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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


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Lot 2268

Imperial Japanese Seapost, 1933: Group of six ships' covers, All early, uncacheted covers to various customers in the US, mailed between Feb. 23, 1933 (Hiye-Maru) and Nov. 9, 1933 (Asama-Maru). Each cover bears a different combination number on reverse (Asama-Maru: C-4, Chichibu-Maru: C-2, Heian-Maru: C-1, Hikawa-Maru: C-5, Hiye-Maru: C-15, and Tatusuta-Maru: C-3), with the Asama-Maru's number typed at top center of the backflap (where the opening remarque is usually found) with a simple "N." typed further down the flap. Some with opening remarques, some without; five different handstamped seals across the flaps. All opened. The Chichibu-Maru is toned, but a great grouping of these early covers., Very Fine as a whole.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 4,500.
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Lot 2269

Asamu-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Jan. 20) to Pennsylvania, Uncacheted, each of the three definitives tied by a clear strike of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp dated 20.1.1933. Unusual directional marking at lower left, reading only Beikoku ("America"), lacking the standard third character yuki ("To"). Reverse with typed "C-4." combination notation; no opening remarque, with flap sealed by perfectly struck double-framed square kan handstamp. Receiving date and "cat 48" penciled on reverse. Cleanly opened at top with filler (the back of another envelope with a handwritten note in Japanese) still enclosed. Mailed just six months after the Scenic Datestamp was introduced., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
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Lot 2270

Asama-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1934 (Jan. 18) to Ontario, The sole ship cover to Canada in this sale—and a very early cacheted example, the covers painted sometime between Oct. 5 and Nov. 18, 1933, with this used just two months later. A beautiful rendering of the sun behind Mt. Fuji, with tree line and ship on the waves in the foreground, the five-color franking tied by two solid strikes of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To Canada" handstamp at lower left. Reverse with typed "C-2." combination and opening of remarque of " N " (in quotations), with flap sealed by blue horizontal oval double-framed kan handstamp. Two Kitchener, Ont., receivers dated FE 8/34 on reverse as well. A grand cover all around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2271

Asama-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1934 (Jan. 18) to Oklahoma, An early cacheted cover showing a building on spit of land, with Mt. Fuji, sun and ship behind. Dark blue "To US" handstamp as usual below typed service inscription at top. The four stamps are tied by two ship I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamps. "C-1." and "O" (in quotations) noted on reverse, with flap sealed by toothed oval kan handstamp. Slightest hint of toning at right. Opened neatly along flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2272

Asama-Maru I.J. Seapost covers: 1934 (Jan. 18 & Mar. 15) to the US, A pair of identically cacheted covers (though compare and contrast the design differences), each with typed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp at left. January cover (to Illinois) is noted "C-1." and " O " (in quotes) on reverse; March cover, to Massachusetts, bears combination number "C-34." Each opened, January at top, March at bottom, with kan handstamp sealing the flap of each. Toning to top of March cover front. Still, a pretty pair of early cacheted ship covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2273

Chichibu-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Dec. 9) to New York, A bright and lively cachet, with typed inscription at top, blue "To US" handstamp at left and two good strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp tying the three adhesives. Combination "C-24." and " O " (in quotation marks) typed on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. "Carl O. Flint." in ink neatly running up the left on back. Cleanly opened at bottom. Slight toning along top edge, but a nice cover nonetheless., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2274

Chichibu-Maru I.J. Seapost covers: 1933 (Feb. 22 & Apr. 21) to the US, A pair of uncacheted covers, February to New York with "C-3." noted, April to Connecticut bearing a "C-1." combination. Both with typed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Stamps on each tied by ship's Sea Post Datestamp. February cover without opening instruction and flap sealed by cut-out of musician; April with "Open this" penciled in and flap sealed by horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
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Lot 2275

Chichibu-Maru I.J. Seapost covers: 1934 (Feb. 15 & Apr. 12) to the US, A pair of differently cacheted covers, still incredibly fresh, each with typed inscription and two strikes of the Scenic Datestamp from the ship's post office. The February cover, addressed to Michigan, has the "To US" handstamp in the usual blue with, on reverse, typed "C-27" notation and " O " (in quotations) remarque, the flap sealed by a vertical oval kan. April's cover, sent to New Jersey, has a dark violet "To US" handstamp on front, with "c-4." (uncharacteristically, a lower-case "c") and " N " in quotations, the same vertical kan handstamp sealing the flap. Both opened (February at left, April along flap) and looking amazingly good for 85 years old., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2276

Heian-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Jan. 24) to Pennsylvania, An uncacheted cover, with typed inscription and four stamps canceled by two bold strikes of the Heian-Maru's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. This cover bears a second example of the erroneous Beikoku-only handstamp in blue at lower left. Typed "C-3." combination on reverse without opening remarque. Double-framed horizontal oval kan seals the flap. Cleanly opened at top, with "2-8-33" receiving date penciled at lower right back., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
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Lot 2277

Heian-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1934 (Mar. 13) to Indiana, Cacheted, depicting a tree on hill with Mt. Fuji, sun, ship and birds. The 10s postage, including a 9½s Airmail, is tied by two strikes of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Combination number "C-6." and opening remarque of " N " (in quotation marks) typed at top reverse, with square kan seal across flap. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2278

Hikawa-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (Aug. 11) to Massachusetts, An uncacheted early cover, with the four definitives making up the 10s postage tied by three neat ship Scenic Datestamps. In place of the standard "To US" handstamp, a vertical kan handstamp is placed on the front, the backflap sealed by a cut-out portrait of a woman looking at a nighttime city scene. Combination "C-1" noted in manuscript at upper left of flap as usual. Light toning at very top edge of the envelope, but otherwise clean., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
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Lot 2279

Hikawa-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1934 (Feb. 6) to Illinois, Cover with cachet depicting a torii among trees, with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds and ship in the distance. Typed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. The three definitives are tied by two crystal-clear Scenic Datestamps from the ship dated 6.2/1934. Combination designation of "C) 4 ." and opening remarque " N " (in quotation marks) on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical kan handstamp. Slight tear to backflap (expertly resealed) is of no consequence. A nice cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$1,000.
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Lot 2280

Hikawa-Maru I.J. Seapost covers: 1934 (Mar. 7) pretty pair, Two from the same sailing, one to New Jersey with combination C-3 on torii-and-trees cachet design, the other to Pennsylvania with C-5 on tree-on-knoll design. Both with blue "To US" handstamp and two I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamps. Each marked " N " (in quotation marks) but opened along flap anyway. Slight damage to back of Pennsylvania envelope, but fronts sound and generally clean. A nice duo., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2281

Hiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (Sept. 8) to New York, An uncacheted cover franked by three definitives, each tied by a legible Hiye-Maru I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp dated 8.9./1932. No "To US" handstamp. Reverse with "C-5" and "DO NOT OPEN", both manuscript in pencil, with a vertical kan handstamp sealing the flap. Addressed to one of Lewis' earliest cover customers, Harry G. Avery, in Buffalo. Opened cleanly at right. Penciled "S" on face at lower left supposedly means "a first voyage" (see Lot 2285), but the Hiye-Maru was launched in 1930, and her Scenic Datestamp was introduced June 16, 1932. Perhaps this was the first sailing for which Lewis obtained a cancel? Note the typed inscription omits the ship's name. One for further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
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Lot 2282

Hiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Jan. 1) to Pennsylvania, A New Year's Day sailing. Typed inscription includes the ship's name, the five definitives tied by three 1.1/1933 Scenic Datestamps. Erroneous Beikoku-only handstamp (missing yuki) in blue at lower left. Reverse with typed "C-2.", no opening remarque, and vertical blue kan handstamp across flap. "1-17-33" penciled at lower right on the back. Also included is an Oct. 19, 1932, typed and signed letter from Lewis on early letterhead, in part requesting payments by cash (or "[Washington] Bi-Centeniial [sic] 8¢ and 9¢ well-centered, stamps…"). The letter also mentions that there are eight Imperial Japanese Trans-Pacific ships for which covers are available. Tear at center left of letter, but it, and the cover, are a great addition to any Karl Lewis collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
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Lot 2283

Hiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Nov. 14) to Indiana, One of the absolute earliest cacheted ship covers possible. In addition to the dates noted above (see Lot 2270), JP 66:5, p. 251, reports a Nov. 9, 1933, letter from Lewis to a customer, noting it was "enclosed in the 4th of 6 ship covers and that this one [i.e., the Nov. 9 cover] and covers hereafter would be painted in watercolors by a Japanese artist he had just engaged." Depending on the sailing dates of the ships used, this cover—dated Nov. 14—may well be the second cacheted NYK ship cover known. One of our favorite designs in the entire sale, with waves drawn in in black, and one not seen (in this sale, anyway) in later years. The cover is pristine in every respect, with full markings and three clear ship Scenic Datestamps. "C-2." and " N " (in quotations) typed on reverse, with a toothed oval kan handstamp sealing the flap. Neatly opened at top. A definite must-bid. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2284

Hiye-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1933 (Dec. 30) to Massachusetts, With such a gorgeous cachet, we had to give you a second chance. Typed inscription at top, violet "To US" handstamp at upper left, and three solid strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp are all on the front. Reverse bears typed "C-5." notation and " N O as the opening remarque. A thick-character, double-framed oval kan handstamp seals the flap. We don't know what the stiffener is (the cover was never opened), but it is heavier than anything else we've come across in this sale. A true beauty of a cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2285

Shidzuoka-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (July 26) to Kansas, Posted on the date the ship's Scenic Datestamp was introduced. Typed inscription at top, with Lewis using an alternate spelling of the ship's name ("Shizuoka"), with five-color franking tied by three clear "26 7./1932/Shidzuoka-Maru/I.J. Sea Post" cancels. Vertical kan handstamp in blue on front along with penciled "S" at lower left. Reverse with penciled "C-2." combination notation, vertical blue fu-in handstamp across flap, and penciled "Signed L.R./1st sailing" at lower left. Addressed to the Weekly Philatelic Gossip, with typed and signed letter enclosed, dated July 25. In the letter, Lewis notes that the ship "will use,for the first time, tomorrow (July 26th) a PICTORIAL CACHET on all letters mailed on board." He goes on to say that he is very busy, "two steamers with mails having arrived the same day in Yokohama…", but promising copy and payment for further advertising in the journal. The Shidzuoka-Maru's post office was open only between July 26 and Sept. 30, 1932, making any cover from the ship incredibly rare—with this being a "First Day Cover" of sorts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2286

Tatsuta-Maru I.J. Seapost cover: 1932 (Oct. 27) to New York, With typed and signed letter on back of advertising leaflet offering photographs reproduced in gold or silver Japanese lacquer. A pre-cachet period cover, franked by four Tazawa definitives. Typed inscription at top, with the stamps tied by two deep-colored strikes of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp dated 27.10/1932. With blue handstamp at lower left reading only Beikoku, the yuki omitted. No opening remarque on reverse, but "C-15." combination at upper left and vertical blue kan sealing the flap, which was neatly opened. Toning on reverse and at top only of the front. Still, a nice early cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
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Lot 2287

Seapost Nippon covers: 1934-35, six ships, six combinations, Each with a typed inscription at top, and varying cachet design, destination and date. Combinations C-1 through C-6 present as follows: C-1: Hiye-Maru (Feb. 21, 1935), C-2: Heian-Maru (June 29, 1934), C-3: Asama-Maru (July 12, 1934), C-4: Hikawa-Maru (Dec. 15, 1934), C-5: Chichibu-Maru (Aug. 17, 1934) and C-6: Tatsuta-Maru (Aug. 24, 1934). Markings on reverse vary. All but the C-1 cover opened. Some toning on the C-5 and C-6 covers, mainly visible on reverse. A great group of combinations., Very Fine as a whole.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 4,500.
Realized HK$4,000.
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Lot 2288

Seapost Nippon covers: 1935-36, set of six with printed inscriptions, Similar to the prior Lot, but these covers with the inscription at top printed, the ship's name added by Lewis by typewriter. The set comprises C-1 through C-6, each on a different ship's cover with varying cachets. C-1: Chichibu-Maru (Aug. 14, 1935), C-2: Hikawa-Maru (July 18, 1935), C-3: Hiye-Maru (Aug. 1, 1935), C-4: Asama-Maru (Nov. 7, 1936), C-5: Heian-Maru (Mar. 12, 1936) and C-6: Tatsuta-Maru (Aug. 22, 1936). All opened except C-4. C-5 cover toned but still presentable. A chance to own all six ships' covers., A Very Fine group.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 4,500.
Realized HK$4,000.
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Lot 2289

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 11) to Washington, A second cover from the same sailing, with tree on bluff in the foreground. Typed inscription, slightly faded blue "To US" handstamp at upper left, and two clear Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamps tying the four stamps, one a Red Cross commemorative. The reverse is where this cover gets interesting, though: Instead of the usual combination notation, Lewis here has "Ship cover./No. C-1." And while there is no opening remarque, Lewis has typed his name and address at the bottom of the flap, which was sealed by a 1934 Japan Anti-Tuberculosis seal (subsequently torn when the cover was opened along the flap). Light evidence of prior mounting on back. An interesting (and unique in this sale) set of back markings., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2290

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 11) to New York, A wonderfully fresh cover with cachet portraying a path to a building with ship, birds, Mt. Fuji and sun beyond. Inscription typed, blue "To US" handstamp as usual, and two strikes of the Asama-Maru's Sea Post Nippon handstamp tying the four stamps. "C-3." and ") N (" typed; horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp across flap. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2291

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934 (Sept. 11), A pair of covers from the same sailing, the first to Virginia, the second to Illinois. Both with blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Each with a different cachet and combination (Virginia being C-4, Illinois C-1). Virginia cover marked ") N (" and opened right, Illinois marked ") O (" and opened along flap. Some foxing, mainly to back, on the Virginia cover, but cachets fresh and clean on both. A pretty pair., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2292

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935 (July 11) & 1937(Jan. 15), Two covers from the busiest period of Lewis' business. Both with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. The 1935 cover, to Michigan, has a trees-on-hill cachet and a C-1 combination tied by two strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. The cover from 1937, sent to Nebraska, has the two stamps (including 9½s Airmail; combination C-6) tied by a single strike of the cancel on a cachet of a house overlooking the sea. Pictorial handstamp across the flap on 1935 and double-framed box kan handstamp on 1937. Both opened, despite the ") N (" remarque. A nice pair of covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2293

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (Jan. 21) to Washington, A lovely trees-on-hill cachet, with printed inscription. The three stamps—all commemoratives, uncommon for Lewis—are tied by two neat strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp, with an under-inked "To US" handstamp at left. Reverse with "Sp'l." combination notation and ") O (" remarque typed, with "open this" added in pencil below. A pictorial handstamp seals the flap. Opened at top neatly, as one would expect from someone who worked at the Seattle Post Office's Philatelic Window., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2294

Asama-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (July 12) to Illinois, A cacheted cover with printed inscription, blue "To US" at far right, and two solid strikes of the ship's Scenic Datestamp tying the five-color franking. Reverse with typed "C-2" notation and ") O (", and near-circular kan handstamp across flap. Cover opened along flap. Included with the cover is a single-page typed and signed letter, which turns out to be a goldmine of information: thanking Mr. Johnson for the plate blocks sent as payment, Lewis notes, "I am delighted to get them; and so is my wife; who collects U.S., as I am too busy for collecting nowadays." After a discussion of the Japanese and American liners' covers available, Lewis turns to his personal history, telling that he was named for a German friend of his father's, reminiscing about his time in Germany, and closing with the cheeky, "I have also been to Cape Grabusa, on the Island of Crete, in the Mediterranean; but never in your city." A spectacular letter that provides more information—and raises more questions—on Lewis' pre-Yokohama days. All imaged online., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 2295

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (June 14) to New York, From the first day of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Inscription is typed on tree-on-knoll cachet, with left-most of the five stamps partially covering the blue "To US" handstamp. Three clear strikes of the "Chichibu-Maru/Sea Post/Nippon/14.8/1934" Scenic Datestamp. "C-2." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical kan handstamp. A nice "First Day" of the cancel., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2296

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 11) to Missouri, Bearing a "C-1."/[manuscript] "Special" combination: a 1s Tazawa plus two Red Cross commemoratives. The tree-on-knoll cachet has a typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and two nice strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. ") N (" typed on reverse, with double-framed kan handstamp across flap. "12/27/34" date received penciled in on the front at lower right. An uncommon "Special" combination, noted in Lewis' own hand., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2297

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 11) to Ohio, A typed inscription on a house-on-ground cachet bearing the uncommon "C-11" combination franking, here including a 3s Red Cross commemorative. Two strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp tie the four stamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at their immediate left. Typed "C-11." and ") O (" on backflap, sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. Opened along flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2298

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: a 1935 (Sept. 14) & 1937 (Aug. 13) pair, On nearly matching cachet designs, each with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. The 1935 cover, bound for Pennsylvania, bears 10s postage (including a 9½s Airmail), noted "C-6." on reverse with typed ") N (" remarque and double-framed square kan handstamp. The 1937 cover (to Missouri) has 20s postage, the three definitives designated "C-5.N." on reverse, which only has a blue handstamped ") N (" remarque. 1935 opened top, 1937 at left. A nice, two-rate pair., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2299

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (June 14) to Connecticut, The house-on-ground cachet bearing a printed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp, and four-color franking tied by two clear strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp for the ship. Reverse with typed "C-3." notation and ") N (" remarque, along with horizontal oval kan handstamp and a hand-written note from Lewis running up the left side, "Next cover will be late." Light crease at bottom center hardly detracts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2300

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Kentucky, An unusual three-commemorative franking (two Red Cross issues plus a 6s Manchurian Emperor's Visit), tied by two ship Sea Post Scenic Datestamps, on a house-on-ground printed inscription cachet. Reverse with typed "C-6." with "Sp'l" added in blue pen. Opening remarque of ") N (" typed, vertical blue kan handstamp across flap, and a circled "43" handstamp in black. Neatly opened at right. A nice "Special"., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 2301

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Illinois, A neat trees-on-knoll cachet with printed inscription top, blue "To US" handstamp, and four definitives tied by two strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Reverse with typed "C-1." and ") O (" and pictorial handstamp across flap in blue. Included with the cover are the original enclosures, a typed and signed letter, dated Aug. 8, 1935, on letterhead with the design at top in brown, plus a revised price list (no date) with many additional changes made either by hand or typed. including, "MY SHIPS' COVERS ARE THE HANDSOMEST COVERS YOU EVER SAW, and only a dime each." The letter mentions six Japanese liners and 11 Dollar Steamship liners for which covers are offered, and much, much more., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2302

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 11) to Michigan, A lovely cachet with torii before Mt. Fuji and printed inscription, the three stamps tied by two Sea Post Scenic Datestamps with a blue "To US" handstamp to left. Postage paid by two definitives and a 1½s Red Cross commemorative, noted on reverse as typed "C-4." with "sp'l" penciled below. Opening ") N (" typed, with horizontal blue kan handstamp across flap. Neatly opened at top despite instructions otherwise. A pretty cover, and an uncommon "Special"., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2303

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1936 (Sept. 10) to Illinois, An over-sized envelope used to send multiple covers or cards, with a cachet of three buildings on a low hill with ship, birds, Mt. Fuji and sun beyond. Three Tazawas are spaced below the typed inscription, each tied by a Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Combination notation of "C-9.", along with ")O(" instructional remarque—both manuscript in blue ink. A pictorial handstamp seals the flap. The cover has seen either water or high dampness, and while the handstamps are a little faded, the cachet's ink is good as new. Opened at right, with backflap unsealed by moisture. Despite the rough appearance, this is the only large-sized ship cover in this sale., Fine only due to causes beyond its control.
Estimate HK$ 800 - 1,200.
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Lot 2304

Chichibu-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Apr. 9) to Connecticut, Our astronomer friend strikes again, this time with the sun's disk completely black. A printed inscription tops this house-on-a-bluff cachet, with a heavy layer of black applied to the sun (hints of red show through). Interestingly bearing only 6s postage, despite the flap having at one time been sealed; the two stamps tied by the Chichibu-Maru's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. "C-3." combination typed on reverse, with blue handstamped ") N (" and oval kan across flap. Light toning to the back and top of front, but a conversation piece for sure., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2305

Kamakura-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1939 (Feb. 8) to Ohio, An ebullient cover, only fitting for the first day of the ship's Scenic Datestamp use. The cachet depicts several buildings nestled against a low hill, Mt. Fuji with sun, birds and ship in distance; printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. Two National Park issues plus a 14s Showa First Issue definitive are all neatly tied by a "Kamakura-Maru/Sea Post/Nippon/8. 2/1939" Scenic Datestamp. Reverse notes "C-14.n." and ") O (", both typed, with "Open this" added in pencil. Further adding to the festivities is the pictorial handstamp across the flap. Later penciled notes on back can easily be ignored. Opened at left. The Kamakura-Maru was the final incarnation of the Chichibu-Maru, whose spelling was changed briefly to Titibu-Maru before being renamed entirely. A late Lewis ship cover. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$4,000.
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Lot 2306

Heian-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934-37 group of five, On various cachets, the 1934 and 1935 covers with typed inscriptions, the 1936 and 1937 printed. Combinations include C-2 (1934, to Oklahoma), C-6 (1934, to New York), C-1 (1935 to Missouri and 1936 to New Jersey) and C-2.N. (1937 to Missouri). Each opened. The 1937 cover a less common variety, with the main design at right and the ship sailing towards left. Light overall toning on the 1934 Oklahoma cover, the others fresh. A nice group from the Heian-Maru., Very Fine selection.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000.
Realized HK$3,600.
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Lot 2307

Heian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (May 2) to Connecticut, A nice ship cachet of Mt. Fuji with tree line, with a five-color franking tied by three Sea Post Scenic Datestamps on the sole two-line inscription cover in this sale. Blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Typed "C-2." and ") N (" on reverse along with a pictorial handstamp across the flap. Opened at top neatly. Pretty., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2308

Heian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Mar. 18) to Connecticut, With Large Commemorative Datestamp for Prince & Princess Chichibu's journey to England for the Coronation of King George VI. (The first part of their trip was aboard the Heian-Maru.) The Large Commemorative Datestamp depicts the ship and Japanese and British flags, and is dated 12.3.18 and bears the ship's name at bottom. Two strikes tie the four definitives to the otherwise standard ship cover. "C-1." noted reverse, along with handstamped ") N (" and pictorial seal in blue. Neatly opened along flap. A nice example of the cancel., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2309

Heian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Aug. 19) to Kansas, With the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp in bright cherry red rather than the standard red brown. The new 20s rate tied by two Scenic Datestamp strikes, with "C-1.N." and ") O (" typed on reverse and pictorial handstamp sealing flap. Enclosed is a same-day dated letter from Lewis, on brown letterhead, discussing the increase in costs for covers, the six Japanese and ten Dollar Line ships available, and a request not to send coin in letters as a tax is levied against them. Opened top and right. An arresting cancel, the brightest we've seen., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2310

Heian-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1938 (Aug. 24) to Illinois, Bearing two 13.8.24-dated Yokohama Scenic Datestamps. House-on-hill cachet with printed inscription, 20s postage including a New Year issue. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-5.N." notation typed on reverse, with a manuscript ")O(" over-stamped by blue ") N (" and penciled "Do not open this". Double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp across flap. Heavy stiffener. The use of the Yokohama cancel is curious, as the ship's post office was open until August 1941. The sole example in this sale., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2311

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Oct. 25) to California, The sole Sea Post comb cancel in this sale. The cover's cachet depicts a road leading to a torii, with mountain and sun, steamer and sampans, plus birds, in the distance. Typed inscription at top with much-faded "To US" handstamp at upper left. The four Tazawa issues, three 1s oranges and a 7s yellow, are tied by three "Hikawa-Maru/Sea Post/25.10.34/Nippon" combs. "C-21." and ") O (" typed reverse, with thick-character negative kan handstamp sealing flap. Opened top. Light overall toning, but a nice-looking cover still., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2312

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Dec. 15) to Illinois, A pretty Mt. Fuji with tree line cachet with typed inscription and faded blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Four stamps, including two 1½s Red Cross commemoratives, tied by two pristine strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. "C-2." and ") N (" typed reverse, with "Do not open" added in manuscript. Toothed horizontal kan across flap, which has been neatly opened. Filler (wrapping paper) still enclosed. A colorful mix., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2313

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (July 18) to Kentucky, The cachet a torii before the sea and Mt. Fuji, with printed inscription, the three stamps (including two from the Manchurian Emperor's Visit issue) tied by two good strikes of the Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. Combination notation "C-4." typed with "Sp'l" added manuscript in blue ink below. Typed ") N (" remarque, thick-character negative kan across flap, and circled "44" handstamp in black. A very pretty Special franking., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2314

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Apr. 1) to Connecticut, A first day of new rate coverwith a franking that does not match the combination number. The cachet a less common building and land at right, ship sailing to left, with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. The cover is franked by 7s and 13s Tazawas for the new international rate, each tied by a strong Sea Post Scenic Datestamp from the ship. The confusion arises from the combination notation on reverse, typed "C-2." which, of course, is a five-stamp, 10s franking. Perhaps Lewis omitted the ".N." after the number, but the 7s + 13s combination is also "C-13.N." The light toning does not detract. A neat example of a Lewis inconsistency., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2315

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934-35 trio of C-3 combinations, On three nearly identical cachets of a building overlooking the sea, the covers date Sept. 4, 1934 (to Virginia), Dec. 15, 1934 (to Oklahoma) and Feb. 7, 1935 (to Indiana). Each with typed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp as expected. All identified as "C-3." on reverse, but each with a different combination of stamps making up the 10s; Virginia is all-definitives, Oklahoma includes two Red Cross commemoratives with definitives, and Indiana a single Red Cross plus three definitives. Proof positive that a single combination can take many forms., Very Fine overall, the Virginia cover with light foxing.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2316

Hikawa-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935-37, a fabulous foursome, A very pretty group of four, two with torii cachet design, the others with trees or building in foreground. Various frankings/combinations (1937 a 20s cover), all tied by good strikes of the ship's Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. The matching torii covers are noted "C-4." (1935) and "C-4.N." (1937), while trees on knoll is "C-1." and building is "C-3." Only fault is a small tear to backflap on the "C-3" cover. Join us on the bridge for this one., Very Fine overall.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2317

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (June 7) to New York, With a Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp 5½ months earlier than known. JP 34:6, p. 286, cites Nov. 23, 1934, as the date this Scenic Datestamp was introduced, but this cover bears two crystal-clear strikes dated 7.6./1934! Four definitives on a torii-and-cherry blossoms cachet with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. Reverse with typed "C-1." and ") N (", and double-framed square kan handstamp across flap. Opened at top. An exciting earliest known usage of the datestamp., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400.
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Lot 2318

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Aug. 2) to Oklahoma, A second early usage of the Hiye-Maru's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, this one 3½ months prior to the date listed in current literature. Two clear 2.8/1934-dated strikes tie the three definitives to the typed-inscription house-on-a-bluff cachet, with blue "To US" handstamp at far top at left. Typed "C-4." and ") N (" on back, with flap (since opened) sealed by vertical kan handstamp. Light overall toning, but a nice cover nonetheless., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
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Lot 2319

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 20) to New York, Yet a third early date for the Hiye-Maru's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, used two months prior to its known introduction. Cachet depicts a torii between trees with Mt. Fuji, sun and ship in background. Typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp, and two solid 20.9/1934-dated cancels. "C-4." and ") N (" typed on reverse, the flap sealed by a vertical kan handstamp. Opened at top, with the filler (included) part of a wrapper sent to Lewis from London (?), carrying his partial typed name and address., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
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Lot 2320

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1934 (Sept. 20) to Virginia, The final example of an early usage of the ship's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp, and the second dated 20.9/1934. Cachet depicts a house overlooking the ocean, with Mt. Fuji, sun and ship behind. Typed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and two cancels tying the three definitives. Noted "C-5." and ") N (" on reverse, both typed, with flap sealed by thick-character negative kan handstamp in blue. Slight toning and spotting, but still an interesting addition to either a Lewis or a postal history collection or exhibit., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2321

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1935 (Aug. 1) to Kentucky, An all-commemorative franking, comprising 3s and 6s Red Cross issues plus a 1½s Enthronement of Emperor Hirohito, thus overpaying the international rate by ½s. The three stamps are tied by two 1.8/1935-dated ship's Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamps, with blue "To US" handstamp at left. Cachet, with printed inscription, is of a building overlooking the sea. Combination noted as "C-5." typed, with "Sp'l" added manuscript in blue ink below. Typed ") N (" remarque, toothed horizontal oval kan handstamp across flap in blue, and circled "44" handstamp in black round out the markings on the back. Opened right. A nice commemorative-only complement to your standard definitives-franked covers., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2322

Hiye-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1937 (Jan. 1) to Washington, The final "darkened sun" cover we have, on what should have been a bright and cheerful New Year's Day cover. Cachet of building overlooking the ocean, with printed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and four-color franking tied by 1 1./1937-dated Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp. Combination "C-3." typed on reverse, with both ") N (" and thick-character negative kan handstamped in blue. Opened at top. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2323

Hie-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1939 (Apr. 17) to Oklahoma, An interesting cover from the respelled Hiye-Maru. The Hie-Maru's post office opened on March 24, 1938, but nearly 14 months later the ship was still using its original "Hiye"-inscribed Sea Post Nippon Scenic Datestamp! The cachet of a building overlooking the sea has a printed inscription, blue "To US" handstamp and two strikes of the old-spelling cancel tying the three definitives—though Lewis has respelled the ship's name correctly. "C-6.n." typed on reverse, with small-capitals "open this" and vertical kan handstamped in blue. Neatly opened at top. JP 34:6, p. 286 indicates that there is no certain date for the issuance of a "Hie-Maru" Scenic Datestamp. One to research! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2324

Tatsuta-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1934 (June 28) & 1935 (Mar. 6) matching pair of C-2 combinations, Both covers bearing a Mt. Fuji with tree line and ship in foreground, with typed inscriptions and blue "To US" handstamps, but showing two different C-2 combinations. The 1934 cover has the standard five-stamp franking, while the 1935 cover has a 4s Mt. Fuji & Deer, two 1½s Tazawas and a single 3s Tazawa; 10s either way in total, but a mix of frankings that must have been maddening to keep track of. Combinations noted as "C - 2 ." on 1934, "C-2." on 1935, each with typed ") N (" and "Do not open" penciled in below. Both still vibrant., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2325

Tatsuta-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935-38 trio, Each differently cacheted and with a different combination used. The cover to Kansas dated April 29, 1935, has two trees on a hill, with "C-1" combination. That to Illinois (Oct. 25, 1935) shows a building overlooking the sea with "C-2." notation. And the 1938 cover (May 12) to Washington, DC, sports the right-hand cachet with a "C-5.n." franking for 20s. Illinois cover shows some slight toning, while the other two are clean and bright. A nice Tatsuta-Maru mini-collection., Very Fine overall.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2326

Tatsuta-Maru Seapost Nippon covers: 1935 (June 29) & 1936 (Oct. 26), C-1 and C-1 Sp'l. pair, Each bearing a franking of 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s stamps, the 1936 C-1 to New Jersey a mix of definitives only, the 1935 C-1 Special substituting a 3s Red Cross issue. Two different cachets, each with printed inscription and blue "To US" handstamp. "Sp'l." added in blue ink by hand to the back of the 1935 cover, which has a few spots of toning and a small inconsequential tear on the top. The 1936 cover is pristine. Both bear pictorial handstamps as flap seals, and the 1935 cover additionally has a circled "42" handstamp in black on reverse., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2327

Tatuta-Maru Seapost Nippon cover: 1938 (Oct. 1) to Ohio, The respelled Tatsuta-Maru (as of Mar. 24, 1938), properly identified by Lewis in his caption as Tatuta-Maru, but with the ship still using its original Sea Post Scenic Datestamp. The two definitives each tied by a separate strike of the cancel, on a printed-inscription cachet of a building and land at right with the ship sailing left. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper right. "C-14.n." and ") O (" both typed with "Open this" added in pencil below. Horizontal oval genkan handstamp across flap, which has been opened. No date for the introduction of a "Tatuta"-inscribed Scenic Datestamp is known. A necessary complement to your Tatsuta-Maru collection., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2328

Seapost Nippon covers: 1935 & 1936 pair of C-1 combinations, On covers to Connecticut (Apr. 29, 1935) and Nebraska (Dec. 3, 1936), each with a different cachet design. The 1935 cover mailed aboard the Tatsuta-Maru, that of 1936 is from the Heian-Maru. Back markings match perfectly, each with typed "C-1." and ") O (" with penciled "open this" added, both flaps sealed by a pictorial handstamp in blue. The Connecticut cover additionally has a Morgan Annex New York, NY, c.d.s. dated May 12 on the back. Spots of black ink from rollers on front of Connecticut cover, otherwise both fresh with strong colors., A near Very Fine duo.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,400.
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Lot 2329

Seapost Nippon covers: 1937 (Aug. 5) & 1938 (May 26) 20s C-6.n. covers, The 1937 cover sent via the Hiye-Maru to Missouri, the 1938 via Hikawa-Maru to Washington, DC. Similar cachets of a building overlooking the sea, franked with 6s, 13s and 1s stamps for the new international rate, the 1937 1s a Tazawa, the 1938 a Harvesting definitive (same 6s and 13s stamps on both). Combination noted as "C-6.N." on the 1937 cover, "C-6.n." on the 1938. Pretty covers both., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2330

I.J. Seapost and Seapost Nippon covers: 1933-37 ship covers balance of consignment, Thirteen covers posted between July 19, 1933, and Feb. 25, 1937. The I.J. Seapost covers contain both plain and cacheted examples, while the Seapost Nippon items have both typed and printed inscriptions. A variety of cachet designs, combinations used, opening remarques, handstamped seals, etc. Includes a 1934 cover with "With Compliments./Mrs Anna.C.Hettler,/Seattle./_ _ _" on backflap, plus a 1937 cover to Mrs. Hettler (a long-time customer) herself. Some pristine, some with minor flaws affecting the backflap, some toned…but a quick and easy way to see the breadth of Lewis' ship cover work in one go. Definitely worth a look, either in person or on-line., Fine to Very Fine with many better.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000.
Realized HK$5,000.
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