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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Southern Express Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1415°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1415, Southern Express MailE. W. Black Express, E. W. Black ExpressE. W. Black Express. Ms. "by express Black" and "Paid $1.00" on cover to Hillsboro Ark., 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), large margins, tied by "Washington Ark. Oct. 21" cds, ms. note on back: "I will leave Hampton Calhoun Country on the 6th of Nov have your letter there by that time and I will take it to the Army. EWB" A one-man express operating between Arkansas and its soldiers in the Army of Tennessee (see Confederate Philatelist No. 241, pp. 37-38), slight reduced with repaired pieces at bottom, bottom flap added (affecting only two words in message), still Very Fine appearance and the only cover of record handled by E. W. Black, an important Trans-Mississippi express usage, ex Telep and Everett

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
1416°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1416, Southern Express Mail"Care of Capt. Davis, Clark's Package, "Care of Capt. Davis, Clark's Package"Care of Capt. Davis, Clark's Package." Ms. sender's routing on inside of turned cover to Henderson Ga., 10c Blue, Die B (12), partly torn away, other side with 10c Blue, Die B (12), ample to large margins, stains, ms. "X" cancel, ms. "Henderson Ga." ms. pmk., addressed to Camden S.C. and forwarded to Charleston, ms. "Fod 10" due, light staining and wear, cut and folded over to show rare routing via Clark's Package, a military courier, ex Everett

E. 400-500
0
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1417°
c
Forwarded by Commercial Express Co., Bagdad, Mexico. Five-line hs in fancy frame, partly clear strike on buff cover originating in Mexico, carried by ship into New Orleans, large Mexican Eagle hs (reign of Emperor Maximilian) and "Franco" straightline, "Ship 8" in circle hs, slight wear, Fine and scarce express usage into New Orleans at the close of the war

E. 400-500
500
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1418°
c
Southern Express Co. Richmond Va. Sep. 21. Double-circle ds on Southern Express Company C.O.D. Money Package Envelope printed in red on yellow and addressed to Maj. B. Furgenson at Richmond Va., red wax seal on back, with original Southern Express Co. package receipt datelined Lynchburg Va., Sep. 16, 1862 - C.O.D. envelopes were used to transmit money collected upon delivery of packages, and in this instance "1 bag" marked for a R. F. Lester in Petersburg was delivered to Maj. Furgenson at Richmond, who remitted $879.20 on Sep. 20, 1862 - such Northern express company receipts and C.O.D. envelopes are common, but Confederate usages are extremely rare - an outstanding exhibition item showing the important service provided by private expresses

E. 2,000-2,500
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1419°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1419, Southern Express MailSouthern Express Co. Richmond Va. Jun. 14, Southern Express Co. Richmond Va. Jun. 14Southern Express Co. Richmond Va. Jun. 14. Double-circle ds on buff cover to Adam's Station Ga. on "South Western Rail Road", ms. "Paid 8/-" (8 bits, or $1.00), "$100-" refers to contents, red wax seals, minor soiling and slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, choice example of a Southern Express Co. money letter with interesting railroad tie-in, from the Eldridge correspondence (addressee's husband was with 16th Ga. Volunteers stationed near Richmond), signed Brian Green

E. 1,000-1,500
675
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1420°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1420, Southern Express Mail5c Bright Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Bright Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Bright Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins to touching, tied by faint strike with second clearer strike of "Southern Express Co. Savannah Ga. Mar. 29" double-circle ds in red on small cover to Macon Ga., marked "Paid R/-" in ms., large portion of left side patched but not affecting markings or address - worthy of professional restoration, as only a few covers are known with the 5c cancelled by the Southern Express Co. marking

E. 500-750
575
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1421°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1421, Southern Express MailSouthern Express Company from Herndon, No. 9 C.R.R, Southern Express Company from Herndon, No. 9 C.R.RSouthern Express Company from Herndon, No. 9 C.R.R. Black on brownish label originally affixed to back of yellow cover, a turned usage, first use (inside) to J. V. Jones at Herndon Ga. with 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c) tied by indistinct town cds, second use (outside) by express to Prattville Ala., sender's instructions "$25/Express/From J. V. Jones" and "Care Mess. Gilmer & Co., Montgomery", the label has been lifted but shows faint adhesive stains matching those on the back of the cover, small sealed tears at bottom; the Herndon office (No. 9) lies mid-way between Savannah and Macon on the Georgia Central Railroad line, which connected with the line to Montgomery, Alabama; this is the only recorded example of the Southern Express Co. Herndon label

E. 1,500-2,000
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1422°
c
10c Blue, Die A (11). Gigantic margins with large left sheet margin, beautiful early shade and impression, tied by perfectly struck "Charlotte N.C." dateless circle on blue cover to Shelby N.C. with Southern Express Company's Telegraph imprint at top, charge box notation and telegraph charges marked "Paid", Extremely Fine, Superb in every sense of the word

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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1423°
c
Adams Express Co. to "2d African Regiment". 3c Pink entire with black on yellow label "Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Green Castle Ind.", addressed to "George M. Wilson, 2d Assistant Surgeon, 2d African Regiment, Helena Ark." with sender's instructions "Ex Agt. please deliver this letter immediately to someone of this Regt.", undeliverable and sent to Memphis (ms. "#91 Helena Oct. 31/66" docketing), large black on orange Memphis Jun. 10, 1869 unclaimed valuable label on back - one of the so-called three gatherings, in which undelivered valuable letters were advertised after the war - small opening tear at lower left, still Very Fine, a rare and unusual usage, any reference to the African-American regiments in the Civil War is rare

E. 750-1,000
850
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1424°
c
Adams Express Co. Mobile Ala. Aug. 5, 1865. Small double-circle ds on 3c Pink entire to Memphis Tenn., ms. "2/- Paid" (two bits or 25c) express charge, notation "Winter's not there & Duffy not found" referring to addressees, Adams Memphis Jun. 10, 1869 unclaimed valuable label on back, Very Fine

E. 150-200
220
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1425°
c
Southern Express Co. Savannah Ga. Jan. 27, 1866. Faint but readable double-circle ds on 3c Pink entire to Abingdon Va., pencil "Paid 2/-" (two bits or 25c) charge, interesting note on back and over embossed stamp regarding delivery "without fail", slightly reduced at left, Fine

E. 100-150
75
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1426°
c
Southern Express Co. "Three Gatherings". Three express covers with large black on orange labels on backs, Memphis June 10 (two) and Aug. 10 (good military address) - two of the three so-called gatherings, in which undelivered mail containing valuables was held and advertised - a fourth cover with Southern Express Co. Spart Ga. label on back, 1871 usage to ex C.S.A. Vice President Stephens, Very Fine group

E. 400-500
425
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1427°
c
Southern Express Company. Red corner card on 3c Pink entire to former C.S.A. Vice President Stephens at Crawfordville Ga., "Augusta Ga. Nov. 12" (1871) cds, slight staining, Fine

E. 50-75
55
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