RS46b Joseph Burnett & Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper


This is a very nice appearing Joseph Burnett & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, 1c Black, Silk Paper RS46b proprietary die medicine stamp, dating to 1870. It does have a light crease and a small margin tear at the bottom.


Joseph Burnett, born in Saturday, Massachusetts in 1820, apprenticed to the Boston drug firm of Theodore Metcalf and Co. In 1847, Burnett established his own business in a small store on Tremont Street, Boston, taking with him the formulas for three products he developed while with Metcalf. They were Burnett’s cocoaine for the Hair, Burne?t’s Kalliston for the Skin and Burnette’s Oriental Tooth Wash. He advertised as an apothecary in 1850 and shortly thereafter the firm of Joseph Burnett and company was formed when William 0. Edmunds joined the firm. They added Jonas Whitcomb’s Asthma Remedy to their line in 1860, a product said to have been used successfully by President Martin Van Buren and Wash­ington Irving. The firm continued well into the 20th century, later specializing in the manufacture of extracts and coloring substances. (Holcombe, Henry w., Weekly Philatelic GossiE, 24: 653-654, July 24, 1937)

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light crease, margin tear




Silk Paper

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First issued Nov., 1870. Last issued Aug. 23,1882.

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