Lot 1624Adams Express Co. From Sandoval, Ill., black on yellow label affixed on 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Baltimore with manuscript, "Paid through 25¢", light light vert fold in entire & part of flap cut off, Very Fine.
Scott Nos. U9 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 1625(Confederate States) Adams Express Co. Nashville Apr. 6, black oval handstamp on 1853-55 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Greenville, Tenn. with additional strike of black "Adams Express Company, Knoxville Tenn. Apr. 7" oval datestamp, manuscript docketing at left, slightly reduced at right, Fine, 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.
Scott Nos. U10 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 1626Livingston, Fargo & Co. (By the American Express), blue printed frank (Haller FL6), blue "Cincinnati O. Mar. 2" circular datestamp on 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Lieut. James B. McPherson at Fort Delaware Del., backflap removed and slightly reduced at top, still Very Fine, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Dale-Lichtenstein.
Scott Nos. U9 Estimate $300 - 400.
Livingston Fargo & Co. was formed by the original founders of Wells, Fargo & Co. and American Express, this rare frank was used briefly in the mid to late 1850's on mail via the Eastern and Midwest routes, this letter probably originated west of Cincinnati and entered the regular mails there, the addressee was James Birdseye McPherson, who later became a Major General and died in 1864 during the Atlanta campaign.