Unusual railroad cancel. Any thoughts?

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November 12, 2017

I saw this on eBay and it looked odd, so I figured I'd take a flyer on it. Scott R86c, the $3 Manifest, with a blue circular handstmp cancel, and then what upon receipt I initially thought was document offset... but now I don't think so.

There's a large black ornately typeset boxed cancel (or what I believe is a cancel) that mirrors the company name used in the circular handstamp: Lehigh Valley Rail Road Co.

The lightness of the black area has all the characteristics of document offset rather than a cancel, but if it were offset, it would be a mirror image.

Has anyone seen this or a similar item before? It's not listed in Tolman.

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