Lot 99 Canada #36c 1885 2c Small Queen Bisect on Cover, mailed from Halifax (duplex dated NOV.30.1885) and addressed locally, franked with a 2c stamp bisected in half vertically (and properly tied) to pay the 1c drop letter rate, contrary to regulations. Tiny opening tears at top and partially slit open at sides, still a very fine example of this scarce usage. From the John Hillson Collections, illustrated on page 55 of The Small Queens of Canada (Revised Second Edition) by John Hillson as well as in H&N, page 57. Very similar to another cover mailed two days earlier in Halifax illustrated in Canada’s Small Queen Era 1870-1897 by George B. Arfken. Unitrade CV$3,000.
Lot 297 Canada Collection of Crown Obliterators, mounted and annotated on 6 quadrille pages, with 6 covers plus 17 stamps, from the John Hillson Collections. First is an 1878 registered cover from Berkeley UC, with two strikes of the Holland UN brass intaglio crown seal (Holland changed its name to Berkeley in 1875), a 3c SQ stamp with very fine strike of the Weymouth NS brass intaglio crown seal, an 1897 cover mailed from the Senate with a crown c.d.s. in purple (mailed cross border with 6c SQ), a group of four stamps showing fancy cork crowns, a lovely cover mailed from Victoria BC in 1882 with stamps tied by a very fine strike of the crown in sunburst, another cover mailed Victoria BC in 1881 with same crown in sunburst as well as three stamps bearing same (3c pair, 5c and 6c), a 3c SQ stamp with Halifax curved registered crown, the last two pages show two covers and 8 stamps with the Ottawa crown (with both genuine and forgeries). A lovely group seldom offered as such, all scanned online. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6. Estimate C$500.
Lot 702 Newfoundland #28 12c pale red brown Queen Victoria on two 1871 Covers, and both addressed to the same person in Poole, England. One went Fogo to Twillingate to Poole and the other went Fogo to Twillingate to St. John’s to Halifax to Queenstown to Liverpool to Poole. Both covers have a London c.d.s. of July 1st 1871 on back. Both covers are presented on a written-up page and are accompanied by 2002 APS certificates. Minor faults, still very fine and interesting. Unitrade CV$400, sold for C$425 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 344 Nova Scotia #9, 9b Two cent lilac Queen Victoria bisect on 1867 Cover, mailed Halifax (MAR.8.1867 dispatch on back) to New Annan, through Tatamagouche (MAR.9.1867 transit on back) and franked with a single 2c plus a pair with its right stamp bisected (all well tied by neat oval grids), paying the 5c domestic rate. A very rare franking on a lovely cover (few back tears do not detract). Ex. Nicholas Argenti and accompanied by a 1967 Royal Philatelic Society certificate. Unitrade CV$4,000.