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Sale 1186 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — Adams Express to Union Forces Protecting Washington, D.C.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
518
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 518, Adams Express to Union Forces Protecting Washington, D.C.FREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY, FREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEYFREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY. Four-line handstamp perfectly struck in greenish blue on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Stephen Burkhalter Jr., 7th Regiment New York State Militia, 8th Co., Washington D.C. (Camp Cameron), "Care of Quartermaster Winchester", pencil "9", backflap tear barely extends to front at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STRIKE OF THE RARE ADAMS EXPRESS "FREE FOR THE REGIMENT" MARKING, APPLIED TO MAIL CARRIED TO AND FROM SOLDIERS DEFENDING THE NATION'S CAPITAL IN APRIL-MAY 1861.

The Adams Express "Free for the Regiment" markings were used briefly in April-May 1861 on mail carried free of charge between New York and regiments guarding the capital after Lincoln's call for volunteers to suppress the Southern rebellion. Only seven examples of the "For the Regiment" version are recorded, this being one of the choicest strikes. This example is unusual because it is one of the few showing the use of a 3c stamped envelope, a requirement according to the published notices and postal laws, but apparently often ignored. A comprehensive article on this marking by Scott Trepel can found in Chronicle 244, Nov. 2014, pp. 323-339.

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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