Lot 472 Canada #F3 1876 8c blue Registration Stamp, a used single with two strikes of a LONDON / PAID c.d.s. receiver in red dated DEC.10.1875, fine. Harrison states on page 293 that the 8c RLS stamps were available by October 1875, but that none are known used before March 2, 1876, so this is a major discovery. To put it in perspective, the earliest recorded 2c RLS is dated DEC.13.1875. A rare and desirable stamp which also happens to show part of the counter “8” at top. From the Azilda Collection. Estimate $500, sold for C$6,000.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium. (See more in the January 30th issue of Canadian Stamp News.)
Lot 1184 LONDON E.C. (Experimental) squared circle, a very fine strike of Type 3 (Figure 69 on page 281 of Handbook) dated AX / OC 30 / 90 on an uprated stationery card to Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, with receiver on front. The Handbook only reports one other strike (dated OC 1 / 91) so this could be one of only two known. Very fine, quite rare and desirable. Estimate $500.
Lot 1032 France #12 1877 pre-UPU France to Canada redirected, a folded letter mailed from Paris (Place de la Bourse JUL.5.1877) to Québec City (JAN.20 receiver on back) through London (JUL.6 PAID transit on front, plus an orange crayon “1d”). The letter was then forwarded to Rivière du Loup en Bas, by adding a 3c Small Queen, tied by a Québec duplex on JUL.20. The letter was finally received there on the same day. A lovely three-colour, dual country franking on a folded letter (no letter inside), with a vertical crease and tear at top, both not affecting the stamps or the pleasing visual aspect. Letters are scarce to rare from France to Canada in this period, and this one is no exception, especially with its added interest. Estimate $1,500.