Lot 91 Canada #25viii 1868 3c Red Large Queen on Bothwell Paper, a used pair with Montréal duplex cancels, with none of the perforations between the stamps punched out, fine-very fine. Accompanied by a 2020 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Rsv. $225. Unitrade CV$280, sold for C$250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 89 Canada #25 1868 3c Red Large Queen, mint, with full original gum, lightly hinged. A very well centered stamp, with crisp impression and a very light gum bend (mentioned for the record only and does not detract), else extremely fine and a lovely stamp. Accompanied by a 2010 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,800. Unitrade CV$5,000.
Lot 59 Canada #33 1868 3c Red Large Queen on Laid Paper, unused (regummed) with bright colour, full perforations with pleasant centering, fine. One of Canada’s rarest stamps, with fewer than ten mint or unused examples recorded. In fact, of all the major numbered Canadian stamps, only the #2 and #31 are known in similar small quantities. This stamp is likely the second nicest example, with the original gum example in the Firth collection appearing to being the finest. Ex. Vadeboncoeur. From the Outaouais Collection. Accompanied by a 2002 APS certificate and a (pink) 2010 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $10,000. Unitrade CV$25,000, sold for $12,000 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 429 Canada 25iii 1868 3c Red Large Queen on Thick Soft White “Blotting” Paper, unused (no gum) with rich colour and fairly nicely centered, fine-very fine. A rare unused example of this difficult paper variety, one of the few known sound copies and certainly one of the finest. A must have for any serious collector of this beautiful issue. Accompanied by a 2019 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $1,700. Unitrade CV$3,875.
Lot 132 Canada #37e 1873 3c red Small Queen Perforated 11½ x 12 on Cover, mailed Priceville Ont on JAN.19.1873 (broken circle free strike) to Toronto (purple House of Assembly receiver, illegible date). The cover is franked with a very early example of the new shade and perforation variety as the manufacturing moved to Montreal from Ottawa (with the shade no longer showing any trace of rose). Very fine. With John Hillson‘s album page. Estimate $100, sold for C$400.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.