Daniel Webster (biography)
10¢ - Green, Dull green or Dark green
Scott #258  - Un-watermarked - 1894
Poorly centered


Used: $1-$4
No postmark with gum (MH): $25-$60
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $100-$220

Issued: Issued September 17th 1894, Earliest recorded date of use, November 19th, 1894.
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
Quantity Issued: 12,263,180

Above is a typical example of the 1894 Bureau Issue, you will notice the blind
perfs and rough appearance of the perforations. The machines for perforating the stamp had just
been relocated from New York to Washington DC and did not have the old operators from the ABC,
consequently the new operators took some time to get used to perforating the large sheets of 400
stamps. By the next issue, in 1895, they had got the practice down to a science, hence that issue
has nice clean cut perforations. The untidy perforations of this issue do not detract from its value.

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 used for the design.

The final design saw Daniel Webster as the chosen subject, a decision made over General Sherman,
who was chosen for the 8¢ design and John Adams. If John Adams had been chosen the stamp
would have looked like the illustration above.

There is also a variety, not recorded by Scotts of horizontal imperforate,
an example of which is shown above. It carries no premium in price over a normal single.

Large Die Proof on India

Large Die Proof on India
58 x 61mm, die sunk on 74 x 81mm card

Die Proof on Stamp Paper

258 P2 US Proof Stamp

Small Die Proof

Plate proof on stamp paper