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First Day Covers continued...

Definitives (First Showa Series) continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2141 image1938 (Feb. 11), 1st Showa Series, 14s rose lake & pale rose Kasuga Shrine, Nara (J.S.C.A. 232. Scott 268), A single placed top center and tied by "Yokohama/11.2.38/Nippon" foreign mail comb cancel, with blue "To US" handstamp placed at right so as not to detract from the cachet, depicting a riverside snow-covered building with waterwheel, with a mountain rising in the distance. Blue ") N (" handstamped on reverse, with backflap sealed by 4s Admiral Togo and 2s New Year stamp (Scott #237), both tied by 13.2.11 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp. "15" typed at lower left. The envelope was opened along the flap, amazingly with the two stamps being lifted cleanly and without damage. Seven examples known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2142 image1938 (Feb. 11), 1st Showa Series, 14s rose lake & pale rose Kasuga Shrine, Nara (J.S.C.A. 232. Scott 268), On generic cachet design showing a hut on a knoll overlooking Mt. Fuji, with birds but no sun. Single copy of stamp at top center, tied by neat Yokohama 11.2.38 foreign mail comb, with blue "To US" handstamp at right. Additional postage across flap on reverse (1s Harvesting and 5s Tazawa) tied by single 13.2.11 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp strike. "½" typed at upper left, with blue handstamped ") N (" top center, on reverse. Heavy card stiffener. JP notes seven First Day Covers are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2143 image1938 (Feb. 11), 1st Showa Series, 14s rose lake & pale rose Kasuga Shrine, Nara (J.S.C.A. 232. Scott 268), Tied by foreign mail 11.2.38 Yokohama comb at upper right, with blue "To US" handstamp at center, on ship cachet of torii in front of building, with Mt. Fuji, sun and birds in distance. (See JP 72:2, p. 89, where this cover is imaged.) Reverse bears 2s Nogi and 4s Togo to make up the 20s rate, tied by Yokohama Scenic Datestamp. Manuscript ") O (" plus typed "15" at lower left. Neatly opened at right; no enclosure. Slight discoloration on reverse only, not affecting stamps. Seven recorded examples. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2144 image1938 (Oct. 11), 1st Showa Series, 25s dark brown & pale brown Horyu Temple, Nara (J.S.C.A. 234. Scott 270), A spectacular all-over cachet design by one of Lewis' master painters, showing two sampans on the water with a hilltop castle overlooking the scene. It seems that a touch of oil (or some other substance) was added to the sun in the design, making the envelope front at that point translucent, so with a light source behind, the sun actually appears to shine. Single, placed upper left, is tied by central "Yokohama/11.10.28/Nippon" foreign mail comb, with bright blue "To US" handstamp at upper right. Typed ") O (" with manuscript "open this" at top of backflap, sealed by a horizontal blue oval genkan handstamp. Opened along flap. Of the 11 recorded Lewis First Day Covers for this issue, only "a pair of covers" utilize this all-over cachet. A true stunner., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2145 image1938 (Oct. 11), 1st Showa Series, 25s dark brown & pale brown Horyu Temple, Nara (J.S.C.A. 234. Scott 270), A bright and cheerful ship cachet, with path leading to building, sun behind Mt. Fuji, and birds (in brown rather than the usual black or blue) in front of the mountain. Single stamp tied by Yokohama 11.10.38 foreign comb, with bright blue "To US" handstamp above summit. Handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan in blue on reverse. A pretty cover, of which 11 in total are recorded for this issue., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2146 image1938 (Oct. 11), 1st Showa Series, 25s dark brown & pale brown Horyu Temple, Nara (J.S.C.A. 234. Scott 270), On a similar ship cachet to the previous Lot, but this showing just a building on a knoll (no path), with steamer, Mt. Fuji and sun, and birds in black. Stamp is centrally placed at top, tied by Yokohama foreign mail comb. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at left as usual. Backflap bears a manuscript "open this" note from Lewis, and is sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp in blue. "18" is typed at lower left twice: once where the typewriter did not advance, and again correctly. Opened neatly at top. According to JP 72:2, pp. 91-92, only 11 covers for this issue are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2147 image1938 (Oct. 11), 1st Showa Series, 25s dark brown & pale brown Horyu Temple, Nara (J.S.C.A. 234. Scott 270), On a cover whose cachet is similar to that used on the Admiral Togo First Day Cover (see Lot 2134 above), though here the waves are less well defined and the anchor is larger. Single at top center, tied by foreign comb dated Yokohama 11.10.38. Blue "To US" as usual. Reverse with blue ") N (" handstamp and manuscript "Do not open" below, flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp, and "18" typed at lower left. 8mm tear at top center affects neither stamp nor cachet design. One of the 11 recorded examples; imaged in JP 72:2 on page 92., Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
CLOSED
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2148 image1939 (Apr. 3), 1st Showa Series, 30s peacock blue Miyajima Torii (J.S.C.A. 235. Scott 271), A beautiful First Day Cover, with the cachet matching the issue (the only true match in this sale for this definitives series). Stamp placed at upper right of cachet design and tied by a nice strike of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, missing the leading "1" in the year slug, making the issue date appear to be "4.4.3". Bright blue "To US" centered above torii. Typed ") O (" and manuscript "open this" at top center of backflap, which was sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. Neatly opened along flap. JP 72:2 notes on page 72 that only nine examples are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
Commemoratives
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2149 image1934 (Oct. 1), Red Cross Conference complete (J.S.C.A. C57-60. Scott 214-217), Set of four on common cachet depicting a building on a knoll with Mt. Fuji in distance, the stamps tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 9.10.1, as the special Large Commemorative Datestamp was not available for use on the date of issue. Pre-printed two-line description of issue at top, with blue "To US" handstamp at lower center. The sole marking on the reverse is a horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp in blue. JP 72:2 notes at page 105 that nine examples of this First Day are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2150 image1935 (Apr. 2), Manchoukuo Emperor's Visit complete (J.S.C.A. C61-64. Scott 218-221), An unaddressed First Day Cover, with two-line pre-printed caption and cachet showing temple and palace wall by the sea (this without birds). The stamps are tied by two strikes of the 10.4.2 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp (the Large Commemorative Datestamp not valid for use in Japan until Apr. 6, the Emperor's arrival date), with the two middle stamps further tied by a Yokohama 2.4.35 foreign mail comb. Unsealed, and without any markings on reverse. JP 72:2 notes on page 72 that 11 First Days are known for this issue, adding on page 107, "About one-half of the known first-day and commemorative covers exist unaddressed"—making this perhaps one of five such covers? Very Fine and absolutely pristine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,200-3,600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2151 image1935 (Apr. 2), Manchoukuo Emperor's Visit complete (J.S.C.A. C61-64. Scott 218-221), On cover (addressed to Oklahoma) bearing the same design as the previous Lot, but with slight differences in painting, most noticeable in the buildings' rooftops and the treatment of the sky. Two Yokohama Scenic Datestamps and a foreign mail comb tie the four stamps as above, with a darkening blue "To US" handstamp at immediate left of the stamps. Typed ") N (" and manuscript "Do not open" at top of flap. "20" typed at lower left. Backflap sealed by horizontal oval kan handstamp. Envelope was neatly opened along flap but subsequently resealed (including tear through handstamped seal). A nice example to one of Lewis' main customers. Only 11 recorded. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2152 image1936 (Nov. 7), Diet Building complete (J.S.C.A. C68-71. Scott 230-233), On pre-printed envelope with cachet of bridge across Edo Castle's innermost moat, the same design used on the Tokyo scenic cover (Lot 2068 above). The four stamps of the set arranged at left and right of cover, each pair tied by a Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp, the central design of which was taken from the 10s value depicting the Diet's main tower. Note the lack of a "To US" handstamp—only the second example of such a cover in this sale. Reverse with blue handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamp, plus typed "25" at lower left. Neatly opened at left. JP records a total of ten First Day Covers for this issue. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2153 image1937 (June 1), Patriotic Aviation Fund complete (J.S.C.A. C72-74. Scott B1-B3), On the most common cachet for this issue, showing a waterside pagoda with junk (used for Lewis' Shanghai covers; see Lots 2188-2191 below) with airplane added. The set tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 12.6.1. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Reverse bears only a typed "12" at lower left, with the flap unsealed. Even as an unsealed letter, the 9s postage underpaid the then-current international rate. A faultless example, of which JP states ten are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2154 F image1937 (June 1), Patriotic Aviation Fund complete (J.S.C.A. C72-74. Scott B1-B3), On the standard cachet, depicting pagoda, junk and plane. Two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 12.6.1 tie the three stamps, with additional 11s postage (making up the 20s international rate—and a franking undocumented by JP) affixed across backflap and tied by Yokohama 12.6.1 Scenic Datestamp. Reverse also bears the typed name "H. P. Clein." at top center, on whose behalf the cover was sent. The addressee, Walter Conrath, was an early leader in aerophilately, publishing the American Air Mail Catalog, The Airpost Journal and Through the Air, posthumously named a member of the APS Hall of Fame. Small spot of sticker residue at upper left hardly detracts, given that only ten examples are recorded, this one with aerophilately royalty attached., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$1,800-2,200
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2155 image1939 (Nov. 15), Red Cross Membership 75th Anniversary complete (J.S.C.A. C75-78. Scott 295-298), A possibly unique unaddressed cover, depicting a torii between two trees with sea and Mt. Fuji in background. The set of four arranged horizontally below the three-line pre-printed inscription and tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp for the issue, dated 14.11.15. Reverse is without markings of any kind, other than a penciled manuscript "30" at lower left. Note that the apparent horizontal crease across the backflap is not a crease at all, but an artefact from the letterpressed line of dashes in the inscription. JP 72:2 notes six covers are known, but makes no mention of an unaddressed cover. A pristine and exciting example calling for further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2156 image1940 (Feb. 11), 2600th Anniversary of the Accession of Emperor Jinmu (J.S.C.A. C79, C81. Scott 299, 301), The first of two covers for this set, issued on two dates in 1940, and the first of three First Days by Lewis' (unknown) master painter. The 2s and 10s stamps are tied by a single strike of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 15.2.11, on an exquisitely painted cachet of a hut and boat on shore, with two sampans off the coast and Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. Blue "To US" handstamp placed at far left so as not to interfere with the cachet design. Typed ") O (" with manuscript "open this" alongside at top of flap, plus typed "15" at lower left. The requisite additional postage is paid by a right margin 8s Meiji Shrine single affixed across backflap and tied by an 11.2.40 Yokohama foreign mail comb. Cover neatly opened at left. JP notes only eight are known!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2157 image1940 (Nov. 10), 2600th Anniversary of the Accession of Emperor Jinmu (J.S.C.A. C80, C82. Scott 300, 302), The second issue date for the set honoring the 2600th anniversary of Japan's founding. The two stamps, 20s and 4s, placed at far left and right of the envelope so as not to obscure the all-over design, with each tied by a clear strike of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp for the issue. The cachet shows four sampans on the water, two close-up with magnificent detail in the sails, with Mt. Fuji rising majestically behind. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse is without any of Lewis' regular notations, bearing only a near-circular kan handstamp in blue. In addition to being a wonderful piece of art, this cover clearly demonstrates the water-fastness of the colors Lewis' artists used, as the cover at some point suffered serious dampness: note that both handstamps are blurred and runny, but the cachet is as fresh as the day it was created. Flap unsealed. A breathtaking cover and a great rarity, as JP notes only four known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2158 image1940 (Oct. 25), Imperial Edict on Education complete (J.S.C.A. C83-84. Scott 313-314), The two stamps, on beautifully painted cover portraying a lantern atop a breakwater with two sampans beyond, aligned below two-line pre-printed inscription and tied by 15.10.25 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp as the issue's Large Commemorative Datestamp was not available until Oct. 30. "To US" handstamp at far left in a blue nearing violet. Reverse bears violet small-cap "open this" handstamp plus bottom margin 14s Kasuga Shrine definitive similarly tied. Note also the new envelope design, with flat rather than pointed backflap. Cover neatly opened at left. This Lot includes the enclosed single-page typed letter from Lewis to Battle, dated Oct. 20, 1940, which reveals a playful side to Lewis, but also discusses the more serious issue of rationing then in place in Japan—but with the line, "But we can't complain; on the whole; we Americans are well treated." JP 72:2, p. 72, notes five known examples. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
National Parks Stamps
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2159 image1936 (July 10), Fuji-Hakone National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P1-4. Scott 223-226), An unaddressed cover, not mentioned in the JP article on this issue (72:2, p. 96). The complete set on the sole-known cachet design for this: a group of five buildings on two outcroppings of land with Mt. Fuji and the rising sun in the background. The stamps are tied by two strikes of the 11.7.10 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp. Reverse without markings of any kind. It is interesting to note that on both this and the addressed cover in the next Lot, the sun behind Mt. Fuji is darkened. This is not a changeling (note the sun's rays are still bright), and it is not the result of ink colors intermingling. This is intentional and individual, each cover showing a slightly different application of the darker ink to the sun's disk. Of course, no self-respecting (or self-preserving) Japanese artist would ever darken the symbol of Nihon in this way. We like to think that one of Lewis' painters was an amateur astronomer who found a creative way to commemorate the solar eclipse that had occurred on June 19, just three weeks before this set was issued. The path of totality crossed the northern tip of Hokkaido, but Yokohama experienced approximately 80% totality. We can't prove it, of course, but we dare you to come up with a better explanation! Only 11 covers recorded by JP. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,600-4,000
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2160 image1936 (July 10), Fuji-Hakone National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P1-4. Scott 223-226), Cachet with pre-printed inscription as in the previous Lot, with the full set present (though in reverse order) and tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp. A darkening blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Reverse with handstamped ") N (" and manuscript "Do not open" immediately below. Flap sealed by near-circular kan handstamp. Opened cleanly at right. Again exhibiting a darkened sun behind Fuji-san. A lovely example of this first National Park set First Day Cover. Only 11 recorded. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,800
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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