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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2095
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Sale 1218, Lot 2095, Canadian 19th Century StraightlinesThe earlier of the two known Petite Nation straightline datestamps and the only one with the “Money Letter” handstamp

(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

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100