Lot 3751853 (May 21) Sydney, Cape Breton to Madras, India, mourning cover bearing Nova Scotia 1851, 6d yellow-green (4) and 1s dull violet (7) horizontal pair, both with beautiful large and well balanced margins, each tied by centrally struck oval grid cancel leaving crown of stamp free as intended with this cancel, reverse with "Sydney, C.B., MY 21 1853" origin and Halifax (5.24) transit cds, red manuscript "1/10" credit rating, carried by Cunard Line Cambria to Liverpool arriving Jun. 6th, red London "Paid, 7 Jun" transit cds, then carried by P&O Euxine to Malta, P&O Indus to Alexandria and with Pekin via Galle to Madras arriving Jul. 10th, red framed "G.P.O." backstamp, Very Fine, Illustrated in the 1971 Anphilex catalog., ex-Lichtenstein, Cornwallis, Halifax, Mayer, Gross; with 1982 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Estimate $75,000 - 100,000.
THE FINEST NOVA SCOTIA COVER TO INDIA, SIMPLY A STUNNING FIRST ISSUE USAGE.
The cover was prepaid 2s6d cy. for the published rate via Southampton to India. The red manuscript "1/10" credit rating to the U.K. though, corresponds to the rate for a letter from the U.K. to India via Marseilles with closed mail.
Lot 3461840 (May 16) London, England to Digby, N.S., G.B. 1d Mulready lettersheet to Henry Stewart, Postmaster at Digby, with two strikes of red London "G, Paid, 16 MY 1840" tombstone and matching "PUT IN: AFTER / 7 o'CLOCK AT NIGHT" double-framed handstamp, endorsed "pr. Unicorn Steamer - Via Liverpool" and "If too late per first steamer" at left, bearing G.B. 1840, 1d black, plate 1a (1), 13 singles, each tied by red Maltese cross and additional strike cancels Mulready, prepaid 1s4d as a double ship letter (two Penny Blacks fell off from opening the Mulready), missed the Unicorn and carried by Black Ball Line North America departing Liverpool May 24th to New York arriving Jun. 26th, red "New York 'Ship' Jun 26" cds and manuscript "102" rating ($1.02) as 1oz. quadruple letter over 400 miles to Robbinston plus 2¢ ship fee, blue "St. Andrews, N.B." star cds and manuscript "AP 5/½" American Postage cy. conversion rating plus "BP 3N - " British postage to N.S. totalled to "8N½" due rating; some stamp flaws including one torn from opening, some light staining and reinforced faults, Very Fine appearance, ex-Yates, Meroni, Wellburn, Hahn and Grunin.; with 1998 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $75,000 - 100,000.
A REMARKABLE MULREADY - PENNY BLACK USE, THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF GREAT BRITAIN'S FIRST ISSUE TO BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
The sender hoped this letter would make the maiden voyage of the "Unicorn", which departed May 16th on the First Transatlantic Voyage of the Cunard Line in anticipation of a feeder service she would perform between Pictou, Nova Scotia and Quebec and to insure facilities were ready at Boston for the inaugural mail voyage of the line in July 1840. It was posted too late and was sent by the Black Line sailing ship "North America" instead.
Lot 3761854 (Jun. 9) Halifax, N.S. to Baltinglass, Ireland, cover bearing Nova Scotia 1851, 3d dark blue (3) and 1s dull violet (7), both with four mostly large margins, reverse with "Halifax-Nova-Scotia, JU 9, 1854" origin cds and red manuscript "10" credit rating, carried by Cunard Line America to Liverpool, red "Pkt. Letter, Paid, Liverpool, JU 19, 1854" tombstone cancels stamps, reverse with red London (6.20) and blue Newbridge transit cds; light central fold, Very Fine, ex-Lichtenstein, Halifax, Mayer, Wilkinson; with 1970 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Estimate $50,000 - 75,000.
A WONDERFUL NOVA SCOTIA 1S DULL VIOLET USE TO IRELAND.
Lot 1591860 (Sep. 4) Canning N.S. to Waterville Me., embossed lady's envelope bearing 1s reddish purple (6a), diagonal bisect, tied by oval grid cancel, reverse with Canning (9.4) origin and Windsor transit backstamps, carried by steamer across the Bay of Fundy to St. John, partial strike of red "Paid 10" in circle exchange office handstamp, ex-Lichtenstein, Cornwallis, Kanai, Mayer, Wilkinson; with 1969 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Estimate $25,000 - 35,000.
THE ONLY SOLO NOVA SCOTIA 1857 1S REDDISH PURPLE BISECT USAGE.
Lot 3741853 (c., Feb.) St. John N.B. to London, England, gray folded cover bearing New Brunswick 1851, 6d olive yellow (2), five singles, one with large margins, rest with mostly large margins to slightly in or touched, each tied by St. John "1" oval grid cancel, carried by Cunard Line Canada to Liverpool arriving Feb. 28th, red London "Paid, 1853, 2 MR" cds ties bottom 6d, Very Fine, ex-Burrus, Foxbridge, Koh, Wilkinson; with 1999 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $25,000 - 35,000.
A REMARKABLE FRANKING PREPAYING TWO-TIMES THE 1S 3D PACKET RATE TO LONDON.
Although the London cds year is indistinct, it is probably 1853 and corresponds to a proper Cunard sailing and double rating. It also could be 1858 with the franking prepaying the quadruple rate to the United Kingdom, since the single rate was halved after August 1, 1854.
Lot 1741856 (Oct. 29) Pictou, N.S. to Boston Mass., datelined folded letter bearing Nova Scotia, 1d red brown (1), two singles, and 6d yellow green (4), four margins, each tied by oval grid cancel, reverse with Pictou (10.29) origin and Halifax (10.31) backstamps, carried by Cunard Line Canada to Boston, "Boston, Br. Pkt. '5Cts.' Nov 7" exchange office cds; light file fold along top, Very Fine, ex-Lichtenstein,Halifax, Koh, Wilkinson; with 1971 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
A REMARKABLE NOVA SCOTIA CROSS BORDER COVER TO THE UNITED STATES PREPAID AT THE 8D RATE.
The 8 pence franking prepaid the 3d inland postage plus 5d packet rate. The inland postage was valid on letters originating from outside of Halifax.
Lot 3961859 (Aug. 11) Halifax N.S. to Paris, France, small cover bearing Nova Scotia 1851-57, 1d red brown (1), 3d bright blue (2) and 6d deep green (5), each with four margins and tied by oval grid cancel, manuscript "7" d. credit rating to G.B., Halifax (8.11) backstamp, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Halifax to Liverpool, red London Paid (8.22) cds and matching "PD" in circle handstamp, Calais (8.23) entry cds, Paris (8.23) arrival backstamp; flap tear, Very Fine, ex-Granger, Pilkington, KL (Cheung) and Wilkinson; with 1995 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
A STUNNING NOVA SCOTIA THREE-COLOR FRANKING PREPAYING THE 10D PACKET RATE TO FRANCE.
The 10d rate to France via England was effective July 30th 1858 with 7d credit to G.B. From August 1st 1859, unpaid letters to Great Britain were charged an extra 6d.
Lot 2191859 (Apr. 29) Chatham N.B. to St. John's, Newfoundland, blue folded letter bearing New Brunswick 1851, 6d olive yellow, single and bisect (2, 2b), clear to mostly large margins, tied by two strikes of blue "8" grid cancels, matching blue "Chatham, AP 29 1859" origin backstamp, endorsed "per Mail via Halifax" at top, reverse with Sackville (4.30) and Halifax (5.2) transits, St. John's (5.9) arrival cds, single with insignificant tear mostly in margin; convenience overpayment of 1d cy. for the 3d cy. internal rate plus 5d cy. (4d stg.) packet rate, Very Fine, ex-Pack, Lichtenstein, Cartier, Foxbridge, Koh; signed Warren H. Colson (backstamp).
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
A MAGNIFICENT COVER WITH A UNIQUE BISECT FRANKING PREPAYING THE 8D RATE FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TO NEWFOUNDLAND.
The beautiful color of these stamps is a radiant shade nearing that of yellow. There were no 1d stamps at this time in New Brunswick, and the 1d convenience overpayment was required as a result.
Lot 591857, 1s Reddish Purple, Watermarked, full to large margins, strong color on bright paper, small part o.g., Extremely Fine, ex-Argenti, Foxbridge, Baillie; with 2013 V.G. Greene certificate. SG No. 8.
Scott No. 6 var. $32,500.
A REMARKABLE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 1S REDDISH PURPLE CLEARLY SHOWING THE PAPERMAKERS WATERMARK. ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES, OF WHICH ONLY THREE ARE SOUND.
Lot 62 ()1851, 1s Cold Violet, clear to mostly large margins, lovely color with a remarkably clear impression, without gum, fresh and choice Very Fine, ex-Ferrary, Lichtenstein, Argenti, Carey Fox, Kanai; with 1956 R.P.S. and 1990 Holcombe certificates. SG No. 7.
Scott No. 7 $25,000.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 1S COLD VIOLET, ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES IN PRIVATE HANDS.