Lot 1458 1930.OCT.30 England to Australia Flight by Mr. Oscar Garden, mailed from Calcutta on OCT.30 to Stephen Smith in Rangoon, with boxed purple cachet reading “ENGLAND – AUSTRALIA FLIGHT / With Mr. Oscar Garden, Across the Bay of Bengal” plus a “Calcutta to Rangoon” air mail label. Franked with a block of four 3a plus a pair of ½a on back, with Rangoon arrival on NOV.1. Signed by Stephen Smith on back and Oscar Garden on front. Very fine and a very rare cover, with only 11 flown. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 557 Canada #108c 1918 3c Brown Admiral, Dry Printing, mint never hinged, with four huge and well balanced margins, deep rich colour and fresh, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. An outstanding stamp in all respects. Rsv. $180. Unitrade CV$150, sold for C$550.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1443 1929.DEC.20 First Day of Issue of Inland 2a Air Mail Stamp on Cover, hand made cover depicting a large airplane, some palm trees and Stephen Smith’s flight map of India, franked with a sheet margin block of four, signed and dated in selvedge by G. Grant, the stamp’s designer. There is a double-boxed “DATE OF ISSUE / INLAND / AIR MAIL STAMP” (front and back), addressed to Stephen H. Smith in Calcutta, with his signature on back, alongside a same day receiver. Light stains, still scarce and very fine. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $750, sold for C$1,900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 62 Canada #34 1890s ½c Black Small Queen, mint never hinged, with intense colour and very nicely centered, extremely fine. A lovely stamp. From The Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$75, sold for C$210.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1431 CVR 1929.JAN.11 Evacuation of Kabul Flight Cover, addressed to “The Post Master / Peshawar / India” with pencil note written by and initialed by Stephen Smith, reading “This cover was flown from Kabul to Peshawar during the Evacuation of Kabul in 1929.” With Smith signature on back. Missing backflap, tears at top and other small faults on front, still a rare cover with very few flown (Brown lists seven flown only) and described by Mr. Pont as “one of India’s rarest air mail covers.” Estimate $500, sold for C$3,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.