Sparks Auctions Sale - 19
The Daniel Cantor Collection of Canada Small Queens -
November 24, 2015
The Queen Victoria “Small Queen” definitives of 1870-1897 are one of the
most avidly collected issues of Canadian philately. Featuring many
different printings, perforation, colours, paper and plate varieties, and
offering a myriad of postal rates and other fascinating postal history to
collect, the Small Queens only continue to grow in interest and
The Daniel Cantor collection of Small Queens features stamps and postal
history of a consistently high quality, offering collectors seeking the
finest existing stamps in singles and multiples an opportunity to acquire
many new additions to their collections. With more than 60 different
destinations, the postal history section is the most comprehensive one-sale
offering since the George Arfken sale of 1997 and S.J. Menich sale of 2000.
A few of the many highlights of the Cantor collection include: rare die
proofs of the 2c to 50c values, the largest multiple of the scarce 1871 1c
orange on thick, soft paper (lot 34), the sole well-centered mint example
of the 1871 3c deep rose on thick, soft paper (lot 104); a unique
imperforate pair of the 1890s 6c deep chocolate with major re-entry from
position A24 (lot 145); a bisected usage of the 1872 6c yellow brown in
outstanding state of preservation (lot 155); the celebrated mint block of
fifteen of the 1881 10c reddish purple (lot 215); a pristine 1877 pre-UPU
registered cover to England showing a rare use of the 8c registered letter
stamp which formerly graced the Bill Gross collection (lot 351); and an
1882 non-UPU cover to Saint Helena franked with 1c yellow pair and 5c olive
green block of five, offered publicly at auction for the first time (lot
The sale of this collection is an exciting, not-to-be-missed event for
advanced collectors of early Canadian stamps and postal history. Many of
the items from the Cantor collection have come from illustrious collections
including George Arfken, Sir Gawaine Baillie, Vincent Graves Greene, Dr.
Clare Jephcott, Dale-Lichtenstein, S.J. Menich, Dr. Lewis Reford, Bill
Simpson and, of special note, Ted Nixon.
Cantor’s collection of mint Canada classics was sold in Ottawa in 1991
while his international large gold collection of used Canada Cents & Pence
issues was auctioned in New York City in 2011 for $1.5 million, breaking
several individual records in the process. We expect the material from his
Small Queen collection will generate a similar level of interest from
collectors around the world.
Sparks Auctions is pleased and proud to present the Daniel Cantor
Collection of Canada Small Queens, to be sold at our Auction Room on
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, beginning at 10:00am EST.
For more information please contact us at:
1550 Carling Avenue, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8S8 Canada
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