Lot 297 Canada Collection of Crown Obliterators, mounted and annotated on 6 quadrille pages, with 6 covers plus 17 stamps, from the John Hillson Collections. First is an 1878 registered cover from Berkeley UC, with two strikes of the Holland UN brass intaglio crown seal (Holland changed its name to Berkeley in 1875), a 3c SQ stamp with very fine strike of the Weymouth NS brass intaglio crown seal, an 1897 cover mailed from the Senate with a crown c.d.s. in purple (mailed cross border with 6c SQ), a group of four stamps showing fancy cork crowns, a lovely cover mailed from Victoria BC in 1882 with stamps tied by a very fine strike of the crown in sunburst, another cover mailed Victoria BC in 1881 with same crown in sunburst as well as three stamps bearing same (3c pair, 5c and 6c), a 3c SQ stamp with Halifax curved registered crown, the last two pages show two covers and 8 stamps with the Ottawa crown (with both genuine and forgeries). A lovely group seldom offered as such, all scanned online. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6. Estimate C$500.
Lot 1004 1879 letter mailed from Fort Benton, Montana Territory on NOV.28.1879 (purple octagonal star duplex, used for less than one year, ties a 3c Washington stamp) to Henry J. Morgan in Ottawa (DEC.9 receiver). The 4 page letter inside is datelined 5 days earlier “Fort Walsh, 23rd Nov 1879” and was written by Morgan’s brother William, an early constable of the North West Mounted Police (regimental #191), who is describing the difficulties of living and working at Fort Walsh. He writes “I am now on the most dangerous duty chopping wood with another, five miles from the Fort. Of course we carry our rifles revolvers chuck full, but we are just as liable to be shot in the back, as poor Graham was. If you know the boy’s people you can tell them that every man here longs to avenge him – and aim to on the first opportunity…” he goes on “I want to get out of this Fort, for in plain English it is the damndest fraud ever perpetrated on the people of Canada…”. Henry Morgan, upon having received the letter forwarded it to Sir John A. Macdonald writing on the cover “Dear Sir John, Please return when you have read this” and the back of the cover has the reply “Dear Morgan, Thanks – your brother appln came I have got his discharge. (signed) JAMD”. The online Mounted Police database (LAC) reveals that he was discharged on June 17, 1881. Fort Walsh was intended to curb the illegal whiskey trade, protect Canada’s nearby border with the United States, and aid with native policy. It served as the NWMP headquarters from 1878 to 1882. Historically important. Estimate $1,000 sold for C$1,900.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 3560 WESTON ONT. squared circle, a very fine (light) strike AU 31/93 ties a 3c Small Queen to a cover mailed to “Cumberland House, North West Territory” (SP 2/93 broken circle on back). The addressee’s address was crossed out, and a Hamilton address added. The cover then went to Ottawa (squared circle on front dated FE 9/94) and then to Hamilton (FE 10/94 receiver on back). There is also a Prince Albert SASK c.d.s. on back SP 5/93. The Weston strike is the earliest recorded date for this hammer. A few small faults, else very fine. RF 35 From The Ted Kerzner Squared Circle Cancellations of Canada. Estimate $150, sold for C$350 plus buyer’s premium.