Green, General Nathanael

General Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War Hero

(Sotheby’s catalogue note accompanying the sale of General Greene’s Order of the Cincinnati)

Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene was born on 7 August 1742 in Warwick, RI to Nathanael Greene Sr., a successful Quaker farmer and blacksmith, and his second wife, Mary Mott. Before the war Nathanael worked in his family’s foundry and served in the Rhode Island Assembly from 1770-72, and again in 1775. In 1773 [...] Click here to continue reading.

Birmingham Forgeries

The Birmingham forgeries are very deceptive and others have sometimes been used unknowingly as illustrations of real stamps in stamp catalogues and albums!

Rarity-8 Stamp Rating

Rarity-8 rating means only 5 to 9 known.

Rarity-6 Stamp Rating

Rarity-6 rating means that there are only 16 to 20 known of this type.

Rarity-5 Stamp Rating

Rarity-5 rating means that there are only 21 to 30 known of this type.

Rarity-4 Stamp Rating

Rarity-4 rating signifies that there are only 31 to 40 known stamps of this type.

First Day Stamps

First Day Stamps

The first day of issue is the day on which a postage stamp, postal card or stamped envelope is put on sale, within the country or territory of the stamp-issuing authority. Sometimes the issue is made from a temporary or permanent foreign or overseas office. There will usually be a first day of issue postmark, frequently a pictorial cancellation, indicating the city and date where the item was first issued, and [...] Click here to continue reading.

Confederate Currency; 1861 Montgomery Issued Notes

Confederate Currency; 1861 Montgomery Issued Notes.

The 1861 Montgomery issued notes of the Confederacy are among the most desired of all American banknotes. The four denominations issued, $1000, $500, $100, and $50 (Criswell Types 1 to Type 4 respectively) combine rarity, impeccable state of the art security printing, and the optimistic sense of history that the Confederacy was to be long lived and independent to our modern era.

Even though the North won the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Lear-Storer-Decatur Family

The Lear-Storer-Decatur Family and their role in American History

Courtesy of James D Julia, Inc. (Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction, February 4 & 5, 2010).

The Lear-Storer-Decatur family is one encompassing a number of important historical figures in the 19th, 18th and 17th centuries. Their roots begin with Sir William Pepperrell Baronet, born June 27, 1696 and died July 6, 1759. He was born in Kittery Point, Maine (where all of this material [...] Click here to continue reading.

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