Squared Circles of Nova Scotia
I have to say, the Squared Circles of Nova Scotia is my favourite sub-specialty within this fascinating hobby. Of course, I am biased because this is where I live. It has also been easier to assemble a good collection of NS material when you live here.
So here are some of the specifics of collecting NS Squared Circles.
1. There are a total of 33 different hammers or states recorded. (A new state occurs when a hammer has been altered to render it slightly different.)
2. Of these, only 2 are Type I (narrow bars) and 32 are Type II, (wide bars).
3. Squared Circles were used in 31 towns or cities in Nova Scotia as follows:
- Great Village
- Newport Landing
- North Sydney
- Port Maitland
- Port Williams
- Springhill Mines – Type I
- Westville – Type I
4. Two Towns had two different hammers, Halifax and Sydney, of these, a strike of Sydney Hammer II has never been found.
5. One Town, Yarmouth has a second state which was discovered a few years ago by Jack Gordon.
6. Of the two Type I ‘s, Springhill Mines is rare and Westville is moderately common. Springhill Mines hammer was replaced with Springhill which is the home of famous singer Anne Murray and the location of three major coal mine disasters in 1891, 1956 and 1958 which have been immortalized in song.
7. Halifax Hammer One and Hammer Two make a wonderful study group with usage that overlaps and has distinctive periods of use.
All in all, NS Squared Circles make a great subject of study and a rich collecting area.
I have been fortunate to nearly “complete” this collection and have been able to assemble examples of every hammer know to exist on both stamp and cover of Nova Scotia. This collection has won a couple gold medals at the local level and a Vermeil medal from the BNAP’s Exhibition in Halifax in 2010.
I am fortunate to possess three examples of the Maitland SC which according to the study group inventory is only know to exist on six copies. I believe there are more than six copies but this SC is indeed rare.
Another dimension of the NS collection is the opportunity to assemble many examples of towns in NS on both Jubilees and Map stamps of which our collection is only short a few towns.
As we move forward in this work we will dig deeper into the material of individual towns. I am excited about the power of the internet to make this info more broadly available!
As stated in many places on this website, we welcome your information, articles, photos and comments on The Squared Circles of Nova Scotia, Canada or any regional, or thematic SC collection.
Paul H. Grimm
Oct 10th, 2011