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Early Stamp Act Rubber Stamp

Surely you must remember that pesky Stamp Act, one of many taxes that eventually led to all that tea being dumped into Boston Harbor? All documents, legal papers, wills, pamphlets, and permits required at least a portion of the stamp to be visible on the paper used and led to quite a furor on both sides of the pond. The Stamp Act of 1765 was actually the fourth stamp act enacted by Parliament; it was swiftly repealed in the colonies, but it was not repealed in England until much later. Well, if you want an accurate reproduction to stamp your own unit newsletter, create broadsheets, or to have a sheaf of tyrannically taxed period writing paper, you need this stamp!

This stamp comes from a copy of the London Gazette from March, 1746. The original was cropped slightly, as oversized sheets were stamped in numerous places then cut to size.

I must point out that this does not include the handle, just the rubber impression, though you can find old handles at flea markets and antique stores. (I usually just glue the rubber to a block of wood since no one ever sees mine.) A great addition to your paperwork!

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$15 each

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Late Stamp Act Rubber Stamp

Here's another example from that pesky Stamp Act. I found two original examples of this particular stamp on a copy of the London Gazette (June, 1779) and the London Chronical (June, 1789). The originals are cropped, though in some cases only slightly; overized sheets were stamped then cut to size, so long as the stamp was visible on the final piece.

Again, I must point out that this does not include the handle, just the rubber impression. You can find old handles at flea markets and antique stores. (I usually just glue the rubber to a block of wood since no one ever sees mine.) A great addition to your 18th century paperwork!

Want to know more about the Stamp Act? Click here!YouTube

$15 each

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