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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Post-War Southern Expresses

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
157
c
Adams. Express. Co./Brownsville/Texas. Three-line handstamp in blue clearly struck with ms. "2/- Paid" express charge (two bits, or 25c) on Nov. 20, 1865 folded cover from Matamoros, Mexico, to New Orleans, neat docketing on flap, file folds

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POST-WAR EXPRESS MARKINGS.

With 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,900
158
c
3c Rose (65). Tied by blue grid, matching "Bowling Green Ky. Mar. 12, 1862" double-circle ds on Adams Express Company imprint cover to Worcester Mass., mailed approx. one month after Federal occupation of Bowling Green, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine

E. 100-150
55
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159
c
3c Rose (65). Tied by "Memphis Tenn. Jul. 17" (1864) double-circle ds on Adams Express Co. imprint cover to Garnaville Iowa, with letter regarding lost package, Very Fine

E. 150-200
75
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160
c
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Louisville, Ky. Black on yellow glazed label, fold thru cover and label (tying), 3c Rose (65) tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Jan. 4, 1864" double-circle ds and grid on cover to hospital at Fort Snelling Minn., Very Fine, scarce wartime express usage

E. 300-400
280
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161
c
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Louisville, Ky. Black on yellow glazed label on 3c Pink entire to Chattanooga Tenn., ms. "Pd 2/- B" express charge (two bits, or 25c), "Three Gatherings" label on back, Aug. 10, 1869, Very Fine

E. 400-500
375
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162
c
From Adams Express Company, New Orleans, La. Imprint on buff cover to Norwich N.Y., from lieutenant with 114th N.Y. Regt., express receipt for $50 conveyance accompanies, charges and contents noted on cover, appears that label was removed from upper right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce imprint

E. 100-150
90
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163
c
Adams Exp. Co. Bowling Green, Ky. Paid "2/- J". Double-circle ds with ms. rate on 3c Pink entire to Unice Ark., oval "Southern Express Co. Money Dept. Nashville Tenn. Jul. 31, 1866" ds, red "Three Gatherings" label on back, Jun. 10, 1869, slightly reduced, Very Fine, scarce markings from post-war reconstruction period when regular mails were unreliable

E. 400-500
300
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164
c
Forwarded by Adams Express Co. from "Gainesville Ala. Sept. 14th/65". Black on orange glazed label affixed over pen-cancelled 3c Rose (65) on cover to New Hampshire, second 3c 1861 affixed over "Paid 4/-" express charge and tied by "Memphis Tenn. Sep. 19" double-circle ds and target, label and both stamps partially peeled off, scarce post-war usage

E. 150-200
270
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165
c
Baldwin's Southern La. Express M.R. 8154. Blue circular handstamp ties 3c Rose (65), also tied by target on yellow cover to New Orleans, United States Military Telegraph imprint, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine

E. 500-750
700
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166
c
Baldwin's Southern La. Express M.R. 8154. Blue circular handstamp ties 3c Rose (65), also tied by "New Orleans La. Feb. 3, '66" double-circle ds on cover to Rochester N.Y., with soldier's letter from Brashear City La., mentions railroad released from military control one day prior, reduced at left, Fine and scarce

E. 500-750
525
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167
c
Commercial Express Oct. 27, 1865. Double-line double-circle datestamp ties 3c Rose (65), well-centered, on orange cover to Matamoros, Mexico, ms. "Paid 4/- B Oct. 23" express charge (four bits, or 50c), fresh and Extremely Fine, extremely rare post-war express usage into Mexico, an absolutely superb cover, ex Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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168
c
Pioneer Express Co. Selma Ala. Bold circular handstamp ties 3c Rose (65) on folded letter datelined "Selma Ala. July 27th/65" and addressed to New York City "pr Express", sent via New Orleans with a second 3c 1861 affixed over "Paid 35" express charge and tied by "New Orleans La. Aug. 1 '65" double-circle ds and target, lifted and hinged in place

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PIONEER EXPRESS COMPANY'S SELMA OFFICE HANDSTAMP, THIS BEING THE ONLY ONE USED WITH STAMPS.

Next to Adams and Southern Express, the Pioneer Express Co. was one of the most active expresses operating in the Southern States during and after the war. The Selma and Mobile offices used datestamps, but only two examples of each are recorded. This cover was sent during the early post-war reconstruction period when many mail routes were not operational. Pioneer Express carried the letter from Selma to New Orleans, and from there it entered the government mails. Curiously, a second 3c stamp was affixed and cancelled at New Orleans.

Ex Knapp, MacBride and Muzzy

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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169
c
24c Lilac (78). Well-centered, wide margins with s.e. at left, tied by lightly struck target or rim of cds, blue "Southn. Express Co. Augusta Ga." double-circle handstamp with ms. "4/- express charge (four bits, or 50c), "Savannah Ga. Jun. 14" (1865) circular datestamp on brown cover to Cannes, France, red "New York Paid 12 Jun. 20" credit cds, red Calais transit and "PD" in frame, French receiving backstamps

A VERY FINE AND UNIQUE COVER, CARRIED BY SOUTHERN EXPRESS COMPANY IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION AND THEN BY TRANSATLANTIC MAIL TO FRANCE.

The irregularity of mail service in Southern States immediately after the war created the need for expresses to carry letters and valuables between cities. This cover was brought by Southern Express Co. from Augusta to Savannah, and from there it entered the government mails to New York where it was put on board a Cunard steamship bound for Europe. The "4/-" charge, or 50c, was twice the normal express fee and must have included 25c for the company and 25c for postage, although the rate to France was only 15c. A 24c stamp was used, probably due to limited availability of other values and the fact that Southern Express Co. had been paid 25c for postage.

With Stanley B. Ashbrook opinion

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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170
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. 500-750
0
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171
c
Southern 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 midway 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. 400-500
450
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172
c
Southern Express Co. Richmond Va. Aug. 16, 1865. Double-circle ds with ms. "Paid 2/- W" express charge on cover to Big Lick Va., endorsed "Per Southern Express Company", slightly reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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173
c
Pioneer Express Co. "P X Co Jan 28 '64". Manuscript cancels on each of two 3c Rose (65), ms. "Pd 2/-" express charge (two bits, or 25c) on cover to Sutler of 3rd Missouri Cavalry at Searcy Ark., remnants of express label on back, both stamps creased and scissors-trimmed before use, upper left corner of cover clipped, otherwise Fine, a most unusual usage and certainly very rare

E. 500-750
0
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174
c
Pioneer Express Co. Columbus, Ky. Nov. 28, 1865. Double-circle ds on 3c Pink entire to Marion Sta. Miss., with rare Pioneer Express Company corner card listing offices, Very Fine, Pioneeer covers from Kentucky are scarce

E. 400-500
0
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175
c
Pioneer Express Co. Mobile Ala. Sep. 30, 1865. Double-circle ds on 3c Pink entire to Enterprise Miss., toned and worn at edges, otherwise Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
190
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176
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 176, Post-War Southern Expresses"Paid 50cts", "Paid 50cts""Paid 50cts". Ms. express charge on brown cover to Meadows Depot Va. endorsed "From J.J. & T.J. Corners, Morristown, Tenn." with $25.00 enclosed, red wax seal, with Dec. 22, 1862, enclosure, slightly reduced at left, Fine, scarce war-time money letter sent by express within the Confederacy

E. 300-400
160
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177
c
Trans-Mississippi Post-War Express. 3c Rose (65) cancelled in ms. with "Castalia O. Sep 16" cds (date in matching ms.) on buff cover to Newton Tex. "Care of Charles C. Wainwright, Alexandria La.", ms. "Col 2/-" (Collect two bits, or 25c express fee); during the period immediately following the war's end, mail routes had not been fully established in Texas - this cover was sent to Wainwright in Alexandria and consigned to one of the expresses operating in Texas and Louisiana - reduced at right slightly into address and some edge wear, Fine and rare

E. 200-300
95
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