These are the newest additions to my collection.
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Boston & Worcester Railroad. Tolman B-10. Double transfer at top, position 78.
C. S. Clark. Lumber dealer.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Three strikes from the steamship OCEAN QUEEN.
Very crisp example of extensive double transfer at bottom, also showing considerable doubling in FIVE and left scrollwork.
Z. D. S., Treas. Del. Co.. Treasurer of Delaware County perhaps?
Horizontal strip of 5. Catalogue value shown is for 2 pairs and a single.
Stix, Krouse & Co.. Wholsale clothing.
A. A. Constantine.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Single strike from the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. ship GREAT REPUBLIC. Stamp also has a strongly recut frame line at upper left.
A. C. Badger.
B. A. M. W.. Great cancel, but could be a trimmed R51c. The margins are small and a bit jagged.
M. K. Jessup & Company. This mixed cancel attributes the star-numeral-star punch cancel that is frequently seen.
Bruhn & Waldkirch.
Wm. H. Guild, General Agent.
Bannock Ditch & Mining Co..
Camden & Atlantic Rail Road. Octagonal boxed railroad cancel. Unlisted in Tolman.
Block of 4 with punch, manuscript, and block LIQUIDATED handstamp cancels.
D & M. R.. Vertical pair.
T.E.H. Meticulously-drawn block letter cancel.
P.V.K & Co..
American Tunnel Co.. Double transfer, position 121 (erroneously listed as a triple transfer in Scott) along with a bold handstamp cancel.
Precanceled diagonal bisect on piece.
Reading Savings Bank. Central portion of crude oversized bank handstamp.
Block of 4.
S. Myers, Sheriff. Interesting 'Sheriffs Deed' manuscript cancel.
S. Myers. Interesting 'Sheriffs Deed' manuscript cancel.
The Oakley Soap & Perfumery Co.. 5/8-cent battleship Proprietary revenue stamp still affixed to the back of an ornately printed envelope of 'Oakley's Florabel Sachet'.
Uncancelled left-margin pair. Per the Curtis Census, only the 5th reported multiple of any size.
Block of 4 and a single, used illegally as revenue stamps, paying 10-cents tax on a January 1, 1872 promissory note. Used blocks of #113 are incredibly scarce, considerably more so than mint blocks. To my knowledge, this is the only reported revenue usage of a #113 block.
One bored clerk. ;)
S. W. F. & Sons.
Very unusual handstamp with 'NOT(?) FOR NEW ENGLAND' in wording.
Northern Pacific Express.
W. C. For???. Unusual printed signature cancel, some of the lettering indeterminate. Second initial could be C, G, or E. Bottom margin imprint partially visible.
Eureka Fire & Marine Insurance Co.. Very ornate large format shield/boxed handstamp cancel.
E & B. Shield cancel with script "E & B". Notice how the dates in the cancel cover multiple years rather than being a specific date. Unusual.
Thomas J. Lancaster. Agent of the Germania Fire Insurance Co. Very scarce stencil cancel.
S. O. A. Murphy, General Agent. Large format multi-line handstamp cancel.
Chase & Co.. Scarce octagonal 'Rail Road and Ste(amship) TICKET OFF(ICE)'.
W. H. S.. Crude block handstamp.
L. S. Co..
George H. Moore, Clerk. Court Quarter Sessions.
Dr. S. S. Fitch & Son. Unusual in that the overwhelming majority of proprietary cancels are either handstamped or printed.
V & Co..
Absolutely huge vertical margins.
Scratched plate. Quite scarce.
Dry Dock Savings Bank. Two superb strikes of ornate boxed cancel on a bank draft receipt.
E. & M.. Beautiful ornate circular cancel.
The Edward Flash Co.. Incredibly scarce document with manuscript Future Delivery provisional overprints. Three 40-cent, eight 1-cent, and twelve 2-cent documentaries, all manuscript overprinted "F.D." The official overprinted Future Delivery stamps were not yet available. This confirmation memo was for 100 barrels of cotton seed oil to be delivered in January 1918.
Orange serial numbers. Complete strip of 4 (unlisted in Scott) with the bottom stamp being the double transfer.
USPS. 2-cent battleship used illegally as postage on cover with Pan-American Exposition cancel, caught and held for postage.
USPS. Illegal use of revenue as postage on an illustrated hotel cover.
USPS. Illegal use of 2-cent battleship revenue as postage, long out of period, on ship cover with attractive REGULATING OFFICE marking on front and ship's visit cachet cancel on reverse.
USPS. Illegal use of revenue as postage on an RPO cover.
USPS. 2-cent battleship used illegally as postage on cover. Caught and sent to Dead Letter Office where it waited until postage was paid for and then regular postage stamp affixed. Great auxiliary markings.
Vertical pair used illegally as revenues on a bank check.
Illegal use of Scott #157 as revenue stamp on an 1873 check with vignette.
Illegal use of 2-cent Black Jack (Scott #73) as revenue stamp, subsequently caught and R15c affixed over the top, on a court document.
New London Northern Rail Road. Illegal use of Scott #65 as revenue stamp on a handwritten receipt from the New London Northern Rail Road.
Grant & Prest. Illegal use of Scott #65 used as revenue on an attractive billhead from Grant & Prest, 'Wholesale and retail dealers in groceries, agricultural implements, field and garden seeds.'
Illegal use of Scott #158 as a revenue stamp overpaying the tax on a check.
Illegal use of 2-cent Andrew Jackson (Scott #157) as revenue stamp on a check.
Illegal user of 2-cent Black Jack as a revenue, along with an R15c, on a promissory note.
Connecticut Retreat for the Insane. Illegal use of 2-cent Black Jack on a receipt from the Connecticut Retreat for the Insane.
Illegal use of Scott #113 (2-cent horse and rider) as a revenue stamp.
L. Reynard. Illegal use of Scott #73 as revenue.
Margin imprint single used illegally as a revenue stamp on an affadavit. Ironically, the document is attesting to the fitness of a William Henderson to practice law.
10-cent Jefferson used illegally as postage on an 1871 promissory note.
Illegal usage of postage stamp as a revenue on document.
Illegal usage of postage stamp as a revenue on document.
People's Transportation Company.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Three strikes of Pacific Mail Steamship Co. single-line cancels, two of the ship MONTANA and one of the ship GREAT REPUBLIC. Mixed-ship occurences, while documented, are very scarce, with only a handful known to exist.
Alfred Tatem. Vertical bisect on a complete label for a trial size of 'Fish's Saratoga Asperient' prepared by George H. Fish & SOns, Saratoga Springs, New York. The regular size would have been taxed at 4 cents, hence the 2-cent tax on the trial size. Scott lists but does not price RB4d. This is the first example I have ever seen. I am aware of one other example, found by a New York collector approximately 40 years ago.
A. L. Howe for Arkansas Construction Co.. Not only a first day of tax usage, which are highly sought after, but also an illegal/improper usage, with RB28 2-cent proprietary battleship used instead of a documentary. A double whammy!
Scott # RO157a, proprietary match stamp from D. M. Richardson, used illegally/improperly as a documentary on an 1867 handwritten receipt. Very scarce. Ex-Morrissey.
Phillips & Jordan Iron Co.. Gorgeous Phillips & Jordan Iron Co. stock certificate, featuring an R112 with socked-on-the nose cancel at right along with a hammered matching embossed seal at left. What really takes this certificate to 11 is the manufacturing vignette at center. It may not be apparent in the scan, but it is printed in reflective metallic bronze, extremely unusual.
Jacob B. Ritter. This may very well be the largest ornate handstamp cancel I have ever seen, on a billhead from Jacob Ritter, 'importer of bolting cloths'. The branding in the cancel text matches the branding at upper left on the billhead. Gorgeous!
Standard Perfume House. A colorfully printed envelope of perfume powder with RB21 affixed, with 'S.P.H. 1899' (Standard Perfume House) straight line cancel.
B. Baker, town clerk. An 1866 dog license from Brookline, Mass., with a dog's head vignette. Very uncommon document type. Reading the text of the statutes, it's clear that while while there were penalties for harming a licensed dog, society of the time had no love for unlicensed animals, which were to be killed on sight. The SPCA would not approve...
Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette Railroad Co.. Monthly railroad pass, taxed as an agreement (see language above stamp). There are some very beautiful railroad passes with RNs imprinted upon them, but they are incredibly expensive. The ones like this from the Civil War era are actually less common, but they bring less on the market.
Boston and Providence Railroad Corp.. Bill of lading from the Boston and Providence Railroad, with an illegal usage of a 2-cent Blackjack as revenue.
F. A. Packard, General Insurance Agent. This is a very unusual certificate, an underwriter's policy renewal certificate. As a bonus, it has a great ornate insurance agent handstamp cancel. Ex-Morrissey.
Louis Iken. 1872 3rd bill of exchange, New York to London, from Louis Iken (cotton broker), showing a complete strike of a large format device that Iken used to modify his business checks upon the break-up of his partnership (the bar obliterated the previous business name). Ex-Morrissey.
Office of the Collector of Internal Revenue. Silver Tax Form 2 indicating no profit on the transaction, and thus no tax due, yet 1 cent was required to be paid and a 1-cent silver tax stamp was affixed, in order to process the form. Unusual.
Diagonal bisect attached to a vertical right margin pair of R15c, paying 5 cents tax on a contract.
USPS. Illegal usage of revenue as postage on a picture postcard, with a great strike of an RPO cancel.
Tallant & Co.. A ratty and tattered, yet still attached second and third bills of foreign exchange, with R25c and California revenue affixed.
Ames Plow Co.. Billhead with attractive vignette.
Germania Fire Insurance Company. One of the most beautiful stock certificates ever produced (in my opinion).
Steamer Eagle. Attractive bill of lading with a paddle-wheel steamer vignette, featuring handstamp cancels with the steamship's name and the captain's name.
Kuntz Brewery. Check made out to Marel (Marcel?) Kuntz, and the stamp canceled with the brewery's beer cancel. Very unusual!
Mechanics' Bank. Scott #63, 1-cent Franklin used illegally as a revenue on a bank check with a great arm-and-hammer vignette in green. Tax was underpaid, as it should have been 2 cents.
The Hartford Fire Insurance Co.. Insurance premium receipt.
L. B. Simonds. 'Ambrotype artist'. Wonderful large-format stencil backstamp. It's possible this was also used as a stamp cancel; if you have any examples, please contact me.
Rare provisional overprint, similar to Scott R156-158, but smaller format, on a marriage certificate from Huron County, Michigan. This is the second such document reported, the first having received a clean Philatelic Foundation certificate.
Pacific Mail Steamship Co.. Bold and complete strike of a very scarce rounded-corner boxed cancel. It almost always is found on 25-cent denominations, very rarely on low denominations.
A. S. K???K & Co.. Ink manufacturers.
Fabbri & Chauncey. Cut cancel, but also a beautiful well-placed handstamp cancel.
Fitchburg Railroad Co..
Abel Guy. Once of the late-date California imperf usages.
Damon & Baker. Rare proprietary medicine cancel. Damon & Baker was located in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada.
H. S.. Large bold typeset printed cancel.
S. T. W.. Very unusual font.
J. & J. Stuart & Co.. Very interestingly inked cancel; appears to have a ribbon background.
Walker & Taylor. Very scarce 4-line printed cancel: 'W. & T. CONDITION POWDER 1866.'
Very unusual, possibly an improper/illegal documentary use? 'EJH Dec'd (deceased?)'.
Walker & Taylor. Excellent inverted strike of 8-line printed cancel: 'SLOAN'S Condition Powder, Horse Ointment, Family Ointment. Instant Relief. WALKER & TAYLOR'.
Providence Institution for Savings.
L. N. Keeler. 'Commission merchant, and dealer in flour, grain, feed, &c.'
Ainsworth & Bonbright. Large format oval handstamp cancel. Agricultural dealers.
B. L. Mann & Co.. 'Commission merchants & hide & leather dealers'.
Union Comb Co..
Wonderful ornate ornament at center.
W. T. Hatch & Son. Lovely multiline red handstamp 'FOR DEPOSIT IN BANK OF NEW YORK TO THE CREDIT OF W.T. HATCH & SON'.
The National Market Bank. Large format double-rim oval handstamp cancel.