General Tecumseh Sherman (biography)
8¢ - Bright violet brown or violet brown
Scott #257 - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $1-$4
No postmark with gum (MH): $20-$50
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $80-$180
Issued: Issued July 18th 1894,
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
Quantity Issued: 2,426,100. 8¢ was the registry fee.


Earliest recorded date of use, May 11th, 1895.
(much later than the date of issue due to the excess stock of the 1893 8¢,
which had no triangle in the corners.)

Expect to see a lot of heavy cancels on this as it was the registered
rate and registered cancels are typically heavy.
Above left is a typical oval registry cancel (Chicago) and
above right the same from New York.


Occasionally postmarks from states that had tiny amounts of mail in this year can add to the value.
This is particularly true of Alaska and the Territories. For a list of the number of stamps issued
by each state in the year ending 30th June 1894 click here.

The source photograph of General William Tecumseh Sherman

257-E1
Die Proof on India

257-P1
Large Die Proof on India
58 x 61mm, die sunk on 152 x 203mm card

257 P2
Roosevelt Album Proof
Mounted on gray card

257-TC1
Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
46 x 55mm
Note that the triangles are absent,
trial color was used by B.E.P before alterations

257-TC1
Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
Black

257-TC1
Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
Violet