Lot 808 British Columbia and Vancouver Island #12 1867 50c on 3d Violet Seal of British Columbia Surcharge, Perforated 14, a mint horizontal pair with full original gum, hinged. A very well centered and scarce multiple, fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $2,200. Unitrade CV$3,600.
Lot 1 1849 Folded Letter franked with 5c Red Brown Franklin Imperforate, mailed Montréal on DEC.14.1849 to Kennedy in New York. Since Canada had not yet printed its own stamps, it was permitted to frank this folded letter with an 1847 5c Franklin imperforate in Montréal, which is tied by a red “10” in circle. There is also a “4½” manuscript rate to pay for the Canadian portion of its voyage. Upon arrival in New York, the clerk crossed-out the “PAID” and penned-in “Due 5.” Long detailed letter inside, with two vertical file folds (one through stamp). A very fine example of this scarce usage, ex. Dale-Lichtenstein, Craveri and Daniel Cantor (2011), and now the Outaouais Collection. Illustrated in Boggs The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada on page 73. A great item to start any serious Canada collection. Estimate $3,000, sold for $3,400 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 836 Nova Scotia #2 1857 3d Blue Heraldic Imperforate, a mint block of four, with full original hinged gum. A remarkable, and very rare block, with bright, fresh colour and large margins. The block shows a tiny scissor cut in the margin between two stamps and has light creases in the margins, still very fine and desirable. Ex. Hiroyuki Kanai (1985) and accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $3,200. Unitrade CV$12,800.