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Japanese Empire continued...

Honshu
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2041 imageHabu, Island of Oshima: 1935 (May 31) to Ohio, The sole known example from Habu, according to JP 70:6, pp. 311-312. The cover is illustrated by all-over common cachet Type 3Ba (a less common variety, lacking sun behind the mountain), and is slightly overfranked with 10½s postage, which includes two commemoratives. The three stamps are tied by two deep-colored Tokyo/Habuminato 10.5.31 Scenic Datestamps. Regular "To US" handstamp in blue to left of stamps; reverse bears "C-25." combination and typed ") N (" opening remarque, with flap sealed by Lewis' sake gourd handstamp. A crisp, clean cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2042 imageHase, Kamakura: 1933 (Oct. 18) uncacheted to Texas, An early cover from Lewis, unillustrated. The four stamps (10s, paying the basic international rate) are tied by two strikes of the Kamakura Hase datestamp, which pictures the Great Buddha statue. The usual "To US" handstamp in blue is at lower left. The backflap is quite busy, with the regular combination ("C-1.") and opening remarque (a straightforward "O.") plus, further down, Lewis' inscription reading "HASE,  Kamakura/JAPAN./_ _ _" (a slight variety on those listed in the JP article cited above). The flap is sealed by both a blue square kan handstamp and a magenta Dallas General Delivery Nov. 4 receiver. Opened at top. Included is a two-page typed and signed letter from Lewis to Von Hoffman, dated Oct. 17, 1933, discussing a recent order and a request for covers from the USS Houston. (The letterhead shows the Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamp design used on this cover, plus an illustration of the Mt. Fuji/Lake Yamanaka Scenic Datestamp, unseen on any Lewis covers.), Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2043 imageHase, Kamakura: 1934 (Apr. 9) to Ohio, Adorned by common cachet Type 2Aa (Mt. Fuji with sun and birds, with tree line and waves in foreground), inscribed as usual at top left, and franked by combination "C-1." Stamps are tied by two strikes of the Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp above the summit. Combination noted on reverse, with " O " opening remarque using quotation marks rather than the more common parentheses. Blue square kan handstamp placed across bottom of flap as a seal. Cover opened neatly along flap, with contents a cut-out from the Kaihin Hotel, Kamakura, with picture and description of the Great Buddha statue. This cover is imaged in JP 70:6, on page 313., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2044 imageHase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 14) single-line inscription to California, The sole-known ship's cover referenced by JP (see pp. 312-314 of the Dec. 2015 issue, where this cover is illustrated), with an uncommon single-line inscription at top left—necessitated by the franking combination. The seven stamps are tied by four Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps, with the blue "To US" handstamp moved to bottom center. Typed on the backflap are the combination notation "C-60" and the remarque ") O (", with a large oval kan handstamp across the flap. Neatly opened at top. Front ever so slightly toned, but still a great, uniquely known cover., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2045 imageHase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 14) to Illinois, Bearing a cachet of the Daibutsu, with a franking nearly as impressive: 10s in 1s Tazawas (horizontal block of 8 with perforations separated between positions 5 and 6 but carefully realigned, plus a similar horizontal pair), all tied by three strikes of the Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at far left. No combination or opening notations on backflap, which is sealed by a large square kan handstamp in blue. Opened at right. A regal cover, sure to grab attention., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2046 imageHase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 28) to New York, A second cover from the previous Lot's artist, this one franked by two 1½s Tazawa coils either side of a 7s of the same issue. Coils are almost never seen on these covers—this is one of only two examples in this sale (see Lewis' remarks on them in several letters, Lots 2183 and 2361). Two Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps tie, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Combination notation of "C-J's'n" and typed ") N (" opening remarque, with large horizontal oval kan handstamp across flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2047 imageHase, Kamakura: 1937 (Apr. 5) to California, A third Daibutsu cover, but clearly from another of Lewis' artists, showing a very different style and aesthetic. Unlike with the postage due-inducing cover elsewhere in the sale (see Lot 2115), Lewis was aware of the April 1 rate increase and franked accordingly, providing a pretty four-color array of definitives to be tied by two Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps. Usual blue "To US" handstamp. Reverse shows only "C-24 new" combination notation; although originally sealed (and since opened), there is no opening remarque at top center. A beauty! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2048 imageItsukushima: 1934 (July 4) to Michigan, A brightly painted view of the torii (JP's torii cachet B), with the shrine low against the water and the island rising behind. 10s postage tied by three strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp dated 9.7.4. Reverse with "C-16." combination notation and typed ") N (" remarque. Flap sealed by magnificent strike of a negative-character horizontal oval kan handstamp. Cover opened at top, and with oil stain at right of address (bleeding through to inside back of envelope). Still, a lovely example of the Miyajima torii in true vermilion—the only cover of this design in the sale., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,000-1,400
SOLD for HK$1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2049 imageItsukushima: 1934 (Dec. 24) to Missouri, A Christmas Eve day cover, with a lovely rendition of torii cachet A, presenting the view on approach to the torii and shrine from the mainland. The four definitives are tied by two 8.12.24 Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp strikes, with "To US" handstamp framed by the torii's columns. "C-20." combination and typed ") N (" on reverse, with flap sealed by small square kan handstamp. A very pretty cover with rich color., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2050 imageItsukushima: 1936 (Jan. 1) to Illinois, And after Christmas comes New Year's! A bright and cheerfully franked islands-with-temple cachet, with two well-inked strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp (each nicely set off against the cachet). Blue "To US" at lower right. "C-9." combination notation on backflap, with no opening remarque. Horizontal blue oval genkan handstamp seals flap. Cover neatly opened at top. With great, fresh colors that just pop, this is one cover to watch., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2051 imageItsukushima: 1937 (Feb. 1) to Ontario, Another example of the torii and shrine from the sea (torii cachet A), slightly more muted than the first but still as lovely. Two strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tie the two definitives paying the 10s rate to Canada—even though the blue handstamp erroneously reads "To US"! Combination notation "C-26." typed on backflap, with blue handstamped ") N (" remarque and inverted vertical oval kan handstamp across bottom of flap. A great-looking cover with a rarely seen Canada address, plus an erroneous marking to boot., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2052 imageItsukushima: 1937 (Mar. 15) to Connecticut, Islands-with-temple cachet, franked by three of the 1934 Red Cross commemorative set, slightly overpaying postage at 10½s. Stamps tied by two great strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-Sp'l." combination notation typed, with handstamped ") N (" and horizontal oval genkan in blue. A grand cover all around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2053 imageItsukushima: 1937 (Apr. 19) to California, Islands-with-temple cachet, franked by 6s in definitives, paying the old unsealed letter rate, but underpaying the new rate (effective April 1) by 4s…yet no postage due was assessed. Two good strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tying. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-18 new" combination notation is the sole marking on reverse., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2054 imageItsukushima: 1937 (Sept. 23) to Missouri, Islands-and-temple cachet bearing full first-class postage of 20s tied by two Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" as nearly always. Reverse with typed "C-22.N." combination notation, blue handstamped ") N (" and inverted double-framed vertical oval fu-in handstamp as seal across the flap. A light bit of wrinkling at the top of the cover, but this hardly detracts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2055 imageMiyajima: 1934 (May 5) to Ohio, This is the second of the three covers known, and the sole example of the Mt. Fuji Type II cachet (imaged on page 323 of the Dec. 2015 issue of JP). The 5s and 4s stamps are tied by the less commonly seen Itsukushima Scenic Datestamp portraying the torii and temple with two of the island's wild deer in the foreground, while the 1s is tied by an Itsukushima 9.5.5 domestic comb cancel. Deep blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Combination "C - 5 ." and " N " (with quotation marks) typed; blue horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp seals the flap. A not-to-be-missed one-of-a-kind., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2056 imageMiyajima: 1937 (Apr. 19) to California, The last-documented Miyajima cover, cacheted with torii and shrine behind (torii cachet A). Postage again is seemingly underpaid, even for an unsealed letter, by the affixed 6s, given the new rates in effect April 1. Two strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tie all four stamps, with a bright blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. The sole marking on the back is the combination notation "C-19 new". Interestingly, of all the Itsukushima/Miyajima covers in this sale, this is the sole example where Lewis' caption and the Scenic Datestamp match! A mighty pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2057 imageKominato: 1937 (Apr. 18) to California, A late cover, postmarked after the rate increase of April 1, 1937, yet with just 6s postage (contradicting the assertion in JP 70:6, pp. 326-327, that all covers bear 10s). The three definitives are tied by two excellent strikes of the Kominato sea bream Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper right and upside down. "C-24 new" combination notation is the only marking on the reverse, as the cover was sent unsealed. Barely noticeable small tear at bottom center, otherwise completely fresh., Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2058 imageKominato: 1937 (Sept. 30) to Missouri, The last-recorded date known for this location. Common cachet Type 2Ba with 20s postage (again contradicting JP). The 7s is tied by one of two Kominato Scenic Datestamps, while the 13s, missed by the second strike, is tied by a "Tokio/3.10.37/Nippon" foreign mail comb. Blue "To US" as usual. Combination "C-25.N." typed on reverse, while both ") N (" and a horizontal double-framed oval kan (inverted) are handstamped in blue. Offset from datestamps on reverse. A sharp-looking cover with one of the most deeply colored handstamps you'll see., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2059 imageKominato - Boshu: 1934 (Sept. 9) to New York, A lovely common cachet Type 2Ba, franked with 10s postage tied by two solid strikes of the Kominato Scenic Datestamp. "Boshu" is one name for the ancient Awa Province (now Chiba Prefecture), where Kominato is located. Blue "To US" handstamp at center left. "C - 27 ." combination notation and ") N (" typed, with vertical oval kan handstamp in blue across flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2060 imageMatsushima: 1933 (Mar. 23) to Michigan; Lewis' earliest documented scenic cover, Imaged originally in JP 45:6, p. 289, and again in color in 70:6 (p. 329), where it is mentioned as Lewis' earliest known scenic cover on page 305. A common cachet Type 1Aa, it bears 10s in a colorful foursome of Tazawas, tied by two Matsushima Kaigan 8.3.23 Scenic Datestamps. "To US" handstamp at left, in violet, with typed "C - 15 ." combination notation and " N " (in quotes, not parentheses) on reverse. Vertical oval kan handstamp seals the flap. Neatly opened at top. The centerpiece for your collection or exhibit., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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