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12 March, 2011 - Eastern Auctions Limited

The first section of this sale was devoted entirely to the Canadian Provinces and highlights two important collections. It begins with the Dr. A.M. Clark collection of Nova Scotia Postal History. Dr. Clark concentrated on the pre-adhesive era with emphasis on postal markings, many of which are extremely rare or unique. He purchased numerous items from famous name sales over the past five decades including deVolpi (1966), Grant Glassco (1969), Dale-Lichtenstein (1968-1970) and Vincent Graves Greene (1975) to name a few. This remarkable and exceptionally well rounded collection has been described as the most comprehensive and finest ever assembled

The second section of the auction features the well known Ron Brigham collection and other private properties. British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are all well represented with many lots of postage stamps, proofs and covers.


We present below a selection from the two sections of this outstanding auction.

Covers from the Dr. A. M. Clark Collection


Lot 50
Estimate $2,500
Realized $7,250

Small folded entire lettersheet, with handwritten "Musquodoboit August 31st 1841" dateline addressed to Halifax, bearing a superb strike of Gay's River, N.S. "Crown" double circle (Type 72) cancellation in black; most appealing and choice, XF Provenance: C.P. deVolpi.


Lot 53
Estimate $3,500
Realized $9,500

Folded entire lettersheet with handwritten dateline "Douglas 3rd Dec. 1841" and endorsed "Her Majestys Service", light central file fold; bearing a choice and complete Newport / N.S. "Crown" double circle (Type 74) cancellation in black, a remarkable cover, VF Illustrated in Jephcott, Greene & Young "The Postal History of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick 1754-1867". Provenance: John H.M. Young


Lot 115
Estimate $3,500
Realized $6,250

Folded entire lettersheet to London, dateline "Quebec 15th Nov. 1794", manuscript "2/6" (1/6 postage rate and 1/0 for packet) and clearly showing a full "AMERICAN INLAND / POSTAGE." (Type 288) with on reverse, a clear split double circle "HALIFAX / N: SCOTIA / MAR 6 95" (Type 4b) applied when cover arrived via United States; small London bishop mark (AP 20 95) marking on reverse; single file fold. A remarkable and extremely rare delivery explanation cover, which made the first part of its journey from Quebec to Halifax via the United States. Very Fine and one of the gems of this collection


Stamps of the Canadian Provinces


Lot 197
Scott 2
Estimate $7,500
Realized $5,250

An impressive mint block of eighteen showing wing margin at right, inscribed "POSTAGE TWO PENCE HALFPENNY" twice in horizontal gutter margin, quite well centered for this notoriously difficult stamp, lovely rich colour and clear impression, natural gum creases mainly confined to sixth column and lower row, possessing full original gum with ELEVEN STAMPS NEVER HINGED. A stunning large multiple originating from the famous "Mayfair" find in 1925, overall Very Fine. Provenance: Alfred F. Lichtenstein.



Lot 303
Scott 7
Catalogue $30,000
Realized $16,000

A phenomenal unused example of the Dull (or Cold) Violet shade from the First Printing, uniform true pastel colour and strong impression on fresh paper and showing full to large margins all around. A delightful stamp in a remarkable state of preservation, very rarely seen in such condition, especially with full margins, Very Fine Expertization: 1968 RPSL and 1988 Greene Foundation certificates. Provenance: William L. Moody III.


Lot 346
Scott 10
Catalogue $240
Realized $850

An impressive mint example of this very challenging stamp, extremely well centered with gorgeous fresh colour, intact perforations and possessing full immaculate original gum, never hinged. Rarely offered in such premium quality, XF NH GEM.


Lot 371
Scott 30
Estimate $5,000
Realized $4,000

A spectacular right sheet margin block of six showing plate inscription, all stamps are superbly centered with large margins, very uncharacteristic for this tremendously difficult stamp, showing true rich colour on pristine fresh paper and possessing full original gum that has NEVER BEEN HINGED. An absolute GEM plate multiple in the highest attainable quality one can possibly find, Extremely Fine, NH.


Lot 380
Scott 44
Estimate $1,000
Realized $700

A fabulous and uncharacteristically choice top plate imprint block of twelve, stamps are all very well centered with amazing deep rich colour and full original gum, never hinged. A superb plate block that ranks among the most visually striking of all plate multiples of all One cent Prince of Wales issues, XF NH.


Lot 383
Scott 57
Catalogue $300
Realized $550

A premium mint example, exceptionally well centered with four well-balanced large margins, bright fresh colour and possessing full original gum that has never been hinged. A tough stamp to find in such high-quality, XF NH.


Lot 393
Scott 127ii
Catalogue $8,400
Realized $6,750

A phenomenal mint block of eight showing a dramatic slanted and shifted overprint, the right vertical pair is missing the "TWO CENTS" provisional surcharge as a result. Well centered with fresh colour, second and fourth stamps from top row are very lightly hinged, others are NH, a Very Fine and UNIQUE block.

This was definitely an auction to remember for collectors of the stamps and postal history of Canada’s provinces.

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