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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

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Category — Suspension of Mails, Adams Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
37
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 37, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861. Clear strike of double-oval datestamp on blue folded letter from Mexico to Lanman & Kemp in New York, "Vera Cruz 31 Mayo 1861" oval datestamp struck on flap, entered New York with bold "Steamship 10" due handstamp, it is unclear why this was sent to the Dead Letter Office, but it may have been due to suspected Confederate origination of the letter, two faintly toned file folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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38
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 38, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861. Clear strike of large oval datestamp on flap of folded printed cotton trader circular from London, England to Richmond Va., letter dated May 25, 1861, sender's directive "pr Australasian via Cork", Liverpool circular datestamp also on flap, entered New York with bold strike of "N. York Br. Pkt 24 Jun. 6" 24c debit datestamp and "19 Cents" handstamp, due to the order of the postmaster general this was undeliverable to Confederate Richmond and so was sent to the Dead Letter Office, upon release struck with the DLO oval and blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 30" circular datestamp on flap with matching "Due 3" in circle for domestic postage due, Very Fine, a rare cover showing how mail was affected by suspension of postal service between the North and South

E. 1,000-1,500
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39
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 39, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861. Double-oval datestamp struck on back of yellow cover from Philadelphia Pa. to Chulafinnee Ala., taken to the mails by Blood's with their double-circle datestamp and struck with "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 4" octagonal datestamp, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), defective and tied by grid cancel, due to the order of the postmaster general this was undeliverable to Confederate Alabama and so was sent to the Dead Letter Office, bold "Due 3 cts." straightline and DLO oval both struck upon release, Fine appearance, a scarce cover demonstrating the suspension of the mails

E. 750-1,000
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40
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 40, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressAdams Ex. Co. Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 3 (1861), Adams Ex. Co. Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 3 (1861)Adams Ex. Co. Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 3 (1861). Red circular datestamp well struck on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) to Charleston S.C., blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 24, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "PAID" and "10" handstamps for C.S.A. rate, sealed tear at top and some light staining at top with tiny spot on embossed stamp

FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS PHILADELPHIA OFFICE DATESTAMP, OF WHICH SEVEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED. THIS IS THE LATEST RECORDED USE.

Special Routes census no. S-AD-72. Ex Walske. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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