Lot 1177, 1895 SMITH FALLS ONT squared circle on eight cent small Queen cover

Lot 1177 SMITHS FALLS ONT. squared circle, a lovely strike MR 1/95 ties an 8c Small Queen (with fault) to a registered Frost & Wood illustrated advertising cover to New York City. Front of cover also shows a very fine Smiths Falls c.d.s. of the same day, a railway datestamp on back alongside a Montreal precursor. Very fine and desirable cover. Estimate $150.
Lot 1177, 1895 SMITH FALLS ONT squared circle on eight cent small Queen coverLot 1177, 1895 SMITH FALLS ONT squared circle on eight cent small Queen cover, reverse

Lot 1139, Coleman Ontario squared circles on three cent Small Queen, and on covers

Lot 1139, Coleman Ontario squared circles on three cent Small Queen, and on coversLot 1139 COLEMAN ONT. squared circle, a partial but strong strike on a 3c Small Queen stamp. RF 220 with 3 strikes on stamp and 2 strikes on cover recorded by Kerzner. Accompanied by interesting provenance ephemera, including a 1986 receipt from F.E. Eaton & Sons to Jim Hennok for $4,000, plus four letters (1959 to 1964) between Dr. Whitehead and Major Carstairs discussing this stamp as well as other squared circles (all scanned online). A most desirable and fascinating lot. Estimate $1,000.

Welcome to Sale 27

Once again, we are pleased to offer a varied and interesting sale, with tempting philatelic material for all collecting interests and budgets.

Highlights of Canada and British North America include a lovely mint Newfoundland collection, featuring an exceptional selection of fresh and very fine items, offered as individual lots. New Brunswick is also well represented with many plate proofs, including a rare full sheet of the storied Connell issue.

Small Queen enthusiasts will find well over 50,000 stamps on offer, from accumulations to specialized studies and postmark collections. We also offer a lovely and advanced collection of choice, used OHMS perforated Officials, offered primarily as single lots. High quality single stamps also abound.

Postal History continues to be strong, with over 500 lots on offer. We are pleased to feature the exceptional New Brunswick collection of George MacManus, as well as the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the Ted Kerzner Canadian squared circle postmarks, a lovely collection of Canadian mail to and from France, over 40 lots of Canadian military postal history, and much more. We also offer a quality selection of postmarks, including many fancy cancels.

Worldwide stamps are presented in both single lots and county collections, with many highlights from seldom-offered countries and an array of specialized material. Of particular note is an advanced collection of Tibet, featuring many rarities and unusual items, as well as a further installment of the popular British Commonwealth perforated SPECIMEN stamps of the 1930s.

Sparks Auctions is always proud to offer a number of clean and useful postage lots. Many of these are “ready to use”, having already been sorted by denomination and are presented with complete inventories, saving the successful bidders many hours of organizing.

We also continue to offer an industry-leading selection of images online, with this sale having more than 4,000 individual high resolution scans. These images, including many of larger lots and collections, can easily be viewed at stampauctionnetwork.com. As always, Sparks Auctions will offer live internet bidding through the Stamp Auction Network platform, allowing collectors from around the world to enjoy the benefits of live-bidding during the sale.

We at Sparks Auctions take pride in our meticulous approach to philately, from our in-depth descriptions and careful lotting to our emphasis on high-resolution, detailed images. I would personally welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how Sparks Auctions can assist in the sale of your philatelic material.

Enjoy the sale!

Stéphane Cloutier
Director of Lotting & Consignments