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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3156
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3156, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsColumbia S.C. Feb. 20 (1861), Columbia S.C. Feb. 20 (1861)Columbia S.C. Feb. 20 (1861). Two strikes of blue circular datestamp ties horizontal strip of three U.S. 1c Blue, Ty. I-II-II (18-20-20), Plate 12 combination, on yellow cover to Tappahannock Va. with "C.S.A." designation in address, strip has small faults, most noticeable along left perfs, otherwise Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
600
3157
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3157, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Cancelled by ms. on Tusculum College, Greenville Tenn. college cover to Greenville, March 21, 1861 docketing at left, tiny corner crease at top right, Very Fine Independent State usage, ex Hall

E. 300-400
400
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3158
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3158, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsPetersburg Va. Apr. 24 (1861), Petersburg Va. Apr. 24 (1861)Petersburg Va. Apr. 24 (1861). Blue circular datestamp and matching grid cancels on U.S. 1c Blue, Ty. I/II/I (18/20/18), vertical pair and detached single, small tears and nicks not readily apparent, two stamps tied on importer's corner card cover to Gainesville N.C., backflap removed, small faults, still Fine appearance and an attractive Independent State Use of 1c Types I and II from Plate 12

E. 500-750
650
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3159
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3159, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsPetersburg Va. 3cts. May 3 (1861), Petersburg Va. 3cts. May 3 (1861)Petersburg Va. 3cts. May 3 (1861). Blue integral-rate circular datestam, matching grid ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on yellow cover to Brinkleyville N.C. with grocer's cameo corner card illustrating products sold, "Calvert" imprint, Independent State Use confirmed by May 2, 1861 enclosure, small piece missing from flap, small perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine, cameo corner card covers showing Independent State Use are very scarce

E. 500-750
700
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3160
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3160, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsNew Orleans La. 15 May (1861), New Orleans La. 15 May (1861)New Orleans La. 15 May (1861). Fully readable strike of large circular datestamp and "30" rate handstamp on yellow cover to Caen, France, "New York 6 May 22" debit datestamp, red French transit datestamp and "16" decimes due handstamp, Very Fine, scarce transatlantic use from Confederate New Orleans, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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3161
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3161, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsPetersburg Va. 3cts May 28 (1861), Petersburg Va. 3cts May 28 (1861)Petersburg Va. 3cts May 28 (1861). Blue integral-rate circular datestamp and matching grid on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Norfolk Va., Extremely Fine, a superb Confederate State Use

E. 200-300
250
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3162
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3162, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders. New-York, Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders. New-YorkAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders. New-York. Large blue oval handstamp on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire to Athens Tenn., cancelled by "Sweetwater Ten. May 27" (1861) circular datestamp, small slightly reduced at top, sealed tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, postmarked in Tennessee on the day U.S. Postmaster General Blair issued the Suspension Order stopping mail from the North to seceded states (service in Tennessee was not suspended until June 12), with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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3163
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3163, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York, Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-YorkAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Blue oval handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Athens Tenn., part strike of Georgia datestamp (Augusta?) and grid cancel, slightly reduced at top, Fine

E. 500-750
375
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3164
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3164, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York, Adams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-YorkAdams Express Company, Great Eastern, Western & Southern Express Forwarders, New-York. Large blue oval handstamp on backflap of U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U26) to Lynchburg Va., blue "Adams Express Co. Nashville Jul. 11(?)" and black "Adams Express Company, Knoxville Tenn. Jul. 12" oval datestamps, ms. "2/-" (two bits, or 25c) express charge, ms. "15", bottom flap opened to show New York marking, top flap replaced, some slight wear, vertical file fold affects embossed stamp

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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3165
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3165, Independent State & C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsMelbourne (Victoria) to Petersburg Va. via London and New York, Melbourne (Victoria) to Petersburg Va. via London and New YorkMelbourne (Victoria) to Petersburg Va. via London and New York. Folded letter datelined "Melbourne 23d July 1861" to Watson McGill & Co. in Petersburg Va., in care of James Hunter & Co. in New York, Victoria 1860 2p, 6, and 1sh tied by bold grids, red "Melbourne JY 25 61" backstamp, red "London Paid AG SP 16 61" transit datestamp and "16 cents" credit handstamp, ms. "8" credit, "N.York Am. Pkt. 5 Oct. 3" debit datestamp, receipt docketing "1861, R. W. Towns & Co., Melbourne 23rd July, Recd 10th Oct., Answd 12th Octo from Montreal", file fold thru stamps and center of cover partly obscuring "Petersburgh", otherwise Fine, an unusual usage, the New York forwarder (Hunter) may have enclosed this in another envelope and sent it by a flag-of-truce route to Petersburg, the "Montreal" in docketing suggests another possibility that the letter was sent there instead, an intriguing cover worth further research

E. 500-750
550
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