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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Other Adams Express Usages

Cat./Est. Value
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Elizabethtown, Ky. Black on yellow glazed label (slightly oxidized), affixed with brown mucilage (smears around label) to 3c Red Star Die entire to Nashville Tenn., ms. "Paid", from the Knowles correspondence and therefore likely to be an early 1861 express usage, Fine, very scarce Kentucky express label

E. 500-750
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from St. Louis, Mo. Black on yellow glazed label tied by "Adams Express Co. Nashville May 30" (1861) oval datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Savannah Ga. from California (so endorsed), sender's instructions "The U.S. Express Co. will please forward this as addressed and collect charges at Savh. Ga.", receipt docketing "Recd. 3 June, Letter 15 May..." and pencil note "It is resignation, return discussed" and in another hand "War letter saying he wants to join his own section", blue pencil "Ex 2/-" (two bits, or 25c), embossed stamp cut out and expertly restored with a 3c, Very Fine appearance. This appears to have originated from a military fort in California; it was carried by courier to St. Louis where Adams received it for delivery to Savannah via Louisville and Nashville - mail exchange between those two cities was not stopped until June 8 or shortly thereafter

E. 500-750
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Adams Express Company Memphis Nov. 7. Red oval datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, ms. "Pd 2/-C" (two bits, or 25c), fresh and Very Fine, possibly 1860 (pre-war) or 1861 (Confederate) usage

E. 400-500
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Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Blue oval handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Athens Tenn., "Sweet Water Ten. May 27" (1861) cds, slightly reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce express usage just prior to suspension of mails between North and South (May 27, effective June 1), Sweetwater lies just north of Athens, ex Meroni

E. 400-500
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FREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY. Four-line handstamp in greenish blue fully struck on back of red and blue "Death to Traitors" Flag Patriotic cover to member of 71st Regt., N.Y. State Militia, Washington D.C., part of flap torn, opened for display, fresh and Very Fine, a rare early express marking used on mail carried free of charge between N.Y. and regiments guarding the capital under Lincoln's authority during the beginning of the war - only thirteen or fourteen examples of the Hoey marking (either type) are known, and only one other genuine patriotic cover is recorded

E. 500-750
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Adams Express Co. New Orleans Jun. 11. Bold cds ties 3c Dull Red (26) on 3c Red Star Die cut square, light crease, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
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