Lot 66 Canada #38a 1875 5c Slate Green Small Queen, Perforated 11½ x 12, mint with full original gum, never hinged. A very fresh stamp which has wonderful centering and is extremely fine. A difficult stamp to find in such lovely quality. Accompanied by a 2007 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate and a photocopy of the stunning block of six from which it came. The 5c perforated 11-1/2×12 is one of the most challenging of all Small Queens to locate in premium quality. Its rarity can be traced back to the fact that only a few of the early 5c printings had this perforation measurement, and very few were saved by collectors or otherwise not used. This printing normally displays unevenly applied gum with streaks and/or bubbles, and the example contained in the “Outaouais” collection displays these characteristics. A true condition rarity for the connoisseur. Unitrade CV$4,500, sold for $4,200 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Session Three, Postal History, begins today at about 9:30am, immediately following the Commonwealth/Worldwide section.
Lot 1429 1928.SEP.30 Baron von Huenefeld Berlin to Tokyo Flight, Calcutta to Tokyo Japan Leg, addressed to Stephen Smith, care of the German Consulate in Tokyo, Japan, with green “Europa SS” flight cachet and violet “Baron Huenefled” and blue “Tokio 18 Oct.” handstamps, Stephen Smith message and signature on reverse reading “Greetings by Baron von Huenfeld, etc.” Very Fine, only 47 cards carried on this leg of the flight. From the Leon Victor Pont Collection of early India First Flight postal history. Estimate C$350.
Lot 341 Canada #7 1857 10d Blue Cartier Imperforate on Thin Crisp Paper, used with light grid cancel, four large to very large margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 1970 Alberto Diena certificate (with his initials in pencil on back of stamp) and a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,400. Unitrade CV$2,400.
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Lot 13 Canada #4v 1852 3d Deep Red Beaver Imperforate on Thick Hard Paper, used with a clear 4-ring #18 cancel from Kingston. This lovely stamp has four large margins, showing part of the next stamp at left and at top, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$600.