Lot 1409Confederacy, Memphis, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ red. Two singles, overlapped and tied by "Memphis, Ten./Jul 15" cds on cover to Charleston, S.C., the left stamp is the rare pelure paper, both stamps with pre-use corner tears; flap missing, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 56X2 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 1410Confederacy, Memphis, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ red. oily print, large margins top and bottom, in at left and right, tied by "Memphis, Ten." cds on cover to Shawnee Village, Ark., Very Fine; with 2008 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 56X2 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 1411Confederacy, Memphis, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ red. Deep lake shade on cream colored entire to Osceola, Ark. postmarked "Memphis, Ten./Jan 15, 1862" cds, Very Fine and rare.
Scott No. 56XU1 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 1412Confederacy, Milledgeville, Ga., 1861, 5¢ black, wide spacing between I & D. On amber envelope to Dalonegah, Ga. postmarked "Milledgeville, Ga./Oct. 15 " cds, Very Fine and attractive.
Scott No. 57XU1a Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1413Confederacy, Mobile, Ala., 1861, 2¢ black. Just in at bottom otherwise mostly large margins, tied by "Mobile, Ala./Sep 1, 1861 " double circle postmark on cover to McKinley, Ala.; reduced somewhat at left, F.-V.F.; with 2007 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 58X1 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A very rare usage paying the 2¢ circular rate, rather than the usual 2¢ drop rate.
Lot 1414Confederacy, Mobile, Ala., 1861, 5¢ blue. Tied by "Mobile, Ala./Sep 22, 1861" cds on advertising cover with blue embossed cameo shield corner card to Spring Hill, Ala.; opening tear at top and part of flap missing, stamp with large margins except just touching at left, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 58X2 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 1415Confederacy, Nashville, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ carmine. Large margins to in at left, deep rich color, tied bold blue oval "The Southern Express Co./Nashville/Aug. 23" to Philadelphia, cover sent via Louisville, Ky. for transmission to the North with "Adams Ex. Co./Aug. 14, 1861/Louisville, Ky." cds franked with United States 1861 3¢ rose tied by blue grid & matching "Louisville, Ky./Aug. 25" double circle postmark endorsed "Paid 2/-" (bits) for the Express fee with Due 3 cts applied on top, additional struck with ornate "Rec'd Sept. 7" handstamp, ultimately sent to the Dead Letter Office with large oval handstamp on reverse, 2010 C.S.A. cert. mentions, "Envelope has minor soiling and wear, edge faults across top", we see no evidence of soiling or wear and the edge faults at top are trivial at best where the envelope was opened, Extremely Fine; with 2010 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 61X2 Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
One of the Most Outstanding Confederate Covers in Existence.
Adams Express Company was required to ensure the prepayment of government postage (Federal and Confederate), although the letter was carried outside the regular mails. Very few covers are recorded with Confederate provisional stamps or markings used in conjunction with thru-the-lines express service.
Prior to the discovery of this cover it was thought that only five Nashville provisional/express covers existed. This is the only example of either the 5¢ or 10¢ Nashville Covers with the "Southern Express Co." marking.
Of the Nashville provisional/express covers, six are known with the 5¢ and three with the 10¢; As such, they are quite significant artifacts of this remarkable period of postal history.
Lot 1416Confederacy, Nashville, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ violet brown. Tied by blue "Nashville, Ten./Oct 22" cds affixed over indicia on U.S. 3¢ Nesbitt entire with pre-printed address to Athens, Tenn., flap bears colorless embossed oval ad for Planters Bank; stamp with large margins except just touching at top, Very Fine; with 2007 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 61X5 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 1417Confederacy, New Orleans, La., 1861, 2¢ blue. Four margin single on partly printed folded bank circular with an 1861 5¢ olive green, stone 1 placed over it and tied by "New Orleans, La./27 Feb." cds to Baton Rouge; 5¢ stamp is hinged in place to show the 2¢ Provisional, the 5¢ with three margins and hidden flaws, Extremely Fine; with 2007 C.S.A. certificate declining an opinion as to the origination of the 2¢ provisional on the cover, however it seems to be logical that.
Scott No. 62X1 Estimate $500 - 750.
It was probably determined prior to mailing that, due to the handwritten portions of the circular, the 2¢ circular rate would not apply, therefore a 5¢ stamp was required.
Lot 1418Confederacy, New Orleans, La., 1861, 5¢ brown. Large margins including sheet margin at right, light wrinkle in sheet margin, tied by "New Orleans, La./11 Aug." (1861) cds on cover to Pensacola, Fla., reduced at left, Very Fine; signed B. Green.
Scott No. 62X3 Estimate $200 - 300.