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John Sacher Collection
I assume the name John Sacher will sound familiar to those of you who didn't start collecting Liberia only yesterday. Specialized in West Africa, he also wrote two articles on Liberian postal history that were reprinted in the LPS Journal. John Sacher died last summer, and his West Africa pre-UPU collection is now up for auction at Spink in London on December 13.
Naturally, being confined to the time before the UPU much of the material is prephilatelic - with some notable exceptions. Check out these lots:
1871 front to Paris, bearing 1866-69 24c. light green
1868 printed paper wrapper to Paris, bearing 1864 4c. red and 12c. blue
1864 envelope to London, bearing 1864 12c. blue
1862 printed envelope to Boston USA, bearing 1860 4c. red pair and 24c. green (2)
1861 envelope to Bristol, Maine, bearing 1860 6c. red and 24c. green
1860 envelope to New York, bearing 1860 6c. red and 24c. green
1867 envelope to Baltimore, bearing 1860 first transfer 12c. strip of three and a pair
I wish I could afford just one of them!
Do you have a favorite? Please share your thoughts (as soon as you've stopped crying after seeing the prices).