Lot 182 Canada 15c Small Queen Engraved Die Essay in Brown Red, on India paper measuring 32 x 41 mm, showing guidelines in the margins. There is an insignificant natural wrinkle in the margin at right, which does not detract from the rarity of this item, which was originally prepared and intended to replace the 15c Large Queen issue, very fine. Illustrated in Hillson and Nixon Canada’s Postage Stamps of the Small Queen Era 1870-1897 on page 29. Ex Bill Simpson, Brigham, Cantor. Estimate C$5,000.
Lot 1 Bradbury Wilkinson Engraved Die Essay of Queen Victoria Facing Right, in green, on bond paper measuring 23 x 27 mm, from an original design engraved by Charles Henry Jeens. A rare, and possibly unique essay. Ex. Bradbury Wilkinson Archives. Pictured on page 9 of Canada’s Postage Stamps of the Small Queen Era, 1870-1897 by Hillson and Nixon (“H&N”). See John Hillson’s biography here. Estimate $750, sold for C$2,100.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.