Lot 1512 Group of 56 First Flight and Air Mail Covers and Cards, 1920s-1930s, from European Countries: Latvia (x2), Hungary (x4), Poland (x6), Ethiopia (x1), Romania (x2), Greece (x4), Iceland (x1), Norway (x3), Sweden (x1), Denmark (x1), Yugoslavia (x1), Austria (x6), Estonia (x1), Persia (x2), Palestine (x1), Saar (x7), Egypt (x3), Belgium (x4), Portugal (x3), French Morocco (x3). Many of these were in Mr. Pont’s exhibit and feature interesting frankings, rates, destinations (many to India, etc), cachets, and more. Some were affected by humid storage, still overall fine to very fine. Viewing highly recommended to better appreciate the scarce material in this lot, many scans available online. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Session One (Canada, Lots 1-653) and Two (B.N.A., Lots 701-869) offer great depth combined with many top-quality lots.
In the pence issues the laid paper lots have exceptional singles, multiples and covers, while the wove papers add cancels, varieties and rarities (stitch watermark; two of the very scarce six penny reddish purple on thick fibrous paper; three of the six penny perforated). The 1859s continue on with three of the ten cent black brown and a block of twelve of the 17 cent Cartier. The Large Queens offer a mint watermarked two cent, a Goatee variety, the rare mint 15 cent on thick paper (30c) and 15 cent with script watermark as well as a fine one cent and a very fine three cent on laid paper.
Every series goes on to offer quality and rarity as well as nice stamps for the general collector. Among the numerous special items is the discovery example of a previously unrecorded #1815 variety.
Our section of semi-official airmail is especially strong with nearly 100 lots highlighted by the London to London stamp #CLP6. In two sections within Canada we have grouped an extensive collection of mint sheets. The B.N.A. is especially strong in British Columbia with #3 and many of the elusive numeral cancels. A wonderful New Brunswick shilling on cover, and an equally wonderful watermarked Nova Scotia shilling are highlights from these colonies. Another shilling, from Newfoundland, is just one of the highlights of Newfoundland.
The Postal History section has gotten stronger with each auction and the trend continues in this sale, with a great many lots not having been on the philatelic market for decades, and sometimes being offered for the first time.
Lots and Collections have many strong and worthwhile offerings. Of note is ten very nice lots of Norway which are among the 29 Scandinavian lots. Germany, with 30 lots, has much to offer the collector of post-WWII never hinged, and the 44 Canada & B.N.A. as usual constitute a diverse group.
In a change from previous sales, we have lotted the type of single-franking covers (often with expensive stamps) within the stamps section rather than postal history, reasoning that these appeal to both stamp collectors and postal historians.
Live bidding is now active on Stampauctionnetwork.com. PDF Catalogues and Image Gallery will be available here on Sparks-auctions.com later this week.
The first two afternoons of Auction #11 saw some terrific realizations. Noteworthy were the Canada Admirals and Consular Stamps, and the used New Zealand. Unaudited realizations can be seen on Stamp Auction Network.
Today we offer Collections, Large Lots & Remainders. We have begun a trend towards single lots of nice collections that could certainly have been divided into separate offerings with some exceptional individual stamps. Examples are Malta, France and Norway. Canada and Newfoundland also have intact collections, as does United States. Lots 1761 to 1806 showcase African and Latin American single country new issues from the 1970s to 2005. We have found that these collections do surprisingly well on their own, so check the Opening Bids on Stamp Auction Network before placing your bid.
Session 6 begins at 1:00pm. An error on the section page of our printed catalogue had the sale beginning at 2:00pm following Literature (which was called yesterday afternoon), but this information has been corrected in all other channels.