Lot 1471 India NOV.4.1929 First Day of Issue of Air Mail Stamps Flown Registered Cover, mailed from Park Street Calcutta to London England, “by Imperial Airways / India – Great Britain”. The cover is franked with all 5 stamps issued on that day (the 2a was issued later), and has three different air mail labels plus a boxed “FIRST DAY / OF ISSUE OF / AIR MAIL STAMPS”, with Park Street registration label on back, plus an oval registration GB receiver dated NOV.20. The cover is signed on back by G. Grant (the designer of the stamps) and Stephen H. Smith. Fresh, very fine and rare. Estimate C$2,000, sold for $2,700 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 250 Canada #44ii 1895 8c Small Queen with Major Re-Entry on Cover, mailed from Maitland, Ont. (MAY.3.1895 free strike broken circle) to Floral Park, NY, with hand made “R” handstamp, franked with a single 8c to pay the registered rate. The stamp has the major-re-entry, visible in the left “8”, under CENTS, oval under Queen’s neck, and a few other places, very fine. Ex. John Hillson. Unitrade CV$400, sold for C$300.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 340 Canada #F2 1889 Registered Printed Matter Cover, mailed from Poplar Hill, Ont. on AUG.27.1889 to London, Ont (AUG.28 London letter carrier datestamp on front), franked with a 5c Registered Letter and a 1c Small Queen, tiny hole at top right, still very fine. Ex. John Hillson. Estimate $150, sold for C$650.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 778 1936 Registered C.O.D. Cover Refused and Sent Back, a 3c stationery cover mailed registered from Rocanville, Sask to Spiritwood, Sask, uprated with a 5c KGV and a 10c Cartier to pay the 17c triple weight registration fee (1c overpaid). The 15c C.O.D. fee (yellow triangular adhesive label on front) would have been paid in cash. The cover travelled well, as there are just over thirty datestamps on back (see scan online) including Brandon, Spiritwood, Prince Albert, RPOs, etc. A very interesting cover, which is accompanied by someone’s attempt to retrace the route by dates, from JUL.22 to SEP.7. A few wrinkles and small tear at left, still very fine. Estimate C$150.
Lot 283 1894 Registered Intercolonial Railway Perfin Cover, mailed from Boundary Creek, N.S. on OCT.30.1894 to Moncton, N.B. (same day receiver), on Intercolonial Railway of Canada stationery. Franked with a 3c Small Queen and 5c Registered Letter stamp (both with ICR perfin, only a handful known on cover), the 5c having a straight edge at bottom, attributed to plate II. A fresh and very fine cover, with many rare or ideal attributes. From the John Hillson Collections. Estimate C$1,500.