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Sale 825 — U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Category — Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1555
ogbl
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1555, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2). Complete sheet of 40, part original gum, large margins to slightly in, several stamps have slight wrinkles (very trivial)

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING INTACT SHEETS OF THE ADAMS & CO. CALIFORNIA EXPRESS STAMP -- INITIALLED BY L. REED, A PARTNER IN THE ADAMS FIRM. A TRULY REMARKABLE EXHIBITION ITEM.

The California branch of the Eastern express company founded by Alvin Adams was established late in 1849, following the discovery of gold that led to the great Gold Rush. Under the direction of Daniel H. Haskell, the Adams firm prospered as an express company and banking house in California. In 1855, in the midst of a national banking crisis, the firm was dissolved, and its express business was taken over by Freeman & Co. Isaiah C. Woods, whose name appears in the minute copyright inscriptions along the sides of the design, left for Australia after the Adams California branch folded. Haskell's portrait appears on the different Adams stamps, which were used to prepay express charges on letters carried by Adams & Co. Their rarity suggests that they were not issued until soon before the firm collapsed (the copyright is dated 1853).

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
1556
ngbl
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1556, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials (1L2), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials (1L2)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials (1L2). Block of four, unused (no gum), ample margins to just touching at top, Fine-Very Fine

375
220
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1557
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Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) and "ICW" (Isaiah C. Woods) Initials in Black (1L2, 1L3). Two "LR" and two "ICW", unused (no gum), ample to large margins, one of "ICW" slightly toned, all 1L2's have minor creasing, otherwise Very Fine

395
210
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1558
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1558, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). Bottom left corner sheet margin block of four, unused (no gum), large margins all around, thins in card in margin only, Very Fine

150
100
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1559
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1559, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Pos. 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, minor toned specks, otherwise Extremely Fine, an impressive sheet

1,555
950
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1560
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1560, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4). Unused (no gum), "LR" initials (L. Reed), large margins, Extremely Fine, very rare

E. 500-750
850
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1561
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1561, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4). Unused (no gum), "ICW" initials (Isaiah C. Woods), large margins, Extremely Fine, very rare

E. 500-750
675
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1562
c
Adams & Co. Sacramento. Large blue double-circle datestamp and framed "Free" on two 1854 folded covers to San Francisco, Fine-Very Fine

E. 100-150
70
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1563
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1563, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams Express Co, Adams Express CoAdams Express Co. Seven items: buff cover to San Francisco with blue cameo corner card (N.Y. office) and blue "Free" in frame, same corner card in red on blue envelope (unused), also three cut squares, a Adams 3c USIR (essay?) cut square and an express receipt, minor faults, Fine group

E. 150-200
270
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1564
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1564, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 28, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 28, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 28, 1861. Circular datestamp struck on back of South to North thru-the-lines express cover to Baltimore Md., 3c Dull Red (26) tied by blue grid, matching "Louisville Ky. Jul. 29, 1861" double-circle datestamp, opening tears along top, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
200
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1565
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1565, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink, Red on Yellow (3L1, 3L3), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink, Red on Yellow (3L1, 3L3)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink, Red on Yellow (3L1, 3L3). Each tied by company's purple oval datestamp on Dec. 1882 and Jan. 1893 corner card covers to local addresses, former stamp has a few short perfs, latter cover acidified at edges with some faults resulting, otherwise Fine

425
600
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1566
 
Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., Study Collection (3L1-3L4). Interesting collection, including stamps, multiples, cancellations, imperforate and imperf-between varieties in blocks, one 3L2 on a cover front, mounted on pages from the Perry collection, some faults to be expected, overall a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
800
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1567
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1567, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Margins to slightly in, cancelled by red Floral fancy cancel on Feb. 10, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York, some creasing and gum stain affects stamp, still appears Fine, this cancellation is extremely rare -- probably the first true "fancy cancel" used on adhesive stamps in the United States -- with 1998 P.F. certificate

250
700
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1568
c
American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1, 5L2). Each used on folded letter to Philadelphia, 5L1 full margins, red brush cancel, used Jan. 31, 1844 (very early), 5L2 cut in, "CC" ms. cancel, red ALMCo. Phila. circle, Fine pair of covers

E. 150-200
220
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1569
c
American Letter Mail Co. Philadelphia. Eleven folded letters, five with red boxed "Collect" handstamps. all with red handstamps of American Letter Mail Co. Phila. office, includes two scarce 109 Chestnut St. circles, two combination Boston and Phila. offices, all collect rates, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
300
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1570
c
Baldwin's Newark Express. Two folded letters with Black on Green labels to New York City, one with small "Baldwin's Newark Express" label, letter datelined "Newark May 13th 1848", other with large "Baldwin's Newark Light Package Express, Leaves No. 6 Wall-St from Harnden's Express office, at ...", affixed to back of blue folded letter datelined "Newark August 16, 1849", with ms. "Per Baldwin Express" at bottom left, both with file folds, otherwise Very Fine pair

E. 300-400
700
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1571
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1571, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Barker's City Post, 10 Court Square, Barker's City Post, 10 Court SquareBarker's City Post, 10 Court Square. Perfect bold double-circle handstamp and ms. "2" rate on Dec. 29, 1855 blue folded letter to Lysander Spooner, proponent of independent mails and founder of the American Letter Mail Co., contents re naval legislation, Extremely Fine, superb condition and an unusual tie to Spooner

E. 300-400
475
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1572
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1572, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1), Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1). Unused (no gum), ample margins to touching, Very Fine, a rare stamp, especially in sound condition

675
0
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1573
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1573, Local Posts (Adams to Barrs)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1), Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Red (8L1). Ample margins to slightly in, uncancelled, small thin, Fine appearance, very rare

675
135
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