General Tecumseh Sherman (biography)
8¢ - Violet brown or dark violet brown
Scott #272  - Double line USPS wmk - 1895


Used: $0.75
No postmark with gum (MH): $11-$30
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $40-$70

8¢ - Dark violet brown
Scott #272a  - USIR watermark - 1895
60-70 copies exist

Issued: Issued July 22nd 1895, Earliest recorded date of use, September 11th, 1895.
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 96,000,000.

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.


The Post Office report from 1899 supplies one with almost every detail you would wish to know about this stamp,
and every other stamp in this series. The level of detail is amazing.
Click here for more on this report.

The stamps were watermarked USPS and part of one of the three letters will be visible
(sometimes barely so) when immersing the stamp in watermark fluid using a simple black watermark tray.
By the way, you really have to believe you have got a valuable stamp before investing the $20 it costs
to buy the afore mentioned items. You could use the cheaper alternative, Ronosol Lighter fluid, however, unlike
watermark fluid, it is highly inflammable and dangerous to use, plus it stinks the house up.

The watermark will appear as part of the letters above.
A double lined letters USP. If there is no watermark then
go here and if there are no triangles in the corner (see below)
then go here.

As this was the Bureau of Printing and Engraving contract a small triangle was cut into
the design at top left and top right. This distinguishes it from the earlier 1890 series.

The source photograph of General William Tecumseh Sherman

#272b Imperforate (probably a plate proof)
Value $500-$600 MNH

UPU overprint
MH value - $50

Die Proof on India

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

257 P2
Roosevelt Album Proof
Mounted on gray card

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

Large Die Trial Color Proof on India

Large Die Trial Color Proof on India