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1910 envelope to Switzerland bearing a 2c and six ½c to pay the 5c rate, cancelled by MONTREAL NO 26 10 barred duplex cancellers. A Bern 7 XII 10 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. An attractive franking.
1855 folded letter to Portland, Maine, bearing a pair of 3d brown-red, wove paper, with large margins all round, tied by concentric 7 ring cancellers with a MONTREAL AU 7 1855 datestamp at the left. Fine.
|1893 Canada / Bermuda|
1893 Canadian 1c post card to Bermuda, uprated with a 'Small Queen's Head' 1c, cancelled HALIFAX NO 27 93. A BERMUDA R.O. '6' duplex canceller dated DE 6 93 of PAGET WEST was struck on arrival as a receiving datestamp. A very scarce duplex canceller.
1861 mourning envelope to Edinburgh franked with a 12½c pale yellow-green. A QUEBEC AP 25 61 datestamp is at the lower left of the cover. On the back is an Edinburgh MY 10 61 arrival datestamp.
1867 envelope to New York franked with two 3d cancelled by barred oval cancellers with a QUEBEC DE 12 67 datestamp at the lower left. The right stamp has some missing perfs at the foot, otherwise fine.
1883 pen and watercolour illustrated envelope to BERMUDA franked with a 5c cancelled by a HALIFAX NO 17 83 duplex canceller. A St. Georges NO 22 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. Hand illustrated covers with small Queen's Heads are very scarce and this is going to a very uncommon destination.
1871 cover to Chicago bearing a 6c tied by a MONTREAL SP 19 71 duplex canceller.
1868 envelope to the House of Assembly, Quebec bearing five 1c tied by MONTREAL AP 19 68 duplex obliterators. A Quebec AP 20 arrival cancel is on the back. Gustavus William Wicksteed, the addressee, was a native of Liverpool who immigrated to Lower Canada in 1821. He served as Assistant Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, 1828-1838, and to the Special Council, 1838-1841. He then served as Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, 1841-1867, and to the House of Commons of Canada, 1867-1887. Besides writing on legal matters, he served on the commissions for the revision and consolidation of the statutes, 1856 and 1861.
1869 envelope to West Concord bearing a large Queen's Head 6c blackish – brown, tied by a concentric ring canceller. A part 1869 datestamp is at the left of the cover.
1869 envelope to Victor, Ontario, bearing a Large Queen 6c lightly tied by a BRANTFORD OC 6 69 duplex canceller. There are no transit or arrival cancels. A fine cover, the stamp being a very deep shade and very lightly cancelled.
1868 small envelope to Lyons, New Brunswick, bearing a 10c lightly cancelled BRANTFORD FE 26 68. There are no transit or arrival markings. A very nice cover!
1895 1c postal stationery envelope to New Zealand with two 'Small Head' 2c, paying the 5c rate, cancelled by Halifax MR 22 95 squared circle datestamps. A Windsor MR 25 transit, and a New Zealand T.P.O. 29 AP 95 c.d.s. are on the reverse. Very fine, a good destination item.
|1914 Empress of Ireland|
On 29 May 1914, at a little after 01.30 a.m. the Norwegian collier 'SORSTAD' collided with the Canadian Pacific liner 'Empress of Ireland' just off Father Point, in the St. Lawrence Seaway, while outward bound from Quebec for Liverpool. Within just 12 minutes the Empress of Ireland sank with the loss of 1034 of the 1467 passengers and crew on board. Much of the mail was only recovered between October and December that year after divers had been sent down to retrieve it. Recovered mail received a straight line handstamp 'Recovered by divers from the wreck of S.S. Empress of Ireland.' This letter to London was posted in North Portal, Saskatchewan, MY 22 1914. An Ottawa Dead Letter Office DEC 17 1914 is on the reverse.