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Scott Number: R3c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5645
Denomination/Type: 1c Proprietary, red, perforated
2023 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 0.50
Estimated Retail Value: $ 250.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Printed
Cancel Color: Black
Cancel Date: December 1865
Cancel or Company Type: Druggist/Pharmacist/Patent Medicine
Company: S. R. van Duzer
City: New York
State: New York
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.
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