Item # S007752
1859 (May 13) An extraordinary cover from Barrie, U.C. to London, England, with a remarkable, one-of-a-kind franking to the United Kingdom - a pair of 6 pence slate grey on medium wove paper, surrounded by well clear to enormous margins with portion of adjacent stamps at top and right, light toning, tied by light four-ring numeral cancels, along with partial light Barrie MY 13 double arc datestamp visible at bottom left; portion of backflap missing and small spindle hole at upper left. Neat London JU 9 59 Paid CDS receiver in red indicating that the cover went on the Canada packet Allan Line "Nova Scotian". An impressive and UNIQUE franking to United Kingdom; Very Fine (Unitrade 5)
This franking overpaid both the Allan Line and Cunard Line rates of Seven and One Half pence and Ten pence respectively. All covers (12 known with various frankings) from this correspondence are overpaid due to an absence of 10 pence stamps at the Barrie post office.
Expertization: 1994 BPA certificate
Provenance: Guilford Collection, September 1994; Lot 2098
Henry S. Schneider, October 1996; Lot 48
Warren Wilkinson, June 2007; Lot 249
Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Arfken, Leggett, Firby & Steinhart "Canada's Pence Era"
handbook on page 266 (Figure 244).