Stamps (Philately)/Essex letter Express stamp
A friend gave me a 19th century stamp collection that has been in her family for over a hundred years. Unfortunately, it's in poor condition. One stamp that's in decent shape is an Essex Letter Express stamp. I found out that genuine Essex stamps are rare and valuable because the company formed in 1856, sold some stamps, then folded, probably before any stamps were actually used. However, this stamp I discovered is probably a forgery made between 1856 and 1866 by George Hussey's printer, Thomas Wood, who made copies of other N.Y. stamps. The giveaway are the letters SX below the ship. So my question is, if a forgery of an old stamp was made about the same time as the original and is about as rare, wouldn't it also have some value? Or is this stamp that rare? Thank you.
Yes, in fact there are cases where the forgery becomes even more valuable that the original stamp. My expertise is limited when it comes to locals, thus I am unable to give you an answer on your particular reprint. I recommend contacting the Carriers and Locals Society to see if there is a knowledgeable member who can provide further detail. You'll find them online at www.pennypost.org.
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