Once again, our Sale #5 of December 1, 2 & 3, 2009 is a well-rounded auction.
The Early Canada section includes the ten penny Cartier with a red postmark that complements the colour of the stamp (Lot 11); a pair of 12-1/2c Large Queens that is quite delightful (Lot 49); a two cent Small Queen with major re-entry (Lot 62); and the ten cent Leaf issue with dated cancel which is rare in this quality (Lot 143). There are numerous fresh, immaculate, extremely fine stamps, especially in the Admirals. We offer a very fine never hinged Inverted Seaway (Lot 425), and a Large Die Proof of the $1 Canadian Exports which appeals as a unique collectible (Lot 427).
British Commonwealth contains many rare and great stamps including a full pane of Antigua five shillings (Lot 729), and Western Australia deep colour centered Swan (Lot 752). There are many other tempting items in the Commonwealth section including South Australia proofs, British Honduras, and used blocks from South West Africa.
The dominant item in the Worldwide is the section on Bolivia. Despite some condition problems with a few lots, this group — as well as the stampless covers and later collections — will provide a chance to get a good start with many scarce items. The four lots of Iceland offer rarity and quality (Lots 999-1002). Israel #7-9 NH with tabs are also offered (Lot 1006).
There are many interesting and appealing lots in Postal History, one of the featured items being the Henry Hechler collection (Lot 1231), and an award-winning collection of airmail (Lots 1126-1212). An 1893 London Philatelist has the complete set of Die Plate Proofs from Prince Edward Island.
The final session of Lots & Collections is to be held on Thursday with about 250 lots. Virtually all are interesting, and offer an opportunity to buy such diverse items as a collector-made album, a carton, or even a bookshelf full of stamps!