Lot 489 Canada #EN8, etc. 3c QV Postal Stationery Envelope with Northwest Rebellion of 1885 Private Print, #EN8 envelope has an illustrated corner card showing Louis Riel on horseback, as well as Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear plus others. Produced by Henry Hechler, who served in the 63 Rifles during the Riel Rebellion campaign. Very fine. Accompanied by a 1934 Riel Manitoba cover, a 1970 Louis Riel issue FDC with Cole cachet and another with a Jackson cachet and one with an Elliott-Marion cachet, a picture postcard mailed in 1910 depicting Gabriel Dumont holding a rifle, as well as two Winnipeg Philatelic Society 1969 exhibition items commemorating the Riel House and Riel stamp essay. A nice lot to further enhance into a thematic collection. Estimate $150, sold for C$350.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 73 Canada Ca. 1869-70 Louis Riel Essay in Red, imperforate with margin just cut into at top, on vertically wove paper, reading “Republique Canadienne / Canadian Republic,” with no denomination. Much has been written about this essay, including that it might have been produced by Henry Robinson, of the New Nation newspaper for the Provisional Government PM, A. Bannatyne, or even printed by the foreman of the “Norwester,” a newspaper in Fort Garry. A rare early Canadian essay, with only eight to ten copies known in this colour, small black spot on front, still fine. Accompanied by a 1997 Saskatoon Stamp Centre Guarantee of Authenticity. Estimate C$1,000, sold for $2,600 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 74 Canada Ca. 1869-70 Louis Riel Essay in Green, imperforate with four margins and part of original gum remaining, on vertically wove paper, reading “Republique Canadienne / Canadian Republic,” with no denomination. Much has been written about this essay, including that it might have been produced by Henry Robinson, of the New Nation newspaper for the Provisional Government PM, A. Bannatyne, or even printed by the foreman of the “Norwester”, a newspaper in Fort Garry. A rare and possibly unique early Canadian essay in this colour, small black spot on front, still very fine. Accompanied by articles published on the subject, as well as very interesting personal correspondence with the owner about the existing copies of these essays and their possible provenance, etc. Estimate C$1,500, sold for $6,200 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 601 1885 Morgan Cover with content related to Louis Riel, mailed to Morgan from Regina ASSA on MAY.7.1885. Cover (quite damaged) was mailed approximately six months prior to his death by hanging (16 November 1885), and approximately one week before he surrendered to Federal authorities and placed into custody. Also included is an original photo of Louis Riel (“carte de visite” by Davis and Sons Montreal, damaged at bottom), a short letter to Morgan explaining what was going on at the time, and a cut out newspaper article dated MAY.5.1885 from Regina reporting on the uprising at Battleford, Sask. Great Canadian ephemera for the serious collector. An identical photo (but in much better condition) was recently sold by a British Columbia auction house for C$600 (but without the provenance documents this lot includes). Estimate $100, sold for C$950.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.