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Sale 776 — The K.L. Collection of Classic Rarities

Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 April, 1996

Category — British Columbia

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
12°
c
Sale Number 776, Lot Number 12, British ColumbiaBRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1860, 2-1/2p Dull Rose (2; SG 3), BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1860, 2-1/2p Dull Rose (2; SG 3)BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1860, 2-1/2p Dull Rose (2; SG 3). Used with United States 1861 5c Buff, 10c Green (67, 68), 10c horizontal strip of three (right stamp has small faults), U.S. stamps tied by cogwheel cancels, 2-1/2p tied by red "4" oval grid on buff cover from Fort Yale, British Columbia, to Bergamo, Italy, red "Paid" in oval handstamp, "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 1, 1862" double-circle datestamp, red "N.York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid" credit datestamp, red Aachen transit and rare matching directive handstamp (translates "Paid Prussian Union Members Deliver to Border"), transit backstamps

VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MIXED FRANKING FOR TRANSIT FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA TO ITALY.

The 35c U.S. postage was insufficient to prepay the 42c rate to Lombardy via Prussian Closed Mail. At the New York exchange office, the cover was rated as a fully prepaid 28c rate letter to the German Union and collect beyond its borders. The three-line directive handstamp is very rare.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 138) and in an article by Charles J. Starnes, "Prussian Directive: Paid to the Border" (Chronicle, Vol. 39, No. 4). Ex Grunin and Ishikawa.

E. 25,000-35,000
0
13°
c
Sale Number 776, Lot Number 13, British ColumbiaBRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1865, 5c Rose, Imperforate (3; SG 11), BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1865, 5c Rose, Imperforate (3; SG 11)BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND, 1865, 5c Rose, Imperforate (3; SG 11). Full to huge margins showing part of adjoining stamp at right, deep rich color, tied by blue "Post Office Victoria Vancouver Island Paid" in oval on cover mailed from Maple Bay to New Westminster B.C., intriguing docketing "Bread once eaten is soon forgotten", opening tears in flap and along top edge

A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE AND ONE OF THE CHOICEST OF THE FEW COVERS KNOWN.

The imperforate stamps were usually separated only partially by scissors, resulting in irregular margins with parts of the design touched or cut into where the stamps were torn apart. This example is extraordinary both for its margins and for the quality of the cover.

With 19?? B.P.A. certificate

E. 25,000-35,000
22,000
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