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Commentary No. 124 - 17 October, 2009

The “Harbour” Collection of Canada’s Large Queens
Sold by Charles G. Firby, 15 May, 1997

The Large Queen issue was first introduced in Canada in 1868. Even though the Small Queen stamps began to appear in 1870, a number of the Large Queens continued to be used well after that date. For example, the 5¢ Large Queen was only issued in 1875. It was replaced a year later by the 5¢ Small Queen. The 15¢ Large Queen was, of course, used well after 1870 and was not replaced.

Many, if not most, Canadian collectors will have copies of Large Queens in their collections. But these will often be used, off center, heavily cancelled and have uneven perforations. It is rare to find very fine, well centered copies, especially amongst the mint stamps.

This amazing collection contained many of the finest single examples of the Large Queens we have seen. It included a wide range of varieties in outstanding condition.

21
Grey Black
21var
“Stitch” Watermark
Lot 247
Superb, OG LH
Realized $119
Lot 253
Rare and VF
Realized $1,587

22
Brown red
Lot 256
Superb, very lightly hinged,
one of the finest extant
Realized $1,746

23
Deep Orange Yellow
23
Yellow Orange
Lot 265
Extremely well centred,
XF NG
Realized $476
Lot 268
Superb, fancy 3 rate
Realized $515

24
Yellow Green
24
Dark Green
Lot 278
Wonderfully centred,
NG, Ex-Firth
Realized $159
Lot 288
Almost superb, NG
Realized $142

25
Brown Red
25ii
Rose red
Lot 297
Superb, NG,
exceptionally centred
Realized $300
Lot 313
Superb showpiece,
dated March 6, 1869
Realized $555

26
Olive Green
Lot 316
Almost VF, OG
Realized $317

27
Dark Brown
27a
Yellow Brown
“Stitch” Watermark
Lot 329
Almost superb,
exceptional centering
Realized $159
Lot 338
Dated Aug. 8, 1871
Corner crease,
Ex-Jarrett
Realized $357

27b
Dark Brown
Lot 339
Showpiece, rare unused
on Bothwell watermarked
paper, NG
Realized $2,222

27c
Dark Brown, paper 2
With H mesh
27ii
Dark Brown
on thick soft white paper
Lot 341
Superb example of one of the
rarest LQ stamps, full OG, LH
Realized $2,857
Lot 344
VF, Ex-Menich
Realized $516

28
Blue
28
Blue
Lot 353
Superb, exceptional
centring, NG
Realized $317
Lot 359
XF rare, on Bothwell watermarked paper, NG
Realized $3,174

28
Bright Blue
Lot 358
Showpiece,
dated January 30, 1879
Realized $1,348

29
Grey Violet
29a
Pale Grey Violet
Lot 369
XF, full OG, huge margins
Realized $206
Lot 380
VF, full OG. lightly creased
Ex- Menich
Realized $317

29b
Red Lilac
29i
Slate Purple
Lot 383
XF, much OG,
thinner than usual paper
Realized $713
Lot 395
Superb, NG
Realized $237

29ii
Slate Violet
Lot 408
Superb, OG LH, Pawnbroker variety
Realized $1,030

30
Deep Slate Grey
30c
Deep Violet on thick soft carton paper
Lot 412
Superb, a gem. LH OG
Realized $356
Lot 430
XF, exceptionally centred
Realized $555

30ii
Deep Blue
Lot 440
Showpiece, “Studd’s Brilliant Cold Blue”
Imprint pair, full OG, Ex-Hussey
Realized $2,700


Once again, our sincere thanks to Mr. John Cooper of Montreal for lending us his catalogue from the sale.

(Prices realized have been converted at the rate of $1.00 U.S.= $1.38 Cdn.)

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