Item # S007641
BC Vancouver Island 3-4
1865 Five cent & Ten cent Queen Victoria De La Rue & Co. die proofs (stamp size) of both denominations, each typographed in black on thick white glazed (enamel) surface card and mounted on thicker beveled card. Exceedingly rare, Very Fine (Minuse & Pratt 3TC2-4TC2; Unitrade 3-4 proofs)
Provenance: Dr. R.V.C. Carr, Firby Auctions, January 2000; Lot 35 Eric Cawardine Francis, Robson Lowe Ltd., June 1976; Lots 1412 & 1413 Highlands Part One, Eastern Auctions, November 2018; Lot 6
Gerald Wellburn, the famous Grand Prix winner for his fabulous British Columbia & Vancouver Island collection, stated that only two sets exist. The other was in his collection but is in inferior condition to the one offered here (October 1988, Lot 1133; Hugh Westgate, Eastern Auctions June 2017; Lot 87).
A FABULOUS SET OF VANCOUVER ISLAND COLONY DIE PROOFS - THE FINER OF ONLY TWO KNOWN SETS.