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Posted 10/25/2011   10:12 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
A new acquisition, one of the coolest revenue fancy cancels, part of a skull and crossbones on an R14c.

Credit for the research on this one goes to Bruce Baryla:

This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.

This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio - and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.

He has a page devoted to it in his exhibit:

This particular example is actually very well centered and is a nice stamp in its own right, even without the cancel. The portion of the cancel is sharply struck and unmistakable.

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Posted 10/26/2011   01:09 am  Show Profile Check BeeSee's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great one Rev-col. Timed just for Halloween! It reminds me of the Epirus skull stamps I always wanted as a kid.
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Posted 10/26/2011   09:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add artlaunier to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

A great link! An even better exhibit by Bruce Baryla. I really enjoyed it, thanks.

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