Lot 1089 1826 Québec City Folded Letter to Calcutta, Via Boston, mailed from Québec City on January 15th, 1826 (datelined inside and dated backstamp of a fine Québec Fleuron, in use 1825-1830) and addressed to Edward Hale in Calcutta, care of L. Deblois & Co. in Boston. The front shows two fine strikes of the QUEBEC / PAID (in use 1817-1830), one with the currency rate to the border “1N” and the other with the rate to Boston “18¾”. The long and interesting letter of four pages would have been carried to Calcutta by favour, and docketing indicates it was received there on June 16th 1826. Born in 1820, Edward Hale was the secretary of his uncle Lord Amherst in India from 1823 to 1829 (the period when this letter was mailed to him there). The Deblois family were merchants in Boston who imported goods from England and India twice a year, and therefore would have been able to carry this letter by favour. The contents are full of political news and gossip of the day. A very fine and interesting letter. Estimate $500, sold for C$625.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 692 Ontario group of 130 Covers and Cards from Norfolk County, 1869-1987, 75 of the covers / cards are ex Allan Steinhart. Includes post cards, postal stationery, registered mail, advertising covers, with many from the stampless and Small Queen era. Note many closed post offices such as Ambrose, Blayney, Bookton, Boston, Brookside, Carholme, Carmone, Cultus, Erie View, Fairground, Glen Meyer, Glen Shee, Hartford, Houghton, Lynedoch (with a blue c.d.s.), Lynnville, Nixon, Port Ryerse, South Middleton, Rockford, Tain, Tyrrell, Walsh, Walsingham Centre, Wyecombe. Note a few covers / cards with edge or other faults, still an overall very fine lot. Estimate $250, sold for C$800.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 372 1899 Registered Special Delivery Cover, being a Walker House illustrated advertising cover mailed from Toronto to Bridgeton NJ on JAN.16.1899, through Boston (JAN.18 transit on back). Franked with a block of four of the 2c Map (these overpaying the 2c + 5c registration rate by 1c), plus a green 10c Special Delivery. Special delivery to the US had to be prepaid with a US SD stamp or 10c worth of regular US postage stamps in order to obtain the service, and in this case the Canadian 10c would pay only for Canadian service. Accompanied by a 1989 Greene Foundation certificate, Very Fine. From the Robert Lunn Map Stamp Collection. Estimate $750, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.