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.
Lot 1135 Canada #18 12½c yellow green Queen Victoria on Folded Cover, mailed from Toronto on DEC.3.1863 (broken circle free strike) to Glasgow, Scotland, with Glasgow Packet Paid receiver dated DEC.20, having been carried on the Allan Line America. The stamp has lovely bright colour and is tied by a Toronto square grid to this blue folded cover. A pristine example of the 12½c Canadian packet rate, extremely fine. Estimate C$300.
Lot 616 1899 Klondike Gold Rush Cover, mailed registered from Dawson N.W.T. (c.d.s. dated MAR.29.1899) to Anthracite, Alberta (broken circle receiver is dated 26 days later on APR.23) through Victoria B.C. (APR.19 on back) with RPO “/ C. & V.R.P.O / BC” dated APR.21 on back. There are other interesting markings such as “STAMPS FALLEN OFF IN TRANSIT” (probably a 2c and 5c) and “RECEIVED AT VICTORIA B.C. / IN DAMAGED CONDITION” and back shows a neat (coloured) reverse imprint of a 2c purple Queen Victoria Numeral stamp (indicating the cover would have gotten wet at some point), as well as a very fine wax crown seal reading “C.P.R.Y. / B.C.” in red (would have been applied aboard the train to officially seal the cover and its contents). Last but not least is a manuscript note on back in purple reading “Rec’d in bad ord. / open, contents / intact $15 A.T.” – the front also has a note in the same colour pencil reading “P.M. Please Verify”.
The cover is accompanied by a several page original draft of a most fascinating article written by the owner, Louis Sidney Crosby on the cover, and the history of the gold rush surrounding it. The article “A Cover From the Trail of the Ninety-Eight” was published in Topics in September 1951. We also enclose a letter and registered cover from Topics Editor at the time Gordon P. Lewis thanking him for his submission. An interesting glimpse into Canadian philately of the early 1950s. This cover and its contents were put away in 1962 when Mr. Crosby passed, and were discovered in 2017 by his great granddaughter. Estimate C$500.