Searching for top quality stamps is my life-long passion. Acquiring, studying and organizing my collections in a coherent way has consumed my interest and energy, and exhibiting was a logical progression as my collections advanced.
But all collections reach a point where the next step is to offer them back to the collecting community and for a new group of collectors to become the next custodians for this material. Twenty-five years ago the auction of my complete mint Canada collection garnered nation-wide television coverage. A few years later, my used collection of 1868-1897 Canada was sold as the “Rembrandt” Collection.
In 2011 I sold my pride and joy: my collection of used pre-Confederation Pence & Cents stamps and postal history. The collection had won many awards, in particular an International Large Gold medal with a special prize for quality at London 2010.
This year it is time to offer my collection of the 1870-1897 Canada Small Queens. This issue has much to fascinate the serious collector: the great range of collectible varieties, the different printing periods, various perforation measurements, colours and papers. Due to the fact that the Small Queen issue straddled the pre-UPU and the UPU periods, the postal history of the issue is rich with ever-changing postal rates and regulations, and it also represents the first stamp issue of Canada where postal history material exist to destinations that cover most countries in the world.
Like many collectors of the past, I have enjoyed collecting the Small Queens as I am sure the new owners will. There are many of my favourites to be found in this auction. In fact, this introduction would take up many pages if I was to comment on them all, thus I invite you to read and study the catalogue and find your own favourite items.
As with all of my previous collections, I have been assisted and guided by a number of collectors and dealers. Fellow stamp enthusiasts have also been helpful with their time and advice. I thank you all.