Daniel Webster (biography)
10¢ - Green, Dull green or Dark green
Scott #273  - Double line USPS wmk - 1895

Value

Used: $1-$2
No postmark with gum (MH): $16-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $60-$130

10¢ - Dark green or green
Imperf
Scott #273a  - Double line USPS wmk - 1895

Issued: Issued June 7th 1895, Earliest recorded date of use, July 25th, 1895.
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 60,000,000.

Expect to see a lot of heavy cancels on this as this was commonly used for
parcels and heavy envelopes. Above is a typical oval cancel from New York.

DETAILED FACTS AND FIGURES

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 Daniel Webster

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.


273P5
Plate proof on stamp paper


273SO
UPU overprint
MH value - $50

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

258-P1
Large Die Proof on India
58 x 61mm, die sunk on 74 x 81mm card

258P1a
Die Proof on Stamp Paper

258 P2 US Proof Stamp

258P2
Small Die Proof

BR817
DANIEL WEBSTER VIGNETTE DIE FROM US BUREAU, ENGRAVING and PRINTING