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
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.
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).
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