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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 — Mail to Western Territory

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2282
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2282, Mail to Western Territory, Rare “YF” cipher of York Factory used only on the top piece of mail in a bundle

(Edinburgh, Scotland to York Factory, May 6, 1822). Folded letter datelined “Edinburgh May 6th, 1822” and addressed to York Factory, “care of Mr. J. Smith, Secretary to the Hudson Bay Company, Fencer Street, London” for onward transmission, neat “1/2” and “Addl 1/2” boxed handstamps, red Edinburgh circular datestamp and London transit backstamp, clear manuscript “YF” cipher at top left for York Factory, manuscript “not him that is at Berens River” on top flap, Very Fine, the “YF” 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 de Volpi, Steinhart and Montgomery

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
2283
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2283, Mail to Western Territory, Early transatlantic letter to John Stuart in New Caledonia (modern-day British Columbia)

(Belfast, Ireland to Hudson Bay Northwest, May 28, 1823). Folded letter datelined “Belfast 28th May 1823” and addressed to John Stuart Esq., Hudson’s Bay Northwest, care of Wm. Smith Esq., Hudson’s Bay House, London” for onward transmission, Belfast May 28 circular datestamp and “Post Paid” in scroll handstamp, red star handstamp and London transit datestamp, rated “1/9 (+) 3 (=) 2/0” in red, manuscript “Recd at I a la Crosse 19th Mar. 1824” on bottom flap (Ile a la Cross in modern day Saskatchewan), slight edgewear, otherwise Fine and incredibly rare early cover to New Caledonia, John Stuart (1780-1847) was placed in charge of the New Caledonia District from Fort St. James, he was a partner in the North West Company and chief factor of Hudson Bay Company, ex di Vopi and Steinhart

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2284
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2284, Mail to Western Territory, Rare “RRS” cipher of Red River Settlement used only on the top piece of mail in a bundle

(Stornoway, Scotland to Forks, Red River Settlement, May 3, 1826). Folded letter datelined “Stornoway May 3rd, 1826” and addressed to “Forks Red River, care of the Hudson Bay House, No. 3 Fin Church Street, London” for onward transmission, neat “1/2” and “Addl 1/2” handstamps, Stornoway datestamp on back, London transit backstamp, clear manuscript “RRS” cipher at top left for Red River Settlement

VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE “RRS” OF RED RIVER SETTLEMENT CIPHER ON MAIL FROM STORNOWAY TO FORKS. THE “RRS” IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED.

The “RRS” and other ciphers were used to designate settlement destinations on the top piece of each mail bundle; therefore, by their application these markings are very rare.

Ex de Volpi and Steinhart

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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2285
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2285, Mail to Western Territory, Rare “MR” cipher of Moose River used only on the top piece of mail in a bundle

(Musselburgh, Scotland to Fort Albany, Feb. 23, 1832). Folded outer panel of letter addressed to “Alexander Stewart Esquire, Ft. Albany, Hudson Bay, to the care of William Smith Esq., Hudson Bay House, Fenchurch Street, London” for onward transmission, manuscript “1/2-1/2” and “Addl 1/2” handstamp, Musselburgh Penny Post handstamp on back and red Feb. 23 despatch datestamp, London transit backstamp, clear manuscript “MR” cipher at top left for Moose River, Very Fine, the “MR” 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, the addressee, Alexander Stewart, was the chief factor of Moose River District, which included Fort Albany, ex Steinhart

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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2286
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2286, Mail to Western Territory, Rare “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
750
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2287
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2287, Mail to Western Territory, Rare “RR” cipher of Red River Settlement used only on the top piece of mail in a bundle

(London, England to Red River Settlement, Jun. 5, 1840). Folded letter datelined “Ch(urch) M(issionary) House, June 5, 1840” and addressed to “Rev. J. Smithurst, Indian Settlement, Red River Settlement”, no postal markings likely indicating this letter was given directly to the Hudson Bay Company, 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. 400-500
700
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2288
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2288, Mail to Western Territory, Interesting folded letter to Red River Settlement routed via the Church Mission in London

(Middleton, England to Red River Settlement, Feb. 25, 1846). Folded letter datelined “Middleton, February 25th, 1846” and addressed to “Rev. John Smithhurst, Church Mission House, Salisbury Square, Fleet St., London”, Wirksworth despatch circular datestamp and rated “4”, London arrival backstamp, address and manuscript “100” lightly crossed out as cover was given directly to Hudson Bay Company for onward transmission to Red River Settlement, contents stating “the Lady Day C.M.S. Paper gives...a beautiful engraving of your Mission Premises...” of which a photocopy is included with this lot, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
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2289
c
Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2289, Mail to Western Territory, Folded letter from Bishop of Montreal sent privately to Red River Settlement

(Quebec to Red River Settlement, Apr. 9, 1847). Folded letter datelined “Quebec 9 April 47” and addressed to “The Reverend J. Smithhurst, Indian Church, Red River”, no postal markings and sent privately, interesting contents stating “we are thankful in being enabled to do our part towards the alleviation of the horrors of famine in Ireland & the Highlands of Scotland. I am aware of the distinctive maladies which had been prevailing when you wrote at the Red River recalled to my mind the scourge of Cholera here in 1832 & again in 1834...” and difficulty in sending parcels to the Red River, few minor toned markings, still Very Fine, ex Sanderson

E. 400-500
225
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