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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


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Lot 2331

American Mail Liners: 1935 set of four ships, One each from the eastbound journey of the President Grant, President Jackson, President Jefferson and President McKinley. Three addressed to the same recipient (B.A. Brown in Ohio), the fourth (President McKinley) to Connecticut. Each with a different cachet and combination number. In ship name's alphabetical order: C-11., C-7., C-13. and C-12. Three with ") N (", the President Jackson with typed ") O (" and manuscript "Open this" in pencil. President Grant opened right, President Jackson and President Jefferson opened left. All fresh and bright, the President Grant with a very small piece of tape at upper right corner. The group imaged online., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2332

American Mail Liner, SS President Grant: 1934 (Dec. 14) to Missouri, A colorful cover whose cachet depicts a torii and lantern before Mt. Fuji, franked by three Tazawa issues and a 6s Red Cross commemorative. All but the far right 1½s tied by two strikes of the ship's EAST duplex. Blue "To US" at upper left. "C-7." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with thick-character negative kan handstamp across flap. Cleanly opened at right. A receiving date of 12/27/34 penciled in at lower right front. A pristine cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2333

American Mail Liner, SS President Grant: 1937 (Dec. 19) to Missouri, A 20s franking, on cachet depicting a walled building and tree overlooking the ocean with Mt. Fuji and sun in the background. The three stamps (including a 16s Airmail), are tied by two strikes of the President Grant's EAST U.S.T.P. Sea Post duplex. Blue "To US" as usual. Combination notation "C-12. N." typed on backflap, with ") N (" and horizontal oval genkan seal handstamped in blue. Opened at top. A nice example of a later cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2334

American Mail Liner, SS President Jackson: 1937 (Oct. 3) WEST to Missouri, A four-color franking graces this cachet depicting buildings and trees in foreground with a bright sun appearing behind Mt. Fuji. Blue "To US" handstamp to left of stamps."C-14.N." notation typed on reverse, accompanied by handstamped ") N (" and horizontal oval genkan seal, both in blue. Opened at left. An uncommon WEST journey for a letter from Yokohama to St. Louis. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,400.
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Lot 2335

American Mail Liner, SS President Jefferson: 1935 (Feb. 23) WEST to New York, The three definitives are tied by two duplexes to a cachet depicting a coastal village with bridge, torii and banners (?) with Mt. Fuji and sun in the distance. Blue "To US" handstamp. Combination "C-8." and ") N (" remarque typed, with horizontal oval kan handstamp across the flap. A scarce WEST marking., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2336

American Mail Liner, SS President McKinley: 1937 (Sept. 5) to Missouri, A later cover, the 20s postage paid by two definitives and a 9½s Airmail. The stamps are tied or cancelled by one full and two partial strikes of the ship's Sea Post duplex. Blue "To US" handstamp at immediate left of stamps. "C-10.N." typed on back, with ") N (" and double-framed square kan both handstamped in blue. Cleanly opened at top, with a light wrinkle (from removed stiffener) running down the left side. Nicely colored, with Mt. Fuji defined only in outline, the only such cover in the sale., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2337

American Mail Liners: 1935-36 trio of same-yet-different C-9 combinations, Clear evidence that Lewis' C-numbers depended on denomination rather than issue specifics. Each of the three covers here (President McKinley, Sept. 7, 1935, to Ohio; President Jackson, Dec. 14, 1935, to Oklahoma; and President Jefferson, Mar. 21, 1936, to New Jersey) with a typed "C-9." notation on reverse, each bearing two 1½s Tazawas either side of a 7s of the same issue. The 1½s stamps, however, differ on each cover: booklet singles (corners both!) on the McKinley, coils (see his commentary on these in letters in Lots 2183 & 2361) on the Jackson, and sheet singles on the Jefferson. Coil and booklet singles are much less common on Lewis' covers. Each a matching cachet with various seals used on the back, the Jackson sporting a cut-out from an advertisement showing a Dollar Line steamer underway. A great opportunity for the specialist—or to complete your set of American Mail Liner covers to Mr. Brown of Ohio (see Lot 2331 above)., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2338

American Mail Liners: 1935 (July 27 & Dec. 14) pair to Seattle, One President Grant (July 27, to Connecticut) and one President Jackson (Dec. 14, to New Jersey), on different cachets and with different combinations ("C-14." and "C-16.", respectively). The President Jackson's cachet the land-at-right, ship-to-left variety. A lovely pair., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2339

Dollar Steamship Line covers: 1934-36, complete set of 11 ships, An example from each of the Dollar Line "President" ships available to Lewis: the SS President Cleveland, Coolidge, Grant, Hoover, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, McKinley, Pierce, Taft and Wilson. All cacheted (various) with different Japanese frankings (and combination numbers on reverse) or franked by a single 3¢ US Whistler's Mother (Scott #737 or 738). All with typed inscription and "To US" handstamp. Some opened. One or two lightly toned, but on the whole incredibly fresh and clean. See each cover online., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$8,500.
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Lot 2340

Dollar Steamship Line covers: 1934-37, 11 ships complete, A copy of each of Lewis' Dollar Line "President" ship covers, from the SS President Cleveland, Coolidge, Grant, Hoover, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, McKinley, Pierce, Taft and Wilson. All variously cacheted with different Japanese frankings (and combination numbers on reverse) or franked by a single 3¢ US Whistler's Mother (Scott #737 or 738). All with typed inscription (the Cleveland with the highly uncommon "-)-)-)" type of underscoring) and "To US" handstamp. Some opened. Perhaps one or two lightly toned, but on the whole incredibly fresh and clean. The set imaged in full online., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 2341

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Cleveland: 1936 (Jan. 23) to Indiana, Typed inscription on cachet of torii and lamp with Mt. Fuji, sun, ship and birds. The 10s postage paid by a 1s Tazawa, two 1½s Mt. Fuji New Year issues plus a 6s Red Cross. All tied by "U.S.T.P. Sea Post/Jan/23/193[6]/East/S.S> Pres. Cleveland" duplexes. Reverse with another full strike of the duplex, along with typed "C-7" and ") O (", the flap sealed by horizontal kan handstamp. With the cover comes its original enclosure, a letter typed and signed by Lewis on his letterhead showing the Hase Kamakura Scenic Datestamp design. The letter discusses the ship covers available, and asks that Mr. Gasho not send coins again since, as his last letter was not Registered, Lewis had to pay a 30¢ fine. A pretty cover and a glimpse into postal regulations and Lewis' business., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2342

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Coolidge: 1935-37 trio of combinations, Comprises two covers dated 1935 (one to Ohio, one to Illinois) plus one from 1937 to Missouri. Three different cachets, each with a different stamp combination used. The Ohio cover is marked "C-14.", Illinois has "C-7." and Missouri, from the 20s rate era, bears "C-13.N." Each marked ") N (", but only the first remains sealed. A different kan handstamp on each, the Missouri example inverted. See them all online. Even Silent Cal would make some noise for this threesome., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2343

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Coolidge: 1936 (Apr. 1) to Connecticut, Similarly cacheted to the previous Lot (though note the very different treatment of the background items), franked by 10s postage (including a 1½s Mt. Fuji New Year), the three stamps tied by two of three "U.S.T.P. Sea Post/East/APR 1/S.S. Pres. Coolidge/1936" duplexes. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Reverse shows that the cachet was painted on upside-down, as the flap seals to the top and is sealed by a Dollar Steamship Lines Inc., Ltd./San Francisco" sticker, and the "C-7." and ") O (" typed remarques at the bottom of the envelope and upside down. A fun little cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$800.
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Lot 2344

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Hoover: 1935-37, selection of four covers, Each bearing a different franking combination, the cachets also all-different. The combinations present are "C-9.", "C-12.", "C-10." and "C-7. N.", in chronological order, with destinations of Oklahoma, Connecticut, Ohio and Illinois. Oklahoma and Illinois covers are a little toned around the edges, but the other two are wonderfully fresh, though Ohio has a small tear at bottom center. None of the faults detracts from these covers. Be sure to view them online and then bid. Your stock can only go up., Fine to Very Fine+.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2345

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Jackson: 1934 (Mar. 17) WEST to the Philippines, A scarce West-bound cover. The vast majority of Lewis' ship covers were to clients in the US, and thus mailed as the ship sailed East to either San Francisco or Seattle. But mail was also posted on the return journey, as the ship travelled West. This is one such cover. With a cheerful red torii and cherry blossoms in the foreground and Mt. Fuji with sun, ship and birds in the distance. The typed inscription states "By Dollar Steamship Liner, 'President Jackson' to Manila, P.I.,". The 10s paid by three definitives tied by two "U.S.T.P. Sea Post/WEST/MAR/17/1934/S.S. Pres. Jackson" duplexes. The back carries a "C-5." notation and " O " (in quotes), along with a thick-character negative kan handstamp across the flap and a straightline "MAR 27 1934" datestamp receiver. Opened with military precision across the top. A truly difficult-to-find marking, and an uncommon destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 2346

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Jefferson: 1934 (Mar. 30) WEST to the Philippines, A second West-bound cover, this time aboard the President Jefferson. Cachet shows a torii between trees with Mt. Fuji behind. The 10s postage—four definitives—is tied by one full and three partial strikes of the ship's duplex dated "MAR/30/1934/WEST". "C-7." notation on reverse along with " N " (in quotations) typed, a double-framed square kan handstamp plus an "APR 9- 1934" straightline personal receiver. Opened at top. Slightest hint of toning and wear at right. A great cover and a scarce destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 2347

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Jefferson: 1934 (Nov. 3), a curious pair, Two covers, one date, one ship…two owners? Both covers clearly cancelled by Nov. 3, 1934, East duplexes, but Lewis lists the ship as being owned by the Dollar Line on one and the American Mail Line on the other! Actually, both companies were owned by Dollar, the American Mail Line previously known as the Admiral Oriental Line. The "American" cover is franked by combination "C-8." and bears the unusual (unique from what we have seen) opening remarque of ")   ("—that is, with nothing between the parentheses. The "Dollar" cover is franked by a US 3¢ issue. Both covers opened ("American" neatly along flap, "Dollar" at an angle at right). Both pretty covers despite their flaws, and a history lesson as well., Fine to Very Fine but still a fun duo.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
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Lot 2348

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Lincoln: 1935-37, one cover per year, All eastbound to San Francisco and points beyond. The 1935 cover (Sept. 4) to Ohio bears an uncommon village scene at bottom left with bridge, torii and unidentified structures, postage paid by three definitives with blue "To US" handstamp. Reverse with "C-8." and ") N (" both typed and rotated kan handstamp across flap. The 1936 cover (Nov. 26) is addressed to the Western Stamp Collector in Oregon. Its cachet is the land at right/ship to left variety, franked by two Tazawas (including a 1½s booklet single) plus a 1½s Diet Building commemorative. "To US" handstamp as expected, plus on reverse "C-9." and ") O (" typed with pictorial handstamp as seal. Its only flaw is a longish tear at the bottom. Finally, the Sept. 15, 1937, cover to Missouri has a variety of a building and torii design, with 20s in definitives and "To US" handstamp. Reverse with typed "C-11.N." notation plus blue ") N (" and oval genkan handstamps in blue. Each opened (1935 at right, others at top). A grand trio with several less common cachets., Very Fine overall.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2349

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Lincoln: 1936 (Apr. 14) to New Jersey, But curiously with a WEST datestamp! The cover is inscribed "By…'PRESIDENT LINCOLN' to San Francisco", so it was obviously on its eastbound route, and the cover is addressed to New Jersey (even further East), so how it came to receive a "WEST" duplex is a bit of a mystery. Regardless, it's a gorgeous item, both in terms of cachet and franking, with "C-11." and ") N (" typed on reverse, plus a near-round kan handstamp sealing the flap. Worth it for the hunt for an answer!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2350

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Lincoln: 1937 (Sept. 15) to Illinois, A pretty cachet showing a cliff-side road and village with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds and ship in the distance. Franked by two 9½s Airmails plus a 1s Tazawa to meet the 20s international rate, the stamps tied by one glancing and one of two complete strikes of the ship's U.S.T.P. Sea Post duplex. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Reverse with "C-9.N." notation typed, plus ") N (" and inverted double-framed oval kan across the flap, both handstamped in blue. Cleanly opened along the flap. A light bump to the upper left corner is of no concern, given the lovely colors and crisp cancels., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2351

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Pierce: 1935 (July 10) to Connecticut, With two Mt. Fuji Summit Post Office Scenic Datestamps tying the stamps—on its 1935 opening day. The hut-with-gate cachet bears the proper 10s international postage and blue "To US" handstamp, but no ship duplex, either on its face or its back. The reverse has only typed "C-10." and ") N (", plus a horizontal oval kan handstamp across the flap. Opened with a slight wobble on the right. An interesting item., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
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Lot 2352

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Taft: 1934 (Mar. 27) WEST to the Philippines, A scarce U.S.T.P. Sea Post WEST postal marking, on a cachet depicting two trees on land in the foreground with birds, ship, Mt. Fuji and sun behind. Typed inscription notes "to Manila, P. I.," with each stamp receiving an S.S. Pres. Taft "MAR/27/1934/WEST" duplex. Reverse bears typed "C-6." notation, " N " (in quotation marks), toothed oval kan handstamp across flap, plus straightline "APR 5- 1934" personal handstamp receiver. Light foxing on reverse. A nice Yokohama-to-Manila piece., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2353

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Taft: 1935 & 1936 matching pair of combination C-17 covers, Each franked by two ½s Tazawas, a 7s Tazawa and a 2s green Mt. Fuji on matching cachet of buildings and land at right, ship sailing to left. The 1935 cover (Oct. 30, to Pennsylvania) has one full and three partial strikes of the President Taft's EAST duplex, while the 1936 cover (Feb. 19, to Ohio) has two crisp, complete strikes of the duplex, each with year slug inverted. Blue "To US" handstamp on both (1935 at far left, 1936 to right of stamps). "C-17." and ") N (" typed on the back of each, with sealing handstamps vertical kan on 1935 and horizontal genkan on 1936. The 1935 cover opened neatly at top. A nice duo of less common cachets and combination number., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000.
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Lot 2354

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Wilson: 1934 (Oct. 30) to New York, Franked by a highly uncommon "C-30" combination number—so uncommon that it's written manuscript on the reverse! Cachet depicts a seaside (cliff-side?) village and road, with Mt. Fuji et al. in the background. One full and three partial ship duplexes tie the stamps. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Reverse, as noted, with handwritten "C-30." notation, plus typed ") N (" and fancy horizontal oval genkan handstamp sealing the flap. Semi-circular oil stain at bottom right does not interfere with the design. This is the highest combination number we recall seeing, probably necessitated by the steady early business from the recipient, H.J. Madison., Very Fine except for the stain.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2355

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Wilson: 1934 (Nov. 6) to Oklahoma, A lovely, warm cachet portraying a torii and lantern before Mt. Fuji, with an unusual commemorative-laden franking (two 1½s Red Cross, 6s Red Cross plus 1s Tazawa). The stamps are tied by four partial strikes of the ship's duplex, with a fifth full strike below. Faded blue "To US" handstamp at far left. "C-7." notation and ") O (" typed at top of backflap, neatly opened, though originally sealed by fancy horizontal oval genkan handstamp in blue. Just a pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2356

Dollar Steamship Liner, SS President Wilson: 1937 (Oct. 13) to Missouri, A late 20s cover, with three-color franking consisting of a 1½s Wedded Rocks New Year, 18s Airmail and ½s Tazawa. Cachet depicts a cliff-side town and road, with Mt. Fuji et al. behind. Two light but perfectly legible ship EAST duplexes tie the stamps, with a blue "To US" handstamp as usual. "C-15.N." notation typed, with ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamped in blue. A nice all-round cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2357

USS Black Hawk: 1934 M.B. Owens correspondence plus cover to Ohio, A cover story Lot. The first item, dated Apr. 14, 1934 (9.4.14), is a plain cover from Lewis (his name and Post Office Box address pre-printed in green on backflap) to Mr. M.B. Owens, C.M.M., aboard the USS Black Hawk, then in Yokohama. Owens' address appears both in Lewis' standard typed format, and written in ink in Japanese to the left. Enclosed is a same-date letter from Lewis' home address to Owens, who had contacted Lewis two years earlier. Lewis states his intention to visit the ship on the 17th or 18th, and that he wants to mail some covers on the Black Hawk, if possible. Apparently it was, as the second item is an uncacheted cover to Ohio, franked by 1¢ and 2¢ US definitives, tied by "U.S.S./APR/23/A.M./1934/BLACK HAWK" three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" cancel. The latter is inscribed "U.S.S. 'Black Hawk'./Yokohama - Japan." with seven spaced underscores, at top left; reverse with typed " N " (in quotations), violet handstamp "M.B. Owens, C.M.M./U.S.C.S. 25." and blue circled "KL" handstamp at right. Opened right. Lot also includes a Yokohama Post Office receipt, signed Yamaguchi, U.S. Consulate. This was clearly the start of a warm friendship between Lewis and Owens, as Owens' name appears several times in this sale (see immediately below, plus correspondence in Lot 2025 above)., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
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Lot 2358

USS Black Hawk: 1934 (June 12) cover to M.B. Owens in Shanghai, Cacheted, and addressed to Owens aboard the ship, "C/o Naval Purchasing Office" in Shanghai. The three Tazawas, totaling 3s, illustrate the reduced postage rate to China in effect at the time. Each stamp is tied by a Yokohama foreign mail comb dated 12.6.34, and further tied by Shanghai bilingual "15 6 34" slogan c.d.s.'s. Cachet is of a tree on a knoll with Mt. Fuji and sun, birds and ship behind. Reverse bears typed "C-1." notation and ") O (" remarque, along with blue handstamped vertical oval kan across the flap and circled "KL" at right. Opened at right; sadly no correspondence here. Still a lovely cover and part of the Lewis-Owens correspondence., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,000.
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Lot 2359

USS Black Hawk: 1935 (May 12) letter to M.B. Owens, Cover, with correspondence, evincing the friendship between Lewis and Owens. The cover with Lewis' name and Post Office Box address corner card, carrying a cachet of a house on a hill with Mt. Fuji and sun (no ship or birds) behind. Franked by a 3s Manchoukuo Emperor's Visit commemorative tied by a 10.5.12 Yokohama domestic comb cancel. Addressed to Owens on the ship, at Kobe, in both English and Japanese. Reverse bears only a pictorial handstamp as seal, plus violet boxed "American Consulate/May 13 1935/Kobe, Japan." receiver. The letter, dated May 12, expresses the Lewis' regret that they won't get to see Owens on this port call, and goes on to discuss a parcel post shipment Lewis is sending to Owens, coil stamps (available only in Tokyo and from a finicky slot-machine), the Airmail miniature sheet, and correspondence with D.C. Bartley of the U.S.C.S. (the last discussed in JP 67:5, p. 248). The letter closes with "kind regards from Sada san" and himself. One of the few references to his wife while she was alive., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2360

USS Astoria: 1939 (Apr. 23) cacheted cover to Pennsylvania, The same cachet design as used on the Augusta, with a warship replacing the steamer. Horizontal strip of three 1¢ Franklin's tied by the ship's three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" (no printers' flowers) c.d.s. Blue "To US" handstamp immediately below Lewis' typed inscription at upper left. Reverse bears blue handstamps of ") N (" remarque, a straightline "K. LEWIS." reading down at right and a near-circular kan sealing the flap. At bottom center is "F. A. BATTS" in manuscript in blue ink, followed by two lines of handstamps: "Navy Mail Clerk" in violet and "U.S.S. ASTORIA" in black. Typed "10" at lower left. Opened at right. Mounting residue on reverse. A new name, to us at least, in the circle of Lewis' agents and contacts. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2361

USS Augusta: 1936 (May 26) cacheted cover to Massachusetts, An alternate cachet design, with a destroyer replacing the steamship. Franked by a 3¢ US National Recovery Act issue (Scott #732), tied by a clear strike of the "U.S.S./26/MAY/1936/P.M/AUGUSTA" three-bar YOKOHAMA/JAPAN (without printers' ornaments) c.d.s. Blue "To US" handstamp below typed inscription top left. The reverse with a handstamped ") N (" in blue, with a typed two-line "With our Compliments./ K.l & S.L" salutation. Blue near-circular kan handstamp across flap. The only example we have seen where Sadako Lewis is mentioned on a Karl Lewis cover. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2362

USS Chester: 1935 (Oct. 16) cacheted cover to Ohio, On a rarely seen customer-supplied envelope, wider and shorter than Lewis' own, with the recipient's name and address pre-printed. The general ship cachet of a house and tree on a spit of land, with Mt. Fuji, the sun and a steamer, carries a typed four-line inscription by Lewis for the ship. The two stamps (1¢ and 2¢ Fourth Bureau Issues, Scott #552 & 554) are tied by the ship's three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" (with printers' flowers) cancel, clearly struck. Blue "To US" handstamp at bottom center across the cachet. A typed ") N (" remarque and "12" at lower left, along with sake gourd handstamp in blue across seal, are the sole markings on the reverse. A clean cover. Richell, a member of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society and President of the American Naval Cancellation Society, was himself a cachet designer, with three of his designs among the USCS' "Royal Family of Ten" in 1934., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2363

USS Chester: 1935 (Oct. 16) cacheted cover to New York, A different house on a different knoll, with a warship rather than a steamer, but posted on the same day as the previous Lot with the identical franking and ship's postmark. Blue "To US" handstamp at far upper left. Reverse with ") N (" typed at top center and "10" at lower left. Lewis's sake gourd logo is handstamped in blue across the flap. Unopened and pristine., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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Lot 2364

USS Gold Star: 1935 (Feb. 6) cacheted design to Ohio, Again to C. Wright Richell on his pre-printed and supplied envelope. The cachet depicts a gated wall with trees enclosed, with a steamer far out to sea and Mt. Fuji and a brilliant sun in the background. Lewis' typed inscription at upper right. A 2¢ Fourth Bureau Issue and 1¢ Washington Bicentennial are tied by a thick "U.S.S. GOLD STAR/FEB/6/1935" three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" (no flowers) c.d.s. Blue Beikokuyuki stamp across Mt. Fuji, plus a blue "U.S. of AMERICA." straightline handstamp below the pre-printed address. Reverse with only "10" typed at lower left and the near-circular kan handstamp across the flap. Heavy wrinkle at far left (front only) not immediately visible as the artist hid it along the tree lines. Still a pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2365

USS Gold Star: 1936 (Dec. 10) cacheted cover to Washington, Addressed to D.C. Bartley, the 1935 President of the USCS who named Lewis (to the latter's consternation) Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations" (see Lewis' letter to M.B. Owens, a fellow USCS member, in Lot 2359 above). Cachet is of a house on a hill, with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds, and warship on the water. Franked by 1¢ Franklin and 2¢ Washington stamps, which are tied by the "U.S.S./AM/DEC/10/1936/GOLD STAR" three-bar "Yokohama/Japan" c.d.s. (note dater's changed format). Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Manuscript ") O (" remarque at top reverse, with cut-out of a (Japanese-drawn?) tall ship across the flap. Opened at top. We can only wonder what was in that letter., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
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