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 — Prince Edward Island

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 1218, Lot 2272, Prince Edward IslandClear strike of the first datestamp used at Charlottetown and in all of Prince Edward Island

(Charlottetown to London, England, Jul. 24, 1814). Folded letter datelined “Charlotte Town, Prince Edward Island July 24, 1814” with “Prince Edward Island AUG 1, 1814” rimless circular datestamp (Lehr P1) and addressed to London, red manuscript “Pd to Halifax” with Halifax fleuron circular datestamp in transit, London arrival backstamp, rated “2/2” from Halifax to London, interesting contents stating “ will have heard of the catastrophe of the Prince of Wales, we are informed that she was run foul of, on the night of the 9th of May by a large ship, her side stove in, and foundered before daylight – its stated that only seven of the crew were saved...” two of which were known to them, some minor splitting along folds, otherwise Very Fine, Lehr records only 34 examples of this datestamp in private hands, this as an especially early strike which is first recorded May 2, 1814, ex Carr and Griffiths

E. 500-750