Lot 917 1867 Victoria BC to Nova Scotia Via Panama and the United States, franked with a perforated 5c rose British Columbia issue (Scott #5) paying the Colonial domestic rate, tied by an oblong oval “Post Office / Victoria Vancouver Island / Paid” in blue. The cover was forwarded to San Francisco (arrived there SEP.30) and franked with a 5c Jefferson and 10c Washington, both tied by cogwheel cancels, the rate necessary for the rest of the voyage, which consisted in travelling south in a closed packet by steamer to Panama, where it would have crossed by rail to the Atlantic side, took another steamer to New York, and then on to its destination. The back shows three datestamps: Amherst NS (OCT.23.1867), Pugwash (OCT.24) and finally Wallace receiver (OCT.24). According to Robson Lowe, the entire trip was of 6,455 miles (sea distance). Small faults to two of the stamps, still a very fine and rare cover, the only one we have seen with this exact franking to the Maritimes. A similar cover to Nova Scotia (with same US franking but with a 2½d imperforate) recently sold for US$35,000. From a recent find by a descendant of the addressee, therefore on the market for the first time ever. Estimate C$2,500.
Lot 39 Canada #17 10c Red Lilac Consort on 1865 Cover to Victoria BC, an attractive stamp, just tied to cover mailed from Hyde Park Corner U.C. with free strike of broken circle in red ink, with manuscript date OCT.28.1865, paying the 10c rate to pre-Confederation Victoria, Vancouver Island with London U.C. transit cancel and pencil docketing “Received Dec 13th”, cover professionally restored at left edge and very clean and attractive. Among the prettiest of the fifteen recorded 10c. rate covers to Vancouver Island. Provenance: Daniel Cantor and illustrated at page 118 of Canada’s Decimal Era 1859-1868 by George B. Arfken and Arthur W. Leggett. The cover was routed through London, Windsor-Detroit exchange and by closed bag across the continent to San Francisco and north to Victoria, for a total transit time of 46 days. From The Outaouais Collection. Estimate $400, sold for C$1,800.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 348 Canada #8 1857 ½d Rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, used with socked on the nose MAY.31.1858 Hamilton datestamp, the stamp has four large to huge margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2001 Greene Foundation certificate. A beautiful stamp with an ideal postmark. Rsv. $950. Unitrade CV$1,000, sold for C$950.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 670 Vancouver Island #3 1865 5c rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, used with #35 in grid (Victoria), with sheet margin at left, two large margins and just clear at bottom, fine. Accompanied by a 1935 RPSL certificate and a 1987 Greene Foundation certificate. A very nice example of this scarce stamp. Rsv. $2,000. Unitrade CV$5,000.