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Month: October 2019

Interesting Manuscript Revenue Cancel

Interesting Manuscript Revenue Cancel

… or so it would seem at first glance. It would be real easy to blow right past these in a lot/accumulation if you weren’t paying close attention. This diagonal “A.E. Dougherty” cancel is actually not a manuscript cancel. In fact, given the precise match of the angle between the two stamps, these are likely printed cancels rather than handstamped. Additional examples would be needed to be more certain. The manuscript markings at left and right are interesting as well:…

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What Is The Technical Philatelic Term For These?

What Is The Technical Philatelic Term For These?

I’ve seen documents with these before, but I don’t know what to call them. This document was in a lot of illegal usages of postage stamps used as revenues, but I’m sure these are not revenue-related, as there was no revenue tax in effect in 1855. The bisect and quadrisect pieces are not initialed in any way, but are positioned right next to signatories to the document. So were these used in lieu of a notary embossed stamp? What is…

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My Sterling Kingbrook Auctions Experience

My Sterling Kingbrook Auctions Experience

I thought I’d give a brief rundown of my recent experience with Sterling Kingbrook Auctions. I’d seen and spoken with them at CHICAGOPEX every year for the last several years, but had never bid in their auctions before, as they typically don’t have a lot of U.S. revenue material. In their October 12 auction, however, they had several revenue lots that were of interest. Their auction was listed on Stamp Auction Network, however there was no live bidding through that…

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Fake! Bogus! Fraud! Traveshamockery!

Fake! Bogus! Fraud! Traveshamockery!

… and yet I find it interesting nonetheless. Certed by the PF as having counterfeit IR overprints, this reconstructed full OG irregular block still makes for an interesting aesthetic piece. The original submitter apparently also included a 1981 PF cert of a (supposed) genuine used example of a Mt. Clemmens (Clemens?) provisional IR overprint. The only examples I could find at the PF are the certed used example and a single unused example similar to the block, deemed counterfeit. The…

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