Details For Cover ID# 29099

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 26, 21
Edited on:May 26, 21
Postmark: Mar 21, 1892
Origin: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Flemington, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

1890 4c Dark Brown horiz. strip-of-three (222) tied by multiple strikes of oval "New York Sub-Station 10" markings on registered cover with corner card of Scott Stamp & Coin Co., Ltd., New York to Hiram Edmund Deats, Flemington, N.J. Paid 10c registry fee and 2c first class rate. "New York, N.Y. Reg'y Div. 3-21-1892" backstamp.

Magenta boxed "Registered, Mar 21 1892, Sub Sta. 10, New York, N.Y."

Hiram Edmund Deats (1870-1963) was an American philatelist, historian and publisher from Flemington, N.J., and served as president of the American Philatelic Society.  Deats specialized in the collecting of United States revenue stamps, and his collection, which in 1888 included the revenue collection of Edward Boker Sterling, was unsurpassed. Sterling amassed one of the finest revenue collections and sold it to Deats in 1888 for what was then the huge sum of seven thousand dollars. In 1890, Deats and Sterling joined together and purchased seven boxcar loads (amounting to 213 tons) of “excessed” paperwork from the U.S. Treasury. They discovered that the lot contained a “gold mine” of revenue stamps, including unused ones. The government eventually discovered its error, and demanded return of the lot, with most of it being returned.

George L. Toppan and Alexander Holland used Deat's collection as a basis for writing, in 1899, An Historical Reference List of the Revenue Stamps of the United States Including the Private Die Proprietary Stamps, which was re-printed in 1979 as The Boston Revenue Book.

Owner's ID: 2463
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
Stamps:Stamp images are from reference catalog. Click image to view at larger resolution.
[SNS 62] SNS# 62 [1890 4¢ Dark Brown - USA Stamps 1890-1893 Issues]