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First Day Covers continued...

National Parks Stamps continued...
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2161 image1938 (Dec. 25), Nikko National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P5-8. Scott 280-283), An unrecorded cachet variety. A one-line pre-printed issue inscription at top, with cachet showing a tree and house behind a knoll, with Mt. Fuji and birds—but no ship or sun as reported in JP 72:2, p. 97. The set complete, with the 2s and 20s stamps tied by Yokohama 13.12.25 Scenic Datestamp, and the 20s, 10s and 4s values tied by date-equivalent Yokohama foreign mail comb cancel. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at bottom center. Reverse with manuscript "Open" instruction, plus blue horizontal oval genkan handstamp. Opened neatly at left, but with resultant 2mm reduction. Nonetheless, a pretty cover. JP notes 10 known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2162 image1938 (Dec. 25), Nikko National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P5-8. Scott 280-283), A beautiful cover with pre-printed inscription and sacred bridge (as depicted on 10s stamp) cachet. This is a departure from most all other Lewis cachets as, with the exception of the bridge itself, the entire design is in shades of black. It also seems that a new artist was at work, or an old hand was trying something new, as the trees, rocks and bridge supports are all in a pure black, heavily laid on that, in raking light, shine (the top of the tree at left in particular showing a very clear texture of the applied ink). The stamps are tied by two Yokohama cancels, the 2s and 10s by a 13.12.25-dated Scenic Datestamp; the 10s, 20s and 4s by a foreign mail comb dated 25.12.38. Bright blue "To US" handstamp to left of address. Reverse with typed ") O (" and partially erased penciled "Open this" below, with flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. Oddly, a reverse printing of the recipient's address also appears at lower left. Opened at top with a bumped corner and a small tear above "25" of the date in the inscription; stamps and cachet unaffected. Ten covers for this issue are known, as reported in JP., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2163 image1939 (Apr. 20), Daisen & Setonaikai National Parks complete (J.S.C.A. P10-13. Scott 285-288), On a cover bearing a single-line pre-printed inscription for the issue and an all-over cachet of Abuto-Kannon with sailboats in the distance (based on the 10s stamp design in reverse). The four stamps are tied by two strikes of the Tottori Daisen Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at far right. This is another departure from the standard Lewis cover, as the moon (?) and its reflection on the water (to the immediate left of the 2s stamp) are painted in metallic silver that shines under angled light. Reverse with typed "22" at lower left, and blue handstamped ") N (" and near-circular kan, the latter rotated 90° clockwise. Despite instructions, cleanly opened along flap. A pretty cover, of which JP reports nine known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,400-2,800
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2164 image1939 (Aug. 15), Aso National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P15-18. Scott 290-293), On a smoking caldera of a cachet, whose design is based on the 10s stamp's image. The four stamps of the set are tied by two 14.8.15 Yokohama Scenic Datestamps, with blue "To US" at far right and partly obscured by the 2s stamp. The photographic, almost three-dimensional effect of the cachet is heightened by a layer of reflective darker ink along the front edges of the caldera. As JP 72:2 notes (p. 101, where this cover is imaged), the two-line inscription was altered, the original date of August 10 being corrected to August 15 by impression of a "5" over the "0"—the impression heavy enough on this cover to show through the backflap! A typed "22" at lower left and standard-location blue handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan on reverse. Lower left corner creased, but this hardly detracts. One of seven copies known. Very Fine despite the corner crease.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2165 image1940 (Apr. 20), Daisetsuzan National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P20-23. Scott 303-306), A printed one-line inscription above another of the master painter's works, depicting a sampan sailing among tree-topped islets. The set of four tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 15.4.20, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. The reverse is, interestingly, completely blank, and the cachet is on a new-style envelope with flat, rather than pointed, backflap, which is unsealed. A beautiful and pristine cover, of which JP records nine. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2166 image1940 (Aug. 21), Kirishima National Park complete (J.S.C.A. P25-28. Scott 308-311), Another example of the master painter's work, showing mountains through a flower-strewn glad. The four stamps of the set are tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 15.8.21, with the "To US" handstamp uncharacteristically in purple at far left. Reverse bears two ") N (" indicators, one manuscript in pencil, the other handstamped in blue immediately below. The squared flap of the envelope is sealed by a near-circular kan handstamp in a blue-shading-to-violet. This cover was kept sealed, with the original stiffener included. With strong backlight, two words can be made out on the enclosed card: "Lincoln Zephyr". Lewis was a car salesman, after all…. An absolute beauty of a cover, of which JP reports only seven known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2167 image1941 (Mar. 10), Daiton and Niitaka-Arisan National Parks complete (J.S.C.A. P30-33. Scott 315-318), Lewis' last-known First Day Cover, and an interesting use of "left-over" cachets. The set honors the National Park established in Formosa, so Lewis went into his stores and pulled out a Formosa common cachet Type II, our familiar litter-bearers, still in their yellow conical hats and pink outfits, if not quite so jauntily (compare Lot 2080). The four stamps are tied by two strikes of the Yokohama 10.3.41 foreign mail comb cancels, with "To US" handstamp at far right in pure purple. Reverse shows "open this" in small caps and vertical oval kan handstamps in purple. Neatly opened at left. JP notes four covers known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
Commemorative Covers
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2168 image1935 (Mar. 21), Japan-UPU Money Order Agreement 50th Anniversary commemorative cover, The sole known cover, on a generic cachet of seaside hut with Mt. Fuji and birds. Full international postage of 10s made up by four definitives tied by two strikes each of Yokohama 10.3.21 Large Commemorative Datestamp and 23.3.35 foreign mail comb. Blue "To US" to left of stamps and below the two-line typed inscription. "C-10." combination and ") O (" typed on backflap, with manuscript "Open this" below. Flap sealed by Lewis' sake gourd handstamp in blue. Opened at right. Includes the original enclosure, a typed but unsigned single-page letter providing translations of the Japan Post Office notices for the Large Commemorative Datestamps for this issue and for the upcoming Manchurian Emperor's Visit issue. Addressed to Al Burns at The Gossip Printery, publishers of the Weekly Philatelic Gossip., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2169 image1935 (July 14), Commodore Perry Monument commemorative cover, Created for the 33rd anniversary of the monument, erected in 1902. Postage of 6s only, underpaying the first-class international rate as the letter was sealed. Two strikes of the Yokahama Scenic Datestamp tie the three stamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at far right. "C-9." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by near-circular kan handstamp in blue. Recipient's penciled notes on reverse as well. Neatly opened at right. Also included are a July 12, 1935, single-page typed and signed letter from Lewis to Gillam discussing the cover and stating, "I had my artist paint two covers only…." In addition, a Lewis postcard of the monument (No. 619) is present (its layers beginning to separate), with Lewis' notes on the back that the image is in reverse, and that "the 2 old men marked with X saw Commodore Perry land in 1853." A remarkable item for either the Lewis or the Perry enthusiast. The sole cover known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Est. HK$3,200-3,600
SOLD for HK$6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2170 image1935 (Oct. 1), Fourth Census commemorative cover, The sole unmailed cover recorded, with only one other known mailed. A common cachet of building on knoll with Mt. Fuji in background, with three-line typed inscription, franked by 3s (the domestic letter rate), tied by two 10.10.1 Large Commemorative Datestamps from Yokohama. Reverse without markings of any kind, flap unsealed. All-over toning affects the reverse only. A remarkable cover and a one-of-a-kind. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400. (Image1)
Est. HK$3,000-3,400
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2171 image1936 (Jan. 26), Japan-Manchoukuo Postal Agreement commemorative cover, The only example known of this special cover. Three-line typed inscription above cachet of a temple on the water with a tower behind. A clear strike of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp ties the two definitives making up the 10s postage, with a black Yokohama 26.1.36 foreign mail comb alongside. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. "C-22." combination notation, along with typed ") N (", the "N" crossed out and "Open this" added in pencil. Blue circular pictorial seal across the flap. Opened neatly at right. Enclosure (included) is a clipping from the Jan. 24, 1936, Japan Times & Mail on the new mail agreement and the availability of the commemorative cancel. Addressed to Al Burns of the Weekly Philatelic Gossip., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2172 image1939 (Aug. 26), Nippon Round-the-World Flight Large Commemorative Datestamp, A 2s red postal card addressed to one of Lewis' constant clients, the indicia cancelled by 14.8.26 Nippon Large Commemorative Datestamp on the date of her departure. Typed and signed note on reverse explains the cancel and informs Dutcher, "This special cancellation will be used EVERY DAY, - with the daily date;-until the NIPPON returns to Japan." Note misspelling of "San Francisco" in the address. A nice piece of Lewis' customer service, and an interesting item for the aerophilately enthusiast., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$800-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
New Year's Stamps
LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
2173 image1935 (Dec. 25), Yokohama Christmas Day cover, The earlier of two known covers, the second dating from 1938. A bright ship cachet adorns the cover, franked by 10s postage (two of the three stamps commemoratives), tied by 10.12.25 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp and/or 25.12.35 foreign mail comb. Blue "To US" handstamp at left below inscription. "C-9." combination notation and ") N (" instruction typed, with "Don't open" added in pencil. Flap sealed by oval genkan handstamp. Cleanly opened at right. A rare cover, in pristine condition., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,600-3,000
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2174 image1936, Year of the Rat postcard, with message, A Tanaka & Co. postcard with design of rat, box and mask along with pre-printed greeting on picture side. Address side is a typed and signed note from Lewis to George Dinges, a solid customer, discussing a recent order and wishing him a Happy New Year. Obviously sent under separate cover, as the card lacks an address or postage. A nice collateral item., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. HK$800-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2175 image1936 (Jan. 1), 1½s New Year's Greeting (J.S.C.A. N1. Scott 222), One of six examples known. This front is imaged on page 113 of JP 72:2, but the inscription on the reverse differs slightly from those listed in the journal. A generic cachet of a building in the foreground, with sampans on the water and Mt. Fuji and sun in distance, bearing a single plus a horizontal block of six of the 1½s Mt. Fuji New Year issue, totaling 10½s postage, tied by two New Year's Day Yokohama 11.1.1 special datestamps. Blue "To US" handstamp below inscription. Reverse bears "A First Day Cover,/of a New Issue./_ _ _ _ _ _" and ") O (" at top of the backflap, along with "22" at lower left, all typed. Vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Opened at left. Minor condition issues (tear affecting top left stamp, bottom right stamp with turned corner) are of minor concern. A scarce item, with an unrecorded caption reverse., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2176 image1936 (Jan. 1), 1½s New Year's Greeting (J.S.C.A. N1. Scott 222), A second example, from six known (imaged at JP 72:2, p. 113), on a ship cachet showing a path leading to a torii with mountain and sun in background. The seven stamps comprise a single, a vertical pair plus a block of four, all tied by three Yokohama 11.1.1 special New Year's Day comb cancels. Blue "To US" handstamp below inscription noting "New Year's Day,/1936." Reverse only with typed ") O (" instruction and handstamped horizontal oval genkan across seal—lacking any indication that this is a First Day Cover. Opened both left and right. A great cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,200-2,600
SOLD for HK$2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2177 image1937 (Jan. 1), 1½s New Year's Greeting (J.S.C.A. N2. Scott 234), Block of four and irregular block of three Wedded Rocks issue, tied to cover with matching cachet and printed inscription, tied by two strikes of the Yokohama 12.1.1 Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Typed ") O (" at top center of backflap and "15" at lower left. Flap sealed by double-framed circular kan handstamp in blue. Neatly opened at right. According to JP, only eight covers are known. A lovely cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2178 image1938 (Jan. 1), 2s New Year's Greeting, Year of the Tiger (J.S.C.A. N3. Scott 256), A horizontal pair at upper right of cover immediately below printed inscription, tied by Yokohama 13.1.1 Scenic Datestamp with blue "To US" handstamp alongside. Cachet (discussed and imaged in JP 72:2, p. 116) shows a tiger in profile emerging from a bamboo grove with Mt. Fuji in the distance. Reverse bears blue handstamped ") N (" indicator and typed "15" at lower left, with flap sealed by pair of 8s Mt. Fuji & Deer stamps, making up the 20s postage, tied by Yokohama 13.1.1 New Year's Day comb cancel. One of 14 known Year of the Tiger covers. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2179 image1938 (Jan. 1), 2s New Year's Greeting, Year of the Tiger (J.S.C.A. N3. Scott 256), On the second of two cachet designs known for this issue, a rather self-satisfied looking tiger amidst bamboo, with Mt. Fuji in the distance. Horizontal pair of New Year stamps placed below inscription and tied by 13.1.1 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at left. Reverse carries a blue handstamped ") N (" notice, "20" typed twice at lower left, plus an additional 16s postage across backflap, tied by Yokohama New Year's Day comb cancel. Flap partially opened along right-hand side, stopping before reaching the stamps. An eye-catching cover of a three-legged tiger. JP notes 14 covers are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,000-2,400
SOLD for HK$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2180 image1939 (Sept. 2), "The Year of the Rabbit," Japanese Zodiac cover, On cachet showing rabbits playing in snow, with Mt. Fuji in the distance. 20s postage (a 10s Daisen and Inland Sea National Park issue, plus two definitives) tied by two strikes of the Nippon around-the-world-flight commemorative cancel dated 14.9.2. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse with small caps "open this" instruction and vertical oval kan handstamp, both in blue. Cover opened along flap. The use of a small commemorative datestamp is unusual on Lewis' covers, with this one even more interesting, as it was the final day of the Nippon's original flight plan, as Britain and France declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, forcing her to cancel her planned European tour and return to Japan over North Africa to the Middle East. JP (72:2, p. 117) notes these covers are "relatively uncommon" and lists three inscription types. Perhaps one of three covers known, but difficult whatever the quantity., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. HK$2,800-3,200
SOLD for HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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