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Maryland Line, MD, postmark handstamp

Description:

This circular town-date handstamp is typical of a mid-19th century, steel-head postmarker. The solid steel die has a mortice in the center with a socket key and is marked Maryland Line, MD. The mortise only accomodates month and date type, typical of the 1860s and 1870s. The ornate set-screw head and the small-diameter dial are characteristic of pre-Civil War steel handstamps. Larger diameter devices during the mid-19th Century were ordinarily made of wood.

Date:
c. 1860-1870
Markings:
literal: MARYLAND LINE / MD
Medium:
wood; steel
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 5 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (12.7 x 4.45 x 3.81 cm)
Museum ID:
1987.0905.35
Place:
Maryland

  • Handstamp, Maryland Line / MD
  • Handstamp, Maryland Line / MD
  • Handstamp, Maryland Line / MD
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