Lot 4, Canada 1851 three penny orange red Beaver on laid paper, VF unused, sold for C$39,780

One of the showpieces of the first part of Outaouais Collection.

Lot 4, Canada 1851 three penny orange red Beaver on laid paper, VF unusedLot 4 Canada #1a 1851 3d Orange Red Beaver Imperforate on Laid Paper. Canada’s first stamp, engraved by Alfred Jones using a very similar design proposed by (later Sir) Sanford Fleming. This stamp has two certificates of authenticity: a 1985 Greene Foundation certificate stating “…Mint, O.G., genuine…” and a 2015 Greene Foundation Certificate stating “…#1a, unused, on laid paper, orange red shade, genuine in all respects”. The gum was removed after 1985 to preserve the overall freshness and quality of the stamp. For the record there is a tiny faint crease entirely in the lower right margin which was not mentioned in either certificate; this could be literally cut away and there would still be four full large margins. This very fine stamp with fresh colour and full margins is a very rare example of Canada’s first stamp. It once adorned the Lindeman and the “Outaouais” collections, and was sold by us in part one of the latter sale in September 2017 for $75,900 (including buyer’s fee). Its new owner thought it fitting to re-offer it at the same time as part two of this lovely collection here, after a 2½ year ownership. One census of unused mint laid paper three penny beavers puts the number at about twenty. Although this might be a little bit low, unfortunately many of these mint and unused are cut into or have faults and some are in institutional collections. It is likely that fewer than a handful of very fine four margin mint number ones are available to private collectors. Rsv. $30,000. Unitrade CV$60,000, sold for $34,000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 802, Canada 1897 letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, sold for C$1,265

Lot 802, first page of letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, sold for C$1,265Lot 802, contents of letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, sold for C$1,265Lot 802 Letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, in a small cover, franked with a pair of 1c Small Queens tied by Ottawa flag machine cancel dated MAR.27.1897. The letter, which is on Winterholme / Ottawa stationery and signed by Fleming, pertains to the 24 hour system, the Canadian Pacific and Intercolonial Railways. Fleming accompanied his letter by another (cannot ascertain signature on this one – see scan), which is also included. A very fine and interesting lot. Sir Sandford Fleming, a Scottish Canadian engineer promoted worldwide standard time zones and designed the first Province of Canada postage stamp, among many other accomplishments. Sold for C$1,100.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.
Lot 802, Cover containing 1897 letter from Sir Sandford Fleming to Henry Morgan, sold for C$1,265

Lot 312, Sir Sanford Fleming’s Essay for rejected three cent stamp

Lot 312, Sir Sanford Fleming's Essay for rejected three cent stampLot 312 Canada Rejected Three Cent Essay by Sir Sandford Fleming, being one of two original cabinet card photographs submitted by Sir Sandford Fleming to William Mulock (see letter thanking him for it in this lot). The other card is in the National Archives of Canada. It reads “Design for a British Empire Postage Stamp / by S.F. Ottawa June 21st 1898”. The card is also initialed by Fleming on the back. Note the 3 cent rate instead of the eventual two cent rate. This is in line with Mulock’s earlier failed attempt to lower the rate to three cents. The design was submitted prior to the July 1898 London conference where the lower two cent rate was advocated by Mulock. Ultimately Mulock would select the design he assisted Mr. Warren Green with designing. One of four different essays for the Penny Postage stamp in the National Archives of Canada. Also includes an August 1898 Signed Letter From PMG William Mulock to Sir Sandford Fleming, written on Office of the High Commissioner for Canada letterhead, Mulock thanks Fleming for the sketch submitted for the Empire Penny Post scheme. An important historical document between two of Canada’s greatest philatelic personalities. Both items are ex. Fawn. Rsv. Estimate C$2,000.

Lot 1057, Canada Grey County Exhibit by Jim Kraemer, sold for C$4,140

Lot 1057, Canada Grey County Exhibit by Jim Kraemer, sold for C$4,140Lot 1057 Lovely Grey County Postal History Exhibit, put together long ago by the late Jim Kraemer, and always left intact since then. This exhibit has 96 pages (6 frames) and is on good quality A4 paper. The towns are presented alphabetically from Allan Park to Yeoville, followed by railway post offices of the area. We counted 105 covers or cards, mostly dating from early stampless to the Victorian era, with a few up to QEII. The collector visibly sought only the best quality strikes and items for each town, and has written each page up with opening and closing dates of the post office, a photocopy of the back (or front) as well as good reproductions of the postmarks. There are too many rare items to list here, but we have chosen a small selection of scans to give the general flavour. Additionally, all pages have been scanned and can be seen on our website here. Some items of note are manuscript (pre-postmarking instrument) markings, Large Queen covers (including two addressed to Sir Sanford Fleming), fancy cancels, many early and late dates (several not reported until now), illustrated advertizing covers (some in full colour), a 6c Small Queen bisect (properly tied, to UK) and much more. Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the exceptional quality of this collection / exhibit. Also included is a group of 108 covers and cards which have not been mounted yet (some faults on a few of these). Estimate C$2,000, sold for C$3,600.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.