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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2281 imageHiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (Sept. 8) to New York, An uncacheted cover franked by three definitives, each tied by a legible Hiye-Maru I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp dated 8.9./1932. No "To US" handstamp. Reverse with "C-5" and "DO NOT OPEN", both manuscript in pencil, with a vertical kan handstamp sealing the flap. Addressed to one of Lewis' earliest cover customers, Harry G. Avery, in Buffalo. Opened cleanly at right. Penciled "S" on face at lower left supposedly means "a first voyage" (see Lot 2285), but the Hiye-Maru was launched in 1930, and her Scenic Datestamp was introduced June 16, 1932. Perhaps this was the first sailing for which Lewis obtained a cancel? Note the typed inscription omits the ship's name. One for further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2282 imageHiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Jan. 1) to Pennsylvania, A New Year's Day sailing. Typed inscription includes the ship's name, the five definitives tied by three 1.1/1933 Scenic Datestamps. Erroneous Beikoku-only handstamp (missing yuki) in blue at lower left. Reverse with typed "C-2.", no opening remarque, and vertical blue kan handstamp across flap. "1-17-33" penciled at lower right on the back. Also included is an Oct. 19, 1932, typed and signed letter from Lewis on early letterhead, in part requesting payments by cash (or "[Washington] Bi-Centeniial [sic] 8¢ and 9¢ well-centered, stamps…"). The letter also mentions that there are eight Imperial Japanese Trans-Pacific ships for which covers are available. Tear at center left of letter, but it, and the cover, are a great addition to any Karl Lewis collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2283 imageHiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Nov. 14) to Indiana, One of the absolute earliest cacheted ship covers possible. In addition to the dates noted above (see Lot 2270), JP 66:5, p. 251, reports a Nov. 9, 1933, letter from Lewis to a customer, noting it was "enclosed in the 4th of 6 ship covers and that this one [i.e., the Nov. 9 cover] and covers hereafter would be painted in watercolors by a Japanese artist he had just engaged." Depending on the sailing dates of the ships used, this cover—dated Nov. 14—may well be the second cacheted NYK ship cover known. One of our favorite designs in the entire sale, with waves drawn in in black, and one not seen (in this sale, anyway) in later years. The cover is pristine in every respect, with full markings and three clear ship Scenic Datestamps. "C-2." and " N " (in quotations) typed on reverse, with a toothed oval kan handstamp sealing the flap. Neatly opened at top. A definite must-bid. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2284 imageHiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Dec. 30) to Massachusetts, With such a gorgeous cachet, we had to give you a second chance. Typed inscription at top, violet "To US" handstamp at upper left, and three solid strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp are all on the front. Reverse bears typed "C-5." notation and " N O as the opening remarque. A thick-character, double-framed oval kan handstamp seals the flap. We don't know what the stiffener is (the cover was never opened), but it is heavier than anything else we've come across in this sale. A true beauty of a cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2285 imageShidzuoka-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (July 26) to Kansas, Posted on the date the ship's Scenic Datestamp was introduced. Typed inscription at top, with Lewis using an alternate spelling of the ship's name ("Shizuoka"), with five-color franking tied by three clear "26 7./1932/Shidzuoka-Maru/I.J. Sea Post" cancels. Vertical kan handstamp in blue on front along with penciled "S" at lower left. Reverse with penciled "C-2." combination notation, vertical blue fu-in handstamp across flap, and penciled "Signed L.R./1st sailing" at lower left. Addressed to the Weekly Philatelic Gossip, with typed and signed letter enclosed, dated July 25. In the letter, Lewis notes that the ship "will use,for the first time, tomorrow (July 26th) a PICTORIAL CACHET on all letters mailed on board." He goes on to say that he is very busy, "two steamers with mails having arrived the same day in Yokohama…", but promising copy and payment for further advertising in the journal. The Shidzuoka-Maru's post office was open only between July 26 and Sept. 30, 1932, making any cover from the ship incredibly rare—with this being a "First Day Cover" of sorts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2286 imageTatsuta-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (Oct. 27) to New York, With typed and signed letter on back of advertising leaflet offering photographs reproduced in gold or silver Japanese lacquer. A pre-cachet period cover, franked by four Tazawa definitives. Typed inscription at top, with the stamps tied by two deep-colored strikes of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp dated 27.10/1932. With blue handstamp at lower left reading only Beikoku, the yuki omitted. No opening remarque on reverse, but "C-15." combination at upper left and vertical blue kan sealing the flap, which was neatly opened. Toning on reverse and at top only of the front. Still, a nice early cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2287 imageSeapost Nippon covers: 1934-35, six ships, six combinations, Each with a typed inscription at top, and varying cachet design, destination and date. Combinations C-1 through C-6 present as follows: C-1: Hiye-Maru (Feb. 21, 1935), C-2: Heian-Maru (June 29, 1934), C-3: Asama-Maru (July 12, 1934), C-4: Hikawa-Maru (Dec. 15, 1934), C-5: Chichibu-Maru (Aug. 17, 1934) and C-6: Tatsuta-Maru (Aug. 24, 1934). Markings on reverse vary. All but the C-1 cover opened. Some toning on the C-5 and C-6 covers, mainly visible on reverse. A great group of combinations., Very Fine as a whole.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 4,500. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Est. HK$4,000-4,500
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2288 imageSeapost Nippon covers: 1935-36, set of six with printed inscriptions, Similar to the prior Lot, but these covers with the inscription at top printed, the ship's name added by Lewis by typewriter. The set comprises C-1 through C-6, each on a different ship's cover with varying cachets. C-1: Chichibu-Maru (Aug. 14, 1935), C-2: Hikawa-Maru (July 18, 1935), C-3: Hiye-Maru (Aug. 1, 1935), C-4: Asama-Maru (Nov. 7, 1936), C-5: Heian-Maru (Mar. 12, 1936) and C-6: Tatsuta-Maru (Aug. 22, 1936). All opened except C-4. C-5 cover toned but still presentable. A chance to own all six ships' covers., A Very Fine group.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 4,500. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Est. HK$4,000-4,500
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2289 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 11) to Washington, A second cover from the same sailing, with tree on bluff in the foreground. Typed inscription, slightly faded blue "To US" handstamp at upper left, and two clear Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamps tying the four stamps, one a Red Cross commemorative. The reverse is where this cover gets interesting, though: Instead of the usual combination notation, Lewis here has "Ship cover./No. C-1." And while there is no opening remarque, Lewis has typed his name and address at the bottom of the flap, which was sealed by a 1934 Japan Anti-Tuberculosis seal (subsequently torn when the cover was opened along the flap). Light evidence of prior mounting on back. An interesting (and unique in this sale) set of back markings., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2290 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 11) to New York, A wonderfully fresh cover with cachet portraying a path to a building with ship, birds, Mt. Fuji and sun beyond. Inscription typed, blue "To US" handstamp as usual, and two strikes of the Asama-Maru's Sea Post Nippon handstamp tying the four stamps. "C-3." and ") N (" typed; horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp across flap. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2291 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934 (Sept. 11), A pair of covers from the same sailing, the first to Virginia, the second to Illinois. Both with blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Each with a different cachet and combination (Virginia being C-4, Illinois C-1). Virginia cover marked ") N (" and opened right, Illinois marked ") O (" and opened along flap. Some foxing, mainly to back, on the Virginia cover, but cachets fresh and clean on both. A pretty pair., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2292 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935 (July 11) & 1937(Jan. 15), Two covers from the busiest period of Lewis' business. Both with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. The 1935 cover, to Michigan, has a trees-on-hill cachet and a C-1 combination tied by two strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. The cover from 1937, sent to Nebraska, has the two stamps (including 9½s Airmail; combination C-6) tied by a single strike of the cancel on a cachet of a house overlooking the sea. Pictorial handstamp across the flap on 1935 and double-framed box kan handstamp on 1937. Both opened, despite the ") N (" remarque. A nice pair of covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2293 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (Jan. 21) to Washington, A lovely trees-on-hill cachet, with printed inscription. The three stamps—all commemoratives, uncommon for Lewis—are tied by two neat strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp, with an under-inked "To US" handstamp at left. Reverse with "Sp'l." combination notation and ") O (" remarque typed, with "open this" added in pencil below. A pictorial handstamp seals the flap. Opened at top neatly, as one would expect from someone who worked at the Seattle Post Office's Philatelic Window., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2294 imageAsama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (July 12) to Illinois, A cacheted cover with printed inscription, blue "To US" at far right, and two solid strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp tying the five-color franking. Reverse with typed "C-2" notation and ") O (", and near-circular kan handstamp across flap. Cover opened along flap. Included with the cover is a single-page typed and signed letter, which turns out to be a goldmine of information: thanking Mr. Johnson for the plate blocks sent as payment, Lewis notes, "I am delighted to get them; and so is my wife; who collects U.S., as I am too busy for collecting nowadays." After a discussion of the Japanese and American liners' covers available, Lewis turns to his personal history, telling that he was named for a German friend of his father's, reminiscing about his time in Germany, and closing with the cheeky, "I have also been to Cape Grabusa, on the Island of Crete, in the Mediterranean; but never in your city." A spectacular letter that provides more information—and raises more questions—on Lewis' pre-Yokohama days. All imaged online., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2295 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (June 14) to New York, From the first day of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Inscription is typed on tree-on-knoll cachet, with left-most of the five stamps partially covering the blue "To US" handstamp. Three clear strikes of the "Chichibu-Maru/Sea Post/Nippon/14.8/1934" Scenic Datestamp. "C-2." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical kan handstamp. A nice "First Day" of the cancel., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2296 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 11) to Missouri, Bearing a "C-1."/[manuscript] "Special" combination: a 1s Tazawa plus two Red Cross commemoratives. The tree-on-knoll cachet has a typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and two nice strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. ") N (" typed on reverse, with double-framed kan handstamp across flap. "12/27/34" date received penciled in on the front at lower right. An uncommon "Special" combination, noted in Lewis' own hand., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2297 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 11) to Ohio, A typed inscription on a house-on-ground cachet bearing the uncommon "C-11" combination franking, here including a 3s Red Cross commemorative. Two strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp tie the four stamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at their immediate left. Typed "C-11." and ") O (" on backflap, sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. Opened along flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2298 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: a 1935 (Sept. 14) & 1937 (Aug. 13) pair, On nearly matching cachet designs, each with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. The 1935 cover, bound for Pennsylvania, bears 10s postage (including a 9½s Airmail), noted "C-6." on reverse with typed ") N (" remarque and double-framed square kan handstamp. The 1937 cover (to Missouri) has 20s postage, the three definitives designated "C-5.N." on reverse, which only has a blue handstamped ") N (" remarque. 1935 opened top, 1937 at left. A nice, two-rate pair., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2299 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (June 14) to Connecticut, The house-on-ground cachet bearing a printed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp, and four-color franking tied by two clear strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp for the ship. Reverse with typed "C-3." notation and ") N (" remarque, along with horizontal oval kan handstamp and a hand-written note from Lewis running up the left side, "Next cover will be late." Light crease at bottom center hardly detracts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2300 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Kentucky, An unusual three-commemorative franking (two Red Cross issues plus a 6s Manchurian Emperor's Visit), tied by two ship Sea Post Scenic Datestamps, on a house-on-ground printed inscription cachet. Reverse with typed "C-6." with "Sp'l" added in blue pen. Opening remarque of ") N (" typed, vertical blue kan handstamp across flap, and a circled "43" handstamp in black. Neatly opened at right. A nice "Special"., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction

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