Lot 146 Canada #155b 1928 10c Mount Hurd, Imperforate Vertically, a mint never hinged upper right plate block of four, very fine and fresh. Catalogue value is for normal block, and does not include a premium for the plate inscription. Very fine. Unitrade CV$750, sold for C$475 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 229 Canada #TBT31, TBT34 1908 The Bell Telephone Company Booklet, containing 7 complete panes plus 34 stamps of the 5c green (TBT31) as well as 5 complete panes plus 28 stamps of the 25c purple brown (TBT34). The 5c values include 29 watermarked stamps and the 25c values include 12 watermarked stamps (both not counted in catalogue value, but van Dam suggests a premium of 50%). The booklet covers have light creasing, soiling and a few small pencil notations, still a very rare booklet and stamps are very fine, never hinged. van Dam CV$12,620, sold for C$2,900 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 326 Great Britain #4 1841 2d blue Queen Victoria on bluish Paper, Imperforate, Watermark Small Crown, lovely used strip of three, with light 1844 type grid cancels, with large margins along the whole length of the top and bottom, plus showing a large part of both adjoining stamps at right and left. The owner has identified it as plate 3 (unverified by us) and with the “square footed J” variety. Deep, rich colour and extremely fine. S.G. #14, £255. Scott CV U$275, sold for C$170.00 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 386 Russia #1 1857 10k brown and blue Coat of Arms on Folded Letter, mailed in 1858 from Samara to Saratov (boxed receiver on back dated 12 February 1858), with two page letter inside written in cursive. The stamp has three large margins and the bottom is clear of the outer frameline. It is tied to the cover by a large double ring c.d.s. as well as a fairly light pen cancel. Opening tear on back has been neatly mended with stamp hinges, still very fine and a great example of Russia’s first stamp on cover. Scott CV$3,000, sold for C$850 plus buyer’s premium.