Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022

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Category — Adams Express to the 7th Regiment

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3196
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3196, Adams Express to the 7th RegimentFREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY Four-line handstamp in greenish blue, boldly struck on red and blue "Uphold Our Flag" Eagle and Flag Patriotic cover to Louis Schermerhorn, Private 7th Co. 7th Regt, N.Y.S.M. in Washington D.C., docketing at right, very minor corner wear

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL PATRIOTIC COVER WITH A CLEAR STRIKE OF THIS RARE EARLY EXPRESS MARKING, WHICH WAS USED ON MAIL CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND REGIMENTS GUARDING THE CAPITAL UNDER LINCOLN'S AUTHORITY DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

The Adams Express "Free for the 7th Regiment" and "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. Prior to the emergence of this cover, only eight examples of the "For the Regiment" version (without "7th") were recorded. This is the only recorded Patriotic use of the "For the Regiment" marking.

For a detailed history of the Adams Express service to and from Washington D.C. during this time see Scott Trepel's article "Mail to and from the United States Forces Protecting the Capital in April-June 1861" (Chronicle 244, pp. 323-339).

Accompanied by original letter from Schermerhorn's brother with the same Eagle and Flag Patriotic design--this is the letter that was enclosed in this envelope.

Bid on this lot

E. 4,000-5,000
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3197
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3197, Adams Express to the 7th RegimentFREE./For the 7th Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY Four-line handstamp in greenish blue (without period after "Hoey"), clear strike on red and blue "Union and the Constitution" Flag and Verse Patriotic cover to Louis Schermerhorn, care of Commander 7th Regiment, Company 7, N.Y. State, expert restoration including painting in the last "E" in "FREE"

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR PATRIOTIC COVER WITH A CLEAR STRIKE OF THIS RARE EARLY EXPRESS MARKING, WHICH WAS USED ON MAIL CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND REGIMENTS GUARDING THE CAPITAL UNDER LINCOLN'S AUTHORITY DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

The Adams Express "Free for the 7th Regiment" and "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. Prior to the emergence of this cover and and example offered in lot 3198, only six examples of the "For the 7th Regiment" version were recorded (with and without period after "Hoey"). This is the only recorded Patriotic use of the "For the 7th Regiment" marking.

For a detailed history of the Adams Express service to and from Washington D.C. during this time see Scott Trepel's article "Mail to and from the United States Forces Protecting the Capital in April-June 1861" (Chronicle 244, pp. 323-339).

Accompanied by two letters from Schermerhorn's father. One may originate with this cover as it is datelined April 27, 1861. The other, with a red and blue Patriotic Flag and Eagle design at top, dates from May 1862 and does not originate with the cover.

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
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3198
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3198, Adams Express to the 7th RegimentFREE./For the 7th Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY Four-line handstamp in greenish blue (without period after "Hoey"), bold strike on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Mr. Stephen Burkhalter Jr., 8th Co., 4th Regiment, N.Y. State Militia at Washington D.C., "Care of Winchester Quartermaster" at bottom

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER WITH A BOLD STRIKE OF THIS RARE EARLY EXPRESS MARKING, WHICH WAS USED ON MAIL CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND REGIMENTS GUARDING THE CAPITAL UNDER LINCOLN'S AUTHORITY DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

The Adams Express "Free for the 7th Regiment" and "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. Prior to the emergence of this cover and and example offered in lot 3197, only six examples of the "For the 7th Regiment" version were recorded (with and without period after "Hoey"). 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.

For a detailed history of the Adams Express service to and from Washington D.C. during this time see Scott Trepel's article "Mail to and from the United States Forces Protecting the Capital in April-June 1861" (Chronicle 244, pp. 323-339).

Bid on this lot

E. 2,000-3,000
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3199
c
Louis Schermerhorn Correspondence. 16 covers from the Civil War addressed to Louis Schermerhorn of the New York 7th Regiment, four are red and blue Patriotic designs to Washington D.C., from the same May 1861 time period as the "Free for the Regiment" Adams Express handstamps (two Patriotic covers from this correspondence with the two versions of that rare marking are offered as lots 3196 and 3197 in this sale), all but one cover with letter enclosure--many of which feature the Eagle and Shield Patriotic design seen on the cover that is the photo example of this lot (shown on our website), wonderful content which has been scanned and is available in the PDF attachment to this lot, mixed condition on the covers with faults of varying degrees on some, overall a fascinating Civil War correspondence

Bid on this lot

E. 2,000-3,000
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