Lot 551 Nova Scotia #5a 1860 6d dark green Heraldic Diagonal Bisect on Folded Letter to PEI, mailed from Digby NS on APR.11.1860 (backstamp), through Halifax (APR.13 oval backstamp) and addressed to Muddy Creek, St Eleanors, both located in Lot 17, (APR.20 Prince Edward Island backstamp). The letter inside is dated March 30, 1860. Franked with a bisected dark green 6d, tied on all sides, paying the proper inter-Colonial 3d rate. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate. From the Louis Sidney Crosby Collection of Prince Edward Island. A very fine cover. Unlisted in The Pence Covers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 1851-1860 by Arfken and Firby (2004) and as such likely the only known use of a Nova Scotia bisect on a cover to Prince Edward Island. Unitrade CV$7,000, sold for C$2,100 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 342 Nova Scotia #5a 6d dark green Imperforate Bisect on 1860 cover mailed Wilmot NS (FEB.4.1860 dispatch on back) to Bridgetown (light receiver), franked with a bisected 6d (well tied by an oval grid), paying the 3d domestic rate. Missing backflap, still very fine and rare. Accompanied by a 1963 Philatelic Foundation (New York) certificate. Unitrade CV$7,000.
Lot 49 1890s 1c yellow, diagonal bisect, tied by squared circle, paying the ½c domestic second class rate for transient newspapers. The Railway News newspaper masthead (folded), mailed from Fredericton, N.B. (NOV.8.1897) to Westmorland Street in Fredericton. A rare franking, which was authorized by the Canadian Post Office for the Fredericton Post Office between the dates of November 5th and 8th, at which time no ½c adhesives were available. Bit of wear due to the nature of the paper, still very fine and a desirable usage of the 1c stamp, with only six legitimate examples of this bisect having been recorded. A famous item, with great provenance. Accompanied by 1982 RPSL certificate. (Unitrade 35c)
Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein (1970), Dr. Alan Selby (1993), “Jura” Collection (2007), Victor Willson (2013).
Illustrated in: The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada by Winthrop Boggs, p.303.
Unitrade CV$6,000, sold for $6,200 plus buyer’s premium.