Encased Postage Stamps
EP-34 “AYER’S SARSAPARILLA” Small AYER’S Type
EP-34, HB-29, S-15, Reed-AS03SM. Three Cents, AYER'S SARSAPARILLA, Civil War Encased Postage Stamp, SMALL "AYER'S" type, Choice About New.
Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 Known) according to Fred Reed. A lovely high quality and pleasing example even for the discriminating collector needing to fill this tougher variety. This major listed variety should have a higher rarity rating in our opinion. Our observations suggest that this EP-34 "SMALL AYER'S" type has perhaps a “15 to 1” ratio over the EP-34B "LARGE AYER'S" variety, and perhaps as much as a “80 to 1” ratio versus the vastly more common "Medium AYER'S" type. This example has a nice slightly wrinkled red 3¢ George Washington stamp with light even circulation and has natural chestnut color. The back legend is sharply detailed, “Ayer's Sarsaparilla To Purify The Blood Pat. Aug. 12, 1862 J. Gault.”