RS20a D. S. Barnes 4c Black


Demas S. Barnes, born in Canandaigua Township, New York, 1827, opened a wholesale drug firm in New York City in 1853, later establishing branch offices in San Francisco, New Orleans and Montreal. He served as agent for a variety of proprietary medicines including Drake’s Plantation Bitters, Wynkoop’s Pectoral, Lyon’s Magnetic Powder, Lyon’s Kathairon, Mexican Mustang Liniment, Hagan’s Magnolia Balm and Marchisi’s Uterine Catholicon, among others. In 1866 Barnes was elected to a term in the U. S. Congress from Brook­lyn and two years later sold his wholesale firm to John F. Henry. Barnes retired in 1870, but retained financial interest in a variety of enter­prises including the drug firms of Lyon Manufacturing Co., P. H. Drake Company, A. L. Scoville Company and The Centaur company (see separate monograph? on each of these firms). Barnes died May l, 1888. (Holcombe, lien ry w., weekly Philatelic Gossip, 34: 153-154, 202, 207, April 25 and May 9, 1942)


Description: Size of engraving 21 x l01mm. Of the same general design as the one and two cent values. The colorless band is inscribed ” Four Cent”; the numerals of value are altered to correspond; the inscription above is, in ten lines, ” Drake’s Plantation Bitters – Lyon’s Magnetic Powder – Guysott’s Yellow Dock and Sarsaparilla”; and that below, in nine lines, “Mexican Mustang Liniment – Helmstreet’s Hair ColorIng – Drake’s Catawba Bitters &c.”

An Historical Reference List of the Revenue Stamps of the United Stamps: Including the Private Die Proprietary Stamps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

Additional information

Scott Number



used, rough perforations at top




Old Paper

Number Issued

First issued March, 1863. Last issued Feb. 6, 1865.



2014 Scott Catalog Value


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