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27 February, 2013 - R. Maresch & Son
What a pleasure it was to review this sale, filled with excellent material from beginning to end. The people at Maresch are clearly upbeat about the market. Their previous auction realized over one million dollars and 105% of presale valuations, with many items realizing several times their estimate. They see no signs of a slowdown.
Early Canadian Strips and Blocks
nice to see such beautiful strips and blocks of Canada’s early
We don’t recall
seeing a strip of 3 of the 17¢ Jacques Cartier in some time. We
note the fact the stamp has not one but two denominations. You can see
the 8d sterling on the top corners and 17¢ at the bottom. This
reflects both the sterling currency of Britain at the time and the dollar
influence coming in from the United States. The 3 stamps were not in
great shape, but to have a strip surviving all this time is unusual
By way of contrast, the above imprint block of eight was described as fresh, never hinged and extremely fine. It was the grey black shade rather than the regular black one. Maresch’s estimate turned out to be very accurate.
The stamps in the
above block of 8 were not quite as good as the ½¢ one shown
just before it. It is interesting to look at each stamp. Some were hinged
and none were centered. A closer look shows that some were centered
high, some to the right and some to the left. Despite all this, it is
a pretty block overall.
This block of six had no gum, was reinforced and had only F-VF centering. Why I show it at all? It is because it is so rare. Not many of us have a block of 6 of the 5¢ Small Queen in our collections!
We show below just
a few of the outstanding Admirals in the sale.
The Admiral set seems to be one of the most sought after by Canadian collectors and the prices realized for these stamps certainly support this. These are 4 truly exceptional stamps!
Cartier – Imperforate Pair
Not only is this the “missing horse” variety, it is completely imperforate. It is the first one Maresch has seen. There is a tiny bend in the top margin, clear of the design. The stamp is NH.
Both of the above imperforate pairs are unlisted in Unitrade.
This block of 4
of the $1.80 Moose is imperforate (uncut) between the left and right
stamps, with a scissor cut at the top and bottom. There is no record
of it in Unitrade.
This ends our commentary.
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