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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2081 imageTaihoku, Island of Formosa: 1937 (Nov. 5) to Missouri, Common cachet Type II (the ploughman, again behind the trees), franked by 20s postage and tied by three crisp strikes of the Taihoku Scenic Datestamp, though the date slugs were worn or lightly struck. Blue "To US" handstamp high at left. "C-21.N." combination typed, with blue handstamped ") N (" and double-framed circular kan across flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2082 imageTamsui, Island of Formosa: 1934 (July 20) to Michigan, An unreported second July 20, 1934, cover. JP 69:4, p. 193, with illustration p. 187, notes two known covers, one this date, one dated Feb. 20, 1935; one inscribed "Tamsui" (the Taiwanese name), one "Tansui" (the Japanese). The 1934 cover illustrated in the journal is addressed to New York. This cover bears common cachet Type II, though here there's nothing bashful about this ploughman, going full boustrophedon in pink in an open field. Two lovely Tansui Scenic Datestamps tie each of the stamps making up the 10s rate. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Combination notation "C-26." and opening remarque of ") N (" both typed, with vertical oval kan handstamp sealing flap. Neatly opened at top. The earliest known date for this location—and one of only two so-inscribed covers now known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
Karafuto (Sakhalin)
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2083 imageMaoka, Island of Saghalien: 1933 (Dec. 27) to Arizona, The earliest known cover from Maoka. As noted by JP, the cover is a standard ship cachet (with Mt. Fuji, sun and birds), uncaptioned on front. The two stamps making up the 10s postage are each tied by an early crab-shaped Maoka Scenic Datestamp. Smudge at top right is a handstamp/seal chop of some sort, repeated more cleanly but still illegibly on the back. Backflap bears typed "C - 23." combination, " N " (in quotation marks, not parentheses), plus a four-line inscription at bottom of flap reading "From:-/M A O K A,/Island of Saghalien/_ _ _ _ _ _". Blue kan vertical oval handstamp seals the flap. Against instructions, envelope was opened at left. Adhesive stain from previous auction listing sticker at upper left front; otherwise fresh., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2084 imageMaoka, Island of Saghalien: 1934 (July 9) to Michigan, An unlisted, though location-appropriate, Sakhalin cover. The cachet, of snow-covered trees in the foreground with a frozen lake/snow-covered field and completely white mountains in the distance (and yes, the white of the design is painted on), bears two brightly colored definitives adding up to 10s and tied by crab-design Maoka Scenic Datestamp, which was oddly struck or already worn, as the date is difficult to read. Standard blue "To US" marking placed against the mountains. Reverse bears "C-23." combination notation and ") N (" opening remarque, both typed. Flap sealed by double-framed square kan handstamp in blue. Gently opened at top. A lovely cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,400 - 3,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,400-3,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2085 imageMaoka, Island of Saghalien: 1934 (Sept. 12) to New York, One of several Sakhalin-specific cachets noted by JP, this the collared bear without birds in the sky. Three stamps at 10½s total slightly overpay postage, and are tied by two clear strikes of the Maoka crab-design Scenic Datestamp. Blue (slightly grayed) "To US" handstamp at far left. Flap bears "C - 31 ." combination notation and typed ") N (". Double-ringed oval horizontal kan seal handstamp at lip of flap. A colorful item. Be bullish for this bear! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2086 imageMaoka, Island of Saghalien: 1937 (Mar. 19) to Washington, A second Sakhalin bear cachet (appearing to be from the same hand as the previous Lot)—with an unrecorded latest-known cancellation date, more than six months later than that reported in JP. The precisely paid 10s postage is tied by two strikes of the replacement Maoka Scenic Datestamp picturing the city's industrial area at left and a ship and train at right. A bright blue "To US" handstamp sits atop the central peak. Combination "C-29." on reverse, with blue handstamped ") N (" and horizontal double-framed oval thick-text kan across flap. While unopened, a tear at top right affects the 3s stamp. Otherwise, a very clean cover and a new addition to the Karl Lewis chronology., Very Fine save for the tear.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2087 imageOtomari, Saghalien: 1933 (July 1) uncacheted cover to Florida, An unrecorded earliest-known cover. JP 69:4, pp. 226-227, states: "Only two covers have been seen from this location. They are dated 16 June 1934 and 19 February 1935." This cover is nearly a year older than the JP-listed item, and was cancelled one year to the day following the introduction of the Otomari Scenic Datestamp. Three sensational strikes of the datestamp tie the five-stamp, five-color franking, which pays the 10s international rate. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower left as often seen on the uncacheted covers. Backflap bears typed "C - 9 ." combination notation and four-line inscription: "From:-/O T O M A R I ,/SAGHALIEN./_ _ _ _ _", along with a small red oval personal seal reading "Nakamura" (Lewis' agent?). Opened at top. Despite the spotting on the front, an exciting Sakhalin find! Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2088 imageToyohara, Island of Saghalien: 1934 (Sept. 12) to New York, One of Lewis' best-known (and much-discussed) covers: the level-headed penguin…or perhaps simply perplexed as to why he's north of the equator. The 10s postage is tied by two clear 9.9.12 Toyohara Scenic Datestamps, with the blue "To US" handstamp placed far to the left. Reverse with typed combination notation of "C - 32." and opening remarque of ") N (". Vertical blue oval fu-in handstamp seals the flap. An absolutely pristine Sakhalin cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2089 imageToyohara, Island of Saghalien: 1937 (Sept. 25) to Missouri, The second iconic Sakhalin cover, the polar bear riverside, looking out on a snow-and-ice covered landscape but with the cresting sun incredibly warming the sky. Two Tazawas and two Pictorials, totaling 20s, are tied by two choice strikes of the Toyohara Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp centered below caption. Typed combination notation "C-19.N." on backflap, as is a handstamped ") N (" in blue. Horizontal oval blue genkan handstamp seals the flap, which was opened. The accompanying filler is a blank divided back to one of Lewis' postcards with UPU bilingual "Postcard" inscriptions, frame for stamp, and "Karl Lewis/[initialed sake gourd]/Yokohama" logo at upper left. A true beauty of a cover!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$22,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Korea
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2090 imageChinkai, Korea: 1934 (Sept. 10) to New York, A new earliest-known usage from Chinhae! JP 69:4, p. 205, notes, "There is one cover known and it is dated 17 September 1935." This cover bears two clear strikes of the Chinkai Scenic Datestamp dated 9.9.10—53 weeks prior. 10s postage (only two of the three stamps tied) is on a Korea common cachet Type IV (building with misty mountains behind), with blue "To US" handstamp at far upper left. Reverse has typed "C - 30 ." combination notation and ") N (" remarque, with "Lee" penciled in cursive below. A double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp seals the flap. A bit of extraneous ink/paint on reverse and slight stain at upper left in no way detract., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2091 imageChinkai, Korea: 1935 (Sept. 17) to Pennsylvania, The cover JP listed as the sole known cover (now one of two). A pretty Korea common cachet Type III (waterfall between two hilltop buildings) with an equally attractive four-color franking tied by two light but legible 10.9.17 Chinkai Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" to immediate left of stamps (yuki faintly tying the ½s). Typed "C-33." and ") N (" on flap, which is sealed by near-circular kan handstamp. Stains on reverse from prior mounting; face as fresh as a daisy. A great-looking cover! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2092 imageChinnampo, Korea: 1936 (Oct. 26) to New Jersey, A common cachet Type I (gatehouse and mountains), with 10s in definitives tied by two crisp 11.10.26 Chinnampo Scenic Datestamp strikes. Blue "To US" as usual. Combination "C-9." typed, with handstamped ") N (" in blue along with a vertical oval kan handstamp to seal. A lovely, fresh cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2093 imageChinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Feb. 9), to Connecticut, A Korea common cachet Type III, with tri-color franking tied by two strikes of the Chinnampo Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" boldly struck lower right. "C-28." combination noted on reverse, along with a blue handstamped ") N (" and horizontal oval kan seal. Opened neatly at bottom with original stiffener still enclosed., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2094 imageChinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Feb. 12), to California, Our favorite Korea Type II common cachet, showing a building-topped bridge with mountains (here nearly three-dimensional) behind. Franked by three definitives totaling 10½s, making this an additional cover to those seen for the JP article (all of which were franked 10s or 6s; see JP 69:4, pp. 198-199). Two bold Scenic Datestamp strikes tie the three stamps, with blue "To US" placed at center. "C-25." combination notation typed, with ") N (" handstamped in blue, as is the double-framed horizontal oval kan seal. Gently opened along flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2095 imageChinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Apr. 20), to California, A JP-unlisted cachet design, posted on the last-known date for this location. Cachet depicts a walled brick structure with trees set before distant mountains. The cover is franked with 6s postage, tied by two bold 12.4.20 Chinnampo Scenic Datestamps, with a bright blue "To US" handstamp lower center. Sent unsealed, with just the combination notation of "C-16 new." on reverse. A pretty cover in pristine condition, worthy of further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2096 imageFuijo, Korea: 1934 (July 26) to New York, The sole cover known from Buyeo (see JP 70:2, p. 118). The cachet, not seen elsewhere, depicts two buildings among trees with mountains rising off into the distance. The slightly dispersed four-stamp, three-color franking is tied by two strikes of the Fuyo (the proper Japanese reading of the name, misspelt by Lewis in his inscription) Scenic Datestamp—making for a one-of-a-kind beauty. Blue "To US" handstamp as always, with "C - 20 ." combination and ") N (" instruction typed. Blue double-framed oval thick-letter kan handstamp seals flap. Gently and cleanly opened at right. We expect spirited bidding for this peaceful cachet., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2097 imageFusan, Korea: 1934 (Aug. 4) to New York, According to JP 69:4, pp. 205-26, Fusan covers are uncommon, dated between Dec. 29, 1933 and Dec. 4, 1935, and cacheted with common design Types II (bridge with building atop) and IV (buildings and misty mountains). This is an unrecorded cachet design of a tree-framed pagoda against distant mountains—and possibly a new Korea common design type, as it is also used at Kai Nei (see Lot 2100 below). Two Fusan Scenic Datestamps tied the 10s postage, with blue "To US" handstamp placed low at center. "C - 13." and ") N (" typed, with blue double-framed square kan handstamp as seal. Cleanly opened at bottom. A very pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2098 imageHeito [Heijo], Korea: 1934 (July 30) to New York, Quite possibly a unique Karl Lewis error—and a new earliest known usage. Cover is inscribed "Heito" which, of course, is in Formosa. The Japanese reading of Pyongyang in Chinese characters is Heijo, which Lewis properly used on another cover in 1940 (the sole known from this location according to JP 69:4, pp. 199-200). Postage here totals 10½s, with both stamps tied by a near-perfect strike of the Heijo Scenic Datestamp dated 9.7.30. This is the datestamp as originally issued (with curved date tablet within the circular frame) rather than the bulged bottom on the 1940 cover in JP. Blue "To US" handstamp, blue vertical oval kan handstamp as seal on reverse, with "C-18." combination notation and ") N (" typed. Cleanly opened at right. So here we have a Korea earliest-dated cover, overpaid, with a perfectly correct Scenic Datestamp and a perfectly erroneous location caption—this one is sure to get a lot of attention., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2099 imageKai Nei, Korea: 1934 (July 27) to New York, One of two unlisted new earliest known usages (see next Lot). JP 69:4, pp. 201-202, states, "There are two covers known dated 10 December 1934 and 8 June 1937." This cover is dated more than four months earlier. The cachet is a variant of Korea common cachet Type IV, with a single building, trees and mountains in the distance. Four-stamp franking totals 10s, all tied by two light but legible 9.7.27 Kainei Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" at center. Combination "C-17." and typed ") N (" on flap, sealed by double-framed square kan handstamp. Opened at right. A fun find., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2100 imageKai Nei, Korea: 1934 (July 27) to Michigan, The second of two new earliest known usages for Kainei. 10s postage with each stamp tied by 9.7.27-dated Kainei Scenic Datestamp, on previously unreported tree-flanked pagoda with mountains extending into the distance (used also at Fusan; see Lot 2097 above. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C - 22." combination and ") N (" instruction typed. Strong strike of kan in vertical oval handstamp across flap. Opened at top. A really lovely double-first., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction

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