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Hi Terry,

I'm trying to identify the(copy attached) stamp. I believe it is a Scott # 25 or # 26.  The addressee on the envelope is James J. Davis, Esq., born in Clarksburg VA in 1835. There was a man by that name in the VA House of Delegates in 1861.  The vertical and horizontal perforation appear to be 15.5 perfs.

Thank you,


Hello Rick,

Thanks for your question.

The stamp you are asking about is Scott #26 and the earliest known use of this stamp is Sept 14, 1857.  Today, that stamp has a list value of $9.00.  I suggest keeping the stamp on the envelope.  It has more desire to a collector that way.  

Thanks again for your question and let me know if I can be of any more help.

P.S.  Please remember to rate my reply to your inquiry.  Appreciate it.  

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I have been involved in philately for most of my 56 years. I specialize in United States Issues and Postmarks. I have numerous reference sources to research if I do not know the answer. I am organized and promise swift courteous answers. I am a member of the American Philatelic Society. I also have my own philatelic mail order business.


As I mentioned, I have been collecting philatelic items for most of my 56 years. I have several albums of United States issues (most of them are pages I designed myself) and I also have numerous albums of postmarks sorted and researchhed by state.

American Philatelic Society, All Nations Stamp Club and Harford County Stamp Club

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