Sale 255

Lot 62

Canada, 1852, 3d red (4), five singles, mostly with four margins, pen-cancelled and affixed on a fragment of a parcel wrapper (155x105mm) made from an old newspaper, an address label affixed below is tied by a red Rochester broken circle dated Jan 8, 1859 and with manuscript "By Parcel Post" and two red straight line "REGISTERED" handstamps plus "PAID" and manuscript rate "1/3" (scratched out, probably upon applying the stamps), small hole at upper left and minor soiling, Very Fine.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

Provenance: Bain, Nickle

The parcel post system was instituted on January 1, 1859 and the rate for parcels up to one pound was set at 1sh3d with a registration fee of 3d. This is the only known surviving example of a single rate registered parcel post usage (the 3d registration fee would have been paid in cash).

Realized $5,750

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