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 An important historical document between two of Canada’s greatest philatelic personalities.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.