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Lot Catalogue Number Description Catalogue Value or Estimate
871 Nouvelle France (Canada) - French Regime 1750 (June 22) Folded lettersheet handwritten in French at Quebec with dateline inside, sent from Girls Convent, showing Ursuline Convent albino crest on white wax seal; small repair inside, otherwise letter content and cover are in an excellent state of preservation for such an early item mailed during the French period, VF and beautiful

Provenance: Aaron Ain, October 1998; Lot 650
Charron, January 2002; Lot 465

Photo (26K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
872 1795 Folded lettersheet handwritten by Gother Mann, army officer - inspector general of the fortifications at Quebec, etc., sent to his daughter in England; manuscript "To pay 1N" and rated "2/" on front; on reverse a fairly clear Quebec 20 FE Canada Colonial "Bishop" type cancellation and on arrival with neat British Bishop "MA 15 95" in red. A neat cover with wonderful appeal, VF

Photo (27K) Photo 2 (27K)
Est. 750.00 +
873 1798 (September 26) Folded lettersheet handwritten in French with "Quebec 26 Sept 1798" dateline, rated "9" to Montreal with very fine and nearly complete Quebec 27 SE 1798 Canada Colonial "Bishop" circular type marking in black; very scarce especially with such clarity, VF

Photo (25K) Photo 2 (25K)
Est. 750.00 +
874 1815 (September 15) A visually striking folded lettersheet mailed from Three Rivers to England, straightline THREE RIVERS / 22 SEP 15, rated "7" prepaid to Quebec, partially legible Ship Lre "Crown" Quebec oval in black. Entering the mail at Plymouth, rated "1/7" and re-rated "1/8" along with superb double oval Ship Lre "Crown" Plymouth Dock in red. Interesting letter content regarding Natives and their ways of life, hunting, wildlife, etc. A beautiful Ship Letter handstamped cover, VF; ex. J. Grant Glassco (November 1969; Lot 83), Allan Steinhart (May 2005; Lot 1041)

Photo (34K)
Est. 750.00 +
875 A remarkable folded lettersheet with "Quebec 28 October 1832" dateline, postmarked Quebec OC 29 1832 double arc datestamp in red, mailed via Le Havre and Trieste to Agram (historic name for Zagreb), Croatia. Prepaid to France with PAID boxed handstamps in red with manuscript "1/" and "18" rates, boxed PAYS D'OUTREMER PAR LE HAVRE along with circular Le Havre 2 DEC 1852 datestamp in black and shows a mostly clear straightline AGRAM 17 12 1832 in oval receiver on back. Minor cover tear at foot of no importance, an impressive and very rare destination; ideal showpiece, VF

Photo (26K) Photo 2 (26K)
Est. 2,500.00 +
876 1836 (January 21) Folded lettersheet with "Upper Canada Clinton" dateline in German, partly prepaid to Wurttemberg, rated "25" manuscript along with scroll "PAID" in blue and same-ink double oval Buffalo, via New York, Le Havre, Bremen, boxed "PAYS D'OUTREMER / PAR LE HAVRE", crayon rate markings "42", "46" and "48" (kr) to collect. An appealing Trans-Atlantic cover to the German State of Wurttemberg, VF

Photo (55K)
Est. 750.00 +
877 1836 (June 25) Clean folded cover, PAID in red with manuscript "9" pence currency to Montreal, an extremely rare use of "SHIP" straightline handstamp in red struck along with double ring Montreal JU 25 dispatch CDS - being carried by private ship to England, entering the mail at Liverpool where it was rated "1/7" Sterling (8d ship fee and 11d postage) to London, appropriate boxed Liverpool Ship Letter handstamp on back along with AU 23 arrival CDS. According to the recently published M. Montgomery handbook only four "SHIP" letter strikes are known to exist, VF

The rarity of this ship letter PAID handstamp can be explained by the short period of its use and by the fact that most ship letters to / from Montreal were handled and marked at Quebec.

Photo (27K)
Est. 1,500.00 +
878 1839 (April 4) Folded lettersheet with "Quebec April 4th, 1839" dateline, carried to Montreal and posted, clear double circle Montreal AP 19 1839 CDS in red with same-ink PAID, endorsed "Via New York p. Steamship Great Western" prepaid "4" Canada inland postage and "18" (cent) US postage to New York; superb two-line BRISTOL / SHIP LETTER handstamp, rated "1/5" collect for postage for incoming ship letter and inland rate to London; two different British receivers. VF

Photo (33K)
Est. 350.00 +
879 1841 (July 12) Folded lettersheet to Havana, Cuba, prepaid "4"(currency) and "25" (cents) with large double ring City of Toronto JY 12 1811 datestamp (error of indicia 1811 instead of 1841) and same ink PAID handstamp, circular "E NA" Cuban maritime marking; on reverse superb "Forwarded Through Gilpin's Exchange Reading Room and Foreign Letter Office N. York" Forwarding Agent oval handstamp in red - a rare marking and particularly choice, VF

Photo (27K) Photo 2 (27K)
Est. 500.00 +
880 1841 (September 23) Folded cover from Quebec to Kingston, struck with a light but clear double framed triangle "Q" steamboat cancellation with filled-in "23 Spt 1841" date, rated "1/2", shows double ring Montreal SE 24 1841 transit in red. A rare steamboat cancellation of exhibition caliber, VF

Photo (28K)
Est. 750.00 +
881 Incoming Mail 1841 (November 10) Folded lettersheet with "Jamaica 10th Nov 1841" dateline, addressed to Newmarket, UC, carried by private ship to New York where it entered the mail with SHIP and New York DEC 13 circular datestamp in red, rated "27" via Queenston, U.C. with double arc Queenston DEC 18 and rated "2/" collect, VF

Photo (28K)
Est. 250.00 +
882 1843 (February 21) Folded lettersheet mailed from Preston, U.C. to Wurttemberg, German State, via Boston rated "Paid 25 cts" for US transit "1/3" and "7" for total "1/10", via United Kingdom AP 16 transit backstamp and Netherlands with various rate markings for a total 3f52kr due plus 1kr local fee at destination. A very scarce destination for Canadian stampless mail and with great appeal, VF

Photo (38K)
Est. 750.00 +
883 1845 (June 15) Folded lettersheet from Quebec to Dublin, Ireland, bearing a mostly clear Quebec double arc dispatch datestamp in red and superb diamond shape "1/2" rate marking in black, due marking in sterling to avoid confusion between Currency and Sterling on unpaid letter. Only three examples have been reported according to Arnell and Montgomery handbooks. A rarely seen marking, well-struck on a choice cover, VF

Photo (31K)
Est. 750.00 +
884 1846 (May 13) Folded lettersheet mailed prepaid Montreal to London forwarding agents, rated "1/2" with Montreal double arc dispatch in red and London 1 JUN 1846 Paid receiver in red; "care of John Hartmann" crossed out updated to Madeira, endorsed "per West India Mail Steamer", rated "1/6" and blue "160" (reis) due marking. An appealing forwarded cover to Madeira Island (Portugal), VF

Photo (39K)
Est. 300.00 +
885 Four covers all mailed from Montreal to Soldier Cornet Henry Dyneley, 1st Light Cavalry at Madras or Bellary, India, between May 21, 1849 and September 22, 1851, prepaid to forwarding agent at London, England, via Gibraltar, Malta, Aden and Bombay (or Calcutta). All four have letter content, some minor discoloration but showing myriad rates and datestamps. Fine

Photo (42K) Photo 2 (42K) Photo 3 (39K) Photo 4 (35K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
886 Incoming Mail 1851 (November 3) Cover mailed prepaid from Bern, Switzerland to Prescott, UC; clear Bern dispatch CDS, Portalier French transit CDS in red along with London NO 7 octagon and circular Paid NO 7 1851, rated "38" (kr) manuscript (per 7 grams) on back, accountancy "2" handstamp denoting credit to Canada and light Prescott NO 23 arrival backstamp; some soiling at right and minor faults to backflap, a scarce prepaid cover from Switzerland, Fine

Photo (32K)
Est. 300.00 +
887 1853 (December 13) Folded cover from Waterloo, U.C., double ring dispatch with filled-in date to Segeberg (Schleswig-Holstein, German State), rated double weight "3/" Currency (to collect), via New York, United Kingdom (JA 4), Belgium and Hamburg (1/7) with UK and German backstamps; four other rate markings are shown, one crossed out and crayon "25" being local currency for 25kr to collect on delivery; slight wear and small tear at right, a rare double weight cover to the German States during the Pence era, F-VF

Photo (43K)
Est. 750.00 +
888 1853 (December 25) Folded lettersheet from Montreal to Holland, Christmas Day dispatch at lower left, rated "1/10" (stg collect) endorsed per Royal Mail Steamer via Liverpool, "110" Dutch currency to collect on delivery, British 10 JA 1854 transit and Shiedam 12 / 1 arrival backstamps in red; a rare destination mailed during the Pence era, VF

Photo (31K)
Est. 750.00 +
889 Incoming Mail 1854 (December 25) Manila envelope from Lima, Peru to Montreal, carried by Pacific Steam Navigation Co. to Panama with boxed "VAPOR" and circular Lima datestamp in dark blue; then across the isthmus by U.S. Mail Steamship Co. via US with clear two-line STEAM SHIP handstamp; prepaid manuscript rates "25" and "1/3", arriving in Montreal with strong double arc JA 27 1855 datestamp on reverse. A rare prepaid cover during the Pence era - especially desirable from this very seldom encountered overseas country, VF

The trans-isthmus Panama Railroad was completed in January 1855 around the same time the cover was mailed.

Photo (34K)
Est. 750.00 +
890 1858 (March 8) James Crombie, Galt Millwrights, Founders, Blacksmiths cameo label advertising (on back) of orange envelope mailed from Galt, U.C. prepaid to Havana, Cuba, showing manuscript rates "2/9stg", "3/5cy" and "charge Box 72". Galt double arc dispatch datestamp, same-day Hamilton transit on back, clear London MR 23 59 PAID split ring transit on front and partially clear Habana 27 AB 58 arrival backstamp. Carried by Cunard through Boston to London and by Royal Mail packet to Cuba, via St. Thomas; handstamp "2" (reales) for Cuban due marking. Despite small faults, an "extraordinary via-England route" cover as mentioned in Arfken, Leggett, Firby, Steinhart authoritative book "Canada's Pence Era", reported to be the only cover mailed to Cuba during the 1851-1859 Pence era; destined for a serious collection, Fine

Provenance: Warren Wilkinson, June 2007; Lot 330

Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Arfken, Leggett, et al. "Canada' Pence Era" on page 342 (Figure 309).

Photo (30K) Photo 2 (30K)
Est. 2,000.00 +
891 Incoming Mail Folded cover with letter content showing "Halzenberg 23 April 1858" (Prussia) dateline, postmarked at Habenichts with boxed datestamp, sent to Toronto via London with clear AP 26 58 split ring datestamp in red, also Boston, three manuscript rates - two of which are crossed out and "1/8" (collect), appealing, VF

Photo (43K)
Est. 350.00 +
892 1859 Blue envelope with red embossed Legislative Council "Crown" Canada cameo on backflap, mailed from Toronto to Hamilton bearing the very rare the octagonal framed Registered at the Legislative Council of Canada "Crown" handstamp in dark blue (Davis LC-6), straightline REGISTERED and FREE handstamps in black; countersigned at bottom left and showing Hamilton MR 24 1859 receiver backstamp. Cover has small tear at top and slight ageing at foot, nevertheless an exceptionally rare Government Registered Handstamp, F-VF; 2013 Greene Foundation cert.

ONLY TWO STRIKES REPORTED - THE OTHER KNOWN EXAMPLE IS DATED JUNE 1857.


Photo (33K)
Est. 750.00 +
893 1865 (March 20) Clean cover mailed from Quebec to Cedar Grove, C.W. struck with very fine example of the elusive small circular sans-serif Legislative Council Canada "Crown" datestamp in red (CS LC-5) with same-ink FREE "Crown" marking (Davis FH-1i); countersigned at lower left, Quebec dispatch CDS in black along with Belford MR 22 transit backstamp. Only a few of these Legislative Council exist, this cover being particularly choice, VF (CS LC-5; Boggs "FREE" type HS-05)


Photo (27K)
Est. 500.00 +
894 Incoming Cover 1867 (June 24) Michael Cavan & Co. Barbados "garter" seal lettersheet, endorsed "per William via Boston" and "Barbados 24 June 1867" dateline inside addressed to Montreal with neat straightline "SHIP" handstamp and Boston Mass JUL 22 / 10 (for 10 cents due) double ring transit datestamp, Montreal JY 23 arrival on back; small cover tear at top, a scarce, unusual origin mailed during the Decimal era, VF

Photo (37K)
Est. 500.00 +
895 Incoming Mail Folded lettersheet with "Cardenas 4th March 1869" dateline mailed from Cuba to Montreal via New York, showing clear double oval Muller Y Ca Habana forwarding agent handstamp in blue on reverse, N.Y. Steamship / 10 / MAR 13 clear transit CDS and Montreal MR 16 69 split ring receiver on reverse. A clean and scarce incoming cover from this Spanish Colony, VF

Photo (29K)
Est. 300.00 +
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