STAMP ACT number 83 AGE 1765 whit an a RARE ONE POUND BLUE. ON SHEET OF PARCHMENT DOCUMENT 1826.
The Stamp Act of 1765 required expensive duty stamps to be affixed to many kinds of legal documents. The cost was higher in the colonies than in England, which sparked resistance from colonial legislatures and Sons of Liberty street protests in Boston, New York, and beyond.The act was repealed in March 1766, but the idea of liberty had taken root. The embossed revenue stamp could be impressed upon ordinary paper; however, it was not possible to impress the stamp on vellum. Instead, for documents prepared on vellum, the revenue stamp was impressed upon either beige or dark blue paper, which had been glued and stapled to the vellum. The back of the staple was covered with a cypher bearing the Coat of Arms of George III, probably to prevent reuse of the embossed stamp. The museum has traced only 42 surviving examples of these free-standing vellum stamp preparations, with only 11 on blue-gray paper as seen in the present example. FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR OTHER, PLEASE CONTACT ME.