Lot 1386 Canada #106TCDP 1917 2c Admiral Trial Colour Die Proof in Black, on wove paper measuring 33x 37 mm, fresh and very fine. Accompanied by a 2019 Richard Gratton AIEP certificate. Rsv. Estimate C$1,250.
All this week we will be featuring highlights from the Crosby Collection.
Lot 580 Prince Edward Island #5DP 1862 2d Queen Victoria Die Proof in Rose Red on Wove Paper with horizontal mesh, measuring 27 x 30 mm. Very fine. Accompanied by a 2017 Greene Foundation certificate identifying it as a “die proof reprint.” Minuse & Pratt unlisted. Based on our research, we have only identified one example of a die proof in rose red for seven different values, the recorded example for the 1d, 3d, 6d and 9d values once graced the Lehr collection sold in 1992. The three remaining values recorded (2d, 1c and 3c) are part of the Crosby collection. Although the Greene Foundation identified these as reprints, they appear to have been printed in the 19th century. Each value is believed to be unique and the reason for their preparation will likely remain a mystery. From the Louis Sidney Crosby Collection of Prince Edward Island. Estimate C$250.
Auction #16 begins with an early start at 10:00am EST today. If you are attending the sale and have not visited our offices before, please note that access is via Coldrey Avenue, from Kirkwood south of the Queensway.
Lot 32 Canada #4var 1855 3d red Beaver on Wove Paper with Imprint, used with perfect strike of the Ottawa 4-ring #27 cancel. This stamp has an almost full imprint in its bottom sheet margin, missing only 3 letters to read “Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, New York”. A stunning stamp, which should be presented upside down, to better highlight both the cancel and the imprint. Extremely fine. Unitrade CV$300, SOLD for $325 plus buyer’s premium.