Lot 16 Canada #26 1875 5c olive green Large Queen, used with broken circle datestamp dated OCT.2.1875, very fine. A very early use, as the earliest recorded date for this stamp is SEP.28.1875 on a cover from Montreal to England, via New York. Accompanied by a 4x blow up colour scan of the stamp. Estimate $250, sold for C$625.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 652 Canada #76, 79 1899 12c “AR” Registered Cover to New Orleans, mailed Montreal (squared circle precursor AUG.9.1899) to New Orleans Louisiana (AUG.13 receiver on front), franked with two 5c plus a 2c purple Numerals (paying 2c postage, 5c registration and 5c “avis de réception” or acknowledgement of receipt), stamps are tied by oval Rs and there is a rare free strike of an “AR” in circle. Stamps have faults and cover with small tears and light stains, still a rare and early AR cover. Ex. Liptak collection. Estimate C$300.
Lot 637 Canada #35 1892 Small Queen Illustrated Advertising Cover, a yellow cover mailed DEC.14.1892 from the Merchant’s Protective Collecting Association in Hamilton to Montreal, handstamped “NOT FOUND / RETURN / TO / WRITER” and returned to Hamilton on JAN.5.1893. The cover depicts a large eye. Open on two sides and ex. Ron Brigham (with his red handstamp on back), very fine, with great eye appeal. Estimate C$150.
Lot 351 Canada two cent Map Stamp, December 7, 1898 First Day Cover, mailed from Montreal (Bickerdike machine at 1pm) to Montreal, received there at 10pm (Bickerdike hub on back), attempted delivery (DEC.7 carrier marking), address changed to a local post office box in purple crayon and re-despatched (for free) Notre Dame St. West L.C.D. next morning at 7am. Small corner fault bottom left, still a very fine example of this first day of use for the Map stamp in combination with a 2c drop letter rate, with very few known. Rsv. From the Robert Lunn Map Stamp Collection. Estimate C$1,000, sold for $2,400 plus buyer’s premium.