Canadian Stamp Auctions
Stamp Market Commentary
Collectors of Canadian stamps all have their own favourites, and ours is this lovely 7½p dark green Queen Victoria of 1857. We show below some of the best examples we could find.
According to Unitrade, 100,080 copies were ordered by the Post Office. The Queen’s image was reproduced from a full length printing by Alfred Edward Chalon, engraved by Alfred Jones.
Clifton Howes’ book, “Canadian Postage Stamps and Stationery”, states that the stamp was issued to facilitate the prepayment of letters passing from Canada to England by the Canadian steamers; the new stamp bearing the value of 6 pence sterling, or 7 ½ pence currency, being the Canadian Packet rate.
The design of this stamp was simply adapted from that of the discarded 12p stamp. The inscriptions were changed to CANADA PACKET POSTAGE, which of course referred to the fast mail steamers then known as “packets,” and SIX PENCE STERLING, a new departure in labelling a Canadian stamp. Like the 10p that preceded it, however, the corresponding values were inserted in the spandrels.
The 7½p stamp is known to have been arranged on the plate for printing sheets of 120 stamps, ten rows of twelve stamps each, this being to facilitate the reckoning in English money. There was but one supply received on the first order of 100,080 stamps which, if we divide by 120, gives an even 834 sheets.
According to Charles Firby’s “The Canadian Posted Letter Guide”, the 7 ½p stamp was to be used for the single Allan Line rate; this was the line whose packet steamers took the mail to the United Kingdom
Two outstanding examples:
This stamp has four full to very large margins and full original gum.
Described as a phenomenal right sheet margin vertical pair in the finest condition imaginable, showing just a trace of the imprint at the top right margin. Full original gum. This pair was illustrated on page 80 of “The Stamps and Postal History of Canada” by Boggs. It is ex- Pack and Lilly.
Strip of 3
Block of 4
Described as a famous unique block of four, beautiful fresh rich colour, a great rarity of Canadian philately. Ex- Gill and Fox.
Re-entry – Position 7
Large to very large margins showing the Major Re-entry, position 7, doubling in oval and some letters, the scarcest of all the Pence Issue Major Re- entries.
Singles with Printer’s Inscription
This copy came from Jim Sisson’s sale of the Jarrett collection in 1959 where it realized $1,100. It has a “faint horizontal bend” at the bottom.
This single was unused and came with very generous margins. Weinberg refer to it as “Certainly one of the Finest, if not the Finest Known Example of this Stamp.”
This cover was sent from Hamilton to England on November 12, 1857. It is an excellent example of the Allan Line rate.
This extraordinary cover with a block of the 7½p came with three large margins and a single neat “37” target cancel. It was inscribed “Quebec L.C. June 11, 1859” and sent on a folded letter to New Ross, Ireland. It was featured on the front cover of the CAPEX 1987 private treaty sale published by William and Michael Lea.
This was one of our lengthier commentaries for which we ask your patience. It was such a pleasure to research and put together. We hope our viewers have enjoyed it.