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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Express Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
100°
c
Adams Express Company, Great Eastern Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Perfectly struck greenish blue oval handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Athens Tenn., brown Manhattan Bank corner card, "New-York Apr. 29" (1861) cds and grid, fresh and Extremely Fine, one of the choicest examples of this pre-June 1st express usage, outstanding and rare

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
101°
c
Adams Express Company's Lightnin Parcel Express from New York - Daily 6 P.M. Large black on yellowish laid paper label, glue stains and small scuff, on back of legal-size cover to attorneys in New Orleans, legal docketing "Opened & filed this 21st day of February 1861..." making this an express usage into Confederate Louisiana before the June 1st suspension of mails, the "Lightnin Express" label is very rare, as is the usage, there are a few blank letters after "Lightnin" with a single "e" at the end of the line, inviting further study and research

E. 750-1,000
850
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102°
c
Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 17, 1861. Partly clear cds on 3c Red Star Die entire originating in the North and addressed to Augusta Ga., blue "Adams Express Co. Augusta Ga. Jul. 21" oval datestamp, ms. "2/-" charge (two bits or 25c), most of backflap removed, small mended nick at top, Fine, rare use of Adams Augusta office handstamp, this cover never entered Confederate mails - delivered by Adams in Augusta and no Confederate postage paid - ex Ewing, Wiltsee, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,250
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103°
c
Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Large blue oval hs with blue "Adams Express Co. Augusta Ga. Jul. 4" oval ds on 3c Red Star Die entire to Washington N.C., entered the mails in Augusta with faint double-circle and "Paid 10" C.S.A. rate hs, large tear across upper right corner has been expertly and almost invisibly repaired, Fine appearance, very few North to South express covers via Adams in Augusta are known, ex Handy

E. 750-1,000
650
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104°
c
Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 30, 1861. Large part of clearly struck cds used with blue "Adams Express Co. Augusta Ga. Aug. 3" oval ds on 3c Red Star Die entire to Macon Ga., ms. "2/-" (two bits or 25c) express charge, "Paid 10" straightline hs for C.S.A. rate - interesting in that the distance between Augusta and Macon should only have required 5c - reduced at right with uneven edge extended slightly, bottom seam rejoined, Fine appearance, clear strike of Augusta oval, ex Knapp

E. 750-1,000
0
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105°
c
Harnden's Express Macon Ga. Jul. 8 (1861). Oval datestamp fully struck on 3c Red Star Die entire to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, flap removed, otherwise Very Fine, rare Adams express usage - the Harnden name was retained at certain offices in Georgia - ex Frazier, Everett, with 1974 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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106°
c
Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Large blue oval handstamp on backflap of 3c Red Star Die entire to Petersburg Va., blue "Adams Express Co. Nashville Jul. 7" and black "Adams Express Company Knoxville Tenn. Jul. 8" oval datestamps, ms. "2/-" (two bits, or 25c) express charge, blue pencil "13", neatly docketed showing sender is Prof. J. H. Agnew, from the Agnew-Leavenworth correspondence, small sealed tear at upper left

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF ADAMS EXPRESS OFFICE MARKINGS - NEW YORK TO NASHVILLE TO KNOXVILLE.

Only a few covers are recorded with this combination of Adams office markings, which were applied in transit entirely outside the Confederate postal system. Adams also had the option of placing letters into the Nashville post office for delivery by regular Confederate mails. The Adams Knoxville oval is extremely rare, and collectors should be aware that a number of clever fakes were handled by John A. Fox, some of which have never been properly identified (these fakes bear the David Cleage address, a known correspondence). Perhaps the rarity of the Knoxville oval is appreciated less because of the circulating fakes.

An important cover from this fascinating period of American postal history. Ex Emerson, Brooks and Gallagher.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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107°
c
Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Blue oval hs on 3c Red Star Die entire to Athens Tenn., Cleage correspondence, "Augusta Ga. Aug. 15" cds - if 1861 then a thru-the-lines usage that entered the Confederate mails in Augusta and was accepted as prepaid - Very Fine

E. 500-750
850
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108°
c
Adams Express Co. Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 12 (1861). Well-struck red circular datestamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Col. Daniel Ruggles at Fredericksburg Va., blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 19, 1861" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF ADAMS PHILADELPHIA OFFICE MARKING.

There are probably fewer than a dozen covers with the Adams Philadelphia datestamp. Ex Sloane, Ward and Everett

E. 2,500-3,500
2,300
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109°
c
Am. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville, Ky. Jul. 11, 1861. Boldly struck deep blue circular datestamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Sharon Miss., lightly inked but clear strikes of "Nashville Ten. Jul. 16, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "Nashville T. Paid 5" provisional handstamp (Scott 61XU1)

FRESH AND VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NASHVILLE CIRCULAR "PAID 5" PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP ON A THRU-THE-LINES EXPRESS COVER. THE ONLY COVER WITH ALL MARKINGS ON THE FACE.

Fewer than a dozen North-to-South covers carried by American Letter Express Co. are known, and those put into the mails at Nashville usually have the "Paid" straightline in combination with "5" or "10" rate handstamps. Ex Ackerman, Knapp, Grant, Meroni and Everett.

E. 5,000-7,500
7,000
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