|Stamps - Postal History - Pre 1900|
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions / The Westpex Sale - 25/04/2019 / Western Routes / Lot 808
(Mail Routes) (Sante Fe Trail) Westport, Mo., Jan 24, cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on buff cover with embossed blue "W.J. Dillon, Saddle & Harness Manufacturer" illustrated cameo showing Horseback Soldier with Lance to St. Joseph Mo.; minor top edge paper loss, otherwise Very Fine and striking cameo advertising design. Estimate $400 - 600. William J. Dillon, starting his saddle business about 1845, catered to the Sante Fe trail trade. It is believed that this town cds was the original instrument to which a year slug was later added.