Sale 1218 — The "Dubois" Collection of Important Prestamp Covers and Postal Markings of British North America, 1694-1861

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

Category — Mail to Western Territory

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 1218, Lot 2286, Mail to Western TerritoryRare “RR” cipher of Red River Settlement used only on the top piece of mail in a bundle

(Middleton, England to Red River Settlement, Feb. 17, 1840). Folded letter datelined “Middleton Feb. 17th, 1840” and addressed to “Rev. J. Smithurst, Red River Settlement, Hudson’s Bay, Ch. Miss (Church Missionary) House, Salibury Square, Fleet St, London” for onward transmission, Wirksworth Feb. 19 circular datestamp on back and manuscript “2/10”, London transit backstamp, clear manuscript “RR” cipher at top left for Red River Settlement, small stain at top right and minor splitting along folds, still Very Fine, the “RR” and other ciphers were used by the Hudson Bay Company in London to designate settlement destinations on the top piece of each mail bundle, therefore, by their application these markings are very rare, ex Montgomery

E. 1,000-1,500