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20 June, 2012 - R. Maresch & Son
This was a most impressive auction from Maresch. If the early Canadian varieties caught your attention, we’re sure the plentiful modern varieties would as well. One area of special interest was the Ben Cohen Large Queen collection with its many varieties of shades, cancels and papers. It also had more stamps with "stitch watermarks" than we can remember in a single sale.
This cover, ex Lea, Fairbanks and Wilkinson, is the only example of this single usage paying the rate to the US border, where it was then sent collect to Liverpool.
Scott 18 - Vertical Pair
It is so rare to find a Canadian stamp from this era that is never hinged. In the above vertical pair, the top stamp came with full OG and a hinge remnant, while the bottom stamp was unhinged and this is what was unusual.
Large Queens - Stitch Watermarks
Amongst the varieties of the Large Queens, Scott’s catalogue lists 7 stamps with regular watermarks and these have very high prices. It also lists a 15¢ stamp with a "script" watermark. But it is does not list any “stitch” watermarks. These are the marks in the paper made by the rollers during the course of printing.
It's not often we
see 2 NH small Queen imperforates in the same sale. These were beauties
and attracted strong bids. We wonder if they were always simple pairs
or alternatively, may have originally been part of a block, with the
bottom two unhinged.
Imperforates from this set first appeared around 1996 and then again in 2011.
We have seen this imperforate block sold on 2 previous occasions. In 2011, a LR inscription block sold at a Maresch sale for $1,250. Then, earlier this year, a block like the above sold for $525.
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This sale had
2 new record prices: