VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF ADAMS EXPRESS NEW YORK AND AUGUSTA OFFICE MARKINGS, BOTH CLEARLY STRUCK ON THE OBVERSE OF A COVER FOR ACROSS-THE-LINES EXPRESS SERVICE TO NORTH CAROLINA.
Only a few covers are recorded with this combination of Adams office markings and at least one of the others has the large New York oval handstamp struck on the back (ex Brandon). This cover was sent during the early period when Adams southbound mail was not postmarked at Louisville or Nashville. In this case, it was carried in the Adams network to Augusta and entered the C.S.A. mails there.
The Adams New York oval handstamp is extremely rare, and collectors should be aware that a number of clever fakes were handled by John A. Fox, which have only recently been properly identified. Genuine strikes are much rarer than the auction record would indicate.
Special Routes Census No. S-AD-10. With 1997 C.S.A. certificate