November, 2012 - Eastern Auctions Limited
This auction, which took place in November, was Eastern's eighth and
final mail sale for 2012. In the introduction to the auction catalogue,
the following interesting comments were made:
“We continue to strive for excellence and attempt to improve
our catalogues with each issue. For instance you have likely noted
that all of our photos are now in colour. Sometimes a typo or an oversight
may sneak in of course, so be sure to contact us if you see one. We
are always grateful as it shows us that the lot descriptions are being
read and our efforts to correctly describe each lot are being held
to high standards. Every question and every letter is appreciated."
It is comments like this that make collectors happy to deal with Eastern.
The auction house also noted:
"Collectors of Canadian Precancels will note that this is
the first of four catalogues featuring many hundreds of items from
the Rev. Izzett – H. G. Walburn collection. The breadth of material
offered far exceeds anything we have seen offered in a very long time
and should provide much excitement for all collectors of this very
We start off with
this 7¢ VF NH Edward VII:
Where might this
stamp have come from and why is there no hinge mark? It probably came
from a block from which the owner separated this nice unhinged copy.
It is the "straw" colour variety as opposed to the regular
"olive bistre" colour.
This is one of the
earliest and most valuable of the Admiral coils. The above copy had
good perforations, but was centered slightly to the left; otherwise
the price will likely have been higher. Still it is a most attractive
QEII - Imperforate Pair
We can still remember
the excitement back in the 1990s when these QEII imperforates were discovered.
Is this pair rare? It certainly is as, according to Eastern, only 50
pairs are known.
Christmas Stamp - Perf. Variety
Here’s a stamp
that definitely captures your attention. Its perforations are different
from the regular stamp. They are 13½x13 versus the regular 13.
Big deal you might say! But the regular stamp has a 90¢ catalogue
value versus the above $425 for the variety.
This stamp appears fairly regularly at auction and the prices realized
have seldom exceeded its catalogue value.
Here are some of the many OHMS stamps in the sale:
Finally, here are
a few of the many pre-cancelled stamps that were offered in the sale:
We were impressed
by how broad this collection was and the strength of the prices. This
seems to be an expanding area of collecting judging from recent auctions.
For more details
on this sale, please click on the highlights button.
next sale will be a public sale taking place in Halifax on February