Lot 1893 People’s Republic of China (Northeast China), valuable mint collection on album pages, with each stamp in a black mount, we note many complete sets, a souvenir sheet (1L44a, $475), as well as many extras such as paper varieties, blocks of four and pairs, different shades, perforations, watermarks, surcharge varieties, printing varieties (such as some “tall chimney” on 1L125 and 1L130 both in blocks of 20, pairs and blocks of 4). The pages also include a section for reprints, so many of the stamps that were reprinted are present in both original and reprint formats. The varieties listed above which are not listed in Scott were counted as regular stamps only. A lovely, clean and fresh collection, see scans for a small sample. Scott U$5,052, sold for C$4,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1592 India Rocket Mail April 1935 Sikkim Rocket Experiments, with eight different covers, all carried between APR.7 and APR.13 from various places, bearing various coloured overprinted Jubilee labels (two are stationery “Rocketgram” cards with these labels printed), and all addressed to Mr. Pont, care of Stephen Smith. The lot also includes one each of the four overprinted Jubilee labels (unused). Some have wrinkles, still a rare offering, all scanned online and signed by Stephen Smith. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$750.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 862 New Zealand #VP-5 1899 Rare Special Post Stamp Overprinted in Blue “MAROTIRI / Pigeongram”, of which only 240 were printed. Mint hinged with sheet margin at right, signed by Aimé Brun (Paris) and purchased from Stanley Gibbons in 1973. ACS VP-5 (c.v. NZ$7,500) Estimate $1,000 sold for C$1,600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1226 Montreal (Type 4 Jubilee Flag), Five stroke Die. The Five Stroke die combined with a dater normally associated with the B Ensign, cancelling a 3c Jubilee on a lovely cover addressed to Berlin (Ont.) According to owner, only four examples of this unusual Hub and Flag association on cover have been reported. From the Robert Heasman Collection of Early Canadian Machine Cancellations. Estimate $1,000, sold for C$1,450.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.