Lot 472 Canada #F3 1876 8c blue Registration Stamp, a used single with two strikes of a LONDON / PAID c.d.s. receiver in red dated DEC.10.1875, fine. Harrison states on page 293 that the 8c RLS stamps were available by October 1875, but that none are known used before March 2, 1876, so this is a major discovery. To put it in perspective, the earliest recorded 2c RLS is dated DEC.13.1875. A rare and desirable stamp which also happens to show part of the counter “8” at top. From the Azilda Collection. Estimate $500, sold for C$6,000.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium. (See more in the January 30th issue of Canadian Stamp News.)
Lot 1034 Old Time Correspondence, Mostly to or From Japan, 1880s and 1890s with over 80 postal stationery cards, mailed to Japan from a number of countries such as Canada (many), Hawaii, USA, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Egypt, France, etc. Also a few local cards from Japan or the US. Many of the cards are UPU and pay the correct rate, but many are also uprated. We note lots of postmark interest, rates, routes, etc. Most of these cards were mailed to Miss Martha Jane Cunningham, who was a missionary in Japan from 1887 on, and eventually became the first principal at a school there (includes a copy of the history of this school and a little biography on her). A lovely and colorful collection, but unfortunately all the cards have been glued onto pages in a book. Still a great opportunity to acquire such a scarce destination collection. Estimate $350, sold for C$4,800.00 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 204 Canada #65P 1897 $5 Jubilee Plate Proof in Olive Green, in a full sheet of 50, mounted on card, showing varieties in positions 5, 9, 16 and 29 plus re-entries in positions 10 and 11. A great sheet and quite scarce, with only 800 stamps recorded, and probably very few intact sheets remain. Unitrade CV$40,000, sold for C$10,500.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 30 Canada #5d 1855 6d grey violet Consort on Thick Hard Paper, used with a light grid from a duplex cancel, four very large margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2018 Greene Foundation certificate. A scarce and exceptionally lovely stamp, and probably one of the finest known, ex. Dr. Lewis Reford. Rsv. Unitrade CV$4,000.