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30 October, 2012 - R. Maresch & Son
We liked the way Maresch commented on the benefits of selling stamps at auction in their forward:
This was a sale
rich in all kinds of stamps. We start off with this beautiful plate
block of the ½¢ Small Queen. Each stamp is NH.
While the colour of the regular ½¢ Small Queen is black, the above block was the grey-black variety. Unitrade gives each shade the same price of $90 per stamp, including 150% premium for being NH.
The Small Queens first began to be used in 1870, but the ½¢ only came into use in 1882. Why did it have a size so much smaller than the ½¢ Large Queen? Many have speculated that it was to save costs i.e. by adding more stamps per sheet. But Winthrop Boggs, in his book "The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada”, states at page231:
What beauties! The first two were so nicely centered. The third one had a clear circular 1897 date stamp. There were a number of other Jubilees in the sale with exceptional cancels. To see even one of these is special. To see so many of the ones contained in the catalogue was truly a pleasure.
We wondered why this lot didn't do better. It was described as superb and NH. In effect, each stamp in the block sold for $400 which is about its Scott value. So there is evidently no premium for the fact that the stamps were part of a plate block. We have to guess that there is no great demand for this stamp which is perhaps surprising because it is one of Canada's best-known stamps.
This is at least the 2nd time we have seen this variety come to market. An earlier offering of the oyster farming inscription plate block did not sell. It sold in this sale, but for a rather weak price. Perhaps this occurred because of its condition. It had a diagonal crease across the upper right stamp.
All in all, this
was a most interesting sale and one that we enjoyed taking the time
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