Lot 700 Newfoundland #34 1873 3c blue Queen Victoria, mint, with full original gum, never hinged. A pleasingly centered stamp, with fresh colour and very fine. Accompanied by a 2005 A.P.S. certificate. A lovely example of this scarce never hinged stamp, by far the best example we have offered. Unitrade CV$3,000.
Lot 1030 Canada #10 1873 pre-UPU Double Weight Cover to Nantes France, mailed Montreal on NOV.7.1873, through London (NOV.19), has a “Paris à Bordeaux” datestamp (NOV.20) and then a Nantes receiver (NOV.20). There is a manuscript “6” for the British transit claim. The cover is franked with a pair of 2c and two 6c Small Queens (all perforated 11½ x 12) paying the proper rate for letters over ¼oz and under ½oz. The backflap has a blue oval advertizing for “A. Lechevallier / Naturaliste / Montreal, P.Q.” Carried by the Allan Line Samarian from Québec City to Liverpool. Small tears at right do not detract from this lovely and very fine cover. Provenance: Simpson (1996), Menich (2000). Estimate C$1,250.
Lot 1139 COLEMAN ONT. squared circle, a partial but strong strike on a 3c Small Queen stamp. RF 220 with 3 strikes on stamp and 2 strikes on cover recorded by Kerzner. Accompanied by interesting provenance ephemera, including a 1986 receipt from F.E. Eaton & Sons to Jim Hennok for $4,000, plus four letters (1959 to 1964) between Dr. Whitehead and Major Carstairs discussing this stamp as well as other squared circles (all scanned online). A most desirable and fascinating lot. Estimate $1,000.