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 — Canadian 19th Century Straightlines
(Carillon to Bytown Mills, Dec. 20, 1841). Well-struck “CARILLON 1841” straightline datestamp with manuscript “Dec. 20” inserted before year on folded letter to Bytown Mills, “7” rate, Very Fine, a very rare straightline handstamp only found used in 1841
(Grantham to Montreal, Jan. 31, 1828). Folded letter datelined in Grantham on Jan. 31, 1828 and addressed to Montreal, clear strike of red “DRUMMONDVILLE” straightline with “Paid 9”, Very Fine and scarce straightline which was used in 1822-29, ex Sanderson
(Dundee to Quebec, Sept. 28, 1831). Bold red strike of “DUNDEE L.C. 1831” with manuscript “28th Sept.” inserted before year on folded letter to Quebec, manuscript “Paid 11d”, Extremely Fine, this appears to be the one illustrated in the Robson Lowe Encyclopedia (Vol. V, p. 121), recorded used only in 1830-31, ex Greene and Sanderson
(Kingston to Niagara, Feb. 9, 1796). Clear strike of “KINSTON 9 Feby” straightline across backflaps of 1796 folded document to David William Smith as Surveyor General in Niagara, manuscript “His Majesty’s Service” along top and “per the Winter Express” directive at bottom left, red “1N” rate, document regarding the acreages of various Midland District townships, cover with tape reinforced folds, accompanied by a 1798 printed map of “The Falls of Niagara” by J. Stockdale
FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE “KINSTON” FOR “KINGSTON” STRAIGHTLINE SPELLING ERROR--THE WINTER EXPRESS ROUTING IS SCARCE IN ITS OWN RIGHT.
The addressee, Sir David William Smith (1764-1837), was a soldier and politician in Upper Canada. He became the Surveyor General of Upper Canada in 1798 and held various political offices from 1792, including speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1796-1801.
Ex Greene and Sanderson
(Lancaster to Quebec, Feb. 26, 1822). Bold “LANCASTER” straightline with manuscript “26th Feby 1822” below on folded cover to the Governor General of Quebec, “Paid 11d” rate, cover with vertical file fold thru handstamp, Very Fine, ex Sanderson
(Petite Nation to Montreal, Nov. 9, 1843). Clear and bold strike of “Petite Nation 9 NOV 1843” straightline datestamp with matching “FREE” handstamp on folded cover to Montreal, manuscript “Money Letter” and “J.B.N. Papineau assist PM in the absence of the Postmaster” at bottom left, red “MONEY LETTER” handstamp applied on arrival in Montreal with Nov. 10 backstamp, cover missing top flap and minor edge nicks at top
VERY FINE STRIKE AND THE EARLIER OF THE TWO “PETITE NATION” STRAIGHTLINE COVERS.
The Canadian Money Letter system was implemented in 1802, based on the British Post Office system that provided an extra level of security for sending valuables by mail. It was a precursor to the more secure registered mail system. Both examples of the Petite Nation straightline are from the same correspondence and offered in this sale.
Illustrated in Canada’s Registered Mail, 1802-1909 by Harrison, Arfken and Lussey (p. 12). Ex Sanderson
(Petite Nation to Montreal, Nov. 13, 1843). Perfectly struck “Petite Nation 13 NOV 1843” straightline datestamp with matching “FREE” handstamp on folded cover to Montreal with Nov. 21 arrival backstamp
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS IMMENSELY RARE PETITE NATION STRAIGHTLINE. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED--THIS IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINER STRIKE.
Both examples of the Petite Nation straightline are from the same correspondence and offered in this sale.
(St. Denis to Montreal, ca. 1828). Bold strike of “ST. DENIS” straightline on folded cover to Montreal, manuscript “pd 7” paying the 61-100 miles rate, Very Fine, a choice strike of this straightline, which is only known used in 1828, very few recorded and missing from even the most advanced collections, ex Sanderson
(Isle aux Noix to Montreal, Apr. 8, 1820). Folded letter datelined on Isle aux Noix with slightly overinked “ST JOHNS” straightline on bottom flap and matching “FREE” handstamp at top right, addressed to Montreal and franked at lower left, Very Fine, a rare straightline from St. John (Iberville), only two examples recorded (used 1820-22), ex Sanderson
(Shipton to Three Rivers, Sep. 5, 1829). Bold strike of “SHIPTON” straightline with manuscript
“5 Sept. 29” below on top flap of folded cover to the Postmaster at Three Rivers, manuscript “Free” at top right, Very Fine and choice strike of this difficult straightline which is only known used from 1820-29 before town was renamed Richmond, ex Sanderson
(Three Rivers to Chambly, Sep. 26, 1795). Neat strike of “THREE RIVERS” straightline and matching “PAID” handstamp on folded letter to “River Chambly”, rated “4-1/2”, contents in French regarding the purchase of a house in Three Rivers, couple hinge reinforcements along folds, Fine and scarce, noted in the Sanderson catalogue as an unrecorded Paid marking, ex Sanderson
(Machiche [Yamachiche] to Quebec via Three Rivers, Dec. 1, 1795). Folded letter datelined “Machiche 1st Dec. 1795” with “THREE RIVERS” straightline and “WAY” handstamp, addressed to Hugh Finley in Quebec, contents regarding “the Internal Survey of the Township of Durham”, minor hinge reinforcements along folds, Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded “Way” marking from Three Rivers, this marking indicated the letter was picked up “along the way” on the postal route, the recipient, Hugh Finley (ca. 1730-1801), was a well-known merchant, politician, postmaster and landowner, interestingly at the time of this letter, Finley became involved in a land speculation scheme and this letter could be related to that, ex Wellburn and Sanderson
(Windsor to Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 14, 1820). Excellent strike of “WINDSOR MAY 14” straightline datestamp on folded letter to Halifax, manuscript “4-1/2” (+1) (=) 5-1/2” which includes local delivery in Halifax, Very Fine and choice strike of this rare marking, only a small number are thought to exist, ex Dr. Clark