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456 British American Bank Note Company proof sample sheet in "golden" brown and black on india paper. The outer frame measures 326 x 208mm and depicts various engraved portraits, vignettes and numerous other elements employed on banknotes and stamps. Includes eight identical portraits of Young Queen Victoria facing left used for the 1865 Second Bill Federal Revenues and a portrait of Queen Victoria as Widow's Weeds used for the issued 1893 20c & 50c stamps. The upper right corner shows a composite coloured proof of the 1868 Third Bill $3. More importantly, the most striking feature of this engraving is a bicolour proof of the Three cent Large Queen with the frame in "golden" brown and the central vignette in black. Some light foxing, folds and edge flaws, the latter sensibly restored, none of these affect the key Three cent. A UNIQUE BICOLOURED PROOF OF THE LARGE QUEEN ISSUE.

The British American Bank Note Company was established in Montreal in 1866. Engraving shows "Geo. B. Burland Pres." (George Bull Burland) who became president and major shareholder of the company in 1881. The engraving is annotated "Engravers & Printers Montreal", suggesting that it was produced sometime between 1881 and 1888, after which their office was moved back to Ottawa.

Photo (83K) Photo 2 (83K)
Est. 10,000.00 +
457 P 21 1869 c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card, very large margins; five examples of the half cent Large Queen show on the BABN sample sheet, XF

Photo (50K)
Est. 750.00 +
458 21a, iii, iv, vi 1876 (circa.) c Grey Black on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper, Perf 11x12 An extremely well centered used example with early Montreal perforation, unshaded "Chignon" along with "spur" in scroll left of "H" varieties, large portion of Winnipeg AP 17 77 split ring, XF

Photo (57K)
Est. 200.00 +
459 P 22 1868 1c Brown Red Plate proof single in the issued colour on card mounted india paper, VF

Photo (55K)
750.00
460 23 1869-1870 1c Pale Orange Yellow on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper A remarkable mint strip of three with lovely bright colour, large part original gum is lightly disturbed, nevertheless an under-rated and surprisingly rare multiple of this stamp, F-VF OG; 1973 RPSL cert. (Cat. $8,400 for three singles)

Photo (23K)
Est. 3,500.00 +
461 23a 1869 1c Deep Orange on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper A scarce mint example of this distinctive and short-lived shade, lovely fresh colour and with large part original gum, Fine

Photo (51K)
2,000.00
462 23a 1869 1c Deep Orange on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper A nice unused example with true rich colour on fresh paper, Fine

Photo (51K)
1,000.00
463 23ii 1869-1870 1c Yellow Orange on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper An exceedingly rare used example showing a VERTICAL STITCH WATERMARK, colour somewhat oxidized and couple shorter perfs of no importance for this otherwise sound stamp, lightly struck two-ring '2' cancel. It is believed that only one other used example exists, greatly undercatalogued in our opinion, Fine; clear 1999 Greene Foundation cert.

Photo (49K)
1,000.00 +
464 P 24 1869 2c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card with remarkably large margins; only three examples appeared on the BABN sample sheet, XF

Photo (52K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
465 24b 1868 2c Deep Green on Thin, Crisp Wove Paper Mint single in the distinctive dark shade, couple shorter perfs but with unusually full original gum showing only a trace of hinging, Fine VLH; clear 2007 Greene Foundation cert.

Photo (50K)
1,200.00
466 P 25 1869 3c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card, small to full margins; four examples of the three cent Large Queen were shown on the BABN sample sheet, VF

Photo (57K)
Est. 750.00 +
467 Three Cent Large Queen A nice showing of 58 stamps, mostly singles noting numerous choice examples, distinctive shades / papers, various cancels and postmarks including 4-ring 26, 34, 49, 52, pair with light 2-ring '27', fancy leaf "2" on piece, segmented corks, etc. An appealing lot for the specialist, mainly sound, F-VF

Photo (53K) Photo 2 (53K) Photo 3 (51K) Photo 4 (52K)
Est. 750.00 +
468 25 1868-1870 3c Red on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper A well centered single tied to piece by a superb, complete fancy '2' cancellation of Toronto (Lacelle 33; in use November - December 1869), VF and appealing

Photo (43K)
Est. 150.00 +
469 25vi 1868-1870 3c Red on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper Used with fresh colour, minute corner crease at lower left, clear two-ring '5' cancel and unusually prominent VERTICAL STITCH WATERMARK, Fine and very scarce.

Photo (52K)
600.00
470 P 26 1869 5c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card with noticeably large margins; three examples were on the BABN sample sheet, XF

Photo (54K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
471 Five Cent Large Queen An old-time collection of 25 used singles, mounted on two large quadrilled pages, mostly arranged by shade - dark olive green, grey green and light olive green, noting several different postmarks; some flaws to be expected but mainly sound, F-VF

Photo (52K) Photo 2 (52K)
Est. 750.00 +
472 P 27 1869 6c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card with full margins; the rarest Large Queen denomination as only two examples were on the BABN sample sheet, VF

Photo (54K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
473 P 28 1869 12c Dull Red British American Bank Note trade sample proof on thin white card, superb large margins all around; three examples appeared on the BABN sample sheet, XF

Photo (51K)
Est. 1,000.00 +
474 28 1868-1872 12c Blue on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper, Perf 11x12 Right margin mint block with lovely bright colour, a few split perfs strengthened by small hinges, top pair has a mild gum crease, small pre-gumming thin on top right stamp, nevertheless with full original gum, lower left stamp is NH. A nice block, Fine+; 1988 Greene Foundation cert. (Unitrade cat. $6,000)

Upper left stamp shows the plate flaw "dot in large '1'" of right "12" (Duckworth No. 6; Harrison Item F)

Photo (46K)
Est. 1,500.00 +
475 28vi variety 1868 12c Blue on Thin Horizontal Wove Paper, Perf 12 Mint example with lovely rich colour on fresh paper with VERTICAL STITCH WATERMARK running up left side of the stamp, clearly visible from the back, centered a bit to left, however with full, thin white original gum showing only a very light trace of a hinge mark. A very rare watermark variety, in fact only horizontal stitch watermarks have been documented on this denomination, Fine VLH; 2017 Greene Foundation cert.

The current Unitrade catalogue lists the horizontal stitch watermark but only in used condition.

Photo (56K)
Est. 2,500.00 +
476 29a 1876 15c Dull Grey Purple on Medium Vertical Wove, Perf 11x12 An unusually choice and well centered unused example of this elusive printing; a few uncleared perf discs leaving perforations intact, showing beautiful fresh colour on pristine paper. Hard to obtain in such nice quality, VF; 1973 BPA cert.

Photo (60K)
2,500.00
477 29c 1868-1869 15c Dull Grey Violet on Bothwell Watermarked Paper, Perf 12 A well centered used example, couple shortish perfs as often seen, showing very large portion of "HA" watermark letters of CLUTHA MILLS, nicely cancelled with clear two-ring '5' (Hamilton); a challenging stamp to find, VF

Photo (56K)
1,500.00
478 29i early printing 1868-1870 15c Reddish Purple on Medium Horizontal Wove Paper, Perf 12 A well centered used example of this early printing, faint horizontal mesh paper, part Halifax duplex grid, VF

Photo (51K)
Est. 100.00 +
479 30b 1890s 15c Blue Gren on Medium Vertical Wove Paper, Perf 12 An appealing left margin block with full BABN imprint (Boggs Type III) in a beautiful, distinctive shade, hinged in selvedge only, all stamps are NH, Fine+ (Unitrade cat. $1,800 for NH singles)

Photo (48K)
Est. 750.00 +
480 30c 1880 15c Deep Violet on Very Thick Paper, Perf 12 Unusually well centered example of this distinctive short-lived printing, unused with rich colour on fresh paper, small internal tear at left not readily discernible, very seldom seen unused, VF appearance; 1978 PF cert. (Unitrade cat. $6,000)

Photo (56K)
Est. 1,500.00 +
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