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Sale 76: Gems of Philately

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British Columbia & Vancouver Island

Lots 292-301 Lots 302-304

Lot 292    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Victoria Post Office, oval postmark with matching oval "Paid" handstamp on circa Apr. 7th 1860 light blue cover to London, England, endorsed "England via New York", red "San Francisco, Cal, Paid, Apr 13, 1860" exchange cds and prepaid red crayon "58" cents rating at lower right for two-times the 29¢ rate, sent on the Butterfield overland mail route, New York red "19" single-weight credit handstamp to G.B., carried by Cunard Line Africa from New York May 9th to Queenstown arriving May 19th, red London (5.21) arrival cds, Very Fine, ex-Kutz, Walske.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

The Victoria frank was used to indicate prepayment of the 5¢ (2½d) Colonial postage to the United States prior to the introduction of Victoria stamps in the colony (EKU April 10th 1860). Illustrated in Gold Fever by Ken Kutz as fig. 172.

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Lot 293    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Barnard's Cariboo Express, Paid, black on orange label on large cover to New Westminster B.C. bearing British Columbia & Vancouver Island 1860, 2½d dull rose (2), two pairs, left stamp faulty, each pair tied by blue "Dietz & Nelson Express, B.C. & V." double-circle handstamp and each stamp additionally cancelled by manuscript "2" probably indicating double rate, additional complete bold strike of Dietz & Nelson's Express double-circle on reverse; left reduced slightly at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

This is an unusual use from the mines by Barnard's Express to Yale, then to New Westminster by Dietz & Nelson.

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Lot 294    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Barnard's Cariboo Express, Paid, black on orange express label, tied by blue "Paid" oval handstamp on orange buff cover with printed "Paid, Dietz & Nelson British Columbia & Victoria Express" frank and blue "Post Office, Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms oval handstamp postal frank, used as paste-up for cover addressed to P. Reilly, Gold Commissioner at Williams Creek, Caribou B.C. bearing British Columbia & Vancouver Island 1860, 2½d dull rose (3) horizontal pair, right with corner fault, tied by "Paid" oval that was also used to tie label, endorsed "By Express Paid" at bottom right, pencil "Rec'd Nov. 15th"; right stamp corner fault, label a bit oxidized, Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

A RARE BARNARD'S CARIBOO EXPRESS LABEL PASTE-UP USE TO CARIBOO, BRITISH COLUMBIA.

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Lot 295    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Post Office, Victoria V.I., black Coat of Arms oval handstamp postal frank on cover to Rochdale, England, black "San Francisco, Cal, June 1861" transit cds, manuscript "1½" at top left, reverse with red London (7.18) transit and Rochdale (7.19) arrival cds, manuscript "2/3" 2s3d due rating for double the 1/1½d rate, forwarded upon arrival with two G.B. 1d red singles tied by "648" barred oval and "Rochdale, JY 19 61" cds to Poole, July 22nd arrival backstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine; with 1987 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A RARE DOUBLE-WEIGHT TRANSATLANTIC USE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND TO ENGLAND AND FORWARDED.

Until July 1863, the United States west-coast rate to Great Britain was 29¢ (or 1/2½ pence) per ½ ounce collect. Here the Vancouver Island rate of 2½ pence (not dependent on weight) was paid with the frank in black ink and 2s5d was collected in England.

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Lot 296    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Post Office, Victoria V.I., sharp clear strike of blue Coat of Arms oval handstamp postal frank on cover to Sunderland, England, black "San Francisco, Cal, Oct 28, 1863" double-circle transit, manuscript "1/-" shilling due rating, Sunderland (12.7) arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A CHOICE VICTORIA COAT OF ARMS OVAL HANDSTAMP USE TO ENGLAND VIA SAN FRANCISCO.

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Lot 297    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, May 27, partial blue oval handstamp (Leutzinger type 11-9) on 3¢ pink (U35) entire with company printed frank to Sacramento Cal., unusually clear and bold strike of "Post Office, Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms blue handstamped postal frank, endorsed "J.C. Keenan, ans June 6/64" on reverse, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 298    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Post Office, Victoria Vancouver Island, Paid, blue oval paid frank handstamp and manuscript "Paid $1.50" express rating on orange Jun. 1864 cover to Ingersoll, Canada West bearing U.S. 3¢ rose (65) and 12¢ black (69), each tied by strike of cogwheel fancy cancel duplexed with "San Francisco, Cal, Jun 20, 1864" cds, partial Ingersoll July arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-Wellburn.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

This cover was sent by express from mainland British Columbia as indicated by the $1.50 fee to Victoria where the Paid frank handstamp was applied. In March 1864, the west-coast rate to Canada was reduced to 10¢, but that news was slow to reach Victoria.

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Lot 299    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Post Office, Vancouver Island, red oval handstamp and black "Paid" oval handstamp on cover to London, England, bearing 24¢ grayish lilac (78), rich color, tied by bold cogwheel fancy cancel duplexed with matching "San Francisco, Cal, Jan 23, 1865" double-circle datestamp, endorsed "England direct" at top, London (2.28) arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-R.V. Carr.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A RARE NANAIMO, VANCOUVER ISLAND USE TO ENGLAND VIA THE UNITED STATES.

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Lot 300    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, 1865, 5¢ rose, perf 14, tied by neat strike of blue "35" barred oval handstamp of Victoria on United States 10¢ yellow green (U41) buff entire to San Francisco Cal., with printed Wells Fargo & Co. Paid frank, indicia canceled by clear blue "Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, Nov. 13" oval datestamp, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Nov 24" arrival oval; some wear, Very Fine, ex-Wilkinson.
Scott No. 5    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

A SCARCE COMBINATION USE FROM VICTORIA TO SAN FRANCISCO.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,200

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Lot 301    

British Columbia & Vancouver Island, 1867, 2¢ on 3d brown, perf 14, horizontal strip of three with wing margin at right having partly trimmed perfs, tied by two strikes of "35" barred oval handstamp on orange buff cover to Salem, Oregon, blue "Victoria B.C., May 5, 1871" origin cds and slightly indistinct Portland (5.9) transit cds; minor edge wear, Very Fine.
Scott No. 8    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

The 6¢ rate to the United States was in effect after July 1, 1870. The 3d, selling then as four for 25¢, was used more commonly for this rate.

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