Online Resources and Exhibits

Early Use of Two-ring Numeral Cancels on the Large Queen Issue

Complied by Wayne Smith


The Large Queen definitives were issued on 1 April 1868. Two-ring numeral cancels began appearing almost a year later in late March 1869, and continued into the Small Queen period. The obliterators were issued to 60 post offices. While the numbering sequence generally appears to be based on post office revenue, there are exceptions.

The post offices to which the numbers were allocated were found from covers bearing the two-ring obliterator and a post office cancel. The post offices for numbers 17 and 20 are still not known.

All the cancellations are found in black. In addition, during the Large Queen period, the following are found in other colours:

  • 3 (Quebec) – red, scarce
  • 10 (Sydney) – blue, scarce
  • 13 (Belleville) – blue, scarce
  • 32 (Barrie) – blue, common

This list was compiled in October 2018. It updates Table IV-14 in the book by H. E. and H. W. Duckworth, The Large Queen Stamps of Canada and Their Use.

3 cent Large Queen with two-ring
                    numeral cancel 15 issued to Brantford, Ontario
3 cent Large Queen with two-ring numeral cancel 15 issued to Brantford, Ontario

#City / townERDComment
1Montreal, QCApr 1, 1869 Cover has no dispatch CDS but has a back stamp with the date shown
2Toronto, ONMar 27, 1869
3Quebec, QCApr 7, 1869
4Halifax, NSMar 31, 1869
5Hamilton, ONApr 5, 1869 Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen
6London, ONMar 31, 1869
7St. John, NBApr 1, 1869
8Ottawa, ONMay 21, 1869
9Kingston, ONMar 24, 1869
10Sydney, NSApr 2, 1869 Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen
11Fredericton, NBApr 3, 1869
12St. Catharines, ONApr 23, 1869
13Belleville, ON Apr 19, 1869Blue
May 22, 1869Black. Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen.
14Guelph, ONMay 15, 1869
15Brantford, ONApr 20, 1869
16Brockville, ONJuly 10, 1869
17Location not known
18Yarmouth, NSOct 31, 1869
19Peterborough, ONMar 8, 1870 Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen
20Location not known
21Goderich, ONNov 22, 1869
22Galt, ONOnly known cover is undated
23Woodstock, ONApr 19, 1869
24Stratford, ONApr 5, 1869
25New Glasgow, NSMay 21, 1869
26Windsor, ONMay 29, 1869
27Ingersoll, ONMay 14, 1869
28Sarnia, ONJune 29, 1869
29Cobourg, ONJuly 29, 1869
30Pictou, NSApr 8, 1869
31Oshawa, ONMay 7, 1869
32Barrie, ON Apr 1, 1869Blue
Apr 16, 1869Black
33Sherbrooke, QCApr 1, 1869
34Chatham, NBJune 9, 1869
35Lindsay, ONMar 29, 1869
36St. Johns, QCJuly 29, 1869 Now Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
37Amherst, NSApr 8, 1869
38Bowmanville, ONJune 16, 1869
39Whitby, ONApr 23, 1869
40Cornwall, ONJune 18, 1869
41St. Marys, ONApr 23, 1869 Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen
42Acton Vale, QCMar 26, 1870 Not a Large Queen cover, but the only one known
43Windsor, NSApr 13, 1869
44Owen Sound, ONApr 23, 1869
45Perth, ONMay 4, 1869
46Dundas, ONApr 23, 1869
47Napanee, ONMay 20, 1869
48Simcoe, ONJuly 29, 1869
49Prescott, ONJune 9, 1869
50St. Andrews, NBOct 8, 1870
51Picton, ONMar 29, 1869 Recorded by Duckworth but not personally seen
52St. Hyacinthe, QCApr 7, 1869
53Three Rivers, QCApr 12, 1869 Now Trois-Rivières
54Truro, NSApr 22, 1869
55Berlin, ONApr 16, 1869 Now Kitchener
56Brampton, ONApr 13, 1869
57Paris, ONApr 16, 1870
58St. Thomas, ONApr 30, 1869 Cover has no dispatch CDS but has a back stamp with date shown
59Clinton, ONJuly 14, 1869
60Newmarket, ONApr 5, 1869

References

  1. H. W. and H. E. Duckworth, “Date of introduction of the Two-Ring Numeral Obliterators”, BNA Topics, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 1975, pp. 120-121.
  2. H. W. and H. E. Duckworth, “Further Report on the Date of Introduction of the Two Ring Numeral”, BNA Topics, Vol. 33, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 1976, pp. 7-8.
  3. H. E. and H. W. Duckworth, The Large Queen Stamps of Canada and Their Use, second edition, The Vincent G. Greene Philatelic Research Foundation, 2008, pp. 215-219.
  4. Wayne Smith, “2 Ring Cancels on the Large Queen Issue”, BNA Topics, Vol. 51, No. 2, Apr-May-June 1994, pp. 26-30.

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