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.
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).