Canada Stockbook with lovely and extensive accumulation of mint never hinged material from 1890s to 1951. Overall quality of this group is quite nice with a high number of well centered stamps and most of the material has fresh colours. We have noted only a few hinged stamps are part of multiples. Although there is duplication, it is usually quite balanced. There are too many highlights to mention all of them in this description, we do note (never hinged unless otherwise stated) #34 (9 in multiples), 36 (3), 41 corner block of 6 with (T)HREE CENT counter and lovely corner strip of 3 (short gummed), 42 corner strip of 3 showing weak entry flaw on middle stamp, 44 marginal pair (gorgeous colour), 52 (blocks of 6 and 4), 54 (block of 6 and single), 56, 57, 58 (2), 71 (2), 72 (3), 73, 79 (2), 80, 88 plate #6 block of 10, 91 block of 4 with partial plate no. 2 inscription and hairlines in margin, 99 (2), 100, 101 (2), 103, 120 block of 4, 122 block of 4 (2 hinged), 126a block of 12 (1 hinged) and block of 4, 127a block of 8 (2 hinged), 132 strip of 4 (1 hinged), 50c Bluenose, 50c Grand Pre and much, much more. This lot represents a good opportunity for an astute buyer to obtain a nice sizeable lot of popular never hinged material. A thorough viewing of the online scans is highly recommended; be sure to click on the page scan above to see the image gallery, which contains 19 pages numbered 2002-2002r. Catalogue value per Scott $32,500.
Canada #1359f, 1359fii 1994 43c Flag over Field imperf between booklet pane, complete miscut booklet, being the size of the booklets of 10 stamps but cut from sheets printed for the booklets of 25 stamps, resulting in a booklet pane of 16 stamps plus 2 labels, imperforate between stamps or between stamps and labels for a total of 7 vertical pairs imperf between and 2 vertical pairs imperf between stamps and labels. Very fine, never hinged and a rare error as a complete booklet (we do not recall seeing another). Catalogue value as pairs only with no premium for complete booklet. Unitrade CV C$11,000.
Canada #320DP 1953 Composite Die Proof. We surmise it is the work of an apprentice working with lines and shading to produce sketches and two vignettes, one of a weaving loom and the other which resembles a progressive Die Essay similar to the 1952 Canada goose stamp without Canada or denomination. If our analysis is correct it leaves open the question of whether the goose is a progressive Die which was impressed onto the working surface as a guide for the apprentice. The fact that the image has been defaced supports this hypothesis. The other possibility is that the apprentice copied the stamp. It is dated June 23, 1953. In any event a Die Proof was pulled. As a Die Proof with both philatelic and other images from an engraver, this might well be unique to Canadian philately. Ex. Bruce Hay estate, fine-very fine and a fascinating item. Estimate $6000.
Canada #5 1855 6d slate grey Consort imperf on wove paper, tied by #21 4-ring numeral cancel to outer sheet of folded letter paying the two-fold domestic letter rate from Montreal JA 30 1858 to Ottawa. The stamp has a nice fresh "silvery" shade with full margins on all sides. There are filing folds to the letter sheet, well away from the stamp. Very fine and attractive. Accompanied by 2007 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Estimate $2000.