Lot 380, 1879 fifteen cent non-UPU SQ cover to Cape of Good Hope, sold for $5520

Lot 380Lot 380 1879 15c non-UPU cover to Cape of Good Hope, franked with 1c yellow (pair and single), perforated 11½x12, plus two 6c dull brown, perforated 12 (small faults), all cancelled by light cork cancels, paying the 15c non-UPU letter rate. Mailed from Noel, NS (OCT.18.1879) to Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope (Nov. 28 receiver). With “50” (50 centimes) British claim in red, equivalent to 5d, or 10c. The cover has staining at upper right, fine. Cape of Good Hope is a very rare destination and this is the only known cover prepaying the 15c non-UPU rate, and is also the earliest recorded Small Queen cover to Cape of Good Hope. (Unitrade 35vii, 39d)

Provenance: Charles de Volpi (1966), Harry Lussey (1983), George Arfken (1997), Ted Nixon (2012).

Illustrated in: Canada’s Small Queen Era 1870-1897 by George Arkfen, p.352.
Estimate $3,500, sold for $4,800 plus buyer’s premium.

Lot 1485 — Cape of Good Hope 1901 censored POW Cover, sold for $138

Lot 1485Lot 1485 Cape of Good Hope 1901 Boer War Censored Prisoner of War Cover to Diyatalawa Camp Ceylon, franked with 1p Cape of Good Hope definitive. Cancelled with grid obliterator, BLAUW-VLEY FE.25.01 cds. Addressed to a prisoner in Hut 64, Diyatalawa Camp, Ceylon, with Wellington FE.25.1901, Durban MR.5(?).1901, Colombo MR.29.01 transit backstamps. British “Paarl” (Snowden & Hepworth Type 18) seal along top, and Type 25 seal along bottom, which was in use at Prisoner of War camps in Ceylon. Some small faults as expected; nevertheless an elusive Boer War cover. Estimate $100, sold for $120 plus buyer’s premium.

Lot 625 — New Republic 1886 mint/used group, sold for $402

Lot 625Lot 625 New Republic #3, 6, 12 1886 3d, 9d and 5s Numerals, 9d is mint hinged, dated “30 AUG 86” and accompanied by 1978 Royal Philatelic Foundation certificate and accompanying SG card states “showing clear doubling of impression”, small corner fault. The 3d dated “13 OCT 86” used with numeral 232 (Cape of Good Hope) grid cancel on Stanley Gibbons card and 5s dated “_ JAN 86” with violet oval cancel. Overall fine. Scott CV$188, sold for $350 plus buyer’s premium.