Lot 1025 Canada #5 1862 17c Cartier on cover to Bourges France, mailed from Montreal on JAN.10.1862 (duplex) and addressed to Bourges, France, through London (JAN.25) entered France at Calais (JAN.25), then by train to Bourges (JAN.26 receiver). Carried by the Allan Line Norwegian. This is interestingly one of the only nine covers franked with the correct 17c rate to France, as listed in Arfken and Leggett’s Canada’s Decimal Era, 1859-1868, even though this rate was in effect from July 1, 1859 to 1870. There is a small internal tear in the centre of the front side, still a rare franking and an appealing cover. Valued at $1,000 in Firby’s The Canadian Posted Letter Guide. Estimate $500, sold for C$800.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 551 Nova Scotia #5a 1860 6d dark green Heraldic Diagonal Bisect on Folded Letter to PEI, mailed from Digby NS on APR.11.1860 (backstamp), through Halifax (APR.13 oval backstamp) and addressed to Muddy Creek, St Eleanors, both located in Lot 17, (APR.20 Prince Edward Island backstamp). The letter inside is dated March 30, 1860. Franked with a bisected dark green 6d, tied on all sides, paying the proper inter-Colonial 3d rate. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate. From the Louis Sidney Crosby Collection of Prince Edward Island. A very fine cover. Unlisted in The Pence Covers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 1851-1860 by Arfken and Firby (2004) and as such likely the only known use of a Nova Scotia bisect on a cover to Prince Edward Island. Unitrade CV$7,000, sold for C$2,100 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 448 1892 10c UPU registered cover to Newfoundland, franked with 2c green, 3c vermilion (sulphurated) and 5c green RLS, all tied by fancy cork cancels, paying the 5c UPU letter rate plus 5c registration fee. Mailed from Commanda, Ont. (AUG.25.1892 broken circle) to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland (Sep. 6 receiver broken circle) via Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s. Overall toning, small tears and scissor cut next to the 2c (not affecting stamp), fine. This is the latest of the two recorded covers to Newfoundland bearing a 5c RLS. (Unitrade 36i, 41, F2)
Provenance: Harry Lussey (1999).
Illustrated in: Canada’s Small Queen Era 1870-1897 by George Arfken, p.281.
Estimate $600, sold for $1,200 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 385 Canada 1888 15c non-UPU registered letter rate to China, franked with 10c rose lilac plus 5c green RLS, paying the 10c non-UPU letter rate plus 5c registration fee. Mailed from Niagara Falls South (APR.10.1888) to Manking, Chinese Empire, Asia (US Consulate May 21 receiver) via Hamilton, Windsor, San Francisco. Sent back to Canada through Dead Letter Office. Few minor edge tears, still a very rare and desirable cover. (Unitrade 40, F2)
An outstanding registered cover to China with a unique franking. We are aware of only three registered Small Queen covers to China, only two of which have a 5c RLS.
Provenance: Dr. Clare Jephcott (private sale), Bill Simpson (1996), S.J. Menich (2000).
Illustrated in: Canada’s Small Queen Era 1870-1897 by George Arfken, p.386; Canada and the Universal Postal Union by George Arfken, p.74; CAPEX 1996 Gems of Canadian Philately, p.65.
Estimate $5,000, sold for $10,500 plus buyer’s premium.