Auction preview: Major General Pearkes Collection to highlight All Nations sale

All Nations Stamp and Coin has opened its 1,100th weekly auction, which features material from the Major General George Pearkes Collection, including a Victoria Cross-themed stamp page signed by the Canadian Victoria Cross recipient.

Pearkes was awarded the Victoria Cross as well as a Military Cross and a Distinguished Service Order for his bravery at Passchendaele in 1917. He eventually served as the 20th lieutenant governor of British Columbia from 1960-68.

Lot 1 of All Nations Auction No. 1100 is a used one-penny Victoria Cross stamp issued by Australia in 1900 (Scott #B3) and formerly owned by Pearkes. The stamp is on a page and cancelled with a circular date stamp. The page, which is signed by Pearkes, has a pre-sale estimate of $100.


Lot 8 is expected to bring $5,000.

Other highlights include two interesting rarities: Lot 8, a faulty 1851 12-penny black, of which only 104 examples have survived, and Lot 70, the first postage stamp issued by British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

The used 12-penny black (SC #3) is in Very Good condition. This “faulty space-filler” has a pre-sale estimate of $5,000.

Lot 70 has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000.

Rounding out the highlights is the 1860 two-and-a-half pence (British Columbia #1) in Very Fine unused condition. This lot is expected to bring at least $10,000.

The sale closes at noon on March 18 at All Nations headquarters in Vancouver, B.C.

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