Lot 417 oGreat Britain, 1840, 2d blue, black Maltese cross cancel, enormous margins showing portions of adjacent stamps on all sides, rich color, Superb, an outstanding jumbo; with 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott No. 2.
SG No. 5 £900 ($1,240).
Lot 418Great Britain, 1841, 2d blue, "white lines", irregular block of nine and horizontal pair, lettered QA QF/RD RD, RB/RC (QF shifted transfer, QB state 2 with mark in NE corner), mostly full to large margins, tied by clear "690" numeral on gray folded letter to Bellary, India, endorsed "Via Marseilles", reverse with Bramfield, Saxmundham (12.22) and red London (12.23) transits, Madras (2.17) and Bellary framed arrival, Very Fine and choice; with 2011 Eichele certificate. SG No. 14.
Scott No. 4 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
AN OUTSTANDING PREPAID LETTER FROM GREAT BRITAIN TO INDIA AT THE 1S10D PACKET RATE.
Prepaid at the 1s10d rate for a packet letter to India via Marseilles effective Jun. 1st 1846.
Lot 419Canada, 1855 St. Thomas, Canada to Launceston, Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), via London (Upper Canada), Liverpool and Melbourne with clear red "St. Thomas. U.C., Jan 9, 1855" origin cds and straight line "Paid" handstamp, reverse with London, U.C. transit and red diamond "Ship Letter Inwards, Free, 18 My, 1855" receiver, manuscript "1/8" and "2/-" rates cross out and re-rated "1/2" at left, Very Fine, ex-Steinhart, Wilkinson.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE ONLY PROPERLY RATED COVER TO THE AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH DURING THE COLONIAL PERIOD.
Lot 420 oCanada, 1855, Prince Albert, 6d slate gray, with enormous margins all around showing adjacent stamps on three sides, rich color on bright paper, light partial Montreal "21" four-ring numeral cancel, fresh and Superb gem, ex-Nickle, Cantor; with 2018 P.F. certificate Graded (Superb 98J).
Scott No. 5 $1,200.
A STUNNING USED SINGLE OF THE 6D SLATE GRAY 1855 ISSUE, THE HIGHEST GRADED EXAMPLE AND CONSIDERED THE FINEST USED 6D ON WOVE PAPER.
Lot 421Canada, 1959, 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, center inverted, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh with strong bold colors, Very Fine; with 2014 Greene Foundation certificate.
Scott No. 387a $9,500.
AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1959 5¢ ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY ISSUE WITH CENTER INVERTED.
The stamps, issued on June 26, 1959, coincided with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway by Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The planning and production of the stamps to commemorate the event took almost as long as the construction of the Seaway itself with proposals coming forward in 1954 in the US and in 1956 in Canada. The first report of the discovery of the Seaway Inverts was when a young office boy from the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg purchased 30 stamps from a Post Office outlet in the Eaton store on August 20, 1959. It is believed that approximately 200 examples exist today.
Lot 422 oCanada, 1959, 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, center inverted, light unobtrusive machine cancel, wide margins, strong bright colors, Very Fine; with 2015 R. Gratton certificate. SG No. 513a.
Scott No. 387a $7,500.
ONE OF THE FEW USED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE 1959 5¢ ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WITH CENTER INVERTED.
There are about 200 mint Seaway Inverts in private hands. Quite a few of the Seaway Inverts were actually used by the public before they realized what they had. With only 16 examples recorded on cover, it would seem even a used example would be far rarer than mint however catalog values seem to indicate to the contrary.
Lot 423Canada, Registry, 1875, 5¢ dark green, imperf, left margin horizontal pair with part imprint, o.g., hinge remnant, wide margins, deep bold color, Extremely Fine, a choice imperforate position pair.
Scott No. F2c $1,200.
Lot 424St. Vincent, 1861, Queen Victoria, 1d rose red, rough perf 14 to 16, two horizontal pairs, in combination with 1862, Queen Victoria, 6d deep green, rough perf 14 to 16, horizontal pair on folded letter to Paris, France, all tied by "A10" barred oval handstamps with matching "Saint - Vincent, No 8, 65" origin cds below, red crayon "1/2" credit rating and red "London, Paid, 29 No, 65" transit date stamp, right 1d pair additionally tied by Calais transit cds, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and choice; with 2014 M. Eichele certificate. Scott No. 2+3.
SG No. 1+4 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE SYMMETRICAL COMBINATION FRANKING TO FRANCE.
The 1s6d franking paid the double rate to France with 1sh2d credit for international postage valid from April 30, 1860.
Lot 425Austria, 1854 Arms, 6kr brown, machine paper, block of 12, tied on piece by beautifully struck "Cilli 2.9" ornamental town cancels, large margins all around, strong color, an Extremely Fine gem, a truly magnificent multiple and first issue jewel, ex-Rothschild, Oberländer, Baron Landberg & Jerger; signed E. Müller & A. Diena, with 2004 Ferchenbauer and 2014 Eichele certificates. Scott No. 4b.
Michel No. 4 Y III Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LARGE MULTIPLES OF THE FIRST ISSUE OF AUSTRIA.
Lot 426Germany, 1933 Nothilfe souvenir sheet, o.g., never hinged, rich colors, fresh and pristine, free from the usual faint sheet bends from gum, Extremely Fine and choice, one of finest examples of this difficult sheet we have ever offered; with 2001 Schlegel certificate. Michel No. Block 2 €6,000 ($7,380).
Scott No. B58 $5,600.