Westville – Type I Unique Map Cover
First of all, good strikes of Westville are rare. The norm is poorly inked and often smudged. I often wonder if this isn’t a statement about the care and interest of the postmaster! Not bothering to even add ink to his ink pad. Westville is a case in point.
Pictou County has several towns that virtually run into each other. Pictou, New Glasgow, Stellarton and Westville are all in a little cluster near or on the coast of the Northumberland Strait. 3 out of 4 of these towns had a squared circle hammer, New Glasgow was the exception.
Westville of course is a Type I hammer and many of these were not used for long, Springhill Mines (SHM) for example. I would say that the only Type I hammers that saw yeoman’s service was of course Ottawa which in itself is a fantastic area for study due to the huge amount of material out there and interesting time mark history, and Brockville was also fairly common. Westville and SHM were the only two NS Type Is.
It has been said that the Type I Hammers were replaced by the Type II hammers because the Type I’s damaged easier. (Only 26 were made.)
Westville’s use was continuous from ’93 – ’08. And though RF 25, I find it relatively uncommon. Perhaps this is because of the many poorly inked strikes.
The Westville on Map Cover is as far as I know, Unique. It was unlisted in the most recent handbook. Not a great strike but no trouble with ID! This qualifies as “Cover of the Week”!
And speaking of Westville on Map, here is a beautiful strike on a map stamp,stamp is damaged at the bottom but Who Cares! Great Strike! Got this one from Bruce Kalbfleisch. Thanks Bruce!
Also, and only 2 covers known, Westville of 3c Jubilee and a very poor strike but it is clearly a Type I and the only 2 choices were Westville or Springhill Mines and of course it is not, as the use of SHM hammer was over far before the Jub period.