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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2361 imageUSS Augusta: 1936 (May 26) cacheted cover to Massachusetts, An alternate cachet design, with a destroyer replacing the steamship. Franked by a 3¢ US National Recovery Act issue (Scott #732), tied by a clear strike of the "U.S.S./26/MAY/1936/P.M/AUGUSTA" three-bar YOKOHAMA/JAPAN (without printers' ornaments) c.d.s. Blue "To US" handstamp below typed inscription top left. The reverse with a handstamped ") N (" in blue, with a typed two-line "With our Compliments./ K.l & S.L" salutation. Blue near-circular kan handstamp across flap. The only example we have seen where Sadako Lewis is mentioned on a Karl Lewis cover. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
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2362 imageUSS Chester: 1935 (Oct. 16) cacheted cover to Ohio, On a rarely seen customer-supplied envelope, wider and shorter than Lewis' own, with the recipient's name and address pre-printed. The general ship cachet of a house and tree on a spit of land, with Mt. Fuji, the sun and a steamer, carries a typed four-line inscription by Lewis for the ship. The two stamps (1¢ and 2¢ Fourth Bureau Issues, Scott #552 & 554) are tied by the ship's three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" (with printers' flowers) cancel, clearly struck. Blue "To US" handstamp at bottom center across the cachet. A typed ") N (" remarque and "12" at lower left, along with sake gourd handstamp in blue across seal, are the sole markings on the reverse. A clean cover. Richell, a member of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society and President of the American Naval Cancellation Society, was himself a cachet designer, with three of his designs among the USCS' "Royal Family of Ten" in 1934., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
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2363 imageUSS Chester: 1935 (Oct. 16) cacheted cover to New York, A different house on a different knoll, with a warship rather than a steamer, but posted on the same day as the previous Lot with the identical franking and ship's postmark. Blue "To US" handstamp at far upper left. Reverse with ") N (" typed at top center and "10" at lower left. Lewis's sake gourd logo is handstamped in blue across the flap. Unopened and pristine., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
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2364 imageUSS Gold Star: 1935 (Feb. 6) cacheted design to Ohio, Again to C. Wright Richell on his pre-printed and supplied envelope. The cachet depicts a gated wall with trees enclosed, with a steamer far out to sea and Mt. Fuji and a brilliant sun in the background. Lewis' typed inscription at upper right. A 2¢ Fourth Bureau Issue and 1¢ Washington Bicentennial are tied by a thick "U.S.S. GOLD STAR/FEB/6/1935" three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" (no flowers) c.d.s. Blue Beikokuyuki stamp across Mt. Fuji, plus a blue "U.S. of AMERICA." straightline handstamp below the pre-printed address. Reverse with only "10" typed at lower left and the near-circular kan handstamp across the flap. Heavy wrinkle at far left (front only) not immediately visible as the artist hid it along the tree lines. Still a pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2365 imageUSS Gold Star: 1936 (Dec. 10) cacheted cover to Washington, Addressed to D.C. Bartley, the 1935 President of the USCS who named Lewis (to the latter's consternation) Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations" (see Lewis' letter to M.B. Owens, a fellow USCS member, in Lot 2359 above). Cachet is of a house on a hill, with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds, and warship on the water. Franked by 1¢ Franklin and 2¢ Washington stamps, which are tied by the "U.S.S./AM/DEC/10/1936/GOLD STAR" three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" c.d.s. (note dater's changed format). Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Manuscript ") O (" remarque at top reverse, with cut-out of a (Japanese-drawn?) tall ship across the flap. Opened at top. We can only wonder what was in that letter., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
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Miscellaneous

Misc. Documents and Correspondence
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2366 imageCombination cover: 1932 (Sept. 7) to New York, From the start of Lewis' cover days, a lovely example of a "picture-frame" franking. A block of nine 1s Tazawas with the central stamp removed, a 2s green Mt. Fuji definitive put in its place (equaling the 10s international rate). The lot tied by eight strikes of the "Yokohama/7.9.32/JAPAN" [not 'Nippon', as later] foreign mail comb cancel. Vertical oval kan handstamp at top left front, the back with "C-12" penciled at top left and a double-framed square kan handstamp across the flap. Penciled "Yokohama/Sept 7 1932" penciled at lower left reverse. Small wrinkle at lower right is of no consequence. A fresh cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2367 imageCombination covers: 1932 set of nine different, All posted between Apr. 4 and Sept. 7; one (C-1) to LeRoy Brown of Olean, NY, the rest to Harry Avery of Buffalo. Combinations shown are C-1, C-2, C-8, C-11 ("picture frame", ½s surrounding 6s), C-12 ("picture frame", 1s surrounding 2s), C-14, C-15, C-16 and C19 (strips of three each ½s, 1s and 2s). All pay the proper 10s rate except C-19, overpaying by ½s. All cancelled by Yokohama/JAPAN foreign mail combs in violet, with the exception of C-19, cancelled by three Yokohama foreign mail rollers. Various kan handstamps on fronts, while backs bear combination notations in pencil (C-1 partially obscured by previous mounting), various seals across the flap, and recipient's penciled notes at bottom left. Also included is a typed but unsigned letter on Lewis' letterhead to Avery in C-19, asking that he send cash rather than stamps as payment in future: "U.S.postage stamps are not easily disposed of here just now but good old U.S.green-backs are good EVERYWHERE." A chance to obtain some of Lewis' earliest covers that won't come again soon., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 8,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7)

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Est. HK$7,000-8,000
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2368 imageFavor cover from Lewis to H.J. Madison, 1934 (Mar. 10) to New York, On a US First Day Cover envelope. A vertical lower right margin pair of the imperforate 1¢ Century of Progress issue, plus a lower left corner imperforate single of the 3¢ Byrd Expedition, on the latter's FDC envelope, the printed cachet showing the RCA Building, a ship among icebergs, a "map" of Little America, Byrd (?) and a polar bear. Sent to Lewis for return servicing, the stamps are tied by a "U.S.T.P. Sea Post/EAST/MAR/10/1934/S.S. Pres. Grant" duplex. "From:- Karl Lewis, Yokohama, JAPAN." typed at upper left with blue "To US" handstamp bottom center. Vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Described as a "wrapper" in JP 72:5, pp. 292-293, where it is also imaged. A fun collateral item, for the Lewis or the Polar collector., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2369 imageKagoshima Scenic Datestamp: 1937 (Feb. 9) cover to Lewis, Addressed to Lewis' home address, a plain envelope with 3s Tazawa tied by a sideways Kagoshima Scenic Datestamp dated 12.2.9. "Kagoshima, Japan" in pencil at lower right. Reverse bears typed address of the sender, "B.H. Fisher./C/O, Arizono Hotel" in Kagoshima (apparently by Lewis—it fits his style—but the linen-esque envelope is not one of Lewis' usual), plus Lewis' blue straightline handstamp receiver dated "FEB 11 1937". Opened at left. Given the markings, Lewis asked a friend to send him an example of the datestamp. No enclosure, sadly, but another thread in the Lewis-spun web of contacts. A neat start to a research project., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$800-1,200
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2370 imageMiscellaneous Lewis covers: a 1934 quartet, Two to Lewis, two from him. The pair sent to him are US First Day Covers (4¢ Mesa Verde National Park, horizontal pair, on 2¢ entire; 3¢ Wisconsin Tercentenary single on 5¢ Airmail entire), each addressed to H.J. Madison, c/o Karl Lewis. Each was sent via airmail within the US and by ship onwards, with Yokohama/Nippon foreign mail combs as receivers. The first item from Lewis is a partial oversized envelope bearing a complete booklet pane of six of the 1½s Tazawa issue, tied by two 16.8.34 Yokohama foreign mail combs with blue "To US" handstamp alongside, addressed to Madison. The second item from Lewis is a Registered Airmail cover bearing the 8½s, 16½s, 18s and 33s Airmail issues, all tied by three 1.6.32 foreign mail combs in violet, with "Yokohama A" Registry label on front and address cut from stationery and fancy genkan handstamp, along with Registry transit and receiver markings, on reverse. (The two covers from/to Madison are discussed and imaged in JP 72:5, p. 304.) Even scarcer than his cacheted covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2371 imageHow the Rest Was Sold: 1932-40 business documents and correspondence, A miscellany of five items, featuring a Karl Lewis return envelope (addressed in both English and Japanese), an undated four-page price list, an April 1932 "Supplement No. 1" listing new or additional items on offer, a December 1932 six-page price list ("Revised prices. Cancelling all previous lists."), plus a May 20, 1940, double-spaced typed letter, signed, on letterhead (design in brown) concerning ship's letters and a post-script along the side regarding a "just received" order for a Danger Island cover: "As I have to send the cover to Puka Puka, it will be several months before you receive it. But I guarantee delivery." Nothing flash or fancy here, but a glimpse into how Lewis conducted his business and, with the price lists and supplement, an opportunity to reconstruct when certain items were first available. A nice Lot for the historian., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
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Picture Postcards
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2372 image"From Occident to Orient" (No. 140): Mailed to Michigan, 1907 (July 8) from Chefoo, China, A multi-view postcard not listed in Lewis' 1905 catalogue (though discussed in JP 64:5, pp. 300-301, where it is mistakenly described as No. 240). The 22 images tiled on the card depict the ships that would become the First Division of the First Squadron of the American Asiatic Fleet, plus views along their journey from the Mediterranean to Yokohama. A small "placard" amongst the images reads "published by, KARL LEWIS, Yokohama", and his trademark monogrammed sake gourd handstamp is on the reverse. What makes this card truly exceptional, though, is that it was actually posted. The writer's note, on the picture side of the card, reads, "Chefoo, China, July 8 - 07. My dear Mabel:-These are some of the places we have visited. They were made for the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. I mean the post cards were made for the Pa. Best wishes brother Frank." The card is franked by a 4k Russian Offices in China single, tied by one of two Cyrillic "Chefoo/9.7.07" c.d.s.'s. The card discussed in JP was mailed from the Philippines Aug. 5, 1907, this card predating it by a month. As the split-back design of the card became legal in Japan only in April of that year, we have a production window of Apr. 1 to early July, 1907. A beautiful card and a spectacular posting!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
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2373 imageNavy Mess Hall: sent 1909 (Nov. 8) to Missouri from Canton, One of a set of satirical drawings Lewis published (his logo on reverse at upper left), depicting life aboard a US Navy vessel. This shows the mess hall, with crew members eating, brawling, laughing at a comrade who's fallen in the cat's milk dish…and one with gleeful murder in mind. Posted to Missouri, franked by a 4¢ Hong Kong King Edward VII tied by a Canton/NO 8/09 c.d.s. The nearly invisible penciled message on the picture side reads, "This is some of the Navy life at sea. #1 [the figure in the milk dish] that's me." A card as tough as hardtack., Very Fine, though with a light smudge away from cartoon.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
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2374 imageA wonderful selection of 22 Karl Lewis postcards, Comprising numbered items included in his 1905 catalogue, numbered items that do not correspond to the catalogue's listings, and unnumbered cards. The numbered cards, listed in the catalogue, are: #613, 704 (with written message in Japanese; to J. Park Graybell, Jr., who in 1904 became Secretary-Treasurer of the Union Souvenir Card Exchange, just as membership was approved for a certain Karl Lewis of Yokohama!), 774A, 775, 837, 877, 924 (captioned only "A Japanese. garden,"), 1005 (missing "(A relic of old Japan)" in caption), 1035, 1491, 1732 (no "at Mojizuri Ishi" in caption), 2119, 2158, 2172 and 2545. Numbered but unlisted in the catalogue: 609-A ("The United States cruiser 'New Orleans'"; marked, in the waves, with what appears to be "Karl Lewis art."). Numbered hors série: "No. 30. PORT ARTHUR." Unnumbered cards: "China. Pagoda on Tiger Hill, Soo Chow, China./'Published by Karl Lewis, Photographer, No. 102, Honmura Road, Yokohama.'"; a winter street scene (caption in white…against snow; it may be numbered, but we can't tell); a black-and-white photo captioned "Ruins on Admiralty Island"; a hand-tinted photo, "CHINA. Hong Kong."; and "EGYPT. The Water-front of Port Said." (the source for the "Port Said" image on the multi-view card in Lot 2372). All cards are either captioned by Lewis or have his sake gourd logo on reverse (two with the gourd inverted). A variety of backs (solid, split, bordered UPU, etc.). Some used, some toned, but all sound. A beautiful compilation. All imaged online., A Very Fine group.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7)

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Est. HK$8,000-10,000
SOLD for HK$6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Collections and Groups
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2375 imageA compare-and-contrast selection of non-Karl Lewis items, 1933-40, To see how Lewis' work stands up, you need something to which to compare it…and here it is. Four items in total, one a Seapost cover with US 3¢ Washington Bicentennial tied by a violet Tatsuta-Maru/12.5.33/I.J.Seapost" comb cancel with boxed "Paquebot" handstamp alongside, sent from Honolulu; plus three illustrated covers: one a very pretty star over Bethlehem all-over drawing, posted from North Dakota to Dr. Sherwood Hall in Haiju, Korea (including a letter written in three colors of pencil!); one a date-illegible (1930?) cover with small cachet in all-black (exhibiting some of the highlight shine seen on Lewis' Nikko Park First Day Cover above, Lot 2162), plus an illustrated First Day Cover for the 4s 2600th Anniversary issue, with its Kobe Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 15.11.10. A pretty grouping., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
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Catalog

The Printed Catalog
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2376 imageThe Catalog. The printed catalog for the sale.
Estimate HK$100 – 150. (Image1)
Est. HK$100-150
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