Lot 1272 Kingston Fancy 9 on 1870 Registered Cover, mailed Kingston on APR.29.1870 registered to Sandwich, with Windsor transit, G.W.R. transit (RR65) and Grand Trunk Railway East A (RR53) transit as well as two REGISTERED railway boxed postmarks (incomplete) on back. The cover is franked with a pair of the 1c orange SQ plus a very fine 3c copper red, all cancelled by three very fine strikes of the #9 in cogwheel fancy cancel (Lacelle #119). Reduced at left, still a very fine early Small Queen cover. Estimate C$200.
Lot 452 1891 25c non-UPU registered letter rate cover to New South Wales, franked with 3c vermilion (two pairs and two singles) plus two 5c gray, all tied by grid cancels, overpaying the 15c non-UPU letter rate for service via Southampton, England, plus 10c registration fee. Mailed from Toronto (AUG.23.1891) to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Oct. 9 receiver) via Windsor (Aug. 24), Chicago (Aug. 25), New York (Aug. 27) and London (Sep. 4) and endorsed “via Brindisi”. Fine-very fine and believed to be a unique rate and routing. (Unitrade 41, 42)
Letters to New South Wales were normally sent at the 12c non-UPU rate using the trans-Pacific route via San Francisco. This cover was sent to New South Wales using the more expensive 15c rate using the slower trans-Atlantic route via Southampton and Brindisi route, and is believed to be the only such recorded cover. In addition, it is also believed to be the only cover to an Australian State at the 10c registration fee.
Estimate $2,500, sold for $3,400 plus buyer’s premium.
Lot 385 Canada 1888 15c non-UPU registered letter rate to China, franked with 10c rose lilac plus 5c green RLS, paying the 10c non-UPU letter rate plus 5c registration fee. Mailed from Niagara Falls South (APR.10.1888) to Manking, Chinese Empire, Asia (US Consulate May 21 receiver) via Hamilton, Windsor, San Francisco. Sent back to Canada through Dead Letter Office. Few minor edge tears, still a very rare and desirable cover. (Unitrade 40, F2)
An outstanding registered cover to China with a unique franking. We are aware of only three registered Small Queen covers to China, only two of which have a 5c RLS.
Provenance: Dr. Clare Jephcott (private sale), Bill Simpson (1996), S.J. Menich (2000).
Illustrated in: Canada’s Small Queen Era 1870-1897 by George Arfken, p.386; Canada and the Universal Postal Union by George Arfken, p.74; CAPEX 1996 Gems of Canadian Philately, p.65.
Estimate $5,000, sold for $10,500 plus buyer’s premium.