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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2101 imageKoshu (Kongju), Korea: 1934 (Sept. 11) to New York, One of the two known covers captioned Koshu (both dated Sept. 11, 1934; this cover is imaged in JP 69:4, p. 203). Korea common cachet Type II with 10s postage tied by two bold strikes of 9.9.11 Kongju Scenic Datestamp. "To US" handstamp in blue at bottom center. "C - 29 ." combination and ") N (" opening remarque typed. Flap sealed by kan vertical oval handstamp in blue. A colorful and clean example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2102 imageKoshu (Kwangju), Korea: 1934 (Nov. 16) to Missouri, An unreported, new earliest-known usage from Kwangju. JP 69:4, pp. 203-204, notes, "There is one known cover captioned Koshu from Kwangju dated 18 February 1935." Cancelled three months earlier, this Korea common cachet Type IV bears 10s postage (including a 6s Red Cross commemorative) tied by a solid strike of a 9.11.16-dated Kwangju Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp as usual. "C-26." combination noted on backflap along with typed ") N (" opening remarque. Blue vertical kan in oval handstamp seals the flap, which was sealed only along its right side—and which was neatly opened. A pretty "first.", Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$3,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2103 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1934 (Oct. 14), to Massachusetts, A Korea common cachet Type II with tri-color franking tied by two Scenic Datestamps from Toei (Lewis' most commonly used Korea location, according to JP 69:4, pp. 207-209). Blue "To US" handstamp high at left. Reverse with typed "C - 8 ." combination notation and ") O (" instruction. Flap sealed by square kan handstamp in blue. Cover opened at right; contents removed, leaving just a black sheet of filler paper inside. Lower right corner nibbed, with light overall toning. Still, a pretty cachet—and an opportunity for the detective to explain the blue pen marks by each stamp (tying the 7s at right)., Near Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10) (Image11) (Image12) (Image13) (Image14) (Image15) (Image16) (Image17) (Image18) (Image19) (Image20) (Image21) (Image22) (Image23) (Image24)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2104 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1934 (Dec. 25) to Missouri, An unplanned "Best Fishes for Christmas" cover? A bright and fresh Korea Type I common cachet (gatehouse and mountains) bearing 8s and 2s definitives, each neatly tied by clear 9.12.25 To Ei Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" handstamp placed bottom center. "C-22." combination, with typed ") N (" on backflap, which is sealed by a double-framed square kan handstamp. Remnant of small white label used as hinge on very top edge of backflap is of no consequence., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2105 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1935 (Oct. 12) to Illinois, Featuring a location-specific cachet of mountainside temple among the peaks, unusually placed at right. 10½s postage (JP notes that all covers from Toei carry 10s or 20s postage), tied by two nice strikes of the fish-shaped Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" at mid-right atop the cachet. "C-18." combination and typed ") N (" on reverse, along with vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Slight facial scuff at right. Neatly opened at top. An uncommon design., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2106 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1935 (Oct. 12) to New York, A second Oct. 12, 1935, cover from Toei, again bearing 10½s postage that land two fish-shaped Scenic Datestamps. Design is a Korea common cachet Type I, clean and fresh, with the blue "To US" handstamp placed at far right. "C-25." combination noted; ") N (" typed with handwritten "Do not open" immediately below. Backflap sealed by near-circular kan handstamp in blue. The cover was opened (oddly) along the right diagonal seams (behind the cachet); neatly done, without damage. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2107 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1936 (Sept. 7) to New Jersey, A Korea Type IV common cachet bearing 10s in postage. Two strikes of the Scenic Datestamp (month numeral worn or badly aligned) with, interestingly, a touch of black in the outline above the fish's mouth. Slightly grayish blue "To US" handstamp again placed far to the right. "C-29." combination notation typed, with opening ") N (" and near-circular kan handstamp across flap in blue. A neat example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,600
SOLD for HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2108 imageTo Ei, Korea: 1937 (Oct. 1) to Missouri, A beautiful Korea common cachet Type II, with building-topped bridge backed by a truly three-dimensional mountain spire and surrounded by flaming foliage. A single blue 20s Mt. Fuji & Deer issue brilliantly complements the design, with a more-brown-than-red strike of the 12.10.1 Scenic Datestamp tying. Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Combination noted as "C-20.N.", with opening instruction ") N (" handstamped in blue. Horizontal oval heavy-type kan handstamp seals the cover shut. Pretty as a picture, with a rather uncommon single-franking., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
Manchukuo
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2109 imageHarbin, Manchuokuo: 1940 (Mar. 2) to Oklahoma, According to JP 69:4, pp. 185-186, "There are two covers known that have been mailed from Harbin. The first…is captioned as: MUKDEN. / MANCHUOKUO…. The second…[is] the only 'true' Harbin cover as it is both captioned HARBIN and mailed from that city on 2 March 1940…." This, then, is a second, unreported, March 2, 1940, cover (the JP-imaged cover is addressed to another client). Not just a "new" cover, but a new inscription variety as well, with HARBIN letter-spaced, and "MANCHUOKUO" rather than "Manchoukuo". Postage, totaling 20f (6f, 5f and 9f, spread out across the top of the cover), bears three strikes of the "Harbin/2.3.40/Manchoukuo" foreign mail comb. Violet horizontal Chinese Meiguo handstamp below address. No combination number as Manchurian stamps were used, but the regular ") N (", here handstamped, and kan seal are present, both in blue. A scarce cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2110 imageMukden, Manchoukuo: 1934 (Sept. 12) to New York, JP 69:4, pp. 181-184, lists and illustrates four cachet types, none of which include this cover. The cachet shows a path leading to a pair of buildings, then continuing on across a field with mountain crags rising in the distance, while the caption's spacing and spelling (including a mis-typing by Lewis) combination is not among the ten listed. The cover is franked with 1f, 2f, 3f and 4f First Issue Manchoukuo stamps, tied by three trisected "Fengtian Province/1 9 12/Mukden" c.d.s.'s (the date reading Sept. 12 of Year One of the Empire, rather than of the State). It is interesting to note that it is the Japanese beikokuyuki handstamp that is applied to the front of this cover, as every other Manchoukuo cover in this sale has Chinese markings. No standard markings on reverse, though flap is sealed by square kan handstamp (the flap appearing to have been opened and then resealed), with a roman-letter trisected "Moukden/12 9 34/Manchoukuo" dater in black. A lovely cover all around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2111 imageMukden, Manchoukuo: 1935 (Mar. 16) to Missouri, The walled enclave cachet as imaged and described in JP (see above). Franked with 1f and 3f First Issue and 6f Third (Imperial) Issue, each tied by trisected c.d.s. reading "Fengtian/16 March Year One/Mukden" (while top and bottom characters are the same, the top refers to the postal district, the bottom to the city, both being one and the same name in Chinese). Vertical wong Meiguo ("To US" in Chinese) handstamp in blue applied below inscription. Reverse bears Lewis' ") O (" typed with manuscript "open this" below in pencil, plus the usual horizontal oval blue kan handstamp across the flap. Opened carefully at right. A grand cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2112 imageMukden, Manchuokuo: 1938 (Apr. 2) to Missouri, All-over Ming Imperial Tombs cachet, without birds, franked with a selection of Fourth General Issue stamps, all tied by three clear strikes of "Shenyang/Fengtian/5.4.2/8-12 a.m." Japanese-style comb cancels. Blue Chinese "To US" (wong Meiguo) handstamp at center bottom. Handwritten ")O(" in blue ink, and horizontal oval genkan handstamp across flap on reverse. Neatly opened at top. Another of Lewis' most iconic covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
Mandated Islands
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2113 imageAngauru, Caroline Islands: 1937 (Aug. 2?) to California, New latest-known usage. A magnificent four-color franking, with the seven stamps filling the empty "sky" of the all-over cachet depicting a palm tree-lined road with buildings in the background. Stamps (totaling 20s for the new April 1 international rate) are tied by two slightly blurred strikes of Angauru Scenic Datestamp, one clearly showing "12", the other "8" at bottom center. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Reverse with typed "C-27 new." combination number, blue ") N (" notation and kan in vertical oval. Despite Lewis' notation, the envelope was opened, resulting in an inconsequential tear to the backflap. JP 69:4, p. 215, notes four on-front captions, on covers dated between Nov. 11, 1936, and April 5, 1937. This cover post-dates the others by four months, and may be the sole 20s-rate cover known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2114 imageThe Great Rock of Chokach, Island of Ponape, Caroline Islands: 1937 (June 10) to California, Franked by 2s Fuji and 4s Fuji & Deer, both tied by a perfectly struck Ponape Scenic Datestamp. Cachet, based on the datestamp's design, shows the rock towering over palm-backed ocean-side houses. Blue "To US" handstamp at left, with "C-26 new." combination typed on reverse. Cover sent unsealed, thus accounting for the lower 6s international rate. A lovely cover, again post-dating those reviewed in JP 69:4, p. 212, by three months. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2115 imageTruk, Caroline Islands: 1937 (Apr. 19) assessed postage due to South Dakota, Franked by two 1½s and a 7s Tazawa, all tied by two pristine strikes of Torakku Scenic Datestamp. The cachet design borrows the datestamp's mangrove and mask. "C-9." combination and blue handstamped ") N (" on backflap, along with horizontal oval blue kan and "CEEJAY STAMP EXCHANGE" address label. Front additionally bears blue "To US" handstamp and a yet-to-be-explained black "18 2/11 ctms/T" postage due marking. The cover was obviously produced and mailed to Truk prior to announcement of the April 1 postage rate increase from 10s to 20s. According to UPU regulations, the shortage (10s) should have been double-charged, but at the then-current exchange rate, only 7.3s was levied on the cover. Discussed and imaged in JP 56:3, p. 121, and again in 69:4, p. 213. A late cover from Truk., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2116 imageTruk, Caroline Islands: 1937 (June 16) to California, Identically inscribed and cacheted as the previous Lot, but with 6s postage for an unsealed letter. Two sharp Torakku Scenic Datestamps tie. "C-25 new." combination typed on backflap, with no other markings. One of the few covers in this sale lacking a "To U.S." handstamp. JP 69:4, p. 213, notes covers dated between April 24, 1935, and May 18, 1937, making this a new last-known usage from this location., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2117 imageYap, Caroline Islands: 1935 (Oct. 9) to Missouri, An early cover from this location, as JP 69:4, pp. 210-211, records dates from Yap between June 20, 1935, and May 27, 1937. The cachet pictures a shoreline with palm trees, and is markedly differently colored than that pictured in JP (and note the painted-over design at the bottom right of the right datestamp—several trees were felled from the cachet). 10s postage tied by two solid strikes of Yappu Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Combination "C-24." on reverse, along with typed ") N (" and blue toothed oval kan handstamp., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2118 imageSaipan, Marianne Islands: 1935 (Aug. 8) to Missouri, All-over cachet depicting a road with palms, leading to a town. While not site-specific, JP does not note this design used at Saipan (or at Angauru, in the Caroline Islands; see Lot 2113 above), but does mention its use at Rota (69:4, p. 219-221). Overfranked with 10½s postage, the three stamps tied by two light Saipan Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" at upper left, darkened. Combination "C-25." and typed ") O (" with penciled "open this" alongside. Horizontal oval kan handstamp seals flap. Opened at right, reduced ever so slightly. An early example, as covers are known dated between Mar. 23, 1935, and Mar. 23, 1937., Near Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2119 imageSaipan, Marianne Islands: 1936 (Apr. 22) to Ontario, Location-specific jetty-and-village cachet bearing 10s postage, the three stamps tied by two crystal-clear strikes of Saipan Scenic Datestamp, which served as partial inspiration for the cachet design. Addressed to Toronto with blue "To Canada" handstamp at far right. Reverse bears manuscript "C-4" combination notation in blue and typed ") N (" in black, with vertical single-oval kan handstamp across flap. Opened at top. Note lack of penciled guide to align stamps. A scarce Canada destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2120 imageSaipan, Marianne Islands: 1937 (Feb. 23) to Ontario, A late cover (JP 69:4, p. 219 notes covers from Saipan are known between Mar. 23, 1935, and Mar. 23, 1937), uncommonly to Canada, with an erroneous "To US" handstamp in bright blue. The cachet almost perfectly mirrors the Saipan Scenic Datestamp, two of which tie the three stamps (one 1s with lower left corner torn away). Again lacking penciled stamp-placement guideline. "C-24." combination typed on reverse, along with handstamped blue ") N (" and inverted horizontal double-oval kan across flap., Despite the damage to the adhesive, a Very Fine error cover.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction

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