The 1894 Bureau Series
Daniel Webster (biography)
10¢ - Green, Dull green or Dark green
Scott #258 - Un-watermarked - 1894
No postmark with gum (MH): $25-$60
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $100-$220
Facts and Statistics
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
What you should look for
Below 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 does 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 Inspiration for the Design
The source photograph of Daneil Webster is shown below.
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 below.
Varieties to look for
There are imperforate pairs, probably from the sheet that Brookman refers to. They are more than likely proofs, however Scotts gives it a 258a designation. The retail value for a hinged pair is $300. Used copies, of which I have seen
There is also a variety, not recorded by Scotts of horizontal imperforate,
The Essay's and Proofs