Lot 805 Canada Correspondence Pertaining to the Surveying of the CPR Route North of Lake Superior, 1872 to 1876, being the material originally used by George MacManus to write a two-part article in the PHSC Journal (included in lot). Contains a total of 22 letters (most with their covers) mailed by William E. Morgan (member of the Fleming survey team) to his better known brother Henry J. Morgan in Ottawa. These detailed letters show the trials and tribulations associated with such a trip in Northern Ontario in those days. There are way too many interesting quotes we could make here but recommend viewing the lot in person to better appreciate. There are many references to places he went through (and wrote from) such as “Pie Post Camp“, “Camp 8”, “The Pie”, “Prince Ruperts Land“, “Camp 35”, “Red Rock“, “Lac des Milles Lacs“, “Camp 76”, “Fort Francis” and many more. From the point of postal history, this is also an interesting lot, for the scarce early (for this area) broken circles it contains, mostly on 3c Small Queen covers, but also some free-franked, with rate handstamps. Noted Fort William, Red Rock, Thunder Bay, one cover mailed “via Duluth” in 1874, Michipocoten River CW, etc. Faults, still a fascinating read and historically important. Estimate $1,500, sold for C$4,000.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 802 Letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, in a small cover, franked with a pair of 1c Small Queens tied by Ottawa flag machine cancel dated MAR.27.1897. The letter, which is on Winterholme / Ottawa stationery and signed by Fleming, pertains to the 24 hour system, the Canadian Pacific and Intercolonial Railways. Fleming accompanied his letter by another (cannot ascertain signature on this one – see scan), which is also included. A very fine and interesting lot. Sir Sandford Fleming, a Scottish Canadian engineer promoted worldwide standard time zones and designed the first Province of Canada postage stamp, among many other accomplishments. Sold for C$1,100.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
A new record realization for the rare Montreal F1-1 flag cancel. This cover last sold at auction in 2011 for C$948.75 ($825+15%).
Lot 2292 Montreal 1-1 Imperial Ensign flag cancel, ideal MAR.21.1896 impression, ties 3c Small Queen to a fresh CPR cover mailed to Vancouver with backstamp receiver. This cancel is only known used at Montreal on Saturday evening March 21 and from 10am to 11am on Monday March 23, before being replaced by a M2 machine cancel. It is the key to any flag cancel exhibit/collection as it was used on the first day that machine flag cancels were used in Canada. Its rarity, especially on cover, is attested to by the fact that neither the Lingard ORAPEX Grand Award flag cancel exhibit nor the Sessions BNAPEX Grand Award flag cancel exhibit had an example on cover. Also, this cover would be a choice edition to a Small Queen exhibit to show a great use of this stamp. There is a repaired tear to the upper left of the dater hub and on the back flap, but these do not detract from this elusive flag cancel, which seldom comes to market. Langford’s 2008 catalogue value for use on cover is US$1,500 or about C$2,000. Estimate $1,800, sold for C$1,900 plus buyer’s premium.