Canada #320DP 1953 Composite Die Proof. We surmise it is the work of an apprentice working with lines and shading to produce sketches and two vignettes, one of a weaving loom and the other which resembles a progressive Die Essay similar to the 1952 Canada goose stamp without Canada or denomination. If our analysis is correct it leaves open the question of whether the goose is a progressive Die which was impressed onto the working surface as a guide for the apprentice. The fact that the image has been defaced supports this hypothesis. The other possibility is that the apprentice copied the stamp. It is dated June 23, 1953. In any event a Die Proof was pulled. As a Die Proof with both philatelic and other images from an engraver, this might well be unique to Canadian philately. Ex. Bruce Hay estate, fine-very fine and a fascinating item. Estimate $6000.
Canada #5 1855 6d slate grey Consort imperf on wove paper, tied by #21 4-ring numeral cancel to outer sheet of folded letter paying the two-fold domestic letter rate from Montreal JA 30 1858 to Ottawa. The stamp has a nice fresh "silvery" shade with full margins on all sides. There are filing folds to the letter sheet, well away from the stamp. Very fine and attractive. Accompanied by 2007 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Estimate $2000.