Lot 89 Canada #25 1868 3c Red Large Queen, mint, with full original gum, lightly hinged. A very well centered stamp, with crisp impression and a very light gum bend (mentioned for the record only and does not detract), else extremely fine and a lovely stamp. Accompanied by a 2010 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,800. Unitrade CV$5,000.
Lot 61 Canada #21-30 Collection of Used Large Queens, with #21 (two unused with distinct shades), 22 (x3), 22a (showing “LL” of watermark), 23 (x2), 24b, 25 (three distinct papers and shades), 26, 27, 28 (x2), 29 (x2, one with corner crease) and 30 (x2, one with small thin). Unless otherwise noted, a superior group, with 14 fully dated stamps, some with socked on the nose postmarks and one with blue datestamp, overall fine to very fine and plus one on cover. From the Outaouais Collection. Scott CV$2,700
Lot 54 Canada #27b, iii 1868 6c Dark Brown Large Queen on Watermarked Paper, with Major Re-Entry, unused (no gum), showing part of one letter of the watermark. The stamp also clearly shows the elements of the major re-entry from plate position 93. Pulled perf at bottom, still with deep rich colour and crisp impression and fine-very fine. This is the only known example of this combination of a watermarked stamp with this major re-entry, a must have for any serious collector. Accompanied by a 2005 Greene Foundation certificate. Finding an unused example of the 6c showing part of the Bothwell paper watermark is a rare occurrence, as there are likely ten or less in existence. The fact that one example exists with the major re-entry is quite exceptional. From the Outaouais Collection. Estimate $5,000, sold for $2,000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 59 Canada #33 1868 3c Red Large Queen on Laid Paper, unused (regummed) with bright colour, full perforations with pleasant centering, fine. One of Canada’s rarest stamps, with fewer than ten mint or unused examples recorded. In fact, of all the major numbered Canadian stamps, only the #2 and #31 are known in similar small quantities. This stamp is likely the second nicest example, with the original gum example in the Firth collection appearing to being the finest. Ex. Vadeboncoeur. From the Outaouais Collection. Accompanied by a 2002 APS certificate and a (pink) 2010 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $10,000. Unitrade CV$25,000, sold for $12,000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 429 Canada 25iii 1868 3c Red Large Queen on Thick Soft White “Blotting” Paper, unused (no gum) with rich colour and fairly nicely centered, fine-very fine. A rare unused example of this difficult paper variety, one of the few known sound copies and certainly one of the finest. A must have for any serious collector of this beautiful issue. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,700. Unitrade CV$3,875.