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Prince Edward Island
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2268 c ImageThe earliest recorded privately owned cover from Prince Edward Island and addressed to another country

(New London to Castle Donington, England, May 11, 1774). Folded letter datelined New London, Granvill Bay, the Island St. John’s, 11th moth 5 1774” and addressed to Castle Donington, England to be left at Cavendish Bridge”, carried privately to Halifax for onward transmission to London with 31/DE” Bishop mark struck on arrival, rated 2/” with Pd 5-1/2” on back

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED PRIVATELY OWNED LETTER FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. AN IMPORTANT ITEM FOR ANY EXHIBIT OR COLLECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND OR THE MARITIME PROVINCES IN GENERAL.

Prince Edward Island was originally named St. Jean” by the French and St. John’s” by the English until 1798 when it was renamed Prince Edward Island in honor of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria). This letter, written by Joseph Follows to his parents, describes the weather and the winter lobster (where) I can go and catch within stones cast of our door as large as my leg is round which is very fine eating...”. He makes mention of his arrival and of earlier letters being carried back to London via Yarmouth.

Ex Steinhart and Griffiths (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
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2269 c ImageEarly incoming letter from Scotland to Prince Edward Island

(Edinburgh, Scotland to Prince Edward Island, Feb. 27, 1790). Folded letter datelined Edin 27 Febry 1790” and addressed to James Douglas at Island of St. John, Gulf of Lawrence”, red POST/PAID” in circle and Mar. 12 and 15 Bishop marks, sent via Halifax with Halifax, N. Scotia May 25 90” split-circle datestamp (Jephcott 10, MacDonald 4b), rated Pd 1/7”, Very Fine, despite the name change to Prince Edward Island in 1798, the name St. John’s” persisted for some time, this is an early cover to PEI (the earliest known is dated 1789) (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $750.00
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2270 c ImageRare subscription express cover from Chartlottetown to Edinburgh

(Charlottetown to Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan. 5, 1803). Folded letter datelined Charlotte Town 5th Jany 1803” and addressed to Edinburgh, Scotland, well-struck HALIFAX/FEB 7 1803” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9) struck in transit, London transit and Edinburgh arrival markings, rated 5/6” (crossed out) and 6/6”, interesting contents stating I take the opportunity of an Express to forward this which is sent by subscription to Halifax, with Government Dispatches and any private letters the Subscribers may chuse to send...”, some minor edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, a rare early express subscription” cover from Prince Edward Island, ex Montgomery (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $275.00
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2271 c ImageRare Prisoners of War” marking on cover from Chartlottetown

(Charlottetown to Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Dec. 20, 1809). Folded letter datelined Charlotte Town 20th Dec. 1809” and addressed to Kirkcaldy, Scotland, manuscript p the Two Brothers” ship-name directive, carried privately, but Two Brothers was captured by the French as prize of war, letter ended up in England with Transport Office, Prisoners of War, GR” crown oval handstamp, Edinburgh Sep. 6 transit datestamp and Edin. 4 Sept. M Wright” on back, rated 5” for delivery to Kirkcaldy, some minor splitting along folds, otherwise Very Fine and fascinating cover, Two Brothers was eventually recaptured by the British and its crew released back to England, Malcolm Wright was the Transport Office agent in Edinburgh, prisoner-of-war mail was usually sent by coach and not government post, ex Griffiths (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $950.00
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2272 c ImageClear strike of the first datestamp used at Charlottetown and in all of Prince Edward Island

(Charlottetown to London, England, Jul. 24, 1814). Folded letter datelined Charlotte Town, Prince Edward Island July 24, 1814” with Prince Edward Island AUG 1, 1814” rimless circular datestamp (Lehr P1) and addressed to London, red manuscript Pd to Halifax” with Halifax fleuron circular datestamp in transit, London arrival backstamp, rated 2/2” from Halifax to London, interesting contents stating ...you will have heard of the catastrophe of the Prince of Wales, we are informed that she was run foul of, on the night of the 9th of May by a large ship, her side stove in, and foundered before daylight – its stated that only seven of the crew were saved...” two of which were known to them, some minor splitting along folds, otherwise Very Fine, Lehr records only 34 examples of this datestamp in private hands, this as an especially early strike which is first recorded May 2, 1814, ex Carr and Griffiths (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

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2273 c ImageThis is the only recorded example of the curved Ship Letter” handstamp

(Charlottetown to London, England, Nov. 1, 1815). Clearly struck Prince Edward Island, Nov. 1, 1815” rimless datestamp (date in manuscript, Lehr P1) and Ship Letter.” curved handstamp (Lehr P113) on folded cover to London, red manuscript Pd to Halifax 8d” with Ship Letter” crossed out and Halifax fleuron datestamp in transit, light London arrival backstamp, rated 4/4” paying the double rate

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE CURVED SHIP LETTER” HANDSTAMP--USED WITH RARE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND DATESTAMP.

This cover was originally scheduled to travel on a private ship, but was sent via packet to Halifax instead. The PEI datestamp is rare in its own right, with only 34 recorded by Lehr.

Ex Carr and Griffiths (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

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2274 c ImageThe earliest known use of the Pictou (Nova Scotia) straightline--one of a few known--used on a letter from Prince Edward Island

(Charlottetown to London, England, Sep. 15, 1817). Folded letter datelined Charlotte Town Sept 15, 1817” and addressed to London, carried privately to Pictou with PICTOU” straightline struck on arrival (Jephcott 34, MacDonald 30), rated 7” to Halifax (crossed out) and further 2/8-1/2” to include rate to London, London arrival backstamp

FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COVER SENT PRIVATELY FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND WITH THE RARE PICTOU STRAIGHTLINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST OF THE FEW EXAMPLES RECORDED.

Ex Steinhart and Dr. Clark. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $800.00
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2275 c ImageSuperb strike of the first datestamp of Prince Edward Island on cover to London

(Charlottetown to London, England, Aug. 1, 1818). Exceptionally well-struck Prince Edward Island, Aug. 1, 1818” first-type circular datestamp (Lehr P1) on folded cover to London, red Pd to Halifax 8” with Halifax fleuron datestamp and boxed PACKET LETTER” handstamp, further rated 2/4” to London, London arrival backstamp, cover with minor reinforcement along folds, Extremely Fine strike of this first datestamp of PEI, Lehr records on 34 examples in private hands, ex Steinhart (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
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2276 c ImageBold strike of the first PEI datestamp on cover with Halifax Ship Letter” crown handstamp

(Charlottetown to London, England, Aug. 15, 1818). Well-struck Prince Edward Island, Aug. 15, 1818” first-type circular datestamp (Lehr P1) on folded cover to London, red Pd to Halifax 8” with Halifax Ship Letter” crown oval handstamp (Jephcott 137, MacDonald 236), clear PORTSMOUTH/SHIP LETTER” boxed handstamp and London arrival backstamp, rated 1/1” and forwarded to Lambeth with 3” handstamp, Very Fine and attractive cover, Lehr records only 34 examples of this PEI datestamp in private hands, ex Montgomery (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
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2277 c ImageEarly use of the second datestamp used in PEI on cover to London

(Charlottetown to London, England, Jun. 28, 1825). Clear strike of Post Office P.E. Island” double-circle with manuscript 28 June 25” (Lehr P2) on folded cover to London, red Pd to Halifax 8” (crossed out) and rated 2/2” to London, London arrival backstamp, Very Fine and early strike of the second postmark used in PEI, Lehr records at least two dozen examples, ex Montgomery (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $190.00
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2278 c ImageWell-struck Post Office P.E. Island” double-circle

(Charlottetown to London, England, Jul. 1, 1828). Neat strike of Post Office P.E. Island” double-circle with manuscript 1 July 1828” (Lehr P2) on folded cover to London, red 8” and PAID” in circle handstamp (applied in Halifax), both crossed out and Halifax fleuron datestamp in transit, further rated 2/2” to London, London arrival backstamp, Very Fine, Lehr records at least two dozen examples, ex Edwards”, Carr and Griffiths (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $300.00
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