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Postmaster issues exist for Alexandria, Baltimore, Boscawen, Brattleboro, Lockport, Millbury, New York, Providence and St.Louis. Furthermore envelopes were issued for Annapolis Md, Baltimore and New Haven. The postmaster issues have often the inscription 'POST OFFICE', the private local posts of this same period bear often the inscription 'Express' or 'Despatch'.

 

1846 Alexandria, inscription 'ALEXANDRIA POST OFFICE PAID 5'


(Genuine, reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

  5 c black on yellow
  5 c black on blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c black on yellow RRRRRR 
5 c black on blueRRRRRR 

Forgeries exist, example:

Forgery!

Forged stamp on envelope

Forgery!

 

1846 Annapolis

Forged envelope

Forgery, non existing value in black!

  5 c red (envelope)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRR 

This issue could very well be bogus all together!


(A handstamped envelope in a similar design exists, image obtained thanks to a Siegel auction, reduced size)

 

1846 Baltimore, inscription 'James M. Buchanan'


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)


(Genuine stamp on envelope)

  5 c black
  10 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRROn blue or white paper
10 cRRRRRROn blue or white paper

Forgeries exist, examples:

5 c forgery!

5 c forgery!

Forgery!

Envelopes exists also with inscription 'James M.Buchanan' (see above) in 5 c blue, and 10 c red, the above shown envelope is a forgery in the wrong colour!

 

1846 Boscawen, inscription 'PAID 5 CENTS' in a rectangle (only 1 specimen known)

(Sorry, no picture available yet)

  5 c blue

A picture of a genuine Boscawen stamp can be found at: http://www.theswedishtiger.com/usstamps/.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRR 

 

1846 Brattleboro


(Image reproduced with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com )

  5 c black on yellow (5 different types)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

Forgery!
(I have seen this forgery in black on blue also)

 

1846 Lockport N.Y. ellipse with inscription 'LOCKPORT PAID 5 N.Y.'

Forgery!
(Forgery!)

  5 c red and black on yellow

A picture of a genuine Lockport stamp can be found at: http://www.theswedishtiger.com/usstamps/.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRRR 

 

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