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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


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Lot 2230

Mandalay, Upper Burma: 1940 (Oct. 23) Censored to Michigan, A new last-known cover. JP 68:5, p. 293, notes that covers are uncommon and dated between Mar. 30, 1933, and July 26, 1939, while this example was mailed 15 months later. Bearing the standard all-over cachet of the royal palace with bridge and bastion, the postage here totals 3A6p, each stamp tied by a "Mandalay Civil Lines/23 OCT 40" comb/bridge-style dater. Penciled address correction at center, with triangular "Passed/Censor/7/Rangoon" handstamp at center top. Back of cover shows evidence of contact with water, as both the ") N (" and double-circle kan handstamps are blurred. Unevenly opened at left with minor resultant reduction (Censor 7 no doubt more concerned with security than with artistic conservation). Nevertheless, a beautiful cover worthy of the finest collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$14,000.
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Lot 2231

Suva, Fiji: 1934 (Oct. 29) to California, A new earliest-known cover, mailed six months prior to those recorded at JP 68:5, p. 284. The cachet, also undocumented in JP, shows a still-smoking steamer at a short pier, with palms before and mountains behind. Three King George V definitives totaling 3d are tied by two "Suva/29 OC 34/Fiji" c.d.s.'s (the day difficult to read). Clean reverse other than ") N (" opening remarque typed at top center. A simple cachet, but prettily executed on a previously unknown cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2232

Bay of Suva, Fiji: 1935 (Apr. 11) to Oklahoma, On a previous earliest-known dated cover from Fiji, with the standard cachet from the island showing a boat alongside a pier, with trees and building in foreground and mountains in the distance. The three King George V definitives are tied by four "Suva/11 AP 35/Fiji" daters. Sole marking on reverse is a typed ") N (" remarque. Back with a few toned areas of no consequence. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,900.
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Lot 2233

Suva Bay, Fiji Islands: 1935 (June 28) to Ohio, The standard ship-in-port cachet franked by two 1½d definitives, each tied by "Suva/28 JU 35/Fiji" dater. Typed ") N (" remarque at top, ignored as the cover was opened along the flap at some point. A small surface tear to back of envelope mentioned solely for accuracy. A nice example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2234

Buca Bay, Fiji Islands: 1935 (Sept. 12) to Oklahoma, A standard cachet, but from an unrecorded location. Three definitives tied by two clear "Buca Bay/12 SEP 35/Fiji" c.d.s. strikes, with a "Suva/18.SP.35/Fiji" transit on reverse. No opening instruction, but a near-circular kan handstamp (slightly darkening) seals the flap. A unique cover?, Very Fine despite the transit wear along top.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2235

Suva, Fiji: 1936 (Nov. 21) to North Dakota, On a scarcer hand-addressed cover. Standard cachet, postage and cancel, but with the location inscription on two lines at lower right, the recipient's address at upper left. JP 68:5 (p. 284) notes that these covers have the address and caption (when present) in green ink. The caption here is in green (perhaps), but the address is most clearly in black. JP surmises that Lewis sent a stock of "blank" cachets to Fiji, some of which were "sold unauthorized and mailed." Reverse is without any of Lewis' standard markings, with damage to the backflap including the right quarter missing. The face, however, is largely pristine and will make a great addition to your collection or exhibit., Fine to Very Fine only because of back damage.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,600.
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