Washington DC: Bureau of Engraving & Printing, 1881. A beautiful engraved passport on lavishly watermarked paper, the watermark consisting of a large banner titled 'Department of State', above the American eagle and "E Pluribus Unum".
The first US passports were issued during the American Revolution, and the early ones were modeled after the French passports of the period. This French style was used from 1789 until 1900, with a large format and elegant watermark. The left side provides a physical description of the bearer including age, height, and facial features; there is a passport number, but no explicit expiration date is given.
Made out in period hand to John L. Livingston, and dated the 21st of June, 1881. Under "Description", Livingston is age 59, 5 feet 10 1/2 inches; gray eyes; mouth: "mustache"; hair "white"; complexion "dark". Signed at the lower left by Livingston. Number 6537 stamp.
24 x 18". Period folds flattened. Very good condition. Item #24438