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Circa 1905 National Biscuit Company Horse Blanket and 1905 N.B.C. Deliverymen Manual
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $705.00
Extremely rare National Biscuit Company horse blanket dating from the turn of the century, one of only several examples known to exist. This is an extraordinary museum-quality relic from the earliest days of the National Biscuit Company relating to the transit and delivery of baked goods. Each side of the heavy wool blanket features both the company's name and trademark "Inner Seal" label above a design of two horizontal red stripes. Blankets such as these were standard issue to each of the company's wagon drivers in the days preceding automobiles and its use is specifically mentioned in an accompanying circa 1905 N.B.C. manual titled Rules For Deliverymen . Under the chapter "Treatment and Care of Equipment" the company begins by stating "Our Horse, Harness and Wagon Equipment represents a large expenditure of money and the cost of its maintenance increases each year, due to the higher standard for which we are continually striving. ...In cold weather do not fail to blanket your horse when left standing. ...There is no objection to the proper use of the blankets as lap robes when the horse is in motion, but when not used on the horse, or as above, they should be folded up on the seat and not thrown in the back of the wagon." The blanket (85 x 92 inches) displays wear and use commensurate with its age, including a few light stains and minor tears (some of which have been repaired) and is in Very Good condition overall. The fourteen-page leather-bound manual (4 x 6.5 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 items (blanket and manual). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $705.00
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