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Unlisted New Bedford, Mass Counterstamp on 1813 Large Cent

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(ca. 1856) Howland & Palmer, New Bedford, Massachusetts counterstamp on 1813 large cent. Brunk-unlisted, Rulau-unlisted. Very Fine or so. Soundly marked HOWLAND / -- & -- / PALMER / N.B on the reverse of an even dark chocolate brown Turban Head cent. The surfaces are a bit granular, maybe from ground exposure, but there's not much wear and no other problems are noteworthy. John Ford owned this countermark and kept it in his Canadian token collection, thinking "N.B" represented New Brunswick. Howland & Palmer were actually a hardware and cutlery outfit in New Bedford, Massachusetts at the height of the whaling boom. Mark B. Palmer, half of Howland and Palmer turns up as a "tinman" as early as the 1830s, though I only locate the Howland & Palmer partnership in the 1856 city directory. They're listed, in particular, as a maker of stoves, furnaces, and ranges.

This is a notable countermark, easily identifiable and from an historic town in its most noteworthy era. While it may not prove to be unique in the long run, it is clearly very rare. 

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Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 60006

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(ca. 1856) Howland & Palmer, New Bedford, Massachusetts counterstamp on 1813 large cent. Brunk-unlisted, Rulau-unlisted. Very Fine or so. Soundly marked HOWLAND / -- & -- / PALMER / N.B on the reverse of an even dark chocolate brown Turban Head cent. The surfaces are a bit granular, maybe from ground exposure, but there's not much wear and no other problems are noteworthy. John Ford owned this countermark and kept it in his Canadian token collection, thinking "N.B" represented New Brunswick. Howland & Palmer were actually a hardware and cutlery outfit in New Bedford, Massachusetts at the height of the whaling boom. Mark B. Palmer, half of Howland and Palmer turns up as a "tinman" as early as the 1830s, though I only locate the Howland & Palmer partnership in the 1856 city directory. They're listed, in particular, as a maker of stoves, furnaces, and ranges.

This is a notable countermark, easily identifiable and from an historic town in its most noteworthy era. While it may not prove to be unique in the long run, it is clearly very rare. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 60006

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