint is in bronze metallic ink.
National Bank of the Republic.
The National Broadway Bank. Account of the American Gas Machine Manufacturing Co.
National Citizens Bank.
National City Bank. The word GOLD is printed in gold metallic ink.
National Park Bank.
The Pacific National Bank.
Bank of Niagara.
Rockland County National Bank.
Oliver Stark Banking & Exchange Office.
National Bank of Salem.
Cleveland, Columbis, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Co.