Lot 181 Canada 12½c Small Queen Engraved Die Essay in Blue, on thin hard wove paper measuring 23 x 30 mm, very fine. A rare die essay for a value intended to replace the 12½c Large Queen issue. Illustrated in Hillson and Nixon Canada’s Postage Stamps of the Small Queen Era 1870-1897 on page 29. Ex Gillilan, Brigham, Cantor. Estimate $5,000.
Lot 93 Canada #27b, vi 1868 6c Brown Large Queen on Watermarked Bothwell Paper, a used horizontal pair still retaining its centre perf disks. The left stamp shows nearly full “LL” of the watermark. Catalogued as one fine stamp with watermark and one fine without. An extremely rare multiple, ex. Carl Mangold and Ron Brigham and accompanied by a 1964 Royal Philatelic Society (London) certificate. Rsv. $1,300. Unitrade CV$1,700, sold for C$1,350.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 637 Canada #35 1892 Small Queen Illustrated Advertising Cover, a yellow cover mailed DEC.14.1892 from the Merchant’s Protective Collecting Association in Hamilton to Montreal, handstamped “NOT FOUND / RETURN / TO / WRITER” and returned to Hamilton on JAN.5.1893. The cover depicts a large eye. Open on two sides and ex. Ron Brigham (with his red handstamp on back), very fine, with great eye appeal. Estimate C$150.
Lot 62 Canada #40 1877 10c dull rose lilac Small Queen, mint plate block of 8, with full original gum (bit disturbed). The centre block and the lower right stamp are never hinged. There is a 99% complete Boggs Type V plate inscription in the sheet margin at right (perforated through). Plate blocks of the first 10c printing are exceedingly rare, and we did not see any examples in the important Brigham, Nixon or Cantor Small Queen collections. Accompanied by a 1988 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$7,750.