Sale 1238 — Civil War Special Mail Routes

Sale Date — Wednesday, 23 June, 2021

Category — Express Mail Across the Lines Beginning June 15, 1861

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
256
c
Sale 1238, Lot 256, Express Mail Across the Lines Beginning June 15, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Jul. 31, 1861. Boldly struck circular datestamp on cover to George D. B. Keim in Pottsville Pa., "Richmond Va. Jul. 25, 1861" circular datestamp, Richmond "Paid 10" in circle C.S.A. rate handstamp at right, given to Adams Express and carried to Louisville where it entered the U.S. mails, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) affixed at Adams office in Louisville (over their datestamp) and tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Aug. 1, 1861" double-circle datestamp and matching blue grid cancel, Adams Express instruction label on back in black on blue-gray with rates for sending letters to the Confederate States, affixed at Louisville, receipt docketing "Mit Robinson, 21 July /61, 10 Aug. /61 recd", there is a small manuscript "40c" notation upside down at the bottom of the cover, opened on three sides for display

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED ADAMS EXPRESS COVERS WITH THE INSTRUCTION LABEL FOR MAILING LETTERS TO THE CONFEDERATE STATES. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE

3-CENT 1857 STAMP.

Special Routes census no. N-AD-41. Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000