Canada #34 1/2c Black Queen Victoria 1870-1897 Small Queen Issue a Fine Used Example of the Late Montreal Printing, Perf. 12, With Unlisted "Balloon Flaw" Variety
A fine used example of the late Montreal printing of the 1/2c black Queen Victoria stamp from the 1870-1897 Small Queen Issue, showing an unlisted "Balloon Flaw". Perf. 12. and printed on the soft horizontal wove paper.
The Balloon Flaw is listed in Unitrade as existing on both the 12.5c and 15c Large Queens. It consists of several dots of colour in the margins that resemble balloons. This stamp shows two dots in the lower left margin that appears very similar to the listed varieties. It is the first example we have seen. Unitrade catalogies 28v and 30vi at $300 for fine, so this one should be worth at least half that amount.
The stamp offered here grades 70 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5