Lot 1, 1849 folded letter franked with five cent red brown Franklin, Montréal to New York.

Lot 1, 1849 folded letter franked with five cent red brown Franklin, Montréal to New York.Back of Lot 1, 1849 folded letter franked with five cent red brown Franklin, Montréal to New York.Lot 1 1849 Folded Letter franked with 5c Red Brown Franklin Imperforate, mailed Montréal on DEC.14.1849 to Kennedy in New York. Since Canada had not yet printed its own stamps, it was permitted to frank this folded letter with an 1847 5c Franklin imperforate in Montréal, which is tied by a red “10” in circle. There is also a “4½” manuscript rate to pay for the Canadian portion of its voyage. Upon arrival in New York, the clerk crossed-out the “PAID” and penned-in “Due 5.” Long detailed letter inside, with two vertical file folds (one through stamp). A very fine example of this scarce usage, ex. Dale-Lichtenstein, Craveri and Daniel Cantor (2011), and now the Outaouais Collection. Illustrated in Boggs The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada on page 73. A great item to start any serious Canada collection. Estimate $3,000.

Lot 8, Canada twelve penny plate proof with diagonal SPECIMEN in carmine

Lot 8, Canada twelve penny plate proof with diagonal SPECIMEN in carmineLot 8 Canada #3Pii 12d Queen Victoria Plate Proof in Black, with Diagonal SPECIMEN Overprint in Carmine, on India paper, with large to very large margins, very fine. Accompanied by a 2007 Saskatoon Stamp Centre certificate of authenticity. The diagonal specimen proof is rarely seen in this lovely quality, and several of the recorded examples have small faults. From the Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$5,000.

Lot 213, Prince Edward Island 1861 two pence dull rose Victoria, horizontal imperf between Mint o.g. pair

Lot 213, Prince Edward Island two pence dull rose Victoria, horizontal imperf between mint o.g. pairLot 213 Prince Edward Island #1c 1861 2d Dull Rose Queen Victoria Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between, mint with part original gum, paper adhesion on back and tiny hinge removal thin (this not mentioned in certificate), still a fine appearing example of this great PEI rarity. All of the four recorded examples have faults and this is one of the most visually pleasing example. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. From the Outaouais Collection. Rsv. $10,000. Unitrade CV$15,000.

Lot 5, Canada 1851 six pence slate violet Consort on laid paper, on folded cover Montreal to Philadelphia

Lot 5, Canada 1851 six pence slate violet Consort on laid paper, on folded cover Montreal to PhiladelphiaLot 5 Canada #2 6d Slate Violet Consort Imperforate on Laid Paper on Folded Cover, mailed Montréal on OCT.16.1851 to Philadelphia. This folded cover (no letter inside) is franked with a very fine and fresh, four margin 6d Consort on laid paper, cancelled with a light target cancel. There are a “CANADA” in arc, a “10” in circle and a “PAID” markings, all in red on front, alongside the red despatch datestamp. A very fine and appealing cross-border cover, with “Juliard” owner’s handstamp on back, also ex. “Carrington” (2002) and Daniel Cantor (2011) collections, and accompanied by a 2011 Greene Foundation certificate. From the Outaouais Collection. Unitrade CV$3,000.

Sale 33 Coming in June 2020

We are pleased to announce our long-awaited next auction, to be held on June 25-27, 2020. Normally this sale would have been scheduled for the end of May, but the global COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions required us to reschedule the sale.

The first part of this sale will feature Part 2 of the “Outaouais” collection of high quality Canada and United States, with many certificates and great provenance.

Sale 33 highlights also include:

• The Brian Plain collection of Canadian Dead Letter Office postal history
• Part 2 of the extensive Leon Victor Pont collection of early India First Flight postal history in 159 lots
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide postal history and postcards
• Our usual offerings of Canadian and worldwide stamps and collections
• Two worldwide lifetime collections, one in 42 Scott International albums and one in 38 Minkus Albums, both offered intact.

This sale will be conducted without a public floor, and bidding live during the auction will be possible in one of two ways, the best being through our usual live internet bidding on Stamp Auction Network. We will also offer live bidding by telephone, but this method will be limited to ensure a high-quality experience for participants. Please contact us early if this is a method you prefer.

Confidential bidding before the auction can be done in several ways, either by entering bids directly in SAN, by sending us your bids by phone, email, or fax, or by sending them to one of the agents we list in our catalogue and online.

Sparks Auctions will do its utmost to keep its staff and customers safe, therefore we have posted our COVID-19 protocols in our offices and online.

Because mailing out catalogues on time will be a challenge, we will only be doing so for our Canadian subscribers. Those outside Canada, or those who for some reason have not received their catalogues in time for the sale are recommended to see the sale online here, which includes over 7,800 high quality scans or pictures. A PDF of this, and all our catalogues can always be downloaded from our website, where you can also see our posted corrections, additional photos, and full details on auction sessions as well as information on viewing, mailing and picking up of your winnings.

A reminder that all our lots are offered in Canadian dollars at a competitive 17% commission rate. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional scans or would like to consign to one of our future sales.

Stéphane Cloutier
Sparks Auctions