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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — Adams and American Letter Mail Co.

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1203
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1203, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams 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 on backflap of 3c Red Star Die entire (U26) to Lynchburg Va., blue "Adams Express Co. Nashville Jul. 11(?)" and black "Adams Express Company, Knoxville Tenn. Jul. 12" oval datestamps, manuscript "2/-" (two bits, or 25c) express charge, manuscript "15", bottom flap opened to show New York marking, top flap replaced, some slight wear, vertical file fold affects embossed stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF ADAMS EXPRESS OFFICE MARKINGS -- NEW YORK TO NASHVILLE TO KNOXVILLE -- FOR ACROSS-THE-LINES EXPRESS SERVICE TO LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA.

Only a few covers are recorded with this combination of Adams office markings, which were applied in transit entirely outside the U.S. and Confederate postal systems. Adams also had the option of placing letters into the Nashville post office for delivery by regular Confederate mails.

The Adams Knoxville oval is extremely rare, and collectors should be aware that a number of clever fakes were created by John A. Fox (these fakes bear the David Cleage address, a known correspondence). Perhaps the rarity of the Knoxville oval is appreciated less because of the circulating fakes.

Special Routes census no. S-AD-17. Ex Knapp, Solomon, Gallagher and Boshwit.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1204
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1204, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 9, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 9, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 9, 1861. Circular datestamp cancels 3c Red Star Die entire (U26) to Richmond Va., blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 12, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps (over-500 miles), manuscript "Pd. 2/- Ch" (two bits, or 25c) express charge, central light stain spot from wax seal, missing top flap, still Very Fine, the addressee, Mann S. Valentine, was from a very prominent Richmond family which made a fortune with Valentine's Meat Juice, a "health tonic" made from beef juice, they also founded Richmond's first museum which they aptly named The Valentine, in 1898, Special Routes census no. S-AD-58, ex Boshwit

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1205
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1205, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Jul. 24, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Jul. 24, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Jul. 24, 1861. Clear strike of circular datestamp over indicia of 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Murfreesboro Ten., red crayon "623" at left, tear at top and minor edge toning, otherwise Fine southbound through-the-lines use, Special Routes census no. S-AD-35, ex Matz

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E. 400-500
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1206
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1206, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to in at top right where separated unevenly, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jul. 2? " circular datestamp on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Oakland Grove Ark., manuscript "Pd 2/-" (two bits, or 25c) express rate marking, some slight edgewear, slightly reduced at right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CIVIL WAR EXPRESS USE WITH A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.

There is no indication of this cover's origin, but it is probably an across-the-lines express use via Adams Express Company's office in Memphis. Express covers involving Confederate postage of any kind are scarce, and those with Postmasters' Provisionals are very rare. Only one cover with a Memphis adhesive stamp has a private express mail handstamped marking -- an Adams Express Boston office datestamp (Sale 988, lot 73).

Ex Boshwit

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1207
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1207, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 10, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 10, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 10, 1861. Bold circular datestamp (day inverted) on blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans 5th July" to New York City, pencil "35/" at upper left, two 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26) tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Jul. 11, 1861" double-circle datestamp and duplex grid, file folds (vertical stationery fold does not affect stamp), Very Fine, choice and rare double-rate across-the-lines express cover from New Orleans, Special Routes census no. N-AD-14, ex Schwartz, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1208
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1208, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 11, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 11, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 11, 1861. Bold circular datestamp on July 6, 1861, folded letter and printed market report from New Orleans to New York City, vertical pair of 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Jul. 12, 1861" double-circle datestamp and duplex grid, file folds, a few tears along folds and edges, still Very Fine, a rare double-rate across-the-lines express cover with all markings clearly struck, Special Routes census no. N-AD-16, ex MacBride, Meroni and Walske

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1209
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1209, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 6, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 6, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 6, 1861. Bold circular datestamp on folded letter datelined New Orleans July 1, 1861, to New York City, horizontal pair of 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Jul. 7, 1861" double-circle datestamps and duplex grids, manuscript "Due 6" evidently applied in New York City on the assumption that the 3c stamps were applied in one of the disloyal states -- they were actually applied by the Adams office in Louisville -- letter mentions enclosures from London and Liverpool and shipment of cargo thru Cuba, minor wear and small tears along file fold, still Very Fine, Special Routes census no. N-AD-6, ex Hall

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1210
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1210, Adams and American Letter Mail Co.Am. Letter Exp. Co., Louisville Ky, Am. Letter Exp. Co., Louisville KyAm. Letter Exp. Co., Louisville Ky. Blue dateless circular handstamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Augusta Ga., bold "Nashville Ten. Jun. 28, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "5" handstamps for C.S.A. rate, small stain at top, still Very Fine, a scarce North-to-South across-the-lines express cover handled by American Letter Express, Special Routes census no. S-AX-15, ex Boshwit

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E. 750-1,000
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