Help Identifying Registered Envelope

I recently obtained this registered envelope and I am trying to figure out which one it is.  It has a type III indicia and is 228mm x 101mm in size. According to Shoemaker's book, there are only two envelopes it could be; #16 (Rogers #10) or #17.  #16 has a green Indicia but this is obviously not green.  #17 has a gray indicia, but this one seems faded.  Could be blue or gray.  The one thing to notice is the font of the instructions.  It is Roman (with serif).  This is unlisted in Shoemaker.  Am I missing something?  Any help would be appreciated.




  • edited April 2018
    This is Shoemaker No. 6. The type II designation in his book is clearly an error; no such envelope exists. Also, according to his cross reference listing sR No. 6 = Rogers No. 5, which is of type III. However, the (earliest known) date of issue given by Shoemaker as 1886 versus Rogers' 1889 is correct. See Henry Chlanda's article in the LPS Journal April/June 1987.
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