Tax Stamps

    This tax stamp was used to collect a tax on the jug contents.

Tax stamp applied to bottom of jug.


U.S. Revenue Proprietary. Scott catalog number RB11.
    This is what Eric Jackson, revenue stamp expert says about this Little Brown Jug..."This stamp is a proprietary stamp that was in use from 1875-1881.  The jug probably contained something that was medicinal in nature, probably a patent medicine or bitters, that was subject to the tax.  It is  a common stamp, but it is nice to find the usage on the jug.
Regards, Eric Jackson."

Little Brown Jug "COLOGNE" 

with Tax Stamp

Tax stamp applied to bottom of jug.

#RT4 1c Blue Corning & Tappan Perfumery Stamp

     Revenue stamps, issued under the Revenue Act of 1862, produced in the next twenty-one years some $192,000,000, which met a large hunk of the Civil War bill. These stamps were required on all papers showing a transfer of property, and on such assorted luxuries as playing cards, perfume, matches, patent medicine, photographs and canned fruit.  To collect the tax on these items, two kinds of stamps were used — United States revenue stamps, for the most part bearing George Washington’s head, and private proprietary stamps, which pictured a trademark or whatever design the proprietor fancied would help advertise and sell his product.  The RT4 1c Blue Corning & Tappan Perfumery Stamp is what is pictured on the jugs above.

This article originally appeared in American Collector magazine, a publication which ran from 1933-1948 and served antique collectors and dealers.