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First Day Covers continued...

New Year's Stamps continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2181 image1939 (Nov. 18), The Year of the Rabbit, Japanese Zodiac cover, On the second known cachet type, showing a pair of rabbits playing in the summer, with Mt. Fuji in the distance. Postage overpaid by 1s, consisting of 4s and 10s Daisen & Inland Sea National Park issues, plus 7s Diamond Mountains definitive, tied by two strikes (one half-way off the cover at left) of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 14.11.18. Blue "To US" handstamp at bottom center. Reverse bears none of the usual Lewis markings, with the flap unorthodoxly sealed by a cut-out (apparently partly cancelled by a Yokohama comb) of The Last Supper. "Kanagawa Scenic Cancel Yokahama [sic]" in pencil at lower left. Opened a bit roughly at right, but a scarce cover—and the latest known date according to JP. Near Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2182 image1939 (Jan. 1), Year of the Rabbit postcard from Lewis to New York, The card portraying a rabbit, sun, cherry blossoms and soldier's kit and rifle with bayonet, along with pre-printed New Year's message. Franked by 2s Mt. Nantai stamp, which is tied by Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 14.1.1. Reverse bears the heading, "A Japanese New Year Card of Greeting for 1939./(The 'Year of the Rabbit,' Japanese Zodiac.)" along with a blue "To US" handstamp at left and typed address of recipient. Obviously sent under separate cover. A nice collateral item., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$800-1,000
SOLD for HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2183 image1940 (May 27), The Year of the Dragon, Japanese Zodiac cover, Three First Showa Series definitives tied by two Yokohama Scenic Datestamps dated 15.5.27 to cover with dragon in gray blue with Mt. Fuji and rising sun behind. Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. No markings on reverse, but cut-out from Lewis' stationery used as a seal across the backflap. Opened neatly at right. This cover is illustrated on page 119 of JP 72:2, but the journal fails to mention the enclosed (and included) single-page typed and signed letter from Lewis to Battle. Dated May 25, 1940, the letter is an absolute treasure for the Lewis collector: topics include a word of thanks for Battle's get-well-soon card and its curiosity value in Japan, the death of Lewis' wife (and his look at his own impending mortality), the failed experiment of Japan's first coil issue (and Scott's undervaluing them in their catalogue), plus information on his one-time stamp collection, pawned, "with my gun, and a gold ring," but never redeemed. Be sure to read the entire letter online—it's well worth it., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2184 image1941 (Jan. 1), Year of the Snake postcard, A Seikyokudo postcard depicting cranes flying over buildings with mountains behind, addressed to a client in Louisville. Bears pre-printed message from Lewis (with location of "Yokohama-Nippon", rather than "Japan"). Typed address, violet "To US" and "U.S. of AMERICA." handstamps. Horizontal pair of 5s Tazawas tied by two strikes of (Yokohama) 1.1.41 foreign mail combs. Imaged in JP 72:2, p. 127, though the reverse is incorrectly ascribed there. The last New Year's card Lewis could have sent, as postal relations were severed following Pearl Harbor., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$800-1,000
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2185 image1941 (Apr. 7), Winter in Japan, A beautiful all-over cachet from Lewis' master painter, depicting a boat moored on the water with snow-covered buildings behind and Mt. Fuji in the distance. One of two cachet designs recorded. Four definitives pay the 20s postage, tied by three Yokohama 7.4.41 foreign mail comb cancels (a bad slug makes the day appear to be "17"). Violet "To US" handstamp at lower right, with receiver's magenta boxed dated handstamp at center (further tying the 3s stamp). Backflap shows client's message, "With my Compliments./F. C. G.", and is sealed by violet vertical oval "kan" handstamp. Neatly opened at top. A simply stunning, late cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2186 image1941 (Apr. 7), Winter in Japan, A second cachet design by the master painter, showing a figure with parasol gazing out at a snow-covered scene with a house nearby. The four stamps totaling 20s are tied by three Yokohama foreign mail combs dated 7.4.41. Violet "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse blank save for violet kan vertical oval handstamp. Cleanly opened at left. Addressed to Frederick C. Gustetter, the "F.C.G." of the previous Lot, and mailed the same day. An absolutely beautiful cover, and one of the latest known from Lewis., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2187 image1941 (June 5), Karl Lewis' last known cover, Bearing a peaceful all-over cachet of a figure in an outrigger canoe near a palm-lined shore, with a warm and bright sky overhead. Franked by three stamps, each depicting Lewis' beloved Mt. Fuji, and tied by two strikes of a Yokohama/5.6.41/Nippon" foreign mail comb. Violet "To US" handstamp at bottom center. Reverse with only a vertical oval kan handstamp in violet. Opened cleanly along flap. Addressed to a long-time client, this seems a fitting end (as currently recorded) to Lewis' career, the cover with a calm design and addressed to a town named, poetically for an old mariner coming onto his last days, Haven., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,600
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

Independent Asia

China
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2188 imageShanghai, China: 1934 (Aug. 12) to Oklahoma, A new earliest known cover. Irregular block of ten 2¢ and a single 4¢ Sun Yat-sens, plus 1¢ on 3¢ Junk make up the 25¢ total postage, all of which is tied by seven strikes of a bilingual Shanghai 12.8.34 c.d.s. ") N (" handstamped on reverse. The sharp-eyed will notice that the year slug in each datestamp strike is faulty, leaving only the leading "3". We're certain of the date because of an Aug. 18, 1934, letter from Lewis to Battle, sent to the customer via the Heian-Maru, in which he (Lewis) states, "I HAVE JUST SENT A COVER TO SHANGHAI, franked with various Chinese stamps for you, DO NOT OPEN THIS COVER, it has) N (on the back." Lewis may be using "recently" loosely, but this must be the cover in question. The Heian-Maru cover and letter (tantalizingly mentioning a painting Mr. Battle commissioned) are included and imaged on our website. A storytelling centerpiece for your next exhibit., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2189 imageShanghai, China: 1935 (Mar. 19) to Missouri, On the sole cachet known used at Shanghai, franked using a balanced five-stamp, three-color mix of Martyrs, Sun Yat-sens and a Junk to total 25¢. The stamps tied by three very nice strikes of bilingual Shanghai 19.3.35 c.d.s.'s. Reverse shows only a typed ") N (" instruction at very top center. Opened neatly at right. A pretty cover with vibrant color., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2190 imageShanghai, China: 1935 (July 3) to Connecticut, Three Junks and a Reaper totaling 25¢, each of the four stamps tied by a Republican-dated Shanghai 5/3.7.24 c.d.s. Backflap marked ") O (", which it was, neatly, at top, with flap sealed by Lewis' sake gourd logo handstamped in blue. Why this cover bears the Chinese-style dater, whereas every other Shanghai cover in this sale uses the Western year, is a question to research. Was it just this sub-station? A nicely executed cover, with the stamps mirroring the cachet's colors., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2191 imageShanghai, China: 1936 (Sept. 10) to New York, A new last-known posting date from Shanghai. 25¢ postage paid by a 2¢ Junk plus three Martyrs issues, all tied by three bilingual Shanghai 7/10.9.36 c.d.s.'s. Reverse with ") N (" and blue oval genkan across the flap, each handstamped. A wrinkle to the top right corner slightly affects the 17¢ stamp, but not enough to detract from this new find., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
Siam (Thailand)
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2192 imageBangkok, Siam: 1936 (Apr. 7) to Oklahoma, A relatively early example, as the earliest recorded by JP is dated Jan. 1, 1936. A beautiful rendition of the Royal Pantheon in Bangkok, one of two cachets used for the city (see Lot 2194 for the second), franked by three values of the Chakri Dynasty Sesquicentenary issue tied by two grand strikes of the bilingual "7.4.36/Bangkok G.P.O.g" comb cancel. Reverse, with light overall toning, has only a typed ") N (" indicator. A fresh and clean example from this popular location., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$6,000-8,000
SOLD for HK$7,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2193 imageBangkok, Siam: 1936 (June 1) to Washington, DC, A magnificent cover, portraying the Royal Pantheon, with 15stg postage provided by three First Issue Airmails. The stamps are tied by two clear strikes of the Bangkok G.P.O.g bilingual 1.6.36 comb c.d.s. Reverse with typed ") N (" at top. Exquisite color and rendering of the cachet, with multicolored Garudas keeping watch. A great item., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$6,000-8,000
SOLD for HK$6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2194 imageBangkok, Siam: 1937 (Mar. 8) to Pennsylvania, A single 15stg First Issue Airmail covers the postage, and is tied by a fully legible Bangkok G.P.O.g bilingual comb cancel dated 8.3.37. The cachet here is the second design known for Bangkok, portraying the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Reverse bears blue handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan. A clean and inviting cover, the stamp's rich color complementing the softer tones of the cachet., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$4,000-5,000
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

Colonial Pacific

French Oceania (Tahiti)
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2195 imagePapeete, Island of Tahiti: 1935 (Aug. 13) to Missouri, An example of the more impressionistic cachet style, on the earliest known date for Papeete, and with a cachet variety showing four boats rather than two in the harbor. A pretty cover, with the fruit in the trees shining in light due to the different paint used. 1F50 postage tied by a slogan c.d.s. ("Visitez Tahiti Perle du Pacifique") dated "Papeete/13 -8/35/Ile Tahiti". Reverse with typed ") N (" in black and inverted blue vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Cleanly opened at right. Small paper scrape at upper right is easily missed., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2196 imagePapeete, Island of Tahiti (French Oceania): 1936 (Apr. 20) Registered to Oklahoma, A stunner of a cover, and not just for the cachet. An example of the more realistic portrayal of the harborfront, bearing 3F in stamps to cover both postage and the Registry fee. The front bears single copies of 5c, 10c, 15c and 30c values from the 1934-40 series, with a 1F50 blue folded over the top of the envelope…bringing us to vertical pairs and a single of the 5c and 10c, and a vertical strip of three 15c stamps on the back. All are tied by multiple "Papeete/20 -4/Ile Tahiti" c.d.s.'s. Papeete Registry label on front, with San Francisco (May 3) and Seminole, OK (May 7) Registry markings (the Seminole receiver struck twice, by two different stamps, with the day scratched out and written in on one of them). There's a barely visible typed ") N (" at the top, and the stamps completely seal the backflap. Mr. Battle won big when he received this cover—and it's still worth a fight today., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$4,000-5,000
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Netherlands East Indies
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2197 imageMoesi River, Palembang, Sumatra, Nederland Indies: 1935 (Apr. 8) to Missouri, A relatively early cover (earliest known, according to JP, is Mar. 9, 1935), sporting a four-line inscription and a cachet of huts on stilts. Each of the three stamps tied by a "Palembang/-8.4.35" bridge c.d.s. Reverse bears a typed ") N (", plus the signature "D.A. Pieren/Palembang/D.E.I." (Lewis' agent in Palembang and in Bandjermasin, Dutch Borneo.) Opened cleanly at right. A lovely cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2198 imageThe Moesi River, Palembang-Sumatra, Nederland Indies: 1937 (Dec. 2) to Missouri, A bright, eye-catching franking on the huts-on-stilts cachet. The stamps are tied individually by "Palembang/-2.12.37" bridge cancel (note the new style of canceller). Blue handstamped ") N (" at top of backflap, which is sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. Minor edgewear across the top, which does not detract., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
U.S. Possessions
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2199 imageGuam, Island of Guam: 1936 (May 22) to Korea, A lovely beachfront buildings scene, franked by 5¢ US postage, all three stamps tied by a single long four-bar "Guam/May/22/4 PM/1936/Guam." c.d.s. Typed ") N (" on reverse with no other markings. Addressed to Dr. Sherwood Hall, a medical missionary. Note the hastily penciled "Haiju" in Chinese characters. A most unusual origin/destination cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$3,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2200 imageGuam, Island of Guam: 1937 (June 10) to Ontario, Similarly cacheted to the previous item, franked by two US stamps totaling 3¢ postage, each tied by a short four-bar "Guam./Jun/10/4 PM/1937/Guam." c.d.s. No opening instruction on reverse (the cover was neatly opened at top), but with double-circle kan handstamp across flap in blue, plus black shield-shaped personal seal of J.H. Underwood, Postmaster at Guam, Lewis' agent on the island. A very pretty cover with the uncommon destination of Canada—and a rarely seen agent's mark. The apparent toning to the front of the cover is actually a very thin all-over wash of color laid down by the artist., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction

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