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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April, 2013

Category — Across-the-Lines Private Express Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2284
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2284, Across-the-Lines Private Express MailHarnden's Express Savannah Apr. 26 (1861), Harnden's Express Savannah Apr. 26 (1861)Harnden's Express Savannah Apr. 26 (1861). Bold strike of red oval datestamp on cover to Paris, France, manuscript "Paid 2/-" (two bits, or 25c) express fee, the original 15c postage in U.S. 1857 Issue stamps was unfortunately torn off the cover, part strike of "New York Paid 6 Apr." credit datestamp present below the missing piece, Paris receiving datestamp (Apr. 18 date must be in error) and red boxed "P.D.", a printed reproduction of what the postage would have looked like is placed in missing part of the cover, this would be a spectacular and valuable cover if a stamp-collecting vandal had not gotten to it, still a magnificent strike of the scarce Harnden Savannah oval on a precursor express cover, Harnden merged with Adams Express in 1854 but Adams continued to use the Harnden name in some Georgia towns through late 1861

E. 400-500
200
2285
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2285, Across-the-Lines Private Express MailNew Orleans to Le Havre, France, Jul. 1861, New Orleans to Le Havre, France, Jul. 1861New Orleans to Le Havre, France, Jul. 1861. Blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans 8 July, 1861", France 20c Blue, tied by diamond grid cancel, blue "Forwarded by J. Barbe, Havre" octagonal handstamp, Paris datestamp, La Havre receiving datestamp on back, letter relates to business and states "we are in hourly expectation of hearing of hard fighting in Virginia", file fold and minor edge nick, Very Fine, probably sent inside an across-the-lines express cover to the North and then sent outside the mails to Havre

E. 300-400
200
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2286
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2286, Across-the-Lines Private Express MailAdams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 23, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 23, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 23, 1861. Clear strike of circular datestamp, U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by blue grid cancel and "Louisville Ky. Aug. 24, 1861" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter datelined New Orleans Aug. 19, 1861, to New York City street address, pencil manuscript "DH." and "05", couple small pieces out of side of letter where opened, Very Fine and a very late through-the-lines cover carried by Adams Express, entered the U.S. mails only two days before Adams ceased service in response to the President's order prohibiting commercial intercourse with the South, the Special Routes census records only one later example (this example not recorded), with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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2287
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2287, Across-the-Lines Private Express MailAm. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville Ky. Aug, Am. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville Ky. AugAm. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville Ky. Aug. Blue circular datestamp with unclear date on back of 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to Edom Va., "Nashville Ten. Aug. 24, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" straightline and "10" handstamps, manuscript "Due 5" with large pencil "X" below it, another pencil mark cancels the indicia, edge wear and soiling, Fine and very late through-the-lines cover by private express, mailed only four days before the final American Letter Express trip left Nashville and had its letter bags seized in Louisville by a U.S. marshal, the Special Routes census records only one later example (this cover not recorded), with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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