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Handstamps

Rate mark handstamp, FREE

Description:

A mark on a piece of mail by this wooden handstamp indicated that the mail had entered the mailstream free-of-postage. The marking head is a tight-grain hardwood such as boxwood. Two incised lines encircling the handle bulb are generally associated with products sold by E. S. Zevely, who owned a manufacturing shop in Pleasant Grove, Maryland. This handstamp was likely produced between 1850 and 1854.

Reference:

Postal History Journal. May 1957, No. 1. pp 45-54.

Date:
1850-1854
Markings:
literal: FREE
Medium:
wood; metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 4 3/4 x 1 x 1 in. (12.07 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm)
Museum ID:
1987.0905.18
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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