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Sale 1151 — The Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Friday, 3 March, 2017

Category — Through-the-Lines Express Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1531
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1531, Through-the-Lines Express MailAdams 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 clearly struck on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27), southbound to Washington N.C., clear strike of blue "Adams Express Co. Augusta Ga. Jul. 4" (1861) oval datestamp, manuscript "25/1" (25c single rate), partly clear "Augusta Ga. Jul. 16" double-circle datestamp and "PAID 10" straightline handstamp for Confederate postage, accompanying certificate notes a repair at upper right but this appears to be only on a small section of the back and does not affect the indicia

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

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
1532
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1532, Through-the-Lines Express MailAdams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861. Circular datestamp on folded printed circular and letter datelined New Orleans Aug. 3, 1861, to New York City, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), s.e. at left, tied by blue grid with matching "Louisville, Ky. Aug. 7, 1861" double-circle datestamp, fold splits reinforced with non-archival materials that show some staining, Fine appearing thru-the-lines use by Adams Express

E. 400-500
200
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1533
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1533, Through-the-Lines Express MailAm. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville, Ky, Am. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville, KyAm. Letter Exp. Co. Louisville, Ky. Partly clear strike of dateless blue circular handstamp on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Lynchburg Va., blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 7, 1861" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps, all three clearly struck, original enclosure with directions for using the American Letter Express, small tear at top right just touches the indicia, missing most of backflap, Very Fine appearing and scarce North-to-South express cover

E. 750-1,000
0
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