Lot 392 British Columbia and Vancouver Island #14 1869 5c on 3d bright red Surcharged Heraldic, Perforated 12½, on Drop Letter Cover, mailed Victoria BC (c.d.s. dated JUN.26.1896 tying stamp) and franked with a fine 5c stamp. Rough opening at top, resulting in some tears in the backflap (which bears an embossed Star of David), still a very rare franking (this stamp unpriced on cover in Unitrade). Ex. Dale Lichtenstein 2004 Harmer sale where it was described as being one of only four known (two in that sale plus two owned by Wellburn). Accompanied by a 2004 Philatelic Foundation certificate which in our opinion harshly describes “stamp has a horizontal crease at top” (which we cannot see) and “without most of the backflap” (actually only has tears and missing two small pieces). Estimate $3,500.
Lot 455 Vancouver Island #5 1865 5c rose Queen Victoria Block of Four, with sheet margin at right. Mint, with full original hinged gum (tiny bit disturbed, as usual). Tiny corner perf crease at bottom left mentioned for accuracy, else a rare block in this fresh condition, ex. Gawaine Baillie and illustrated in the Wellburn handbook on page 86. Accompanied by a 2013 Greene Foundation certificate. Unitrade CV$5,000.
Lot 711 Vancouver Island #3 1865 5c rose Queen Victoria Imperforate, used with part long oval “Post Office Victoria Vancouver Island Paid” cancel in blue. With sheet margin at left, nice margins at top and bottom, but cut into at right. Ex. Wellburn, scarce and fine. Unitrade CV$5,000.
Lot 712 Vancouver Island #4 1865 10c blue Queen Victoria Imperforate, used with part long oval “Post Office Victoria Vancouver Island Paid” cancel in blue. Four balanced margins and a very fine stamp. Unitrade CV$1,500.