The 1898 Bureau Series
Watermarked Double Lined letters - USPS
Daniel Webster (biography)
Brown or dark brown - Type I
The tips of the foliate ornaments do NOT impinge on the white curved line below "ten cents"
42,000,000 - Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #282C - 1897
How to identify the difference between 282C and 283
283 the leaf enters into the circular frame, 282C it just touches
Used: Almost $1
No postmark with gum (MH): $30-$45
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $300
Issued: November 11th, 1898, earliest recorded date of use, December 10th, 1898.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: USPS, double lined, see below
Quantity Issued: 42,000,000
DETAILED FACTS AND FIGURES
The color was changed from the green of #273 to brown to conform to UPU regulations.
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
What you should look for
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
The Essay's and Proofs