Lot 917 1867 Victoria BC to Nova Scotia Via Panama and the United States, franked with a perforated 5c rose British Columbia issue (Scott #5) paying the Colonial domestic rate, tied by an oblong oval “Post Office / Victoria Vancouver Island / Paid” in blue. The cover was forwarded to San Francisco (arrived there SEP.30) and franked with a 5c Jefferson and 10c Washington, both tied by cogwheel cancels, the rate necessary for the rest of the voyage, which consisted in travelling south in a closed packet by steamer to Panama, where it would have crossed by rail to the Atlantic side, took another steamer to New York, and then on to its destination. The back shows three datestamps: Amherst NS (OCT.23.1867), Pugwash (OCT.24) and finally Wallace receiver (OCT.24). According to Robson Lowe, the entire trip was of 6,455 miles (sea distance). Small faults to two of the stamps, still a very fine and rare cover, the only one we have seen with this exact franking to the Maritimes. A similar cover to Nova Scotia (with same US franking but with a 2½d imperforate) recently sold for US$35,000. From a recent find by a descendant of the addressee, therefore on the market for the first time ever. Estimate C$2,500.
Lot 836 Nova Scotia #2 1857 3d Blue Heraldic Imperforate, a mint block of four, with full original hinged gum. A remarkable, and very rare block, with bright, fresh colour and large margins. The block shows a tiny scissor cut in the margin between two stamps and has light creases in the margins, still very fine and desirable. Ex. Hiroyuki Kanai (1985) and accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $3,200. Unitrade CV$12,800.
Lot 1033 Correspondence from Hawaii to Nova Scotia, 1892-1898, with 31 covers, all mailed from Honolulu (mostly duplex cancels, some in purple) to Old Bridgeport, Nova Scotia. There is a good variety of frankings, including some Provisional Government overprints, mostly all 5c rates with a few 10c. Includes an 1893 5c stationery cover as well. These are from the “Mitchell Mining Find” and most have faults including rough openings. See scans for a small sample. Estimate $150, sold for C$3,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 430 Nova Scotia #7 1851 1sh dull violet Heraldic Imperforate, used with a crisp oval grid cancel and four large and even margins, with deep colour and extremely fine. This lovely stamp has three expert signatures on back (in pencil) plus a 2010 Greene Foundation certificate. A truly remarkable example of this rare stamp. Rsv. Unitrade CV$9,000.