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Commentary No. 130 - 17 April, 2010

The “Loch” Collection of Canada’s Pence Set
Sold by Charles G. Firby
April 28, 1999

Most of Canada’s more valuable stamps were issued between 1851 and 1857. Luckily for us, this was the period in which the owner of the “Loch” collection chose to specialize. According to Charles Firby, he was a most particular collector who insisted on the best quality possible. It took him 30 years to complete this objective.

It is a pleasure to present some of his many treasures:

Three 12p Plate Proofs

Vertical Carmine Specimen
Diagonal Carmine Specimen
Vertical GreenSpecimen
Lot 25
Realized $1,184
Lot 26
Realized $2,516
Lot 27
Realized $2,812


3p on laid paper

1i, iii
Orange red, major re-entry
Lot 51
Realized $4,440

The nicest of the known strips
Lot 53
Realized $5,920

Lot 59
Cover dated Dec. 23, 1851 from Montreal to Boston. Ex-Hilmer, Foxbridge & Lubke
Realized $6,660

12p on laid paper

Lot 67
NG, ex- Wellburn
Realized $74,000


3p on wove paper

Orange red on thin paper
Red on medium paper
Lot 87
Full OG, one of the finest
Realized $4,810
Lot 192
Full OG
Realized $4,070

Deep red
Red on soft ribbed paper
Lot 140
Superb, huge margined pair
Realized $3,300
Lot 172
NG, good to huge margins
Realized $2,200

4c & 8
3d red on soft ribbed paper & ½d rose
Lot 203
Cover dated June 26, 1858 from Toronto to England, Cunard packet rate
Realized $11,100

Scarlet vermillion
Lot 108
Realized $1,775

Orange red
Lot 210
Gem showpiece, sheet margin imprint pair on thick hard opaque paper
Realized $3,330


10p on wove paper

Dull blue
Lot 117
Cover dated April 13, 1857 from Hamilton to London, England. A showpiece. Ex- Dr. Geldert, Hillmer & Van Dieten
Realized $8,880


½d rose on medium paper

Lot 169
Clear to large margined vertical strip of 4
Realized $1,775
(In 2004, this strip sold in the “Midland” collection for $2,227)

8b var
Lilac rose on soft vertically ribbed paper
Rose on vertically ribbed paper
Lot 188
With re-entry, psn. 58
Realized $6,290
Lot 189
Rare and XF for this difficult stamp
Realized $5,920


7½p on medium paper

Lot 147
Cover dated Nov. 12, 1857 from Hamilton to England
Superb example of the Allan Line rate
Realized $11,100



What an amazing collection. No wonder the name “Loch” is so well known in stamp circles. As future collections are offered at auction, any stamps identified as coming from the Loch collection will be greatly sought after.

Our thanks to Mr. John Cooper of Montreal for making the catalogue from this sale available to us.

(Prices realized have been converted at the rate of $1.00 U.S.= $1.48 Cdn.)

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