Daniel Webster (biography)
Orange brown - Type II
The tips of the foliate ornaments break the the white curved line below "ten cents"
65,000,000 - Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #283 - 1897

How to identify the difference between 282C and 283


283 the leaf enters into the circular frame, 282C it just touches

Value
Used: $1-$2
No postmark with gum (MH): $30-$45
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $100-$200


10¢ - Orange brown - Type II
VERTICAL WATERMARK
Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #283a - 1897

Statistics

Issued: November 11th, 1895, earliest recorded date of use, March 13th, 1899.

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: 65,000,000

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

#283 is hard to find without a heavy cancel (shown above)
Lighter cancels are more desirable.

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 no varieties of #283

The Essay's and Proofs

283-TC1-black

283-TC1
Trial Color proof
Black

283-TC1 Gray Lilac

283-TC1
Trial Color proof
Grey-Lilac

283-TC1 Sepia US Stamps

283-TC1
Trial Color proof
Sepia

283-TC1-Oive

283-TC1
Trial Color proof
Olive Green

283-P2
Roosevelt Plate Proof on gray backed paper