Balance of the “Dubois” Collection. Total of 69 covers neatly mounted on hand-annotated pages, dates range from 1760s to 1850s and include Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, most bought individually or in small groups of two or three at auctions, mostly from well-known name sales, a further description of each area can be found below, quality typically above average and as reflected by the single lots offered in this sale, though faults should be expected as with any early pre-stamp era material
FINE-VERY FINE. THE REMARKABLE BALANCE OF 69 COVERS FROM THE “DUBOIS” COLLECTION. A PERFECT FOUNDATION FROM WHICH TO BUILD AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF PRE-STAMP MATERIAL FROM BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
Canada: 29 covers, 1760s-1850s, wide range of straightlines from Berthier, Brockville, Chambley, Coteau du Lac, La Prairie, Montreal, Perth, Sherbrooke and Three Rivers, plus circular datestamps from Erieus, St. Catherines and St. Hyacinth; various uses, rates and markings, including “Money Letter” from Amherstburg and Quebec
New Brunswick: 28 covers, 1780s-1850s, early markings from St. John including Jephcott 12, 13a, 13b (3), 17, 18 and 19, and from Fredericton including Jephcott 23 (3) and 23a; we notice two covers from the infamous Benedict Arnold, rare “Ship Letter” marking (Jephcott 140), forwarded covers and more
Nova Scotia: 10 covers, 1790s-1850s, few scarce early Halifax markings including MacDonald 4b, 9 and 12, plus “Post Office” circular handstamps from Annapolis, Pictou and Sydney, and a Digby straightline
Prince Edward Island: two covers, first is 1831 cover with Lehr P2, second is a 1844 with Lehr P10 to New York originally containing enclosure for forwarding to Mexico
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