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U.S. Revenue stamps - continued

Proprietary stamps

Early series

Scott RB1a, 1, pair with plate number 1C

Scott RB1b, 1, used, plate number 1C

Scott RB1P5, 1¢ proof, plate number 1B

Scott RB2a, 2, pair with plate number A3

Scott RB2P4, 2¢ proof on card, pair with plate number A3

Scott RB3, 3¢, pair with plate number 13

Scott RB4a, 4, plate number 7B

Scott RB4P3, 4 proof on India paper, plate number 7B

Scott RB4P4, 4¢ proof on card, plate number 7B

Scott RB6a, 6 ¢ proof on card, plate number 7B

Scott RB7P4, 10 proof on card, plate number 4

Scott RB11a, 1, plate number 4

Scott RB11b, 1, plate number 4

Scott RB11c, 1¢, plate number 4

Scott RB12b, 2, plate number 6

Scott RB13b, 3¢, plate number 7

Scott RB14b, 4, plate number 12

Scott RB16a, 5¢, plate number 11

Scott RB16P3, 5¢ proof on India paper, plate number 11

 

Battleship series (1898)

Scott RB20, 1/8, Plate Number 8135

Scott RB20p, 1/8, Plate Number 11911

Scott RB20r, 1/8, rouletted, Plate Number 8265

Scott RB21, 1/4, Plate Number 7962

Scott RB21p, 1/4, Plate Number 11199

Scott RB21r, 1/4¢, Plate Number 7981

Scott RB22, 3/8, Plate Number 7979

Scott RB22p, 3/8, Plate Number 9414

The plate number is inverted - the bottom of the plate number should be toward the stamp image as on all other issues.

Scott RB23, 5/8, Plate Number 9357

Scott RB23p, 5/8, Plate Number 11448

Scott RB235, 5/8¢, Plate Number 8061

Scott RB24, 1 green, Plate Number 7928

Scott RB24p, 1 green, Plate Number 11594

Scott RB24r, 1, Plate Number 7928

Scott RB25, 1-1/4, Plate Number 8046

Scott RB25p, 1-1/4, Plate Number 11444

Scott RB25r, 1-1/4, Plate Number 8044

Scott RB26, 1-7/8, Plate Number 8375

Scott RB26p, 1-7/8, Plate Number 8365

Scott RB27, 2¢, Plate Number 7945

Scott RB27p, 2, Plate Number 9464

Scott RB27r, 2, Plate Number 7956

Scott RB28, 2-1/2¢, Plate Number 8021

Scott RB28p, 2-1/2, Plate Number 9400

Scott RB28r, 2-1/2, Plate Number 8047

Scott RB29, 3-3/4, Plate Number 8363

Scott RB29p, 3-3/4, hyphen-hole perf 7, Plate Number 8357

Scott RB29r, 3-3/4, Plate Number 8357

Scott RB30, 4¢, Plate Number 7944

Scott RB30p, 4¢, Plate Number 9441

Scott RB30r, 4, Plate Number 7949

Scott RB31, 5, Plate Number 8014

Scott RB31p, 5, Plate Number 9439

 

Brown Numerals (1911)

Scott RB32, 1/8¢, hand-entered Plate Number 267

Scott RB34, 3/8¢, hand-entered Plate Number 266 (without "PL")

Scott RB35, 5/8¢, Plate Number 388

Scott RB36, 1-1/4, pair with hand-entered Plate Number 269

Scott RB44, 1/8, hand-entered Plate Number 267

Scott RB45, 1/4¢, pair with hand-entered Plate Number 260

Scott RB48, 5/8, Plate Number 268

Scott RB50, 1-1/4¢, hand-entered Plate Number 269

Scott RB51, 1-1/2, pair with hand-entered Plate Number 256

Scott RB54, 2-1/2, pair with hand-entered Plate Number 270

 

Blue Numerals

Scott RB65, 1, pair with Plate Number 3623

Scott RB66, 2, Plate Number 9783

Scott RB67, 3, pair with Plate Number 4786

Scott RB68, 4, Plate Number 3720

Scott RB69, 5, Plate Number 4007

Scott RB71, 10, Plate Number 3926

Scott RB73, 40¢, pair with Plate Number 3770

 

Semi-Private Proprietary stamps

The law requiring the use of the "battleship" proprietary stamps took effect July 1, 1898. The stamps had not yet arrived at the Binghamton, NY, revenue office, home of one of the largest mailers of proprietary medicines, Dr. Kilmer & Co., by the deadline for their use. The Kilmer company was unable to persuade local revenue agents to allow them to ship their goods and pay the taxes by sworn statement and a lump sum, and no other source for the required revenue stamps was available. Faced with huge losses if their goods could not be shipped, or huge penalties if they shipped the goods without the required tax stamps, Kilmer improvised by overprinting the 1, 2 and 3 regular postage issues of the day with one of two types of private overprints - in effect, creating "semi-private" proprietary stamps. The overprints are on the 1 green Franklin, Scott 279; 2 carmine Washington, Scott 267a; 2 red Washington, Scott 279Be; and 3 Jefferson, Scott 268.

Eight types of stamps, Scott RS307 through RS315, are known canceled with dates ranging from July 5 to July 15, 1898, after which presumably the required Battleship stamps arrived in Binghamton and were used going forward. Single examples of these overprinted proprietary stamps are rare enough in themselves; plate number material has not been seen by this writer. If you know of examples of plate number singles or blocks of these overprinted issues, please submit them to our web site so we can illustrate them for all collectors.

 

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