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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Malaya
 
 
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Lot 2236

Kwala Lumpur, Malaysia: 1938 (Mar. 21) to Missouri, An unrecorded third cover from Kuala Lumpur, the other two dated Oct. 30, 1937, and Dec. 15, 1939 (JP 68:5, p. 292), bearing an unrecorded inscription at upper left. The all-over cachet is the standard design used for this location, three figures walking a country road. Postage totaling 12c is tied by two strikes of "Station Street (Kuala Lumpur)/21 MR/1938/F.M.S." handstamp of the Federated Malay States. Blue handstamped ") N (" remarque and genkan seal on reverse. A nice example with an interesting alternative spelling of the city's name., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$14,000.
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Lot 2237

Tanjong Katong, Singapore, Straits Settlements: 1937 (Aug. 11) to Pennsylvania, A warm cachet depicting a view from the beach, with the blue 12c Coronation issue nicely offsetting the design's colors. Stamp tied by "Singapore/11 AU/1937/11" c.d.s. Opening remarque omitted on reverse, which bears only a negative thick-character horizontal oval kan handstamp in bright blue. Mounting residue on reverse. Opened at left. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$13,000.
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Lot 2238

Island of Nauru, South Pacific Ocean: 1935 (Dec. 31) Registered to Pennsylvania, A new earliest-known cover, with both cachet for this location and inscription undocumented. The sole cover known to JP (68:5, p. 264) dates from "perhaps 1939", and is captioned "Nauru Island/Central Pacific". Here, Lewis has moved the island south, using a generic cachet of five palms on a beach with the sun on the horizon (used also at, e.g., Danger Island & Penrhyn; see Lots 2214 & 2219 above). In addition to its mailing date—nearly four years earlier than the previously known cover—this is a Registered cover, thus bearing a staggering 1sh6p in postage (Silver Jubilee overprints), each of the four stamps tied by a "Nauru/12 DE 35/Central Pacific" c.d.s., with a 27 FE 36 Melbourne Registry transit below. The reverse with a red Nauru Registry label across the flap; San Pedro, Calif, MAR 21 and Greenville, PA, MAR 25 Registry transit and receiver. Opened at top. Small tear at top is barely visible and does not affect stamps or markings. A remarkable cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2239

Annabele Bay, Nauru Island, Central Pacific: 1937 (Dec. 9) to New Zealand, A spectacular cover from an unrecorded location, on an unrecorded cachet design, mailed prior to the previous sole-known cover—and sent from one Karl Lewis agent to another. The cover is inscribed "Annabele Bay" (Anibare Bay?) with a cachet depicting five palms on a rocky (?) beach with sea beyond. Each of the three stamps comprising the 3d postage is tied by a light but fully legible "Nauru/-9 DE 37/Central Pacific" c.d.s. The reverse with the usual ") N (" remarque and blue oval kan handstamp, but it additionally bears the four-line notice: "Posted By/Les. V. Douthat./Nauru Island./Central Pacific" in his own hand. The original recipient's address was scratched off the cover, with "H W Geoghegan/P.O. Box 39, Symond St." written in—Geoghegan being Lewis' agent in Auckland. A true Grail for the Lewis collector or researcher, illustrating the ties among his network., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2240

Rabaul, New Guinea: 1935 (Apr. 26) to Missouri, An early cover, the first known being dated Mar. 2, 1935. Cachet depicting a village scene of huts, franked by 3d of Airmail-overprinted Birds-of-Paradise (no scrolls), each tied by well-struck "Rabaul/26AP35/New Guinea" c.d.s.'s. No back markings. Opened right., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2241

Rabaul, New Guinea: 1935 (Dec. 10) to Oklahoma, On the second of three cachet types known for Rabaul, a view of a village with sea and mountains beyond. Franked by 2d and 1d Airmail overprints, the 2d tied once by a "Rabaul/10DE35/New Guinea" c.d.s., and again with the 1d by a "Postage Paid/11DE35/Rabaul" dater. Reverse with only ") N (" remarque., Light overall toning, but still Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2242

Rabaul, New Guinea: 1936 (June 17) to California, The third known cachet design, a colorful view of a sailing boat just offshore from palms and two huts. The 3d postage is tied by a single clear "Rabaul/17JE36/New Guinea" c.d.s. Reverse with only ") N (" remarque typed. A clean and colorful cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2243

Port Moresby, Papua: 1936 (Feb. 3), Registered to Pennsylvania, The sole known example from this location. The cachet is a common design of a seaside hut amongst trees. The cover is franked by the complete Papua Silver Jubilee overprinted set, overpaying postage and Registration fees by 5d. Each stamp is tied by a socked-on-the-nose "Port Moresby/-3FE36/Papua" c.d.s., with a fifth strike below. Registration label at far left, wrapping around to the back of the envelope, which bears a sixth Port Moresby c.d.s. along with Brisbane (21FE36), Sydney (24FE36), Chicago (MAR 23) and Greenville, PA (MAR 24) Registry transits and receiver (Greenville mis-dated as 1986!). The flap is sealed by a stationery cut-out giving Lewis' address over four lines. No opening remarque, but neatly opened at top. An exquisite cover that has only recently come to light., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2244

Apia, Island of Upolu, Western Samoa: 1935 (July 9) to Missouri, An earliest-known date cover (JP 68:5 gives the date as July 8 based, we believe, on a misreading of the broken day slug), on an unrecorded cachet for this location (though used at, e.g., Port Moresby, Papua; see the previous Lot). Postage paid by two ½d Samoa hut-with-flag issue, only one of which is tied despite there being two strikes of the "Apia/-9.JL.35" c.d.s. Reverse shows only a typed ") N (" remarque, but cleanly opened at right. The cover appears to be slightly reduced as the second c.d.s. runs off the right edge, but it measures full-size (149 x 101 mm)., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2245

Apia, Samoa: 1936 (Jan. 16?) to Minnesota, A generic shoreline huts and palm trees cachet, as used at, e.g., Pago Pago (see Lot 2204 above). A left margin single 1d Western Samoa Apia pictorial pays postage, tied by an "Apia/16.JA.36/Western Samoa" broken-ring c.d.s. (with day slug unclear). Typed ") N (" remarque at top center of the backflap, with Lewis' sake gourd logo handstamped in blue across the flap. Opened at top, with a ragged 14mm tear at top center tape-repaired both front and back., Only Fine to Very Fine thanks to the tear, but still a pretty cover.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2246

Apia, Western Samoa: 1936 (Apr. 14) to Minnesota, To the same recipient as the previous cover! This one bearing a shoreline building among trees cachet (one of four commonly found for Apia), with postage paid by two ½d Western Samoa Girl and Kava Bowl pictorials, which are tied by a single "Apia/14 AP. 36/Western Samoa" c.d.s. strike. Reverse, without flap seal, is marked ") O (", and is cleanly opened at top. Filler paper still enclosed. A nice, clean example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2247

Apia, Island of Upolu, Western Samoa: 1937 (Jan. 23) to Ontario, On an all-over cachet depicting a harbor town (based on the 1d Western Samoa pictorial used in Lot 2245). Two ½d Samoan Girl and Kava Bowl definitives pay the postage, each tied by a clear "Apia/23.JA. 37/Western Samoa" c.d.s. Reverse without any Lewis markings. Neatly opened at top. One of the few Canada-bound non-Japan covers in this sale., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,400.
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