Canadian Stamp Auctions
Stamp Market Commentary
Commentary No. 117 - 17 March, 2009
The Dave Roberts Collection of Canadian Stamps
Auctionned by R. Maresch & Son
March 4, 1997
The late Bill Maresch introduced Dave Robert’s exceptional collection of the used stamps of Canada with the following comments:
“Painstakingly acquired over 20 years, usually one at a time, each stamp is in the finest quality available and has, if possible, a dated cancellation, many being “socked-on-the nose”. Shades, varieties, strong re-entries and on-cover usages were his forte, and the provenance of the material is a virtual “who’s who” of Canadian philately”.
We start our coverage with a stamp that, in our dreams, we’d all like to own:
This copy was described as having full margins all around, sharp laid lines, a sound and fault free example. It came with a Greene Foundation Certificate.
Here are more of Mr. Robert’s outstanding early Canadian stamps:
Two Exceptional Large Queens
This is the soft white paper variety of the 12½¢ stamp which comes in brilliant blue. Fewer than six copies of this variety are known and most of them are faulty.
As most collectors are aware, Canadian bisects were most commonly used in the Maritime Provinces. The two covers which follow are dated 1872 and 1875 respectively and both are addressed to Timothy Ruggles Esq. in Bridgetown N.S.
In 1950, the above cover sold for $50 in the sale of the Dr. Reford Collection.
article on bisect covers appeared some years ago in the July-August,
1988 edition of BNA Topics. Written by George B.Arfken, it identified
Timothy D. Ruggles as the principal in a well known law firm in Bridgetown.
Mr. Arfken concluded that the fact there were so many bisect covers
addressed to Mr. Ruggles did not mean that he made the bisect covers
or solicited them. It probably meant that, as a lawyer, he retained
all his correspondence in his files. Lucky for us!
sale had some beautifully dated cancels:
Maresch described this newspaper wrapper as exceedingly rare and hopelessly undervalued. The bidders certainly agreed with him.
This advertising wrapper was described as one of the finest:
We complete our coverage of this collection by showing one of the many remarkable covers that were offered:
As mentioned in our introduction, many of Mr. Robert’s stamps and covers came from Canada’s best known collectors of the past. Here is a list of a number of them:
To own not only one of Canada’s 12p blacks but also posses a rare pair of the ½ ¢ watermarked Large Queens really says something about the quality of this collection. And then to have a collection that included stamps from all these famous collectors must have filled Mr. Roberts with great pride. His accomplishments will be remembered.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Jim Watt for suggesting that we review this collection.
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