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Colonial Pacific continued...

U.S. Possessions continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2201 imageManila, Philippine Islands: 1939 (July 18) to Kentucky, One of two covers known, this the latter from July 1939. Cachet depicts a sampan, presumably on Manila Bay, with onlookers on shore. 6¢ in Philippine adhesives tied by two Manila c.d.s.'s. Reverse shows two ") N (" handstamps in blue, along with double-ringed circular kan handstamp, plus black straightline "AUG 18 1939" receiving stamp as seen on covers addressed to Lewis (e.g., Lots 2019 and 2259). Was this returned to him and forwarded under separate cover? A beautiful item to grace your collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$5,000-6,000
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2202 imagePago Pago, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa: 1935 (July 8) to Missouri, An unreported earliest known date—pre-dating the JP-listed earliest cover by one day. Two US definitives pay the 3¢ domestic rate, and are tied by a single short four-bar "Pago Pago/Jul/8/A.M./1935/Samoa." c.d.s. The cachet, a beachfront hut among trees, is that used on Apia, Western Samoa (see Lot 2246 below), and is unrecorded used here by JP. Reverse with black typed ") N (" opening remarque and blue double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp. Two tears (center left and center bottom) are of minimal concern., Very Fine apart from the tears.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2203 imagePago Pago, American Samoa: 1936 (Apr. 14) to Korea, On a generic shore-and-mountains design, one of two used from this location, according to JP (though see the previous Lot for a third, unrecorded). Four stamps, three at upper right, one lower left, comprise the 5¢ postage to Korea, and are all tied by two "Pago Pago/Apr 14/9 AM/1936/Samoa" duplexes. Reverse unmarked in any way. Flap neatly opened, with filler paper still enclosed. A slight usage wrinkle along the top, but otherwise a clean cover with an uncommon destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2204 imagePago Pago, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa: 1937 (Feb. 20) to California, A later cover, as JP 68:5, p. 279, notes the last-known cover is dated June 3, 1937. The cachet is a generic shore-and-mountains design, one of two used from this location. A single short four-bar "Pago Pago./Feb/20/1937/Samoa." c.d.s. ties the three stamps making up the 3¢ domestic rate. The sole marking on reverse is a horizontal oval kan handstamp in blue (along with a penciled notation from a previous owner). Opened neatly at top., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

British Empire

Australia & Dependencies
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2205 imageVictoria Parade, Thursday Island, Torres Straits: 1935 (Oct. 12) to Washington, A new earliest known cover, pre-dating that mentioned in JP 68:5, p. 260 (as Jan. 15, 1936) by three months. The cachet is the sole design known for Thursday Island, a beachside view with a pier jutting into the water. A single Australian 3d King George V pays the international postage, and is tied by one of two solid strikes of the "Thursday Island/1/9-A12OC35/Queensland" c.d.s. The reverse has a typed ") N (" remarque at top center, and a near-circular blue kan handstamp across the flap. Neatly opened (and ever so slightly reduced) at right; reverse shows where hinges once mounted the cover. A great early cover from the northern coast of Australia., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2206 imageVictoria Parade, Thursday Island, Torres Straits: 1936 (Nov. 9) to Oklahoma, Cachet as above, with slight variance in Lewis' three-line inscription at upper left. The three colorful King George V definitives total 3d, each tied by "Thursday Island/1/9-A-9NO36/Queensland" c.d.s. Reverse with only blue vertical oval kan handstamp. Slight discoloration from corner mounts, but still a difficult location., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2207 imageCape York, Australia: 1938 (Apr. 4) to Pennsylvania, The only known cover (according to JP 70:2, pp. 110-111) from, as Lewis described it, "The most Northerly Cape of AUSTRALIA." The cachet depicts an aboriginal man and a cockatoo, neither drawn particularly accurately. Three King George V definitives pay the 3d foreign mail postage, tied by two solidly struck "Cape York/-4AP38/QLD." daters. Reverse without opening remarque at top, bearing only an inverted vertical oval kan handstamp. Opened cleanly at right, with reverse showing mounting residue at the corners (front unaffected). A remarkable recent find, and a one-of-a-kind., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$4,000-5,000
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2208 imageVictoria Parade, Thursday Island, Torres Straits, Australia: 1940 (Dec. 6) to Michigan, Offering a new latest-known usage date, plus a previously unrecorded agent. Postmarked nearly a year and a half after JP's last-known cover (July 7, 1939), the same cachet is still in use, franked by three King George VI definitives totaling 3½d, tied by two "Mil.P.O.Bathurst/-6DE40/N.S.W.-Aust" c.d.s.'s. Small tear at bottom center is hardly worth mentioning, as it is just barely visible. The front with a penciled address correction, the back with a two-line inked "Posted by W.F. Cullen/Thursday Island. Qld." inscription. William Francis Cullen (Oct. 13, 1908-Dec. 26, 1954) was appointed Postmaster at Thursday Island on Apr. 5, 1939. He enlisted in the AIF July 18, 1940—five months before he posted this letter at the Military Post Office where he was presumably stationed with the Corps of Signals. He was taken prisoner in Malaya in July 1942 and held in Singapore until released Sept. 12, 1945. An important item for the Lewis postal historian!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2209 imageNorfolk Island, South Pacific: 1936 (Jan. 23) to Oklahoma, A single Australia 3d King George V pays the international postage, and is tied by a "Norfolk Island/23 JA 36/Australia" c.d.s. to an example of the sole known cachet used for this location, depicting a road looking toward Sydney Bay. Reverse bears ") N (" typed, plus darkening blue sake gourd logo across the flap. Miniscule tear (4mm) at top center barely noticeable. A tough locale., Very Fine despite the single tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2210 imageNorfolk Island, South Pacific: 1936 (Sept. 30) to Ontario, A seldom-seen Canada destination, especially on Lewis' non-Japanese covers. Standard cachet with bi-color franking tied by a single "Norfolk Island/30SE36/Australia" c.d.s. Black handstamped ") N (" and blue near-circular kan across flap. Light toning along right-hand side. Neatly opened at top. A neat inter-Empire cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
New Zealand & Dependencies
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2211 imageAuckland, New Zealand: 1936 (Apr. 23) to Korea, Using the all-over design found on New Zealand Lake Taupo & Mt. Ngauruhoe covers, but here with the volcano dormant (compare the following), with four stamps making up the 2½d postage and tied by four "Upper Symonds St, C.3./23AP36/N.Z" c.d.s.'s from Auckland. The sole backflap marking is Lewis' typed ") N (", ignored as the envelope was opened along its flap. Blue crayon "To Korea" in Chinese characters on front. JP 68:5 does not list having seen any Auckland covers, though the city is listed in Lewis' 1936 price list, and he apparently had an agent, Henry W. Geoghegan, in the city. A unique cover?, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2212 imageLake Taupo & Mt. Ngauruhoe, New Zealand: 1937 (July 13) to Pennsylvania, The standard view of the lake and mountain which is here, as usually found, erupting. JP 68:5, p. 263, states that "Lewis' spelling of Ngauruhoe is consistently incorrect", but here he gets it right. Horizontal pair of ½d definitives are tied by a single "Auckland/13JL37/N.Z" c.d.s. Reverse with only Lewis' sake gourd logo handstamped across flap. Opened neatly at left. Mounting residue on back, which is starting to show through at top corners on the front; otherwise a fresh and clean cover. Lewis had visited this area in his travels, speaking about his trip through New Zealand (with "extremely beautiful limelight views") at a Jan. 19, 1906, meeting of the Yokohama Literary Society, whose report on the presentation specifically mentions the lake, mountain, and their surrounding Maori legends., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,200
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2213 imageLake Taupo & Mt. Ngaruhoe, New Zealand: 1939 (Nov. 29) to Michigan, A last-known date cover, on cachet identical to the previous Lot, though here with the mountain's name misspelled. Three King George VI definitives add up to 3½d postage, and are tied by two Auckland "Upper Symonds Street/29 NO 39/N.Z" c.d.s.'s. Reverse with handstamped ") N (" in blue, typed "25" at lower left, and a "Maori Chief/New Zealand" poster stamp (cut down) sealing the flap. As on the previous cachet, note the window and door on the hut, which are not voids but are painted in. A great cover all around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,200
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2214 imageDanger Island (Puka Puka), South Pacific: 1938 (Oct. 9) to Missouri, A new earliest-known cover. JP 68:5, pp. 265-266 states, "These covers are rare, the only two known being dated 13 January 1939 and 20 July 1939", whereas this is dated three months earlier. The cover, cacheted by an all-over design of foreground palms with the sun on the horizon, is franked by two ½d Cook Island definitives, each tied by a "Danger Island/-9OC38/N.Z" c.d.s., with "Apia/24.OC.38/[W]estern Samoa" transit at left. Reverse with ") N (" and sake gourd logo handstamped in blue, along with partially erased "10-21-37" at upper right and "rec 11-21-38" below the opening remarque. Small 5mm tear at bottom center, previously tape-repaired on reverse (tape now removed). A little rough around the edges, but a great new early cover. Take a chance and bid! Fine to Very Fine on its specifics, but a better cover taken as a whole.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2215 imageDanger Island (Puka Puka), South Pacific: 1939 (July 20) to New York, Posted on the last date covers are known, this one traveled from Danger Island to Long Island. Franked by 2½d Cook Islands postage tied by three "Danger Island/20 JL 39/N.Z" c.d.s.'s, this cover design of a hut among trees with sun on the horizon is unrecorded by JP for this location, making this the fourth cover known from Pukapuka, and the third cachet used. Blue ") N (" handstamped on reverse. A lovely addition to the Lewis census., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2216 imageNiue, Island of Niue: 1934 (Dec. 8) to California, An unreported cachet for this location, picturing a seaside town with a mountain rising in the distance. Franked by a splendid full lower right corner margin Niue 4d single tied by one of two "Niue/-8DE34/N.Z" broken-ring c.d.s.'s. Back with only typed ") N (" opening remarque. A great chance to add something old, something Niue to your collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2217 imageNiue, Island of Niue: 1935 (May 4) to Oklahoma, A standard Type I cachet depicting a tree-lined shore overlooking a bay with mountains in the distance. 3d Niue Cook Islands postage tied by two "Niue/-4MY35/N.Z" c.d.s. strikes. Reverse with ") N (" typed. A nice, clean example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2218 imageNiue, Island of Niue: 1936 (Aug. 14) to California, On a brightly painted Type I cachet, with address angled across bottom right field of brown. A single 2½d Niue pictorial is tied by a faint but legible Niue c.d.s. Reverse without any of Lewis' standard markings, but with penciled notations from a former owner. An eye-catching cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$3,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2219 imagePenrhyn Island, South Pacific: 1936 (June 12) to Oklahoma, JP 68:5 states, page 266, "These covers are rare with two covers reviewed dated 12 June 1936 and 16 May 1940." This is a third, unrecorded, cover, the second bearing the earliest known date of June 12, 1936. Utilizing the palm-lined beach with sun on horizon cachet (also used at Danger Island and Nauru; see Lots 2214 & 2238), the cover bears a third variety of the inscription at upper left (here in all capital letters) and only 1d in postage (JP notes their 1936 cover bore 2½d). The stamp is tied by a solid "Penrhyn Island/1/12 JE/36/N.Z" c.d.s. Backflap is sealed by a sake gourd logo handstamped in blue, with ") N (" typed in black at top center. A few toned areas from corner mounts, but still a great rarity: one of three known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2220 imageFrom Adamstown, Pitcairn Island: 1934 (Feb. 23) to New Jersey, Perhaps the most exciting cover in the sale: An unrecorded location/inscription, an unrecorded cachet, plus a new earliest known date! Covers from Pitcairn described and illustrated in JP 68:5 (pp. 281-283) bear captions of "Pitcairn Island", "Bounty Bay" or "Point Lookout"; this follows Lewis' early covers' wording of "From,/ADAMSTOWN./Pitcairn Island." with seven spaced underscores. The cachet is a breathtaking depiction of the Bounty, her lines and rigging at first appearing engraved (note the original sketch, still visible amid and around the final inked design). Each stamp of the 3d New Zealand postage is tied by an unmistakable "Pitcairn Island/23.FE.34/N.Z. Postal Agency" dater, further tied by a London "Victoria Docks/27 MCH/1934/E.1" wavy-line c.d.s. Reverse with " N " remarque (in quotation marks), offset from an unknown roller cancel, a second London 27 MR 34 dater, plus a blue circled "KL" handstamp at lower left. Neatly opened at right. A stunning cover all around—we expect mutinous bidding., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$5,000-6,000
SOLD for HK$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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