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Stamps (Philately)/Scott RB65 2 on bottle


I have a small bottle with cork and residue of contents (presumed)with 2 ea. 1cent revenue stamps.
What were these stamps used for and would there be any value to this item beyond 2 used, in-place stamps?
Thank you

  These are interesting items.  Scott catalog isn't a lot of help with these for pricing, but it would be considered a "Revenue on Piece", which they don't list.
  The purpose of these RB (Propriety Revenue) was to indicate a tax collected for the item.  So if the item sold for say, 5 cents, and had a 1c revenue stamp attached, then the buyer would pay 6c to the cashier, and they would in turn show they had collected the special tax (they account for the number of stamps used, and that's the tax they pay the tax collector).
  Finding these items on the original source (most of which were either perfume or medicine bottles) is fairly uncommon.  The stamp itself "used" is worth about 30 cents.  On a bottle like this I've gotten between $15 and $30 depending on the type of bottle, and venue selling in.  (On ebay, around $15, at a dealer show, up to $30).
  So won't be a retirement for you, but should by you a nice lunch.

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.


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