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 — New Brunswick Postal Markings
(Bathurst to Fredericton, Feb. 27, 1832). Well-struck “Post Office Bathurst” double-circle with manuscript “27 Febr. 32” date on folded letter to Fredericton, manuscript “Free B. Dawson P.M.” at bottom left, file fold and small stray ink mark, neither affecting handstamp, Very Fine, this rare marking is known used in only one year (1832), ex “Maritimus”
(Fredericton to St. John, Aug. 8, 1799). Bold strike of “FREDERICTON N:B: AUG/8, 1799” two-line datestamp (unlisted in Jephcott in this orientation) on bottom flap of folded letter to St. John, manuscript “free J. Jarvis”, small piece of interior page missing at top affecting part of dateline, mild file fold thru datestamp
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS EARLY AND RARE FREDERICTON TWO-LINE DATESTAMP.
(Fredericton to Prince Edward Island, Jan. 10, 1800). Folded letter datelined “Fredericton, New Brunswick, 10th Jan. 1800” with “FREDERICTON NB/FEBRUARY 24, 1800” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 21) over flap, addressed to “Thomas Wright Esq., Surveyor General of the Island Prince Edouard”, manuscript “On His Majesty’s Service” and rated “1s/11d”, “HALIFAX/MAR. 7 1800” transit datestamp affected by opening seal, Fine, an interesting cover that traveled between three Maritime provinces, the addressee, Thomas Wright (ca. 1740-1812), was an astronomer and surveyor who dedicated over 50 years to mapping the Atlantic shores, ex “Maritimus”
(Fredericton to St. John, Feb. 15, 1802). Well-struck “FREDERICTON NB” and “FEBRUARY 16 1802” straightline handstamps on top and bottom flaps of folded letter to St. John, manuscript “free J. Jarvis” at bottom left, Very Fine, similar to Jephcott 21 but with the two lines detached, ex “Maritimus”
(Fredericton to Windsor, Nova Scotia, May 24, 1815). Bold strike of the large “Fredericton N.B. 24 May 15” large circular datestamp (Jephcott 28) with matching “PAID” in circle handstamp on folded letter from Jonathan Bliss to his son at Kings College, Windsor, Nova Scotia, rated “11” in red, Very Fine, an attractive inter-provincial cover, rare datestamp which is known used in 1815 only, the sender, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a well-known lawyer and judge in New Brunswick, illustrated in The Postal History of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, 1754-1867 by Jephcott, Greene and Young (p. 49), ex “Maritimus”
(Fredericton to Quebec, Oct. 2, 1815). Clear strike (slightly over fold) of “Fredericton 10 Oct. 15” circular datestamp with star in center (unrecorded by Jephcott) on folded letter datelined on Oct. 2 from George Mountain to his father Jacob Mountain in Quebec, rated “1N4”, file fold thru datestamp, Fine, this handstamp is not recorded by Jephcott, Jacob Mountain (1749-1825) was an English priest and first Anglican Bishop of Quebec, ex “Maritimus”
(Gagetown to Fredericton, Jun. 24, 1840). Folded letter internally dated Jun. 24, 1840 with bold strike of “Gagetown N.S.” with star intaglio handstamp, addressed to Fredericton with “On Service” at top and rated “8d”, three minor file folds, one which lightly crosses handstamp
VERY FINE AND THE FINEST STRIKE OF THIS IMMENSELY RARE GAGETOWN INTAGLIO HANDSTAMP. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.
The other two examples (1840, ex Sanderson, and 1841, ex Saint) show far more wear than the example offered here.
Ex Glassco, Greene, Jephcott and “Maritimus”
(Liverpool, New Brunswick, to Fredericton, ca. 1832-33). Bold strike of “LIVERPOOL*NB” straightline handstamp and matching “PAID” in circle handstamp on folded cover to Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “1N3” at top right, lightly toned vertical file fold thru handstamp
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS MAJOR NEW BRUNSWICK STRAIGHTLINE RARITY. THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES.
The other example (ex Young, Greene and Saint) is a slightly fainter strike. Liverpool, New Brunswick, was a short lived post office--the name was changed back to Richibucto in 1833. There was great confusion between having Liverpools in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Ex Glassco, Greene and “Maritimus”
(Miramichi to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dec. 29, 1828). Neat strike of large “Miramichi” circular handstamp with star with manuscript “11 Jany 1829” date and “PAID” in circle on folded letter datelined Dec. 29, 1828 to Halifax, Nova Scotia, rated “1N6” plus “Paid 1d” local delivery, Very Fine and quite scarce, known examples dated 1828-34, ex “Maritimus”
(Richibucto to Fredericton, Jul. 21, 1830). Neat strike of “RICHIBUCTO” straightline (Jephcott 38) and manuscript “21 Juy 1830” below on folded cover to Fredericton, manuscript “On Service” at top and rated “Paid 1N3”, cover with part of address removed and vertical file fold away from handstamp, Very Fine strike, a rare handstamp in use 1826-31, rated R.F. 10 by Jephcott (highest rarity possible)
(St. John to St. Stephen, Oct. 17, 1828). Folded letter datelined in St. John on Oct. 17, 1828 with “ST. ANDREWS/NEW BRUNSWICK” two-line handstamp (Jephcott 39) and addressed to St. Stephen, “St. John” backstamp and rated “7 (+) 4-1/2 (=) 11-1/2” at top right, Fine and scarce, this handstamp was in use 1827-34
(Unknown origin to Shelbourne, Nova Scotia, Feb. 17, 1786). Folded cover carried privately with “Feby 17th 86” filing date and addressed to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, entered mails with “CITY St. JOHN/N. BRUNSWICK” boxed handstamp (Jephcott 11) and rated “Sh - 1d (+) 4 (=) N5” collect, manuscript “Honord by Mr. Bliss” favor notation, overall soiling and missing top flap
FINE STRIKE OF THIS VERY RARE AND EARLY ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK HANDSTAMP. FEW ARE THOUGHT TO EXIST IN PRIVATE HANDS.
Jephcott records this handstamp in two years (1785-86). Ex Jephcott and Greene
(Unknown origin to New Brunswick, Mar. 6, 1788). Folded cover carried privately with “6th March 88” filing date and addressed to “New Brunswick”, “St. John N.B. MA 21” first-type double-circle datestamp (Jephcott 19) struck over flap and rated “1N1”, cover with minor flap faults, Very Fine strike of this scarce first-type circle, recorded used only in 1788
(St. John to Fredericton, Jul. 17, 1793). Boldly struck “ST. JOHN N:B/JUL 18 93” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 12) on bottom flap of folded letter to Fredericton, red manuscript “7” rate, Extremely Fine strike, this marking is recorded used 1792-95, the addressee, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a well-known lawyer and judge in New Brunswick
(St. John to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jul. 31, 1793). Bold strike of “ST. JOHN N:B/JUL 31 93” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 12) on bottom flap of folded letter from Jonathan Bliss to Sampson Slater Blowers in Halifax, Nova Scotia, red manuscript rate “N9 (+) 1 (=) 10”, Very Fine strike, this marking is recorded used 1792-95, the sender, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a well-known lawyer and judge in New Brunswick, the addressee, Sampson Salter Blowers (1742-1842), was at this point the Attorney General for Nova Scotia and is known for his efforts in ending slavery in Nova Scotia, ex “Maritimus”
(Woodstock to Fredericton, Jul. 8, 1843). Clearly struck red “Woodstock N.B. JU 8 1843” circular datestamp and matching “MONEY-LETTER” straightline handstamp on folded cover to Fredericton, manuscript “Money Letter £2-10-” at bottom left and rated “1N9”, Fredericton arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex “Maritimus”
Manuscript Town Markings, 1824-37. Four folded letters, including 1837 Dalhousie to Quebec, sent free by postmaster with Fredericton transit backstamp, 1833 Dorchester to Federicton with “Paid” in circle handstamp, and 1824 and 1827 St. Andrews to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia with St. John and Halifax transit datestamps, both sent free by postmaster (one with 1983 Greene certificate), Fine-Very Fine, first two and 1827 St. Andrews are ex “Maritimus” (Photo Ex)
Circle with Star Handstamps, 1834-39. Three folded covers, including 1834 Dorchester “On Service” cover with “N.S.” changed to “N.B.” (located on the border of these provinces) to Fredericton, 1839 St. George on cover to Fredericton (unrecorded by Jephcott, with 1980 Greene certificate) and 1834 Sussex Vale on cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Fine-Very Fine strikes on attractive covers, ex “Maritimus” (Photo Ex)