A nice grouping of 296 choice stamps and related postal history items from Canada and Newfoundland will highlight Sale 711 by Daniel F. Kelleher at the auction house’s Connecticut gallery on Feb. 27-March 2.
In the Newfoundland section, there are a dozen stamps and multiples from the classic 1857-61 dates, including a full sheet of 20 eight-pence rose stamps. Following this example are more than 85 lots from the then-British colony; these include early imperforate varieties, booklet panes, commemoratives and airmails—all prior to 1934, when Newfoundland became a dependancy of the U.K.
The Newfoundland offerings are followed by 198 attractive lots of Canadian stamps and postal history from early Beavers and Prince Albert definitives to Queen Victoria Jubilee and King Edward VII material—all with varieties—as well as airmails and War Tax issues. Especially notable is a large section of On His/Her Majesty’s Service (OHMS) Official stamps, including many perfins and King George VI overprints. A selection of quality OHMS material such as this is a rare occurrence.
Airmail specialists will find a 43-lot section of Canada’s unusual Semi-Official Airmail issues featuring both off- and on-cover material, much of which is quite rare and includes the 1918 and 1919 Aero Club of Canada issues—the Royal Air Force precursor to the numerous private airmail services that operated shortly after that time across northern Canada.
Altogether, Kelleher’s four-day, 3,401-lot Sale 711 includes important stamps and postal history from nearly 50 countries.
The most extensive offering is found in the U.S. section, which is predominated by the outstanding Josephine Collection. It includes many world-class rarities, one of which is the largest multiple of the U.S. 24-cent 1869 definitive known to exist. Other U.S. highlights include a vast section of blocks and multiples as well as 19th- and 20th-century proofs.