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.
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
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.