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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 — Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2073
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2073, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Rare “M” for “Montreal” marking, which is the first marking used in Montreal before handstamps

(Montreal to Quebec, ca. 1770s). Neat red manuscript M 5-8” of Montreal on folded cover to George Allsopp in Quebec, rated “5-8” indicating 5dwt, 8gr (double rate), “1/10” applied upon arrival in Quebec, splitting along folds, some reinforcement with tape, otherwise Very Fine and rare “M” for “Montreal” marking, the dual use of troy silver and currency was only done from 1771 to 1775, ex Sanderson

E. 500-750
325
2074
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2074, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, One of the earliest prepaid internal Canadian covers recorded with manuscript Montreal marking

(Montreal to Quebec, May 2, 1772). Neat red manuscript “Montrl. Paid 2.16” of Montreal on folded letter to Quebec, rated “2.16” (2dwt, 16gr), with fascinating contents in French regarding shipments of wine, brandy, ball and shot, gunpowder, rifles, etc. going by canoe to Detroit, along with list of accompanying traders and guides, cover with splitting along folds, couple reinforced with tape, otherwise Fine and rare, one of the earliest fully prepaid internal Canadian covers known, ex Sanderson

E. 500-750
650
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2075
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2075, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Early cover from Three Rivers to Quebec

(Three Rivers to Quebec, Jun. 8, 1772). Small manuscript “June 8, 1772, J. Lacroix” docketing on bottom flap of folded cover to seminary in Quebec, rated “8d” and “2dwt” paying the 61-100 miles rate, cover with reinforced folds, Fine, at this point there were only four Post Offices in Canada--Berthier, Montreal, Three Rivers and Quebec--the first two can be eliminated due to distance, which leaves only Three Rivers as the origin for this cover, ex de Riviere and Sanderson

E. 200-300
325
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2076
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2076, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Early letter from Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin) written just prior to the Revolutionary War

(Prairie du Chien to Saurelle, May 2, 1774). Folded letter in French datelined “de la prairie du chien ce 2 mai 1774” and addressed to “Monsieur Paule Cournoy...a la paroisse (parish) de Sourelle”, carried privately, cover with light overall soiling and reinforced folds, Fine, a scarce and early Wisconsin area letter written less than a year before the Revolutionary War, Wisconsin was not part of the U.S. until after the war in 1783, ex Sanderson

E. 300-400
750
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2077
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2077, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Rare and early British New York cover from one fort to another

(Fort Lyman/Edward to Fort “Pointe au Chevelure”, ca. 1770s). Folded letter in French without dateline but mentions Fort Lyman (Fort Edward) and addressed to “for(t) a la pointe au Chevleur” referring to “Point a la Chevelure” in Crown Point N.Y., without postal markings and carried privately, minor internal faults, Fine inter-New York mail during British occupation, ex Sanderson

E. 300-400
300
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2078
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2078, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, The earliest recorded “Q(uebec) Paid” marking during the American Revolutionary War, just months prior to the Continental Army occupying Montreal

(Quebec to Montreal, Aug. 19, 1776). Clear red manuscript “Q(uebec) paid 8d” on folded letter to Jean Dumas Saint-Martin in Montreal, 8p for 101-200 miles rate, cover with some severe splitting along folds, otherwise Fine and rare, few covers used during 1776 are known, this cover narrowly missed the Continental Army arriving just months later in November 1776, this is thought to be the earliest available Quebec Paid marking, ex Sanderson

E. 500-750
325
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2079
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2079, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Pair of “split currency” covers with different manuscript ink colors

(Quebec to Montreal, Nov. 17, 1777 and May 11, 1778). Two similar folded letters dated Nov. 1777 and May 1778 from Quebec to Montreal, each with manuscript “8” (8p Sterling) and “9” (9p Currency) split currency markings, first cover with brownish red markings, second in black, covers with minor splits and reinforced folds, Very Fine pair of covers used during the Revolutionary War period, ex Sanderson

(Photo Ex)

E. 300-400
200
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2080
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2080, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Two “split currency” covers paying the single and triple rate

(Quebec to Montreal, Aug. 13 and Sept. 14, 1778). Two folded letters from the same correspondence, first datelined Aug. 13, 1778 with manuscript “8” and “9” (Sterling and Currency), second datelined Sept. 14, 1778 with manuscript “2/” and “2N3” (Sterling and Currency) paying the triple domestic rate, latter with minor reinforcement, Very Fine, the triple rate is quite scarce, ex Sanderson

(Photo Ex)

E. 300-400
300
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2081
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2081, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, “Split currency” cover from Three Rivers to Montreal

(“River Deloupe” to Montreal, Apr. 11, 1780). Folded letter datelined “River Deloupe 11th April 1780” (Riviere-du-Loup) and addressed to Montreal, manuscript rated “6” and “7” (Sterling and Currency), postage charge indicates this was carried privately and mailed from Three Rivers, some splitting, reinforced folds and minor edge tears, otherwise Fine and scarce use during the Revolutionary War, ex Sanderson

E. 300-400
275
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2082
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2082, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800Interesting “to pay 1” courier rate to St, Interesting “to pay 1” courier rate to StInteresting “to pay 1” courier rate to St. John via Montreal

(Quebec? to St. Johns [Iberville] near Montreal, Feb. 8, 1782). Folded cover with manuscript “Friday the 8th February 1782” docketing on flap and addressed to St. Johns, presumably sent from Quebec with the “Paid 9” paying the 101-200 miles rate to Montreal, with manuscript “please to forward it by the St. John Courrire” and “to pay 1” denoting the special 1p courier fee, splitting along folds, couple reinforced, otherwise Fine, St. Johns (Iberville) is located just outside Montreal, ex de Riviere and Sanderson

E. 300-400
700
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2083
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2083, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Rare “QUEBEC” straightline with “PAID” and Bishop mark on cover to Montreal

(Quebec to Montreal, Feb. 16, 1780s). Clear “QUEBEC” straightline with perfectly struck “16/FE” Bishop mark on back on folded cover to Montreal, matching boxed “PAID” handstamp and manuscript “9” for 101-200 miles rate, Very Fine, a rare use of handstamps, even more so as fully paid covers are seldom encountered in this period, ex Sanderson

E. 750-1,000
0
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2084
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2084, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Early Kamouraska manuscript marking

(Kamouraska to Quebec, Mar. 29, 1785). Folded letter datelined “CaMouraska le 29 mars 1785” and addressed to Quebec, red “1/4” and “K.4” split currency marking at top, vertical file fold of little consequence, Very Fine, split currency markings are rarely seen after 1781, especially on covers from small towns such as this, ex Glassco and Sanderson

E. 400-500
600
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2085
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2085, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, The only recorded example of the “AMERICAN PORT” British Packet directive handstamp

(Quebec to Halifax, Nova Scotia via New York, Jan. 2, 1788). Manuscript “Quebec Jan 2 1788” at top left of folded cover addressed to John Wentworth in Halifax, Nova Scotia, lightly struck “Montreal JANy 7” two-line datestamp on back, “AMERICAN PORT” and “PAID*” handstamps applied in Montreal, rated “2N1” in red paying the rate for inland and packet postage thru Montreal and New York, interior with message signed “J Wentworth”, likely written upon receipt, cover missing top flap

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE “AMERICAN PORT” BRITISH PACKET DIRECTIVE MARKING, WHICH WAS APPLIED IN MONTREAL. THIS COVER WAS SENT FROM NEW YORK ON THE FALMOUTH PACKET, STOPPING AT NOVA SCOTIA. AN IMPORTANT EARLY CROSS-BORDER AND TRANSATLANTIC MAIL ARTIFACT.

This cover, dated at Quebec on January 2, 1788, was postmarked at Montreal on January 7 with the special “AMERICAN PORT” handstamp, indicating it was intended to depart on a British packet vessel from an American port. It was carried on the Lake Champlain and Hudson River water route to New York City, and from there it was carried on the next Falmouth Packet sailing--the Grantham on February 20, 1788--which stopped at Halifax on the eastbound transatlantic trip to England (sailing information from John S. Olenkiewicz, Frajola website).

The addressee, Sir John Wentworth, was the Surveyor General of the King’s Woods at this time. He eventually went on to become the first civilian Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 1791 and was knighted in 1795.

Ex Montgomery

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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2086
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2086, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Exceptionally late use of this Quebec double-circle datestamp with Bishop mark

(Quebec to Berthier, Mar. 12, 1793). “Quebec” and “12/MR” Bishop mark in double-circle handstamp with triangle on flap of folded cover to James Cuthbert in Berthier, rated “9” at top left, cover was turned and used by addressee for message dated Sep. 23, 1793 and signed “J. Cuthbert”, splitting along folds, couple reinforced with tape, otherwise Fine, a late use of this datestamp which was put in use around 1772, James Cuthbert (ca. 1719-1798) was an army officer, merchant and seigneur having amassed a large amount of property along the St. Lawrence river, ex Sanderson

E. 200-300
190
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2087
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2087, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Sharp strike of the Quebec split-circle datestamp with Bishop mark

(Quebec to Montreal, Apr. 15, (ca. 1795). Bold “Quebec, Canada” split-circle handstamp with “15/AV” Bishop mark clearly struck on top flap of ca. 1795 folded cover to Montreal, rated “9” at top right, minor tape reinforced folds, Very Fine, ex Sanderson

E. 300-400
180
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2088
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2088, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, Rare and distinctive oversized Quebec rimless circular datestamp with Bishop mark

(Quebec to Montreal, Mar. 19, 1798). Clearly struck “Quebec, Canada” rimless circular datestamp with split “1798” yeardate and “19/MR” Bishop mark on side flap of folded “Schedule of papers” for a Royal Artillery Sergeant to notary in Montreal, rated “9” at top right, Very Fine, a choice strike of this rare marking, which was in use for only one year, ex Sanderson

E. 750-1,000
400
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2089
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2089, Early Inter-Canadian Mail to 1800, The earliest soldier’s one-penny concession rate cover from Canada

(Quebec to Chambly, Oct. 31, 1799). Clear “QUEBEC/OCT. 31 99” two-line datestamp on top flap of folded letter “To Mr. John McCutchson Esq., Company at Chambly”, endorsed “From a Sergeant 26th Regiment” with “1d” soldier’s one-penny concession rate, signed “(Lord) Elphinstone” at bottom, contents regarding being unable to avoid a transfer back to England and having to leave behind his wife and children in Canada, some minor splitting along folds, some reinforced

FINE AND INCREDIBLY RARE ONE-PENNY SOLDIER’S CONCESSION RATE FROM CANADA. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED EXAMPLE KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Chambly is located just outside of Montreal and likely would have required an 11p rate. An important item for any early Canada or military postal historian. Ex Sattin and Sanderson

E. 2,000-3,000
6,000
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