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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2061 imageMatsushima: 1937 (May 6) to California, This is the fifth Matsushima cover discussed in JP 70:6. A late cover with site-specific cachet and additional caption line of "Bay of Islands", it bears 6s postage in total. The right two stamps (3s and 1s Tazawas, the latter missing its lower right corner) are tied by an Oshima Onuma domestic 12.5.6 comb cancel, this 4s paying the Printed Matter rate (as noted by the manuscript Japanese insatsu butsu at right). The 2s Mt. Fuji was then added to receive the Scenic Datestamp. Note that neither the comb nor the scenic cancellation is from Matsushima (in Miyagi Prefecture on Honshu), but from southern Hokkaido! (See above, Lot 2040, where a Hokkaido cover received a Matsushima Scenic Datestamp; did Lewis mix them in the sending?) Blue "To US" strongly stamped at left, with "C-23 new" combination notation on backflap, which was never sealed. A beautiful site-specific cover for this location—and the latest of only five known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2062 imageMatsuzaka-Ise: 1934 (July 30) to Michigan, The sole known cover. Common cachet Type 1Bb (a scarce cover design lacking both sun and birds), the 10½s franking, including a 9½s Airmail, slightly overpaying the international rate. Each stamp tied by a Matsusaka Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp upper left, with neatly squared-up address. Combination notation of "C-18." and ") N (" typed on flap, with horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp in blue sealing. Neatly opened at top. Discussed and imaged in JP 70:6, p. 330. An eye-catching one-of-a-kind!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2063 imageNagoya: 1937 (July 8) to Illinois, Although bearing a common cachet (Type 1Aa), the cover is anything but, as it is the only known example from the old castle town. The slightly overpaid postage of 20½s is made up of all commemoratives, an unusual combination for Lewis, with all four stamps tied by two incredibly strong strikes of the Nagoya Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at top left. Reverse bears typed "C-2.N./Sp'l." combination notation and ") O (" remarque with penciled "open this" immediately below. The flap is sealed by Lewis' sake gourd handstamp in blue. Opened at right. Some discoloration to the back, but the front is as fresh as the day it was mailed. An attention-grabbing cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2064 imageNiigata: 1933 (Oct. 27) assessed postage due to Texas, This cover is the last-known posting, with a five-stamp, five-color franking totaling 10s and tied by three nice strikes of the Niigata Scenic Datestamp dated 8.10.27. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Flap with typed "C-2." combination notation, blunt "N." opening remarque (but opened neatly at top anyway), and three-line "NIIGATA./JAPAN./_ _ _" inscription. Dallas General Delivery receiver dated Nov. 10 at right and, inexplicably, large crayon "due 8¢" in the middle of the backflap and a block of four 2¢ US Postage Due stamps (perforations separated between positions 1 and 3) at left. Why postage due was assessed we don't know, as the rate was properly met. While the block is clearly cancelled by a "Dallas Texas" roller, the cancellation falls solely on the stamps and at not a single point are they tied to the cover. Further, a close examination shows discoloration between the perforations at the center of the block and on the peripheral perforation tips. Light foxing to the face of the cover, but overall fresh and desirable, and a great research project as well., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2065 imageNikko: 1937 (Dec. 21) to Illinois, A lovely riverside scene (common cachet Type 3a) adorns this cover, the only one recorded from Nikko. 20s postage is made up by three complementary definitives, tied by two excellent strikes of the Nikko 12.12.21 Scenic Datestamp. Bright blue "To US" at upper left. Reverse with typed "C-17.n." combination notation and ") O (" remarque, with blue vertical oval kan handstamp as a seal. Opened at right, perhaps a bit roughly but not affecting the all-over cachet. For a discussion of the location and this cover, see JP 70:6, p. 334., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2066 imageShimizu - Shizuoka: 1935 (Mar. 17) to New York, The cachet, a beached boat with lowered mast, with trees surrounding and Mt. Fuji and sun in the distance, is franked by 10s postage composed of three definitives and a commemorative. The stamps are tied by two nice Shimizu Scenic Datestamps, showing a ship in port, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Note the inscription, which varies slightly from those listed in JP 70:6, pp.335-336. "C-20." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. 10mm tear at top, affecting the middle 1s stamp, with a crease running diagonally thence (but visible only on back). Still a bright and clean early cover from this location., Fine to Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,200-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
2067 imageShimisu - Shizuoka: 1937 (June 7) to California, A pristine cachet and cover, bearing a JP-unlisted inscription variety of "S H I M I S U - Shizuoka." The strip of three 2s Mt. Fuji stamps are tied by two cancels, the right-most stamp by a Shimizu Scenic Datestamp, the two others by a Shimizu 12.6.7 domestic comb. Heavily inked "To US" handstamp at upper left. Back only with "C-22 new" combination notation typed. Flap was never sealed, accounting for the reduced (yet underpaid?) postage rate for an unsealed letter. A beauty and possibly one-of-a-kind. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2068 imageTokyo: 1937 (Apr. 22) to California, Amazingly, the only cover known from the capital city! The cachet, which hews closely to the Tokyo Central Scenic Datestamp design (two of which tie the 6s postage), depicts one of the bridges across the Edo Castle moat. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right clear of design. Only "C-25 new" combination notation on reverse, with the flap never sealed. A stunning cover that will take pride of place in your collection! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2069 imageYokosuka: 1933 (Oct. 13) to Arizona, A great early uncacheted cover bearing an envelope-wide five-color, six-stamp franking—and the first of only two covers known, the other dated Dec. 27, 1933 (JP 70:6, pp. 341-342). The stamps, totaling 10s, are tied by three crisp strikes of the Yokosuka Scenic Datestamp, with a blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Typed on the backflap are the combination notation "C - 7 .", opening remarque of "N.", and the letter-spaced inscription "YOKOSUKA./JAPAN./_ _ _", the flap tied by one of our favorite handstamps, a toothed oval kan. Cover very cleanly opened at left. One for the album, if just for the franking! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
Kyushu/Ryukyu Islands
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2070 imageNaha: 1935 (Dec. 17) to Connecticut, One of just three covers known, the all-over cachet largely copying the Scenic Datestamp, which portrays the Naminoue promontory at Naha. One of two covers dated Dec. 17 (the other was posted Aug. 31, 1935), this bears the letter-spaced inscription "NAHA,/(OKINAWA.)/LOO CHOO ISLANDS", the latter a transliteration of the original Chinese name for the islands. Two Scenic Datestamps tie the 10s postage, with blue "To US" handstamp centered below inscription. Reverse displays "C-29." combination and ") N (" opening remarque (both typed), plus a vertical oval kan handstamp in blue. Small spot of mounting adhesive at lower right on the reverse mentioned solely for accuracy, as is the light line of blue crayon diagonally across the ½s stamp. See JP 70:6, pp. 331-332 for more information. A real beauty., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$17,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Empire
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2071 imageAmpin, Island of Formosa: 1934 (June29) to New York, JP 69:4, p. 194 states, "Only one of these covers is known and dated 5 February 1937." But this cover is cancelled nearly three years earlier, making it the earliest known example from this location. The cover bears common cachet Type I (two men carrying a litter), and is overfranked with 10½s postage, the four stamps tied by two strong strikes of the Anpin Scenic Datestamp. Note also that unlike the 1937 cover (see the next Lot), Lewis here captions the cover "Ampin" (as pronounced) rather than "Anpin" (as transliterated into Japanese from the original Chinese Anping). Gray blue "To US" handstamp set against the background mountain. Combination "C - 10." and opening remarque of ") N (" both typed on backflap. Penciled "Lee" top center, with flap sealed by large square kan handstamp in blue. An unrecorded cover to delight any collector!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2072 imageAnpin. Island of Formosa: 1937 (Feb. 5) to Connecticut, The cover described by JP as the only one known (though now see the previous Lot). Cachet of mountains and trees, also used on a Taihoku cover but there without the sun, is uncommon for Lewis as it is placed at the right. Two Tazawas make up the 10s postage and are tied by a single 12.2.5-dated Anpin Scenic Datestamp depicting a Dutch sailor and ship. The stamps further carry "MERIDEN" [CT] double-oval mute cancels in black. Blue "To US" handstamp strongly struck at left. Reverse bears typed "C-23." combination notation, plus blue handstamped ") N (" remarque and near-circular kan handstamp across flap. One of only two covers known from Anpin, and the only one so inscribed. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2073 imageByoto, Island of Formosa: 1934 (Sept. 14) to New York, One of two covers known incorrectly captioned "Byoto" rather than the correct "Heito". Both "Byoto" covers are dated Sept. 14, 1934 (see JP 69:4, p. 191) and, unmentioned there, both use the same cachet (common Type I, litter-bearers) and are addressed to the same recipient, H. Carleton Stewart (JP images the second "Byoto" cover, which clearly differs from this). The 10s postage is tied by two light but clear strikes of the Heito Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp to the left. "C-34." and ") N (" both typed on reverse. Unusually, no handstamp across bottom of flap to seal. A pretty "goof"., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2074 imageHeito, Island of Formosa: 1935 (Sept. 20) to Pennsylvania, An unrecorded, latest-known cover from Heito—and now one of two covers known properly named in Lewis' caption. JP (see above for citation) notes that the "Heito" cover is dated 29 June 1934 and that its cachet depicts "a banana tree laden with fruit standing before a mountain." This cover bears the lower right trees and mountain with sun cachet as used at Anpin (see Lot 2072 above), with its 10½s postage tied by two full and a partial third strike of Heito Scenic Datestamp dated unmistakably 10.9.20. Usual blue "To US" handstamp at left, with backflap having typed "C-25." combination and ") N (" remarque, with toothed horizontal oval kan handstamp as seal. Reverse shows multiple previous mounting remnants (glue stains), but the cover's face is as fresh as the day it was painted. A great find!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2075 imageKohoku, Island of Formosa: 1934 (Sept. 14) to New York, One of three covers known from (correctly) Hokuko [Peikang], and the only one erroneously inscribed "Kohoku" by Lewis, reading the name in the datestamp reversed. A lovely example of a common cachet Type II (a ploughman), and the cover erroneously described as "only the tops of the figures are visible," in JP 69:4, p. 195 (the author working from the image in JP 51:2, p. 58, where the cover is shown truncated). See our image: this cover is full-figured. The 10s postage is tied by two strikes of the Hokuko Scenic Datestamp in violet rather than the universally used shades of red. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Combination notation "C-33." and opening remarque ") N (" typed, with flap tip sealed by blue vertical oval kan handstamp. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$18,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2076 imageMt. Niitaka, Island of Formosa: 1937 (May 6) to California, Based on information in JP 69:4 (pp. 189-191), this is an unrecorded cover from Mt. Niitaka, and only the second one known. The cover bears the all-over cachet of the mountain, but with only 6s postage (meeting the pre-April 1 unsealed letter rate), which is tied by two Taihoku Scenic Datestamps. Bright blue "To US" handstamp immediately below inscription. Reverse only shows "C-20." combination notation. The other Mt. Niitaka cover, imaged in the referenced JP article, is dated Jan. 6, 1936, making the cover here the latest-known usage on this cover/caption combination. Light crease at upper left of no importance. A cover as breathtaking as actually climbing the mountain would be!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2077 imageShinjo, Island of Formosa: 1935 (Sept. 20) to Pennsylvania, The unique cover, discussed and imaged in JP 70:2, p. 115. Bi-color 10s postage tied by two heavy strikes of attractive Shinjo Scenic Datestamp on a litter-bearer Type I common cachet, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Reverse bears "C-24." combination notation and " N (" opening remarque, both typed, along with near-circular kan handstamp in blue, along with (not mentioned in JP) a Victoria, Hong Kong, 26 SP 35 transit in black! Stains from mounting adhesive on back do not affect the front. Of interest to both the Karl Lewis collector and the postal historian, this is the sole Asian transit noted in this sale. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2078 imageTaihoku, Island of Formosa: 1934 (Dec. 28) to Missouri, A relatively early cover (JP 69:4, pp. 189-191, records dates between March 22, 1933 and March 5, 1940), bearing a bright common cachet Type II (the bashful ploughman, behind the trees), 10s total postage and a crystal-clear Taihoku 9.12.28 Scenic Datestamp. Usual blue "To US" handstamp at top left, with typed "C-23." and ") N (" on backflap. No handstamp used as a seal. Imaged in JP 69:4, p. 190. Fresh and clean; a lovely addition to your collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2079 imageTaihoku, Island of Formosa: 1935 (Feb. 6) to New York, A clean example of the litter-bearers Type I common cachet, franked with three definitives making up the international rate of 10s, the stamps tied by two strikes each of the Taihoku Scenic Datestamp and the roman-letter trisected "Taihoku/6.2.35/Taiwan/Japan" foreign mail comb cancel. Blue "To US" handstamp as normal. "C-14" and ") N (" typed on backflap, which is sealed by near-circular kan handstamp in blue. Remnant of white label used as a hinge at top back. Opened top., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2080 imageTaihoku, Island of Formosa: 1937 (May 24) to New Jersey, There's nothing common about this common cachet! Clearly painted by a different hand to those offered above, the litter-bearers sport conical hats (present on only one other cachet in this sale, Lot 2167), along with the brightest fuchsia jacket and leggings you'll ever see! 6s postage paying the (old?) unsealed letter rate tied by two solid Taihoku strikes dated 12.5.24, with the usual "To US" in less-common bright blue. Backflap (never sealed) is tucked in, but combination "C-1.new." is noted in its usual position. One cover that will definitely attract attention., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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