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Chippendale Chair

American Design

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 2, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 100,000,000
4-cent Definitive
Denomination Value $0.04
Perforation or Dimension 0.87x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Series American Design
Series Time Span 2002 - 2014
Issue Location Kansas City, MO 64108 (No Ceremony)
Postal Administration United States

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Coil of 10,000 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 10,000
Original Purchase Price: $400.00
SKU: 705600
Printer: Ashton Potter/Guilford Gravure
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Water-activated
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Layout Number Frequency: Plate block number on 1st stamp of the form below stamp
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First-day Cover (chair & Patriotic Star)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.94
SKU: 705616
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About Stamp

On January 2, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri, the U.S. Postal Service® will reissue the Chippendale Chair 4-cent definitive stamp in one design in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 10,000 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide January 2, 2014.

In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service reissued Chippendale Chair, the fourth stamp in the American Design series.

First issued in 2004 and again in 2007, this four-cent definitive stamp features a stylized treatment of a Chippendale chair made in Philadelphia between 1760 and 1765.

The Chippendale chair depicted on the stamp is a side chair, or chair without arms. The intricately patterned back features spiral ornaments called scrolls as well as carvings of a tassel and a shell. Another shell decorates the front of the seat. This exquisite chair has graceful cabriole, or curved, legs. The colors used for the wood and seat cover give the stamp design a contemporary feel.

English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale's (1718-1779), book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director (1754) influenced furniture design on both sides of the Atlantic. His work was known for its carved decorations and elaborate chair backs. In America the style varied by region, with Philadelphia artisans producing the most extensively ornamented furniture.

The stamp artist for the Chippendale Chair was the late Lou Nolan. Derry Noyes was the art director.


PMS 476 (Brown), PMS 477 (Brown), PMS 7407 (Yellow), PMS 172 (Orange)


Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Lou Nolan.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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USPS Postal Bulletin 22379. Copyright: USPS.

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