United States - Typeset Seals

Privately manufactured typeset seals were sold to 4th class, lower volume, post offices. Most are rare, especially used on cover. They appear to have been used from circa 1890 through about 1910, though little specific information is known about them. Shown below is just a sampling of the typeset seals, see the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers for more.


Catalog: Scott #LOX5

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Black on white paper

Perforation: imperf

Inscription: "U.S. Post Office Department. / OFFICIALLY SEALED. / Opened through mistake by"

Control Number: none

Description: Mint single.



Catalog: Scott #LOX17

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Dark blue on white paper

Perforation: imperf

Inscription: "U.S. Postoffice. / Officially Sealed. / Opened by Mistake by"

Control Number: none

Description: Used single, signed "Allen Riney."


Catalog: Scott #LOX19

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Black on white paper

Perforation: imperf

Inscription: "U.S. Post Office, / OFFICIALLY SEALED / Opened Through Mistake by"

Control Number: none

Description: Unused single.


Catalog: Scott #LOX21A

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Black on white paper

Perforation: imperf

Inscription: "POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT / Officially Sealed / BERKELEY, CAL."

Control Number: none

Description: 1903 cover from San Francisco, CA to Berkeley, CA unclaimed and returned to sender, with rare typeset seal affixed over right edge. One of only 3 or 4 known Berkeley seal covers.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.


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