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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Tonga & Tin-Can Mail
 
 
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Lot 2251

Nukualofa, Island of Tonga: 1934 (Aug. 30) to California, A new earliest-known cover, pre-dating those listed in JP 68:5 by nearly six months. A single 2½d Toga Queen Salote tied by "Nukualofa/30.AU.34/Tonga" c.d.s. to a cover depicting a banana tree with birds and a mountain behind. Backflap with typed ") N (" remarque. Opened at top. A clean, simple cover that is sure to please., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2252

Nukualofa, Island of Tonga: 1935 (Apr. 29) to Missouri, On the standard cachet for this town, a quay with harbor structures. Single 2½d Queen Salote stamp is tied by "Nukualofa/29.AP.36/Tonga" c.d.s., while back has only a typed ") N (" remarque. Opened neatly at right. Posted five days after JP's earliest-recorded cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2253

Niuafoou ("Tin-can" Island), Tonga: 1937 (Mar. 18), Tin Can Mail to Connecticut, A coastal village cachet in muted colors, franked by a Toga 2½d Queen Salote single tied by a "Niuafoou/18MR37/Tonga" c.d.s. Four "Tin Can Mail" handstamps accompany on the front (one of which additionally ties the stamp), including a straightline "Tin Can-Canoe Mail: Island" handstamp. Reverse without any of Lewis' usual markings, but filled with six additional Tin Can Mail handstamps: three in English (one dated 22 MAR 1937—the only fully-dated example in this sale), one in Irish and one in Greek (!), plus Walter George Quensell's two-line signature handstamp. Light crease lower left hardly detracts from this fun cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2254

Niuafoou ("Tin-Can" Island), Island of Tonga: 1937 (June 17) Tin Can Mail to Pennsylvania, A second coastal village scene cachet, this time in richer colors. Postage of 2½d paid by ½d Coat-of-Arms and 2d Queen Salote, each tied by a 17JE37 Niuafoou, Tonga, c.d.s. Three Tin Can Mail handstamps on front, including a "Tin/Can/Mail"-in-circle, plus a magenta combined slogan/wavy-line c.d.s. with day slug omitted (and here dated American style, unlike the previous cover, where the date was given Continental-style). Reverse with Lewis' trademark ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamps in blue, along with seven additional Tin Can Mail handstamps in four varying colors. Who knew a biscuit tin could yield so much fun? Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,600.
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Lot 2255

The Mail Canoe, Niuafoou ("Tin-Can" Island, Island of Tonga: 1937 (June 17) Tin Can Mail to Nebraska, A magnificent all-over cachet showing three men paddling an outrigger canoe on the water. Postage comprises two ½d Coat-of-Arms issues plus a 1½d Queen Salote, all tied by two Niuafoou c.d.s.'s (date easily discernible under magnification). Three Tin Can Mail markings on front, with an additional seven on reverse. No opening remarque, but Lewis' horizontal oval genkan handstamp in blue is present. Included with the cover is a note from a previous owner stating that "75 covers were made from Tonga for Special Tin Can Mail". An absolutely beautiful cover. Brave the sharks for this one!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$11,000.
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