Size of engraving 141 x 14mm. Three-quarters portrait to right, placed sideways in an oval with a ground of crossed vertical and horizontal lines bordered by a colorless line, outside of which, at each side, is an ornamental lathework frame. There is a rectangular ground of horizontal lines at right and left; that at left is inscribed, in five lines, all of which are curved but the lower one, “United-Internal-Hostetter & Smith – Proprietors. – Pittsburgh.”, the two upper lines being colorless, Roman capitals and the balance block capitals. At right, in a similar manner: “STATES – REVENUE – HOSTETTER’S CELEBRATED – STOMACH BITTERS. – Pennsylvania.” At either end, upon a lined ground bordered at right and left by straight labels of solid color, is an oval disk bearing a large colorless numeral of value upon a reticulated ground. The two labels are inscribed “Four” in the outer, and “Cents” in the inner one, both in colorless, Roman capitals. A fine outer line of color surrounds the whole.
An Historical Reference List of the Revenue Stamps of the United Stamps: Including the Private Die Proprietary Stamps
Boston Philatelic Society
Salem, Press of Newcomb & Gauss, 1899