Spring Sale 2020

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Welcome to the exciting Spring Sale 2020!

The Auction takes place at 6pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, April 30th, May 1st & May 2nd, with lot viewing taking place during the day, 10am-4:30pm, by Appointment.

Internet, Phone, Fax, eMail, Mail, and Living Online Bidding.

Contact us to order your copy of the beautiful catalogue of items in this sale.

Buyer’s Premiums will be added on all items as per the Terms & Conditions of the sale. Invoices will be emailed out after all sessions of the Spring Sale have concluded.

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Union Bank of Canada Vignettes:704 - Union Bank of Canada Vignettes:
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"Reaper" on glazed paper, vignette V-5 by Canada Bank Note Co., on 1886 $10; Queen Victoria on 1886 $5, $10, a reduced version of this, GF...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 180.00
Sold for (450.00 + 90.00) x 1 = 540.00
 
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Banque Canadienne Nationale, die proof,705 - Banque Canadienne Nationale, die proof,
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
portrait of Hon. J. M. Wilson, as seen on both 1935 denominations, on a full card.Lot also includes the engraved heading for Head Of
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Prime Ministers: Sir John A. Macdonald,706 - Prime Ministers: Sir John A. Macdonald,
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engraved by Canada Bank Note Co. for an 1882 Dominion of Canada $2 Essay, ref. CPMS Journal, Jan. 1978, page 5.Sir Wilfrid Laurier,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (70.00 + 14.00) x 1 = 84.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, die proof vignettes:707 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, die proof vignettes:
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"Parisian #3" (similar to ship on 1887 $10), "Off Sandy Hook" (1888-1912 $20) and "Naiad" (on 1893-1912 $50).First and...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 180.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Home Bank of Canada, die proof vignettes.708 - Home Bank of Canada, die proof vignettes.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Woman and horse vignette on $10, study group of three: one with ABN No. 121, another with No. 121 crossed out and V-47687 added, a third cut down and
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 180.00
Sold for (100.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 120.00
 
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La Banque Jacques Cartier, die proof vignettes.709 - La Banque Jacques Cartier, die proof vignettes.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Jacques Cartier aboard ship, chin in hand, on 1862 $2.ABNCo has entitled this vignette "Jaques Cartier" - they engraved better than
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold for (140.00 + 28.00) x 1 = 168.00
 
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Selection of Vignettes as Counters:710 - Selection of Vignettes as Counters:
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4 (BABN #147), 4 (ABN V-46197), V (probably BABN, #154), 10 (Britannia with child, lion, used on British Canadian Bank); X ten ABN V-45943.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Bank of Brantford, die proof vignette,711 - Bank of Brantford, die proof vignette,
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
scene on $4 note, JDS pencilled below (J. D. Smillie engraved the vignette, and was so bold as to enter part of his name on the building at the far ri
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 140.00 - 210.00
Sold for (180.00 + 36.00) x 1 = 216.00
 
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Bank of Montreal, die proof vignettes.712 - Bank of Montreal, die proof vignettes.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Head office building, vignette V-72 by Canada Bank Note Co., another, different, no imprint but BABN work.Used on backs of some note
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold for (575.00 + 115.00) x 1 = 690.00
 
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Tint Proofs.713 - Tint Proofs.
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Banque d'Hochelaga$10 1889, multicoloured, printed by Canada Bank Note Co., mounted on card.Molsons Bank$10 1903 a
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold for (300.00 + 60.00) x 1 = 360.00
 
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Dominion Bank, die proof vignettes.714 - Dominion Bank, die proof vignettes.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"Prince Arthur", as found on the 1871 $4; Approval proof on card, C. A. Bogert, on 1931 issue notes.C. H. Carlisle, approval proof o
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 130.00 - 200.00
Sold for (210.00 + 42.00) x 1 = 252.00
 
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Bank of British North America, die proof vignettes,715 - Bank of British North America, die proof vignettes,
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
seated Indian (possibly a princess?), used on various $4 and $5 notes 1840s and 1850s, very scarce.Britannia No. 2, found at left of
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold for (150.00) x 1 = 150.00
 
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Banque Internationale du Canada.716 - Banque Internationale du Canada.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Die proof of R. Bickerdike portrait, on card, of which a corner has broken away, well clear of the portrait.Additional vignettes inc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 90.00 - 150.00
Sold for (80.00 + 16.00) x 1 = 96.00
 
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Merchants Bank of Canada, die proof vignettes:717 - Merchants Bank of Canada, die proof vignettes:
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"Steer's Head" study group, BABN #486 on 1907 $20; the larger ABN copy on 1917 $20, #816 on card, light staining, and #V 47159 (same e...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold for (350.00 + 70.00) x 1 = 420.00
 
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"Cadana" $1, Reversible Paper Money by Rene LaFlamme, Hull, 1961.718 - "Cadana" $1, Reversible Paper Money by Rene LaFlamme, Hull, 1961.
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Design concept for notes adorned with Grace Kelly portrait and provincial shields, not engraved.Top, bottom, face and back are all i
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 70.00 - 120.00
Sold for (150.00 + 30.00) x 1 = 180.00
 
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St. Stephens Bank, die proof vignettes:719 - St. Stephens Bank, die proof vignettes:
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St. George slaying dragon, found on 1873-86 $2 notes, cut down and remounted on card, some staining; a highly peculiar piece of engraving consisting b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 90.00 - 150.00
Sold for (120.00) x 1 = 120.00
 
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Bank of Ottawa die proof vignettes:720 - Bank of Ottawa die proof vignettes:
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"Shepherdess" on 1880 $5; "Parliament House, Ottawa" on $5 1895 - 1903; "Eastern Block Ottawa" on $10 1895 - 1903.&quo...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold for (130.00 + 26.00) x 1 = 156.00
 
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City of Ottawa721 - City of Ottawa
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cut-out engraving with Royal Crest etc. for City of Ottawa; "City Hall Ottawa" vignette, faults.Die proof vignette, "Dufferin Bridge
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (110.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 132.00
 
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Back Panel of a $1000 bond722 - Back Panel of a $1000 bond
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
printed in red-brown, with matching die proof vignette, "Study", National Bank Note Co. N.Y. (amalgamated with ABNCo. in 1879).A pre
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (80.00) x 1 = 80.00
 
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"The Pretty Snowshoer"723 - "The Pretty Snowshoer"
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Hamilton, Ont. draft, 188_, proof on card printed by Canada Bank Note Co., a thin strip has been removed at the bottom.With matching
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (60.00 + 12.00) x 1 = 72.00
 
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Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.724 - Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Unfortunately the proof has been torn in two but everything is present for restoration.Worth $250 undamaged.
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Farmers Bank of Canada, die proof vignette,725 - Farmers Bank of Canada, die proof vignette,
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Sir Wilfrid Laurier, on the 1907-08 $25 note.Quite rare in its own right and as a representative portion of $25 note.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold for (100.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 120.00
 
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Bank of Montreal, Proof Cheque, 188_726 - Bank of Montreal, Proof Cheque, 188_
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
engraved for Thomas May by Canada Bank Note Co.A very attractive cheque with a vignette and blue pantograph tint, no stub attached.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 180.00 - 240.00
Sold for (100.00) x 1 = 100.00
 
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Newfoundland Railway Company, Share Certificate, 1881727 - Newfoundland Railway Company, Share Certificate, 1881
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
ten shares.Printed by Franklin Bank Note Co.in black with brown tint.Between 1881 and 1884 the c
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 350.00
Sold for (275.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 330.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, die proof vignette728 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, die proof vignette
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"La Critique", on 1888-1912 $100 note.National Bank Note Co. engraving mounted on card; also a close copy, no imprint.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Dominion of Canada, 25¢ Fractional, 1923.729 - Dominion of Canada, 25¢ Fractional, 1923.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Photographic record copy of a model; "Comptroller of Currency" and the Saunders signature appear to be pasted in, pantograph is not the ad...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold for (275.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 330.00
 
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Share Certificate engraved by Canada Bank Note Co., Proof.730 - Share Certificate engraved by Canada Bank Note Co., Proof.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Henderson Lumber Co., Montreal, small marginal bits missing at top and bottom, mended on the back with gummed paper.The vignette at
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (40.00 + 8.00) x 1 = 48.00
 
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Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.731 - Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
The left end has been torn away but everything is present for restoration; also has a paper clip stain and a few small thinned spots.
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.732 - Merchants Bank of Canada, $5 1917 back proof.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Thinning at the right from rough removal from mounting; a little pencil notation at top left.Worth $250 undamaged.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 1892 Full Colour Face and Back Proofs733 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 1892 Full Colour Face and Back Proofs
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Imprint Vertical at right, CH 75-14-04P. S/N 00000/B, two punch cancels in signature area as usual. Face unmounted, has a pin hole and missing lower
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 750.00
Sold for (300.00 + 60.00) x 1 = 360.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 Type of 1888-1912, Coloured Back Proof734 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 Type of 1888-1912, Coloured Back Proof
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
mounted on card.Depicts the Head Office in Toronto.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 140.00 - 175.00
Sold for (120.00 + 24.00) x 1 = 144.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, $10 1888 Full Colour Face Proof735 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, $10 1888 Full Colour Face Proof
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CH 75-14-16P.Punch cancels in signature area as usual.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold for (400.00 + 80.00) x 1 = 480.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, $10 1892 Full Colour Face Proof736 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, $10 1892 Full Colour Face Proof
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CH 75-14-18P.Punch cancels in signature area as usual.Mounted on card.The card has a small corne
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold for (400.00 + 80.00) x 1 = 480.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 1917, White Background737 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 1917, White Background
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
CH 75-16-02-04P.Full colour face proof on card, official pencil writing at top of card, proof is pristine.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold for (180.00) x 1 = 180.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, Set of Small Size Back Proofs:738 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, Set of Small Size Back Proofs:
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1935 $5, $10 and $20.First and last are mounted on card.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold for (250.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 300.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce739 - Canadian Bank of Commerce
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Two Progress Proofs on card, 1917 $10, at different stages before lettering was entered in the centre.No tint, as is normal with pro
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold for (70.00 + 14.00) x 1 = 84.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce740 - Canadian Bank of Commerce
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Two Progress Proofs on card, 1917 shared back design, printed in black at different stages before lettering and counters were engraved.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce741 - Canadian Bank of Commerce
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Three Progress Proofs on card, 1917 $5 Face design, one on white paper, mounted, and a second, with the engraving just a trifle more advanced, printed
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 225.00
Sold for (100.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 120.00
 
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Canadian Bank of Commerce, Three 1935 Small Size $5 Back Proofs742 - Canadian Bank of Commerce, Three 1935 Small Size $5 Back Proofs
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
mounted on card.One is marked "rejected proof", another "wrong colour", and the third is in a blue-green shade more like the iss...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold for (300.00 + 60.00) x 1 = 360.00
 
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Canada Life Insurance Co., Hamilton743 - Canada Life Insurance Co., Hamilton
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
proof of an insurance certificate mounted on card; two vignettes, building and corporate crest.A nice mounted die proof vignette of
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (40.00) x 1 = 40.00
 
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Union Bank of Halifax.744 - Union Bank of Halifax.
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Engraved bank name, various denominations, etc.Die proof vignettes:crest etc. seen on 1904 $50 note; also two near
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold for (110.00 + 22.00) x 1 = 132.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  four different sailor vignettes745 - Die Proof Vignettes:  four different sailor vignettes
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"On the Lookout", "Show Your Colors", "Aloft", "Land Ho" (Quebec Bank $4 1860-63).On card, all cut down but ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold for (275.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 330.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  four different ship vignettes746 - Die Proof Vignettes:  four different ship vignettes
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
"The Yacht", "Coast Steamer", "C.P. Lake Steamer", "Steamboat Montreal" (#487).All BABN, cut down, only the ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold for (130.00 + 26.00) x 1 = 156.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  six different ship vignettes747 - Die Proof Vignettes:  six different ship vignettes
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"Majestic", "Sealing", "Homeward Bound", "Loading Cargo" (#225), "Parisian #4" (wrinkled, soiled),...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold for (275.00 + 55.00) x 1 = 330.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  dock scenes.748 - Die Proof Vignettes:  dock scenes.
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"Ocean Freight" (BABN #247), "Shipping Cattle" (BABN #248), another of the same but with two die cracks, and a third with slight...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold for (240.00 + 48.00) x 1 = 288.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  Queen Victoria749 - Die Proof Vignettes:  Queen Victoria
Geoffrey Bell Auctions
Chalon portrait on card, piece missing at top which does not quite intrude into portrait border, also portrait as a younger woman as seen on Bank of U
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold for (250.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  Children and Cherubs.750 - Die Proof Vignettes:  Children and Cherubs.
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Raphael's Angel (as on Union Bank of Canada $50 1886 but mirror reversed and with wings); Carvalho's "Child with Rabbits"; child w...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 180.00
Sold for (100.00 + 20.00) x 1 = 120.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  Trains and Streetcar.751 - Die Proof Vignettes:  Trains and Streetcar.
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"On Time" train in station; "Limited Express"; streetcar, BABN #550.Three vignettes, not mounted, cut down, the latter on glossy...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  Buildings.752 - Die Proof Vignettes:  Buildings.
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"City Hall" (Montreal), BABN #213; "Dominion Bank Building", cut close; two others.Four vignettes
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold for (90.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 108.00
 
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Die Proof Vignettes:  Sailing Ships.753 - Die Proof Vignettes:  Sailing Ships.
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"The Yacht", BABN #457; "Loading Cargo", BABN #225, with staining; "Shipping Cattle", BABN #248; "Sealing Vessel&...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 180.00
Sold for (210.00 + 42.00) x 1 = 252.00
 
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