Lot 1089, 1826 Québec City folder letter to Calcutta, India via Boston, sold for C$731

Lot 1089, 1826 Québec City folder letter to Calcutta, India via Boston, sold for C$731Lot 1089 1826 Québec City Folded Letter to Calcutta, Via Boston, mailed from Québec City on January 15th, 1826 (datelined inside and dated backstamp of a fine Québec Fleuron, in use 1825-1830) and addressed to Edward Hale in Calcutta, care of L. Deblois & Co. in Boston. The front shows two fine strikes of the QUEBEC / PAID (in use 1817-1830), one with the currency rate to the border “1N” and the other with the rate to Boston “18¾”. The long and interesting letter of four pages would have been carried to Calcutta by favour, and docketing indicates it was received there on June 16th 1826. Born in 1820, Edward Hale was the secretary of his uncle Lord Amherst in India from 1823 to 1829 (the period when this letter was mailed to him there). The Deblois family were merchants in Boston who imported goods from England and India twice a year, and therefore would have been able to carry this letter by favour. The contents are full of political news and gossip of the day. A very fine and interesting letter. Estimate $500, sold for C$625.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 116, Canada 1872-73 two cent deep green Small Queen, first Ottawa printing, XF NH, sold for C$1,521

Lot 116, Canada 1872-73 two cent deep green Small Queen, first Ottawa printing, XF NH, sold for C$1,521Lot 116 Canada #36 early 1872-73 2c Deep Green Small Queen, Perforated 11.85, First Ottawa Printing, mint with full pristine original gum, never hinged, well centered amongst four large margins with “Post Office” fresh colour, extremely fine. An exceptionally rare stamp in this condition, as very few 2c stamps were printed during the First Ottawa printing period (limited to 1872-73 for the 2c value). Despite not having its own Unitrade number, this stamp is highly sought after by connoisseurs, and this may well be the finest example known, as we do not recall seeing a premium never hinged example of this stamp having been offered anywhere. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,300.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.