Sale 830 — The Hall Collection of Carriers, Locals & Western Expresses

Sale Date — Monday, 13 November, 2000

Category — Masons New Orleans City Express (New Orleans LA)

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 830, Lot 712, Masons New Orleans City Express (New Orleans LA)Mason's New Orleans City Express, New Orleans La., 2c Black on Yellow (102L2). Huge top margin showing bit of adjoining stamp, other sides mostly large except just in at bottom right corner, red grid cancel (not tied), red "New Orleans La. 5 Nov. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1851 folded letter to Philadelphia, file folds, Very Fine example of the rare Mason's stamp; however, unless it can be proven that Mason continued to carry mail after the New Orleans carrier department was established in August 1851, we do not believe that a usage as late as November 1851 is possible -- ex Grant and not among the six Mason 2c covers listed in our census (see Golden sale, lots 1328-1330) -- estimated value based only on off-cover stamp

E. 2,000-3,000