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Japanese Empire continued...

Mandated Islands continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2121 imageTinian, Marianne Islands: 1937 (June 29) to California, An unrecorded example—and only the second known. Cachet design and markings identical to that described and imaged in JP 69:4, pp. 218-219, but with a different franking and addressed to a different recipient. The cachet is a lovely design of a boat alongside a pier with foreground palms, with bright blue "To US" handstamp, manuscript "Printed Matter" in red, and overpaid postage of 6s consisting of 4s Mt. Fuji & Deer tied by 12.6.29 Tenian domestic comb (meeting the new international Printed Matter rate), plus 2s Mt. Fuji, applied solely to receive the same-dated Tenian Scenic Datestamp. Note also that this cover spells the island's name "Tinian", whereas that in JP reads "Tenian". Reverse bears typed "C-33.new." combination notation, plus recipient's penciled notes. Sent unsealed., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2122 imageJaluit, Marshall Islands: 1936 (May 11) to Ontario, An uncommon cover to Canada, with appropriate blue handstamp at far right. A lovely cachet, showing a palm-lined shore with outrigger canoe on the water (one of four cachets recorded for Jaluit: see JP 69:4, pp. 216-217). 10s postage, made up of 9½s Airmail plus ½s Tazawa, tied by single, solid strike of Yaruto Scenic Datestamp. Blue manuscript "C-6" combination notation on reverse, plus typed ") N (" and handstamped horizontal blue oval kan. Opened at top; insert (wrapping paper with design and "Yokohama") included., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2123 imageJaluit, Marshall Islands: 1937 (June 13), to California, An unrecorded latest-known cover. JP 69:4, pp. 216-217, notes covers from Jaluit dated between Mar. 24, 1935, and Mar. 16, 1937—with this cover postmarked nearly three months later. Identical design to the previous cachet, though note subtle differences in the treatment of the palms. This one bears 6s postage, well and truly underpaying the then-current foreign mail rate, even if sent as an unsealed letter. The four stamps are tied by two clear Yaruto Scenic Datestamps. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse with only typed "C-31 new." combination notation plus recipient's penciled origin note. Appears to have been sent unsealed, though flap was at some point partly stuck down and reopened neatly and without damage., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2124 imagePanape, Marshall Islands: 1935 (Sept. 20) to Missouri, A Lewis erroneous "relocation" cover, as Ponape is actually in the Carolines (JP 69:4, p. 212, does note that Lewis "on at least one occasion incorrectly identified the island group as the Marshall Islands."). The cachet here is of huts and palms on the shoreline, one of two designs used at Ponape. A single strike of the Scenic Datestamp ties the two stamps totaling 10s in postage, with blue "To US" as usual at upper left. Typed "C-23." combination and ") N (" on backflap, sealed with horizontal thick-character kan oval handstamp across tip., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2125 imageYap, Marshall Islands: 1937 (May 25) to California, A second, unrecorded, mis-identification by Lewis, Yap being properly located in the Caroline Islands (JP 69:4, pp. 210-211, states that Lewis properly identified the location). Bearing an all-over cachet design of a palm-lined path with a large rai at center. The two strikes of the Yappu Scenic Datestamp (inscriptions slightly obscured by the cachet design) tie the four stamps making up an odd 8s in total postage (JP notes covers from the Carolines with 10s, 10½s and 6s), which does not match any actual international rate. Blue "To US" handstamp at center above address, with only "C-29 new." combination typed on reverse. Sent unsealed. A lovely cover all-around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2126 imagePelew, Pelew Islands [Palau]: 1937 (March) to Connecticut, This being the Pelew cover referenced and imaged in JP. Franked with a single 10s New Diet Building commemorative at dead center, tied by a slightly difficult to read Parao Scenic Datestamp at top, apparently missing the day slug. Strong blue "To US" handstamp at right. "C-34." combination notation typed on reverse, with blue handstamped ") N (" and inverted double-framed horizontal oval kan across flap. A pretty cover, and the sole known thus according to JP., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2127 imagePalao, Island of Palao [Palau]: 1937 (Oct. 18) to California, An unrecorded cover, bearing a previously undocumented inscription, plus a posting date seven months later than the current literature notes. The cachet design matches that described in JP of a hut amongst trees, but is captioned (ignoring Lewis' trademark letter-spacing) "PALAO./ISLAND of PALAO." with nine spaced underscores below. The six-color, six-stamp franking, totaling the correct 20s international rate, is tied by three strikes of the Parao Scenic Datestamp dated 12.10.18, plus three "Parao/12.10.19" domestic comb cancels. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at right. "C-30 new." combination notation typed on reverse, with blue ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamps. Cover opened along flap, resulting in loss of a section of the flap along the left-hand gum line (inconsequential to the integrity of the cover as a whole or to any marking). An eye-catching cover, and a remarkable addition to the Lewis census. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$3,800.00
Will close during Public Auction

First Day Covers

Definitives (First Showa Series)
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2128 image1937 (Nov. 1), 1st Showa Series, ½s purple Ship (J.S.C.A. 221. Scott 257), Horizontal strip of four placed below Lewis' standard "A FIRST DAY COVER FROM JAPAN." handstamp, tied by two clear Yokohama Scenic Datestamp strikes dated 12.11.1, on path-and-torii, mountains behind, ship cachet. Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Reverse bears a blue handstamped ") N (" at top center, an 18s Airmail tied by "Yokohama/1.11.27/Nippon" foreign mail comb cancel, plus "15" typed at lower left. Opened at right, with top left showing a few wrinkles and a small tear, none of which affects the stamps, cachet design or other markings., Nearly Very Fine and a scarce cover, with only five known.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2129 image1937 (Dec. 11), 1st Showa Series, 1s fawn Harvesting (J.S.C.A. 222. Scott 258), On cachet identical to the previous Lot—and to the same client! (This cover is imaged in JP 72:2 on page 77.) Horizontal pair placed at top center and tied by 12.12.11 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at left above torii. Reverse bears blue handstamped ") N (", an 18s Airmail sealing the flap and tied by 11.12.37 Yokohama foreign mail comb, with typed "15" at lower left. JP notes eight known covers. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2130 image1937 (Dec. 11), 1st Showa Series, 1s fawn Harvesting (J.S.C.A. 222. Scott 258), Bearing his straightline First Day Cover handstamp, this example is on a "Yokohama./Japan."-inscribed cover with a cachet depicting the Ii Naosuke Statue in the city's Kamon-yama Park—the only such cachet we've seen. The vertical pair of 1s stamps is placed at right and tied by a crisp 12.12.11 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, with a bright blue "To US" handstamp at left below the inscription. Blue handstamped ") N (" on reverse, along with 18s Airmail tied by same-date Yokohama foreign mail comb and typed "15" in lower left corner. Opened neatly at bottom, with stiffener enclosed. A 7mm tear at right is of no consequence. A lovely example of Lewis' use of a "left-over" cachet. Eight First Day Covers for this issue are known. Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2131 image1937 (Dec. 11), 1st Showa Series, 1s fawn Harvesting (J.S.C.A. 222. Scott 258), A beautiful cover, on an envelope bearing the cachet used for Nogeyama Park, Yokohama (see Lot 2034 above, and JP 72:2, p. 77, where this cover is illustrated). Vertical pair at center right, tied by clear Yokohama Scenic Datestamp with blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Reverse bears blue ") N (" handstamp, with flap sealed by 10s Nagoya Castle and 8s Mt. Fuji & Deer definitives, tied by single Yokohama foreign mail 11.12.37 comb. An attempt at opening the cover was made along the left side of the flap, resulting in the 10s stamp being torn. Still desirable, with a flawless face. Eight covers known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
2132 image1937 (May 10), 1st Showa Series, 2s crimson General Nogi (J.S.C.A. 223. Scott 259), Horizontal strip of three, paying the 6s unsealed letter rate, tied by both a Yokohama 12.5.10 Scenic Datestamp and 10.5.37 foreign mail comb, as noted in JP 72:2, pp. 78-79. The cover bears a common cachet type of building and tree on land in foreground with Mt. Fuji in distance, handstamped (not pre-printed, as JP states) with Lewis' standard "A FIRST DAY COVER FROM JAPAN." straightline. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse is blank, save for "12" typed at absolute lower left. Never sealed. JP notes 10 covers are known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2133 image1939 (Dec. 11), 1st Showa Series, 3s green Hydroelectric Plant (J.S.C.A. 224. Scott 260), A beautifully rendered ship cachet depicting a seaside hut with Mt. Fuji rising in the background (perhaps by the same artist who produced the cachet used for the 5s block of four First Day Cover (see Lot 2136 below)). Left margin horizontal pair (several bottom perforations separated and neatly realigned) tied by 14.12.11 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at left. The additional 14s postage (a Kasuga Shrine, Nara, definitive) is found on reverse sealing the flap, similarly tied. Blue handstamped ") N (" at top center as usual, but with Lewis' penciled note "Will write Dec 23" immediately below. Typed "1 5" at lower left. JP notes six known examples., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2134 image1937 (Aug. 1), 1st Showa Series, 4s dark green Admiral Togo (J.S.C.A. 225. Scott 261), A block of four and single, tied by two Yokohama 12.8.1 Scenic Datestamps on a cachet showing a seascape with Mt. Fuji and sun in the background and an anchor at lower left—though this example, unlike those illustrated in JP 72:2, p. 81, has numerous birds on the wing. The pre-printed cover bears a fading-to-black "To US" handstamp as usual, with the backflap sealed by near-circular kan handstamp in blue. Typed ") O (" at top with (curiously, given Lewis and Battle's long history) a manuscript "Open this" immediately below. Duly opened, with resultant rough edges along the flap seams, but no real damage. Eleven examples known according to JP., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2135 image1939 (Dec. 21), 1st Showa Series, 5s dark ultramarine Taisho Pond & Mt. Hodaka (J.S.C.A. 226. Scott 262), A horizontal strip of four, tied by two strikes of 14.12.21 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at far right. JP 72:2 at page 82 describes this cachet as "a variation of the scene depicted on the stamp", though it is the exact cachet used for the Mt. Niigata, Formosa, cover above (see Lot 2076) but with that inscription replaced by Lewis' First Day Cover handstamp. Handstamped blue ") N (" and vertical single-framed oval kan on reverse. Small bit of rust stains from a paperclip at left hardly detract from this lovely cover, of which nine are known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2136 image1939 (Dec. 21), 1st Showa Series, 5s dark ultramarine Taisho Pond & Mt. Hodaka (J.S.C.A. 226. Scott 262), A block of four of the stamp, tied by a single strike of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp to a cover depicting Mt. Fuji with a sprig of cherry blossoms. Blue "To US" handstamp at center. Reverse with typed ") O (" at top center and "15" at lower left, with flap sealed by horizontal oval genkan handstamp. Bottom left corner slightly nibbed. JP notes nine copies known. One of our favorite cachets, magnificent in its simplicity., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2137 image1939 (June 1), 1st Showa Series, 6s orange Eulanbi Lighthouse (J.S.C.A. 227. Scott 263), A crisp and clean cover, bearing a horizontal pair tied by a single strike of a Yokohama Scenic Datestamp. The cachet is based on the stamp design and depicts the lighthouse (known either as Eulanbi or Garambi) and its fortifications atop its peak. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Additional 8s Mt. Fuji & Deer seals the flap and is tied by 1.6.39 Yokohama foreign mail comb cancel. Blue ") N (" handstamped top center of the flap. JP states ten copies are known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2138 image1939 (Oct. 16), 1st Showa Series, 7s deep green Diamond Mountains (J.S.C.A. 228. Scott 264), A horizontal strip of three slightly overpaying the international rate, tied by two Yokohama 14.10.16 Scenic Datestamp strikes. The all-over cachet is roughly based on the stamp design. Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Reverse with typed "15" at lower left, and blue handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan on flap, which has been neatly opened. A pretty cover, of which seven are known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,600-2,000
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2139 image1938 (Nov. 1), 1st Showa Series, 10s lake Yomeimon, Nikko (J.S.C.A. 230. Scott 266), A difficult Lewis First Day, as only five are known, this being one of two known using this cachet of a stand of palms before an ocean with the sun on the horizon (though the cachet is also used, e.g., on Puka Puka (Danger Island) covers; see Lot 2214 below). The richly hued horizontal pair of stamps, placed top center, offers sharp contrast to the softer shades of the cachet design, and is tied by a single Yokohama 1.11.38 foreign mail comb, with the usual blue "To US" handstamp placed at far right. (What appears to be discoloration at the center of the cover is actually the sun's rays, slightly obscured by the airbrushed blue of the sky.) The reverse shows only a blue handstamped ") N (" and typed "15" at lower left., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2140 image1939 (Dec. 1), 1st Showa Series, 12s indigo Experimental Airplane (J.S.C.A. 231. Scott 267), On one of two cachet designs used, this being a generic torii before Mt. Fuji with sun behind, to which the airplane has been added. The single stamp is tied by a Yokohama 14.12.1 Scenic Datestamp, as is the 8s make-up postage on reverse. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Reverse additionally shows a manuscript "N" in blue between typed parentheses (Lewis apparently changed his mind), though the cover was opened at right (and slightly reduced) anyway. Running up along the left-hand side of the reverse (along the cut) is a penciled note by Lewis, "Recd your letter. All o.k./KL." Insert is the sheet of paper that made up the back side of a Lewis postcard, with his "Karl Lewis/[sake gourd]/Yokohama" logo doubled. Only seven examples are known. Very Fine but for the opening.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$1,400-1,800
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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