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Embossed Supervisors' And Customs House Seals

The supervisors' and customs house seals indicate the payment of revenues but are not technically "revenue stamps" because they do not state a value.  However, as they are generally collected as embossed revenue stamps, they are included here.

Pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1791, these seals were in use from July 1, 1791 to March 2, 1799.  The seals contain a check letter that corresponds to the state of use.  For example, the seal used in Connecticut bears the check letter "K."  Pursuant to the Act of march 2, 1799, a new set of seals were used from March 2, 1799 through the early 1830s.  The second set of seals bear the state name in the die. 

Finally, Philadelphia Customs House used an embossed seal that is also collected as revenue stamped paper.  Other customs houses also used embossed seals, which are not listed in the Scott Catalogue. 

 

 

Connecticut Supervisor's Seal

(Check Letter "B")

RM501

  

Pennsylvania Supervisor's Seal

(Check Letter "G")

RM506

Connecticut Supervisor's Seal

(Check Letter "K")

RM509

Rhode Island Supervisor's Seal

(Check Letter "L")

RM510

New York Supervisor's Seal

(RM558)

Massachusetts Supervisor's Seal

(RM561)

 

Philadelphia Customs House Seal

(RM575)

 

Perth Amboy

Customs House Seal

(RM576)

 

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of South Carolina, May 12, 1794, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on one pincheon (119 gallons) of sherry, embossed with the South Carolina Supervisor's Seal, check letter "B" (RM501).

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Pennsylvania, July 20, 1791, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on one case (3½ gallons) of gin, embossed with the Pennsylvania Supervisor's Seal, check letter "G" (RM506).

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Connecticut, January 29, 1799, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on one hogshead of rum, embossed with the Connecticut Supervisor's Seal, check letter "K" (RM509).

 

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Rhode Island, September 1, 1799, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on ¼ cask of sherry wine, embossed with the Rhode Island Supervisor's Seal, check letter "L" (RM510).

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of New York, September 1, 1830, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on 13 pounds of tea, embossed with the New York Supervisor's Seal (RM558).

Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Massachusetts, December 4, 1800, certificate attesting to the payment of duties on one pincheon (115 gallons) of rum at the port of Kennebunk in the District of Maine, embossed with the Massachusetts Supervisor's Seal (RM561).  Signed by Customs Supervisor Jonathan Jackson, previously a member of the Continental Congress, serving in 1782.

 

Philadelphia Customs House, October 22, 1836, invoice for imported tea, embossed with the Philadelphia Customs House seal (RM575).

Perth-Amboy Customs House, April 23, 1824, entry document for 6 pounds of Yound Hyson Tea, embossed with the Perth-Amboy Customs House seal (RM576).

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