Lot 16 Canada #26 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, used with broken circle datestamp dated OCT.2.1875, very fine. A very early use, as the earliest recorded date for this stamp is SEP.28.1875 on a cover from Montreal to England, via New York. Accompanied by a 4x blow up colour scan of the stamp. Estimate $250, sold for C$625.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 157 Canada #38 1887 15c UPU Rate Cover to Australia, presumably mailed from Ailsa Craig, Ont (no despatch datestamp, but corner card) to Melbourne, Australia (JUN.29.1887 receiver) through San Francisco. Front shows a clear boxed UNCLAIMED AT / MELBOURNE handstamp, back shows several datestamps including a purple DLO from Melbourne (JUL.7.1887) and two different DLO datestamps from Canada, one dated AUG.23.1887. The cover is franked with a strip of three of the 5c olive green paying the 15c rate, very fine. From the John Hillson Collections, illustrated in H&N, page 140. Estimate C$500.
Lot 117 Canada #26iv 1875 5c Large Queen Registered Cover, mailed from Hamilton on NOV.30.1875 (broken circle free strike) and addressed to Toronto (same day receiver on back). The cover is franked with a single 5c Large Queen Perforated 11¾ x 12, tied by a rare Hamilton oval registration handstamp (plus a free strike alongside and another on back). This handstamp was the first of four to be used in Hamilton, and had a space to write the registration number in it. The cover has an embossed Canada Life Assurance Company logo on the backflap, and inside this backflap is the name of the envelope’s printer in Scotland. This usage of the single 5c paying the 3c domestic rate plus the 2c registration fee is much rarer than it being used on letters to the United Kingdom. It is dated in the 4 month period between when the 5c LQ was issued and the 5c SQ was issued. Accompanied by a 2016 Greene Foundation certificate, very fine. Estimate $750, sold for C$1,100 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 79 Canada #26iv 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, perforated 11¾ x 12, mint, with full original gum, lightly hinged. A very nice stamp with fresh colour and decent centering, fine-very fine. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. A difficult to find stamp in such nice quality. Unitrade CV$3,300, sold for C$1,700 plus buyer’s premium.