Lot 1225Nova Scotia, 1850 (Aug. 13) Winsloe Barton, P.E.I. to Marlborough, England, blue folded letter with rimless "Prince Edward Island, AU 16, 1850" backstamp and manuscript "1/-" rating, carried by Cunard Line Cambria from Halifax to Liverpool, reverse with "Marlborough, SP 4, 1850" double-arc datestamp, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
On April 15th 1849, the transatlantic packet rate was lowered to 1 shilling all inclusive.
Lot 1226Nova Scotia, 1851 (Sep. 4) Halifax, N.S. to Barcelona, Spain, folded cover with red "Halifax, Paid, Sep 14, 1851, Nova-Scotia" small tombstone, manuscript "3/2" stg. and "4/-" cy. ratings, carried by Cunard Line Canada to Liverpool, red London "Paid, 14 SP 1851" tombstone and matching "PD" oval handstamp, red Calais (9.16) transit cds, red Barcelona (9.20) arrival backstamp and matching red "6.ms" Marvedis and blue "13 Rs." reales handstamps, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate $500 - 750.
A RARE STAMPLESS USE FROM NOVA SCOTIA TO SPAIN.
When internal postal affairs were handed cover from Great Britain to the BNA states, local exchange rates against sterling caused an assessment of sterling charges. These assessments were all made in 1851, Canada April 6th, PEI July 1st, Newfoundland July 1st, New Brunswick July 6th and Nova Scotia July 6th. So, 1s stg. became 1s3d cy. except on PEI where it was rated 1d6d cy. This cover was prepaid the 3s2d stg. rate, or 4s cy., for a ¼-½ oz. letter.
Lot 1227Nova Scotia, 1853 (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 $15,000 - 20,000.
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 1228Nova Scotia, 1853 (Sep. 23) Kirkstead, England to Windsor N.S., cover with partial blue Kirkstead origin backstamp on reverse along with Horncastle (9.23) cds and London (9.24) transits, green Liverpool (9.24) transit with "10d" debit handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Canada to Halifax, reverse with Halifax (10.13) oval and matching "1/3" cy. due rating handstamp, Windsor (10.13) arrival backstamp, F.-V.F.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1229Nova Scotia, 1854 (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 $40,000 - 60,000.
A WONDERFUL NOVA SCOTIA 1S DULL VIOLET USE TO IRELAND.
Lot 1230Nova Scotia, 1855 (Feb. 5) Charlottetown P.E.I. to Bath, England forwarded to France, cover with "Prince Edward Island, FE 5 1855" rimless backstamp and matching "6" due handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Africa from Halifax to Liverpool, reverse with green "Pkt. Letter, Liverpool, 27 FE 1855" tombstone, Birmingham (2.28), and Bristol (2.28) backstamps, Bath (2.28) arrival cds, forwarded to Paris with London (3.1) backstamp and red "Postage Not Paid / To London" framed handstamp, rating updated in manuscript with "8" rating, Calais (3.3) entry cds with "10" décimes due rating, Fine, ex-Cusworth, Wilkinson.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1231Nova Scotia, 1855 (Mar. 14) Murray Harbour, P.E.I. to Port Phillips, Victoria, blue folded letter with "Prince Edward Island, MA 17, 1855" rimless backstamp and red "PAID" handstamp with red crayon "1/0" prepaid rating for 6d to G.B. and 6d to Australia, carried by Cunard Line Africa from Halifax to Liverpool, red "Pkt. Letter, Paid, Liverpool, 7 AP, 1855" tombstone and matching "d1" credit handstamp, Liverpool (4.8) backstamp to Melbourne, red "Ship Letter GPO Victoria, AU 1 1855" backstamp, Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND USE TO AUSTRALIA.
Lot 1232Nova Scotia, 1855 (Mar. 28) Douglastown Way Office, N.B. to Youghall, Ireland, blue folded with red "W.O. Douglastown, N.B., MR 23 1855" backstamp and red manuscript "Paid 1½", additional red ms. "Paid 7½ cy" underneath stamp, bearing New Brunswick 1851 6d olive yellow (2), four clear to large margins, tied by two strikes of blue "8" oval grid cancel, reverse with matching blue "Chatham, N.B., MA28 1855" cds and partial Bend of Kodiac (3.29) cds, carried by Cunard Line Africa to Liverpool arriving Apr. 7th; some light aging, 6d hinged in place, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
The 7½d (1½d paid in cash plus 6d by stamp) letter rate to Ireland via the British Packet from Halifax effective from August 1st 1854 to April 17th 1860. Virtually all covers paying this ½ ounce rate to the United Kingdom have a bisected stamp except this cover and one other offered in David Feldman USA March 2011 (lot 10094) mailed on the same day and carried on the same ship. The earliest bisect of New Brunswick recorded on mail abroad is dated Feb. 26th 1855 (a 3d bisect to the GB). There are also two earlier covers known bearing bisects addressed inland. No other bisects known are dated before the cover here.
Lot 1233Nova Scotia, 1856 (Mar. 13) Halifax, N.S. to Carthagena, Spain, blue folded cover originally with printed circular, "Halifax, Nova Scotia, MR 13 1856" backstamp and "1" pence due handstamp for printed matter, carried by Cunard Line America to Liverpool, red London (3.27) backstamp and matching "Returned for Postage" framed handstamp, Liverpool (3.28) transit, carried by Cunard Line Cambria from Liverpool back to Halifax, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
A circular rate of 1 pence to Spain was introduced on Mar 1st 1854 that included mail through Halifax.
Lot 1234Nova Scotia, 1856 (Jun. 19) North Sydney, Cape Breton to London, England, cover bearing on reverse Nova Scotia, 1851 3d dark blue (3, 3a) horizontal strip of two and bisect se-tenant, full to large margins, tied by strikes of oval grid cancel, reverse also with "North-Sydney, C.B., JU 16 1856" origin cds and Halifax (6.24) oval transit, latter also ties strip, red "5" d.stg. credit to G.B. handstamp, carried by Cunard Line America from Halifax to Liverpool, red London "Paid, 14 JY 1856" arrival cds; cover opened on three sides for display, Very Fine; with 1976 E. Diena certificate.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A CHOICE NOVA SCOTIA 1851 3D DARK BLUE BISECT SE-TENANT STRIP PREPAYING THE 7½D TRANSATLANTIC PACKET RATE TO GREAT BRITAIN.