Lot 1043 Russia Old Time Collection of 19 Early Covers and Cards, 1869 to 1910s, including 6 early unused stationery items and 13 covers with stamps affixed, with destinations such as United States, GB, Poland, France, Italy and domestic. Many are folded letters, some are folded covers and some are covers. We noted a few single frankings, such as Scott #26 on a printed matter letter, and others, plus combination frankings. There is also a wealth of postmarks to be found, both on front and on back – ideal for the specialist. The stationery includes a cover on laid paper with a very rare Red Cross handstamp (from 188?). The condition is mostly very fine, with bright colours on the stamps, as this was squirreled away since the 1960s and was recently discovered. All items are scanned online. Estimate C$300.
Lot 1034 Old Time Correspondence, Mostly to or From Japan, 1880s and 1890s with over 80 postal stationery cards, mailed to Japan from a number of countries such as Canada (many), Hawaii, USA, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Egypt, France, etc. Also a few local cards from Japan or the US. Many of the cards are UPU and pay the correct rate, but many are also uprated. We note lots of postmark interest, rates, routes, etc. Most of these cards were mailed to Miss Martha Jane Cunningham, who was a missionary in Japan from 1887 on, and eventually became the first principal at a school there (includes a copy of the history of this school and a little biography on her). A lovely and colorful collection, but unfortunately all the cards have been glued onto pages in a book. Still a great opportunity to acquire such a scarce destination collection. Estimate $350, sold for C$4,800.00 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 386 Russia #1 1857 10k brown and blue Coat of Arms on Folded Letter, mailed in 1858 from Samara to Saratov (boxed receiver on back dated 12 February 1858), with two page letter inside written in cursive. The stamp has three large margins and the bottom is clear of the outer frameline. It is tied to the cover by a large double ring c.d.s. as well as a fairly light pen cancel. Opening tear on back has been neatly mended with stamp hinges, still very fine and a great example of Russia’s first stamp on cover. Scott CV$3,000, sold for C$850 plus buyer’s premium.