Lot 74 Canada #26iv 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, Perforated 11.75 x 12, mint with full original gum, hinged, fine-very fine. A seldom offered mint stamp, especially this nice. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. Unitrade CV$3,300, sold for C$1,600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 19 Canada #26a 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, Perforated 12.1, used with face free target cancel, fine. A fresh example of this rare perforation variety, accompanied by a 1996 APS certificate identifying it as #26ii (the old UCS number for this perf variety). Ex. John Hillson. Unitrade CV$750, sold for C$675.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
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.