Scarce, unused United States Internal Revenue cotton bale tag made from stiff paper or vellum. Attached to the tag via copper wire is a barbed arrowhead shaped device for securing the tag to the bale. The tag measures 2 3/8” by 5 ¼”. The front reads UNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE, and in small print at the bottom “Entered according to Act of Congress, In the year 1863 by Porter Fitch, in the Clerk's office of the Dist. Court, for the South, Dist., N. Y.” On the back is printed “DUTY PAID”, with spaces for “day of, 186-, Signed, COLLECTOR, District of, WEIGHT, LBS, No., Marks.” A seldom seen piece of Civil War history.
Comes housed in a 6 x 8 inch display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: MIS 168 / SOLD