Series of 1882 $5 Brown Back – Group 8 – Cigar Box Label-1

Series of 1882 $5 Brown Back – Group 8 – Cigar Box Label-1

Group 8 – Cigar Box Label-1

Cigar box label-1 and 2 were used for almost all plates produced from mid-1888 to early 1890. The lettering throughout usually consists of bold, black, raised letters that appear dense and ponderous. The bureau engravers occasionally attempted to soften the appearance of these weighty layouts by using white letters for selected words, such as “The” and the town name, such as St. Marys, Ohio (4219), or even sparingly mixing in some white and shadowed words, such as Huntsville, Texas (4208). These accommodations help to blunt the general starkness of the designs.

Cigar label-1 is distinguished from 2 by having WILL PAY above a down-bowed FIVE DOLLARS, followed by a split “to bearer/on demand”.