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 — Nova Scotia Ship Letter Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2259
c
Sale 1218, Lot 2259, Nova Scotia Ship Letter MarkingsThis cover bears the only recorded examples of both the “LUNENBURG N.S./SHIP LETTER” and Halifax “Detained for Postage” markings

(St. Bartholomew to Philadelphia Pa., Apr. 28, 1849). Folded letter datelined St. Bartholomew Apr. 28, 1849 and addressed to Philadelphia Pa., “Lunenburg N.S. MY 21 1849” circular datestamp and “LUNENBURG N.S./SHIP LETTER” two-line handstamp (MacDonald 247), Halifax May 24 transit backstamp and red “No. 541 Detained for Postage” handstamp (Jephcott 369, MacDonald 276), rated “1/1-1/2” (crossed out) and re-rated “1/4”, evidently paid with red Halifax Jun. 11 tombstone, “5” in circle handstamp, couple file folds, one thru the Detained marking

FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF BOTH THE LUNENBURG SHIP LETTER AND DETAINED FOR POSTAGE HANDSTAMPS OF HALIFAX. A MAJOR NOVA SCOTIA RARITY.

These two handstamps are each listed in Jephcott and MacDonald, but neither author recorded an example on cover. They were previously only known in proof books.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300