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8 October, 2008 - Eastern Auctions Ltd.

It’s not often we see a stamp this close to perfection. We are great fans of the Large Queen set and when we see an example that is this good, we find ourselves coming back to admire it over and over again:

 



Lot 499
Scott 21
Catalogue $75
Realized $130


You should note that it comes with no gum. But because of its large margins and perfect centering, it succeeded in attracting a substantial premium. We think it deserved it.


Used Large Queens

There were so many nice Large Queens in the sale; we wanted to show a few more examples:




Lot 505
Scott 21a 11½x12
Catalogue $85
Realized $90


Lot 513
Scott 22a “watermarked”
Catalogue $450
Realized $400

 

 



Lot 553
Scott 29 OG
Catalogue $95
Realized $145


Lot 562
Scott 30b “blue gray”
Catalogue $65
Realized $110

 

3¢ Jubilee - 1st Day of Use



Lot 599
Scott 53
Catalogue $3
Realized $120


 

This stamp was cancelled on June 19, 1897, the date of issue. It shows a Toronto barrel postmark. There can’t be many collectors who own a stamp like this. Not only was it cancelled on the first day of issue, but the cancel is clear and perfectly centered. What a gem!

Edward VII



Lot 671
Unitrade 89iv “blue green” LH
Catalogue $80
Realized $90


Lot 672
Scott 89 NH
Catalogue $75
Realized $110


Aren’t these two stamps lovely! They both have large margins and are well centered. It’s hard to believe that people today would pay $100 for a stamp that was once so common. From 1903, when it was issued, until 1912 when it was replaced, 1,470,000 copies were printed. That’s over a billion copies.Knowing this, we are surprised that so very few were perfectly centered.

On the other hand, just look at the stamps issued by Canada in the past decade and check out how few of them have been well centered. There may not be many of us today who have the patience to set aside a large quantity of well centered current stamps and then pass them down through the family for 100+ years.


Newfoundland




Lot 1702
Scott 45a
Catalogue $125
Realized $107

 

We find our eyes drawn to this lovely stamp, it is so beautifully designed. It was well centered and NH. Just check all the other Newfoundland stamps in the sale and you won’t find many with such solid attributes.

This stamp usually comes in a deep green shade. But the above one is the yellow green variety. It was issued in 1897 and shows a young Edward VII as the Prince of Wales.

Stamp Literature

One of the features we like about the Eastern mail sales is the philatelic literature section. Here are some interesting items from the sale and the prices realized:

 

Lot
Description
Estimate
Realized
99
1897 Scott Catalogue
50
55
100
1900 Scott Catalogue
50
42
113
Hicks Collection, 1967
20
22
114
Hinde Collection, 1958
25
20

 

The collectors who got them are lucky. We would like to have acquired all four! Sometimes we are able to persuade Eastern to sell some of their auction literature to us if it doesn’t sell in the auction, so we check with them from time to time when we think of it.

3¢ Small Queen Fancy Cancels

It’s not often we see such a large and attractive collection of fancy cancels as were offered in this sale. There were 38 lots in all, each featuring a single stamp. Such a large offering most have caught the attention of a number of cancel specialists, because some to the prices were pretty strong. Here are a few examples:

Lot
Description
LacelleStrike No.
Estimate
Realized
1274
3¢ Fancy "A"
214
75
110
1276
3¢ Fancy circled "A" Avonport
231
150
170
1287
3¢ Fancy "F"
410
75
115
1290
3¢ Fancy "H" Stratford
469
100
140
1303
3¢ Fancy "N" Newmarket
640
100
160
1310
3¢ Fancy strike
1533
100
170

 

Not bad for a stamp that has a Scott catalogue of only $2.


For more details of the sale, please click on the highlights button

 

 


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