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#822 - Lefferts - Green.

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#822      737     LEFFERTS      Green.

The embossed Lefferts is an early item, dating as far back as the 1850’s and possibly into the 1840’s.

Marshall Lefferts was a New York City businessman, who among other things, was involved with the sale of English zinc plated wire.  He supplied the Montreal Telegraph Company with “galvanized” wire in 1847.  The value of that wire was soon appreciated in America too, and he quickly developed a large business supplying it to various telegraph companies.  At first he had wire imported from England, and later it was manufactured in the United States.

Through the sale of wire, Lefferts came to know a large number of prominent leaders in the telegraph industry.  Because of that association, he became directly involved with the organization and leadership of various telegraph companies.

Most 737 Lefferts have been found in the Eastern and Southern portions of the US, ranging from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and into the deep South.  One of the more significant finds of 737 Lefferts took place in 2004 at a construction site in Augusta, Georgia, where several Lefferts surfaced, including examples in aqua and green coloration.  The discovery also yielded CD 158.9 “screw top Bostons” and numerous unmarked 731’s.

The green coloration in Lefferts "pilgrim hat" style threadless varies somewhat, this example being a little darker than some and having slight yellowish tones in the green.

The front remains very near mint and displays wonderfully.  Reverse base has a relatively flat base chip, and some shallow flakes along the edge, as seen in the second photo.

From the collection of the late John Ayer.