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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2301 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Illinois, A neat trees-on-knoll cachet with printed inscription top, blue "To US" handstamp, and four definitives tied by two strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Reverse with typed "C-1." and ") O (" and pictorial handstamp across flap in blue. Included with the cover are the original enclosures, a typed and signed letter, dated Aug. 8, 1935, on letterhead with the design at top in brown, plus a revised price list (no date) with many additional changes made either by hand or typed. including, "MY SHIPS' COVERS ARE THE HANDSOMEST COVERS YOU EVER SAW, and only a dime each." The letter mentions six Japanese liners and 11 Dollar Steamship liners for which covers are offered, and much, much more., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2302 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Michigan, A lovely cachet with torii before Mt. Fuji and printed inscription, the three stamps tied by two Sea Post Scenic Datestamps with a blue "To US" handstamp to left. Postage paid by two definitives and a 1½s Red Cross commemorative, noted on reverse as typed "C-4." with "sp'l" penciled below. Opening ") N (" typed, with horizontal blue kan handstamp across flap. Neatly opened at top despite instructions otherwise. A pretty cover, and an uncommon "Special"., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2303 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (Sept. 10) to Illinois, An over-sized envelope used to send multiple covers or cards, with a cachet of three buildings on a low hill with ship, birds, Mt. Fuji and sun beyond. Three Tazawas are spaced below the typed inscription, each tied by a Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Combination notation of "C-9.", along with ")O(" instructional remarque—both manuscript in blue ink. A pictorial handstamp seals the flap. The cover has seen either water or high dampness, and while the handstamps are a little faded, the cachet's ink is good as new. Opened at right, with backflap unsealed by moisture. Despite the rough appearance, this is the only large-sized ship cover in this sale., Fine only due to causes beyond its control.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$800-1,200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2304 imageChichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Apr. 9) to Connecticut, Our astronomer friend strikes again, this time with the sun's disk completely black. A printed inscription tops this house-on-a-bluff cachet, with a heavy layer of black applied to the sun (hints of red show through). Interestingly bearing only 6s postage, despite the flap having at one time been sealed; the two stamps tied by the Chichibu-Maru's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. "C-3." combination typed on reverse, with blue handstamped ") N (" and oval kan across flap. Light toning to the back and top of front, but a conversation piece for sure., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2305 imageKamakura-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1939 (Feb. 8) to Ohio, An ebullient cover, only fitting for the first day of the ship's Scenic Datestamp use. The cachet depicts several buildings nestled against a low hill, Mt. Fuji with sun, birds and ship in distance; printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. Two National Park issues plus a 14s Showa First Issue definitive are all neatly tied by a "Kamakura-Maru/Sea Post/Nippon/8. 2/1939" Scenic Datestamp. Reverse notes "C-14.n." and ") O (", both typed, with "Open this" added in pencil. Further adding to the festivities is the pictorial handstamp across the flap. Later penciled notes on back can easily be ignored. Opened at left. The Kamakura-Maru was the final incarnation of the Chichibu-Maru, whose spelling was changed briefly to Titibu-Maru before being renamed entirely. A late Lewis ship cover. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2306 imageHeian-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934-37 group of five, On various cachets, the 1934 and 1935 covers with typed inscriptions, the 1936 and 1937 printed. Combinations include C-2 (1934, to Oklahoma), C-6 (1934, to New York), C-1 (1935 to Missouri and 1936 to New Jersey) and C-2.N. (1937 to Missouri). Each opened. The 1937 cover a less common variety, with the main design at right and the ship sailing towards left. Light overall toning on the 1934 Oklahoma cover, the others fresh. A nice group from the Heian-Maru., Very Fine selection.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$3,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2307 imageHeian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (May 2) to Connecticut, A nice ship cachet of Mt. Fuji with tree line, with a five-color franking tied by three Sea Post Scenic Datestamps on the sole two-line inscription cover in this sale. Blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Typed "C-2." and ") N (" on reverse along with a pictorial handstamp across the flap. Opened at top neatly. Pretty., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2308 imageHeian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Mar. 18) to Connecticut, With Large Commemorative Datestamp for Prince & Princess Chichibu's journey to England for the Coronation of King George VI. (The first part of their trip was aboard the Heian-Maru.) The Large Commemorative Datestamp depicts the ship and Japanese and British flags, and is dated 12.3.18 and bears the ship's name at bottom. Two strikes tie the four definitives to the otherwise standard ship cover. "C-1." noted reverse, along with handstamped ") N (" and pictorial seal in blue. Neatly opened along flap. A nice example of the cancel., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2309 imageHeian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Aug. 19) to Kansas, With the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp in bright cherry red rather than the standard red brown. The new 20s rate tied by two Scenic Datestamp strikes, with "C-1.N." and ") O (" typed on reverse and pictorial handstamp sealing flap. Enclosed is a same-day dated letter from Lewis, on brown letterhead, discussing the increase in costs for covers, the six Japanese and ten Dollar Line ships available, and a request not to send coin in letters as a tax is levied against them. Opened top and right. An arresting cancel, the brightest we've seen., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2310 imageHeian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1938 (Aug. 24) to Illinois, Bearing two 13.8.24-dated Yokohama Scenic Datestamps. House-on-hill cachet with printed inscription, 20s postage including a New Year issue. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-5.N." notation typed on reverse, with a manuscript ")O(" over-stamped by blue ") N (" and penciled "Do not open this". Double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp across flap. Heavy stiffener. The use of the Yokohama cancel is curious, as the ship's post office was open until August 1941. The sole example in this sale., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2311 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Oct. 25) to California, The sole Sea Post comb cancel in this sale. The cover's cachet depicts a road leading to a torii, with mountain and sun, steamer and sampans, plus birds, in the distance. Typed inscription at top with much-faded "To US" handstamp at upper left. The four Tazawa issues, three 1s oranges and a 7s yellow, are tied by three "Hikawa-Maru/Sea Post/25.10.34/Nippon" combs. "C-21." and ") O (" typed reverse, with thick-character negative kan handstamp sealing flap. Opened top. Light overall toning, but a nice-looking cover still., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2312 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 15) to Illinois, A pretty Mt. Fuji with tree line cachet with typed inscription and faded blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Four stamps, including two 1½s Red Cross commemoratives, tied by two pristine strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. "C-2." and ") N (" typed reverse, with "Do not open" added in manuscript. Toothed horizontal kan across flap, which has been neatly opened. Filler (wrapping paper) still enclosed. A colorful mix., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2313 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (July 18) to Kentucky, The cachet a torii before the sea and Mt. Fuji, with printed inscription, the three stamps (including two from the Manchurian Emperor's Visit issue) tied by two good strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. Combination notation "C-4." typed with "Sp'l" added manuscript in blue ink below. Typed ") N (" remarque, thick-character negative kan across flap, and circled "44" handstamp in black. A very pretty Special franking., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2314 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Apr. 1) to Connecticut, A first day of new rate coverwith a franking that does not match the combination number. The cachet a less common building and land at right, ship sailing to left, with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. The cover is franked by 7s and 13s Tazawas for the new international rate, each tied by a strong Sea Post Scenic Datestamp from the ship. The confusion arises from the combination notation on reverse, typed "C-2." which, of course, is a five-stamp, 10s franking. Perhaps Lewis omitted the ".N." after the number, but the 7s + 13s combination is also "C-13.N." The light toning does not detract. A neat example of a Lewis inconsistency., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2315 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934-35 trio of C-3 combinations, On three nearly identical cachets of a building overlooking the sea, the covers date Sept. 4, 1934 (to Virginia), Dec. 15, 1934 (to Oklahoma) and Feb. 7, 1935 (to Indiana). Each with typed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp as expected. All identified as "C-3." on reverse, but each with a different combination of stamps making up the 10s; Virginia is all-definitives, Oklahoma includes two Red Cross commemoratives with definitives, and Indiana a single Red Cross plus three definitives. Proof positive that a single combination can take many forms., Very Fine overall, the Virginia cover with light foxing.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2316 imageHikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935-37, a fabulous foursome, A very pretty group of four, two with torii cachet design, the others with trees or building in foreground. Various frankings/combinations (1937 a 20s cover), all tied by good strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. The matching torii covers are noted "C-4." (1935) and "C-4.N." (1937), while trees on knoll is "C-1." and building is "C-3." Only fault is a small tear to backflap on the "C-3" cover. Join us on the bridge for this one., Very Fine overall.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2317 imageHiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (June 7) to New York, With a Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp 5½ months earlier than known. JP 34:6, p. 286, cites Nov. 23, 1934, as the date this Scenic Datestamp was introduced, but this cover bears two crystal-clear strikes dated 7.6./1934! Four definitives on a torii-and-cherry blossoms cachet with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. Reverse with typed "C-1." and ") N (", and double-framed square kan handstamp across flap. Opened at top. An exciting earliest known usage of the datestamp., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2318 imageHiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Aug. 2) to Oklahoma, A second early usage of the Hiye-Maru's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, this one 3½ months prior to the date listed in current literature. Two clear 2.8/1934-dated strikes tie the three definitives to the typed-inscription house-on-a-bluff cachet, with blue "To US" handstamp at far top at left. Typed "C-4." and ") N (" on back, with flap (since opened) sealed by vertical kan handstamp. Light overall toning, but a nice cover nonetheless., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2319 imageHiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 20) to New York, Yet a third early date for the Hiye-Maru's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, used two months prior to its known introduction. Cachet depicts a torii between trees with Mt. Fuji, sun and ship in background. Typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp, and two solid 20.9/1934-dated cancels. "C-4." and ") N (" typed on reverse, the flap sealed by a vertical kan handstamp. Opened at top, with the filler (included) part of a wrapper sent to Lewis from London (?), carrying his partial typed name and address., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2320 imageHiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 20) to Virginia, The final example of an early usage of the ship's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, and the second dated 20.9/1934. Cachet depicts a house overlooking the ocean, with Mt. Fuji, sun and ship behind. Typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and two cancels tying the three definitives. Noted "C-5." and ") N (" on reverse, both typed, with flap sealed by thick-character negative kan handstamp in blue. Slight toning and spotting, but still an interesting addition to either a Lewis or a postal history collection or exhibit., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

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