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Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — Carriers and Locals Group Lots

Cat./Est. Value
Carriers and Locals. Approximately 80 covers and about 60 genuine stamps with some reference material and obvious counterfeits mixed in, arranged on stock pages and cover sleeves, lots of scarce items, covers (or fronts) incl. Hale & Co. stampless, 4LB8, 6LB5, 141L1, Blood's and Boyd's locals, Stait's Despatch, some Western Expresses incl. genuine unused Pony Express red franks, off-cover stamps incl. Carrier Dept. issues, Blood's Striding Messenger (three), Bronson & Fobes, Hale & Co., Wells Fargo Virginia Pony Express, mixed condition, worth careful examination, undoubtedly very substantial Scott Retail value

E. 2,000-3,000
Locals. Nine covers, incl. one with No. 15L14 used with three 1c stamps to Me.; five other Blood's usages, others are Boyd's incl. No. 20L3, some faults, some appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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Carriers and Locals. Album pages of stamps and covers, incl. 6LB9 used, 5L1 sheet of 20, nice selection of Blood's and Boyd's, 61L2 on cover front only, 141L2 on cover front only, some faults, few appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
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Carriers, Locals and Expresses. 20 items. incl. U.S. City Despatch stampless, six Bloods (one on a front only with two pairs of 3c 1851 for forwarding), Southern Express Co. imprints, and a few tags or express receipts, an odd assortment of desirable items

E. 200-300
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Carriers and Locals. More than 30 covers and a few off cover, 1840's, 50's and 60's, comprising General Issue Carriers incl. LO2, LO3, LO5 and Franklin plate proof on card, LO2 on small blue cover to Philadelphia "U.States" indicating origin from another country; Carrier Department stamps on cover incl. 1LB8 and 1LB9 (two), each tied with regular postage, 6LB10 on front only with "New York U.S. City Mail" circle; nine Carrier usages incl. 3c 1851 to Charleston with sender's "Penny Post" directive, 1c 1857 and 3c Red Nesbitt entire from Charleston, U.S. City Despatch Post circular datestamp, 1c 1857-61's from New York and Philadelphia; Local Posts mainly Blood's (5) and Boyd's (7) with nice variety of combinations and usages, lastly an uncancelled Squier & Co. on faulty cover; condition is about Fine-Very Fine (a few lesser items and reference material not noted in description), well beyond the typical Carriers and Locals large lot and worth careful examination

E. 1,500-2,000
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