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Lot Catalogue Number Description Catalogue Value or Estimate
1 1 1860 2p Bright Orange Rose, No Watermark, Imperforate A superlative mint example of this seldom seen classic stamp showing the characteristic orange tinge associated with the first printing, displaying superior attributes with fresh bright colour and well clear to noticeably large margins, in immaculate condition and possessing original gum relatively lightly hinged. A remarkably choice example of this sought-after first issue, most known examples are without gum, Extremely Fine OG

Expertization: 2018 Greene Foundation certificate

A REMARKABLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS SOUGHT-AFTER FIRST JOINT ISSUE BETWEEN THE COLONIES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND VANCOUVER ISLAND. RARELY SEEN WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

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60,000.00
2 1 1860 2p Bright Orange Rose, No Watermark, Imperforate An exceedingly rare unused example with well clear to large margins, brilliant colour on fresh white paper, flawless, showing a diagonal "Specimen" manuscript; very attractive and to the best of our knowledge one of only two known examples, VF

Provenance: Dr. Conrad Latto, Christie's (New York), March 1993; Lot 979

Interestingly enough, this manuscript type of specimen was absent from both the Dale-Lichtenstein (2004) and Gerald Wellburn (1988) collections. We were able to locate only one other example (Eastern Auctions June 2012; Lot 76)

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Est. 6,000.00 +
3 1 1860 2p Bright Orange Rose, No Watermark, Imperforate A remarkable unused single showing small horizontal SPECIMEN handstamp overprint in greenish blue, fabulous colour, surrounded by mostly large margins, faint top margin crease away from design; an extremely rare item, VF

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, H.R. Harmer LLC (New York), May 2004; Lot 6

After completing research for other known examples, we were able to locate only one other, which has a thin spot, from the Dale-Lichtenstein (Lot 5) as well as Eastern Auctions June 2012 sale (Lot 75).

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Est. 6,000.00 +
4 2 1860 2p Dull Rose, No Watermark, Perf 14 A magnificent gutter margin block of sixteen with full sheet margin at top, showing guideline cross above fourth stamp, folded vertically at centre along perfs between fourth and fifth columns, decent centering for this issue notorious for poor centering; displaying exceptional colour and bright impression, in an excellent state of preservation - all stamps retain full, dull streaky original gum associated with early De La Rue printings and remarkably all are NEVER HINGED. Easily one of the largest remaining blocks and a glorious showpiece from the famous 1925 "Mayfair" Find, Fine + NH

Provenance: The "Mayfair" Find, H.R. Harmer (London), November 9, 1925; Lot 4 - as a sheet
Alfred Lichtenstein, H.R. Harmer (New York), April 1956; Lot 1 - as a sheet
"November" Collection, Christie's (New York), February 1994; Lot 203

An interesting observation - above the seventh stamp of top row, there is a clear albino embossed stamp which appears to be a stamping die of British Columbia bearing the words INLAND REVENUE "Arms" in outer circle with heraldic arms within. It occurred only once on the unique sheet of 240 stamps (bought by K. Bileski at the Lichtenstein sale in 1956 and broken up) from which this multiple originates.

No attempt has been made by Unitrade to list a NH premium for this stamp. Catalogue value only reflects the sum of mint OG singles - also no premium was given for the large multiple.


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16,000.00
5 2 1860 2p Dull Rose, No Watermark, Perf 14 An unusually select mint example in a deeper than normal shade, quite well centered with intact wing margin at right, exceptionally fresh, small negligible gum crease, full original gum and in well-above average condition, VF LH

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1,000.00
6 P 3-4 Vancouver Island 1865 5c & 10c Queen Victoria De La Rue Die Proofs (stamp size) of both denominations, typographed, in black on thick white glazed (enamel) surface cards, each mounted on thick beveled card. An exceedingly rare set, VF (Minuse & Pratt 3TC2-4TC2)

Provenance: Dr. R.V.C. Carr, Firby Auctions, January 2000; Lot 35
Eric Cawardine Francis, Robson Lowe Ltd., June 1976; Lot 1412 & 1413

According to Gerald Wellburn, renowned author and Grand Prix winner for his fabulous British Columbia & Vancouver Island collection, only one other set exists. The latter was in his collection but in inferior condition (October 1988, Lot 1133; Hugh Westgate, Eastern Auctions June 2017; Lot 87).

A FABULOUS SET OF VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY DIE PROOFS - THE FINER OF THE ONLY TWO KNOWN SETS.

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Est. 6,000.00 +
7 P 3 Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose An extraordinary typographed Die Proof in bright rose on thick white glazed surface paper, stamp size and mounted on thick beveled card; slight crease. An exceptionally rare and highly desirable die proof in the issued colour - the first one we recall seeing; a highly attractive and important showpiece, VF

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, H.R. Harmer LLC (New York), May 2004; Lot 16

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Est. 4,000.00 +
8 3 Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose, Watermark Crown CC, Imperforate An outstanding mint single displaying the characteristic darker shade associated with this stamp, well clear at left to superb margins, slight bend of no importance, surprisingly possessing the cleanest original gum that we have ever seen. A handsome and peerless example with impeccable provenance; one of the rarest mint stamps of the entire British North America, Very Fine OG

Expertization: 2018 Greene Foundation certificate

Provenance: Gerald Wellburn, Eaton & Sons, October 1988; Lot 1136 and illustrated on the front cover.
British North America, Harmers of New York, February 1980; Lot 14
Henry Hussey, Sissons, Sale 329, November 1973; Lot 3 - described as "... excellent colour, clear to very large margins, fresh, large part o.g. the finest unused copy I have handled".
J. Grant Glassco, Robson Lowe Ltd., July 1969; Lot 15
William L. Moody III, H.R. Harmer (New York), May 1951; Lot 3

According to Wellburn, the foremost expert and collector of British Columbia & Vancouver Island, only 30 imperforate sheets of each of the 5c rose and 10c blue were included in the sole shipment of Vancouver Island stamps from De La Rue in London. These were simultaneously issued in the Colony with regular perforated stamps.

Only a very small number of Five cent imperforate mint with original gum exist in sound condition. During our research we were able to locate a mint pair (ex. Dale-Lichtenstein) and a mint single (ex. Ferrary, Burrus, Amundsen, Samos, Baillie) which last sold in 2006 for US$86,250 inclusive of buyer's premium. The other examples, very few in number, are of noticeably inferior quality.

A FABULOUS MINT EXAMPLE OF VANCOUVER ISLAND 5 CENT ROSE ISSUED IN 1865, THE FINEST WE HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO OFFER.



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125,000.00
9 4 1865 10c Blue, Watermark Crown CC, Imperforate An impressive mint example of this difficult classic stamp, surrounded by mostly large margins and displaying exceptional colour on pristine paper, full dull, white streaky original gum associated with the De La Rue printings, relatively lightly hinged. A beautiful stamp rarely found in such premium quality, XF LH

Expertization: 2018 Greene Foundation certificate

Provenance: Gerald Wellburn, October 1988; part of Lot 1136, originally offered together with a mint 5c rose imperforate (see lot )

A DELIGHTFUL AND REMARKABLY CHOICE MINT SINGLE WITH FULL MARGINS AND FULL ORIGINAL GUM. VERY SELDOM SEEN IN THIS HIGH QUALITY

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7,500.00 +
10 4 Vancouver Island 1865 10c Blue, Watermark Crown CC, Imperforate A phenomenal used example of this challenging classic stamp, noticeably superior to the majority of known examples, remarkably large margins on all sides showing portion of adjacent stamp at left, bright fresh colour and neat double ring oval "PAID" handstamp in blue; pencil signed by expert Herbert Bloch on reverse. An absolute GEM and without question among the finest extant, XF

Expertization: 1983 RPS of London certificate

A VISUALLY STRIKING TEN CENT BLUE IMPERFORATE, ISSUED FOR THE VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY, WITH A CENTRALLY STRUCK OVAL PAID HANDSTAMP CANCEL.

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1,500.00 +
11 6 Vancouver Island 1865 10c Blue, Watermark Crown CC, Perf 14 A brilliant, fresh mint block of four with wing margin at left, a few split perfs reinforced by small hinging; quite well centered for the issue and with unusually large part dull streaky original gum associated with early DLR printings, Fine+ OG

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, H.R. Harmer LLC (New York), May 2004; Lot 48

A BEAUTIFUL MINT OG BLOCK, VERY SELDOM ENCOUNTERED WITH SUCH LOVELY COLOUR AND CLEAN ORIGINAL GUM.

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5,000.00
12 P 7 1865 3p Coat of Arms Progressive Die Proofs with blank value tablet, typographed, printed in black and in pale blue, both stamp size on thick white glazed (enamel) surface card mounted side by side on thick beveled card. An outstanding and UNIQUE piece of great importance for a gold-medal collection, VF (Minuse & Pratt 7PX-A; unlisted in blue)

Provenance: R.V.C. Carr, Firby Auctions, January 2000; Lot 73
Eric Cawardine Francis, Robson Lowe Ltd, June 1976; Lot 1418

It is interesting to note that this Progressive Die Proof (in any colour) was absent in both the Dale-Lichtenstein and Gerald Wellburn collections.

Originally employed for the British Columbia Mainland Colony as a 3 pence stamp issued in 1865, this versatile design was reintroduced a few years later by De La Rue & Co. In January 1866 decimal currency was adopted. To comply with this change and the fact that Vancouver Island and British Columbia Mainland were being united as one Colony, De La Rue was instructed to expedite new issues. The fastest, most economical and efficient method to proceed was to reintroduce the existing 3 pence die, printing sheets in different colours surcharged with the requested denominations, from "TWO CENTS" to "1 DOLLAR 1".

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Est. 7,500.00 +
13 7 1867 3p Blue, Watermark Crown CC, Perf 14 An impressive upper right Plate "1" block of four, small edge fault in margin only, vertical crease in right column, hinged in margin only leaving all stamps with full dull, streaky original gum, NEVER HINGED. The only plate block we are aware of, an ideal showpiece, VF NH

Provenance: R.V.C. Carr, Firby Auctions, January 2000; Lot 83 - sold for US$3,000 hammer.

No plate number multiple was present in either the Dale-Lichtenstein or Gerald Wellburn collections.

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Est. 2,500.00 +
14 7a 1865 3p Pale Blue, Watermark Crown CC, Perf 14 Remarkably choice mint block of four, distinctive first printing shade, quite well centered for the issue with full original gum showing only traces of hinging, lower left stamp NEVER HINGED. As nice as you will find for this elusive multiple; very attractive in all respects, VF LH (Cat. as hinged singles)

Provenance: Vincent Graves Greene Collection, Sissons, July 1975; Lot 476

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2,400.00 +
15 Post Confederation 1873 (circa.) Wells, Fargo & Co. "Victoria, Vancouver Island" printed frank in black on a white envelope in unusually clean, fresh condition, franked with an early Montreal printing 3c bright orange, perf 12 tied by Wells, Fargo & Co. JUN 25 Victoria oval datestamp in violet and addressed to San Francisco; no backstamp as customary for mail to the US. A beautiful express company cover, seldom seen in such nice quality, VF (Unitrade 37)

Provenance: Frank Laycock, June 1980; Lot 282
George Hicks, November 1967; Lot 39

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Est. 750.00 +
16 Codville Landing British Columbia oval handstamp cancellation struck on piece and trimmed to shape - the first rural post office in BC. The only known example of this very short-lived cancel (circa. 1865-1866). Closed in 1866 and reopened after Confederation in 1872 as Chilliwack. Mounted on original Wellburn album page in his usual descriptive style. A great item of the utmost rarity for the BC postmark collector.

Provenance: Gerald Wellburn, October 1988; Lot 1061
Dr. R.V.C. Carr, January 2000; Lot 185

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Est. 500.00 +
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