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Sale 925 — The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Adams & Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1262
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1262, Adams & Co.Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Blue (1L1), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Blue (1L1)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Blue (1L1). Unused (no gum), ample to large margins with side imprints complete

VERY FINE. THE ADAMS & COMPANY EXPRESS 25-CENT ON BLUE PAPER IS A GREATY RARITY.

The Adams 25c on Blue, Scott 1L1, is one of the few stamps that eluded David Golden -- a slightly thinned example realized $2,100 in our 2000 Rarities sale and this example realized $2,500 in the Hall sale

2,750
1,600
1263
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1263, Adams & Co.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). Block of eight, unused (no gum), large even margins, some toning spots, faint horizontal creases, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as two blocks of four

750
250
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1264
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1264, Adams & Co.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 (Position 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, minor toned specks, otherwise Extremely Fine, an impressive sheet

2,000
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1265
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1265, Adams & Co.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). "LR" (L. Reed) initials, large margins, uncancelled, affixed to folded letter from Sacramento to San Francisco street address, red "Adams & Co. Sacramento Apr. 10" (1853) double-circle datestamp, offered "as is" on its own merits, Very Fine, ex Meroni and Hall

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1266, Adams & Co.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, ex Golden

750
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1267, Adams & Co.Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Rate 25c Per 1-2 Oz.", Black Overprint (1L5), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Rate 25c Per 1-2 Oz.", Black Overprint (1L5)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Rate 25c Per 1-2 Oz.", Black Overprint (1L5). Unused (no gum), "LR" (L. Reed) initials, large margins

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS & CO.'S EXPRESS STAMP WITH BLACK OVERPRINT.

Ex Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 433, realized $2,600 hammer). The Hall Collection contained an example with a fault; other than these two we have not offered another since keeping computerized records.

2,750
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1268, Adams & Co.Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black (1L6), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black (1L6)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black (1L6). Vertical pair, unused (no gum), three huge margins, probably from the upper right corner of sheet, frameline just touched at left

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ADAMS & CO. 1L6 STAMP.

Ex Boker (realized Sfr. 2,400 in 1973 Robson Lowe sale) and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 434, realized $3,750 hammer).

6,500
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1269
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1269, Adams & Co.Adams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14), Adams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14)Adams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14). Unused, tiny spot at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND UNLISTED VARIETY OF ADAMS & COMPANY'S 50-CENT EXPRESS FRANK ON 6-CENT GREEN NESBITT ENTIRE.

If contemporary, the Adams & Company stamped envelopes -- 25c and 50c values on 3c and 6c Nesbitt entires or cut-outs used as adhesives -- must come from the period from 1854 to the collapse of the firm in March 1855. Their rarity could be attributed to the sudden failure of the Adams firm. However, at least one student of the subject has recently argued that these stamped envelopes and cut-outs were created in the 1890's by the notorious forger Wuesthoff. The controversy has not been resolved.

No. 1LU3 is listed only on the 3c Red Nesbitt entire which is priced at $2,500.00. Ex Lichtenstein

E. 2,500-3,500
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