VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF ADAMS EXPRESS OFFICE MARKINGS -- NEW YORK TO NASHVILLE TO KNOXVILLE -- FOR THRU-THE-LINES EXPRESS SERVICE TO LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA.
Only a few covers are recorded with this combination of Adams office markings, which were applied in transit entirely outside the U.S. and Confederate postal systems. Adams also had the option of placing letters into the Nashville post office for delivery by regular Confederate mails.
The Adams Knoxville oval is extremely rare, and collectors should be aware that a number of clever fakes were handled by John A. Fox, some of which have never been properly identified (these fakes bear the David Cleage address, a known correspondence). Perhaps the rarity of the Knoxville oval is appreciated less because of the circulating fakes.
Ex Knapp, Solomon and Gallagher.