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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Honshu
 
 
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Lot 2041

Habu, Island of Oshima: 1935 (May 31) to Ohio, The sole known example from Habu, according to JP 70:6, pp. 311-312. The cover is illustrated by all-over common cachet Type 3Ba (a less common variety, lacking sun behind the mountain), and is slightly overfranked with 10½s postage, which includes two commemoratives. The three stamps are tied by two deep-colored Tokyo/Habuminato 10.5.31 Scenic Datestamps. Regular "To US" handstamp in blue to left of stamps; reverse bears "C-25." combination and typed ") N (" opening remarque, with flap sealed by Lewis' sake gourd handstamp. A crisp, clean cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2042

Hase, Kamakura: 1933 (Oct. 18) uncacheted to Texas, An early cover from Lewis, unillustrated. The four stamps (10s, paying the basic international rate) are tied by two strikes of the Kamakura Hase datestamp, which pictures the Great Buddha statue. The usual "To US" handstamp in blue is at lower left. The backflap is quite busy, with the regular combination ("C-1.") and opening remarque (a straightforward "O.") plus, further down, Lewis' inscription reading "HASE,  Kamakura/JAPAN./_ _ _" (a slight variety on those listed in the JP article cited above). The flap is sealed by both a blue square kan handstamp and a magenta Dallas General Delivery Nov. 4 receiver. Opened at top. Included is a two-page typed and signed letter from Lewis to Von Hoffman, dated Oct. 17, 1933, discussing a recent order and a request for covers from the USS Houston. (The letterhead shows the Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamp design used on this cover, plus an illustration of the Mt. Fuji/Lake Yamanaka Scenic Datestamp, unseen on any Lewis covers.), Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
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Lot 2043

Hase, Kamakura: 1934 (Apr. 9) to Ohio, Adorned by common cachet Type 2Aa (Mt. Fuji with sun and birds, with tree line and waves in foreground), inscribed as usual at top left, and franked by combination "C-1." Stamps are tied by two strikes of the Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp above the summit. Combination noted on reverse, with " O " opening remarque using quotation marks rather than the more common parentheses. Blue square kan handstamp placed across bottom of flap as a seal. Cover opened neatly along flap, with contents a cut-out from the Kaihin Hotel, Kamakura, with picture and description of the Great Buddha statue. This cover is imaged in JP 70:6, on page 313., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2044

Hase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 14) single-line inscription to California, The sole-known ship's cover referenced by JP (see pp. 312-314 of the Dec. 2015 issue, where this cover is illustrated), with an uncommon single-line inscription at top left—necessitated by the franking combination. The seven stamps are tied by four Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps, with the blue "To US" handstamp moved to bottom center. Typed on the backflap are the combination notation "C-60" and the remarque ") O (", with a large oval kan handstamp across the flap. Neatly opened at top. Front ever so slightly toned, but still a great, uniquely known cover., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2045

Hase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 14) to Illinois, Bearing a cachet of the Daibutsu, with a franking nearly as impressive: 10s in 1s Tazawas (horizontal block of 8 with perforations separated between positions 5 and 6 but carefully realigned, plus a similar horizontal pair), all tied by three strikes of the Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at far left. No combination or opening notations on backflap, which is sealed by a large square kan handstamp in blue. Opened at right. A regal cover, sure to grab attention., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2046

Hase, Kamakura: 1935 (Feb. 28) to New York, A second cover from the previous Lot's artist, this one franked by two 1½s Tazawa coils either side of a 7s of the same issue. Coils are almost never seen on these covers—this is one of only two examples in this sale (see Lewis' remarks on them in several letters, Lots 2183 and 2361). Two Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps tie, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Combination notation of "C-J's'n" and typed ") N (" opening remarque, with large horizontal oval kan handstamp across flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2047

Hase, Kamakura: 1937 (Apr. 5) to California, A third Daibutsu cover, but clearly from another of Lewis' artists, showing a very different style and aesthetic. Unlike with the postage due-inducing cover elsewhere in the sale (see Lot 2115), Lewis was aware of the April 1 rate increase and franked accordingly, providing a pretty four-color array of definitives to be tied by two Kamakura Hase Scenic Datestamps. Usual blue "To US" handstamp. Reverse shows only "C-24 new" combination notation; although originally sealed (and since opened), there is no opening remarque at top center. A beauty! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2048

Itsukushima: 1934 (July 4) to Michigan, A brightly painted view of the torii (JP's torii cachet B), with the shrine low against the water and the island rising behind. 10s postage tied by three strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp dated 9.7.4. Reverse with "C-16." combination notation and typed ") N (" remarque. Flap sealed by magnificent strike of a negative-character horizontal oval kan handstamp. Cover opened at top, and with oil stain at right of address (bleeding through to inside back of envelope). Still, a lovely example of the Miyajima torii in true vermilion—the only cover of this design in the sale., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,400.
Realized HK$1,400.
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Lot 2049

Itsukushima: 1934 (Dec. 24) to Missouri, A Christmas Eve day cover, with a lovely rendition of torii cachet A, presenting the view on approach to the torii and shrine from the mainland. The four definitives are tied by two 8.12.24 Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp strikes, with "To US" handstamp framed by the torii's columns. "C-20." combination and typed ") N (" on reverse, with flap sealed by small square kan handstamp. A very pretty cover with rich color., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2050

Itsukushima: 1936 (Jan. 1) to Illinois, And after Christmas comes New Year's! A bright and cheerfully franked islands-with-temple cachet, with two well-inked strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp (each nicely set off against the cachet). Blue "To US" at lower right. "C-9." combination notation on backflap, with no opening remarque. Horizontal blue oval genkan handstamp seals flap. Cover neatly opened at top. With great, fresh colors that just pop, this is one cover to watch., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2051

Itsukushima: 1937 (Feb. 1) to Ontario, Another example of the torii and shrine from the sea (torii cachet A), slightly more muted than the first but still as lovely. Two strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tie the two definitives paying the 10s rate to Canada—even though the blue handstamp erroneously reads "To US"! Combination notation "C-26." typed on backflap, with blue handstamped ") N (" remarque and inverted vertical oval kan handstamp across bottom of flap. A great-looking cover with a rarely seen Canada address, plus an erroneous marking to boot., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2052

Itsukushima: 1937 (Mar. 15) to Connecticut, Islands-with-temple cachet, franked by three of the 1934 Red Cross commemorative set, slightly overpaying postage at 10½s. Stamps tied by two great strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-Sp'l." combination notation typed, with handstamped ") N (" and horizontal oval genkan in blue. A grand cover all around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2053

Itsukushima: 1937 (Apr. 19) to California, Islands-with-temple cachet, franked by 6s in definitives, paying the old unsealed letter rate, but underpaying the new rate (effective April 1) by 4s…yet no postage due was assessed. Two good strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tying. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C-18 new" combination notation is the sole marking on reverse., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2054

Itsukushima: 1937 (Sept. 23) to Missouri, Islands-and-temple cachet bearing full first-class postage of 20s tied by two Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" as nearly always. Reverse with typed "C-22.N." combination notation, blue handstamped ") N (" and inverted double-framed vertical oval fu-in handstamp as seal across the flap. A light bit of wrinkling at the top of the cover, but this hardly detracts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2055

Miyajima: 1934 (May 5) to Ohio, This is the second of the three covers known, and the sole example of the Mt. Fuji Type II cachet (imaged on page 323 of the Dec. 2015 issue of JP). The 5s and 4s stamps are tied by the less commonly seen Itsukushima Scenic Datestamp portraying the torii and temple with two of the island's wild deer in the foreground, while the 1s is tied by an Itsukushima 9.5.5 domestic comb cancel. Deep blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Combination "C - 5 ." and " N " (with quotation marks) typed; blue horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp seals the flap. A not-to-be-missed one-of-a-kind., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2056

Miyajima: 1937 (Apr. 19) to California, The last-documented Miyajima cover, cacheted with torii and shrine behind (torii cachet A). Postage again is seemingly underpaid, even for an unsealed letter, by the affixed 6s, given the new rates in effect April 1. Two strikes of the Miyajima Ekimae Scenic Datestamp tie all four stamps, with a bright blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. The sole marking on the back is the combination notation "C-19 new". Interestingly, of all the Itsukushima/Miyajima covers in this sale, this is the sole example where Lewis' caption and the Scenic Datestamp match! A mighty pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2057

Kominato: 1937 (Apr. 18) to California, A late cover, postmarked after the rate increase of April 1, 1937, yet with just 6s postage (contradicting the assertion in JP 70:6, pp. 326-327, that all covers bear 10s). The three definitives are tied by two excellent strikes of the Kominato sea bream Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper right and upside down. "C-24 new" combination notation is the only marking on the reverse, as the cover was sent unsealed. Barely noticeable small tear at bottom center, otherwise completely fresh., Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$900.
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Lot 2058

Kominato: 1937 (Sept. 30) to Missouri, The last-recorded date known for this location. Common cachet Type 2Ba with 20s postage (again contradicting JP). The 7s is tied by one of two Kominato Scenic Datestamps, while the 13s, missed by the second strike, is tied by a "Tokio/3.10.37/Nippon" foreign mail comb. Blue "To US" as usual. Combination "C-25.N." typed on reverse, while both ") N (" and a horizontal double-framed oval kan (inverted) are handstamped in blue. Offset from datestamps on reverse. A sharp-looking cover with one of the most deeply colored handstamps you'll see., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$1,200.
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Lot 2059

Kominato - Boshu: 1934 (Sept. 9) to New York, A lovely common cachet Type 2Ba, franked with 10s postage tied by two solid strikes of the Kominato Scenic Datestamp. "Boshu" is one name for the ancient Awa Province (now Chiba Prefecture), where Kominato is located. Blue "To US" handstamp at center left. "C - 27 ." combination notation and ") N (" typed, with vertical oval kan handstamp in blue across flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2060

Matsushima: 1933 (Mar. 23) to Michigan; Lewis' earliest documented scenic cover, Imaged originally in JP 45:6, p. 289, and again in color in 70:6 (p. 329), where it is mentioned as Lewis' earliest known scenic cover on page 305. A common cachet Type 1Aa, it bears 10s in a colorful foursome of Tazawas, tied by two Matsushima Kaigan 8.3.23 Scenic Datestamps. "To US" handstamp at left, in violet, with typed "C - 15 ." combination notation and " N " (in quotes, not parentheses) on reverse. Vertical oval kan handstamp seals the flap. Neatly opened at top. The centerpiece for your collection or exhibit., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2061

Matsushima: 1937 (May 6) to California, This is the fifth Matsushima cover discussed in JP 70:6. A late cover with site-specific cachet and additional caption line of "Bay of Islands", it bears 6s postage in total. The right two stamps (3s and 1s Tazawas, the latter missing its lower right corner) are tied by an Oshima Onuma domestic 12.5.6 comb cancel, this 4s paying the Printed Matter rate (as noted by the manuscript Japanese insatsu butsu at right). The 2s Mt. Fuji was then added to receive the Scenic Datestamp. Note that neither the comb nor the scenic cancellation is from Matsushima (in Miyagi Prefecture on Honshu), but from southern Hokkaido! (See above, Lot 2040, where a Hokkaido cover received a Matsushima Scenic Datestamp; did Lewis mix them in the sending?) Blue "To US" strongly stamped at left, with "C-23 new" combination notation on backflap, which was never sealed. A beautiful site-specific cover for this location—and the latest of only five known., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2062

Matsuzaka-Ise: 1934 (July 30) to Michigan, The sole known cover. Common cachet Type 1Bb (a scarce cover design lacking both sun and birds), the 10½s franking, including a 9½s Airmail, slightly overpaying the international rate. Each stamp tied by a Matsusaka Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp upper left, with neatly squared-up address. Combination notation of "C-18." and ") N (" typed on flap, with horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp in blue sealing. Neatly opened at top. Discussed and imaged in JP 70:6, p. 330. An eye-catching one-of-a-kind!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2063

Nagoya: 1937 (July 8) to Illinois, Although bearing a common cachet (Type 1Aa), the cover is anything but, as it is the only known example from the old castle town. The slightly overpaid postage of 20½s is made up of all commemoratives, an unusual combination for Lewis, with all four stamps tied by two incredibly strong strikes of the Nagoya Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp at top left. Reverse bears typed "C-2.N./Sp'l." combination notation and ") O (" remarque with penciled "open this" immediately below. The flap is sealed by Lewis' sake gourd handstamp in blue. Opened at right. Some discoloration to the back, but the front is as fresh as the day it was mailed. An attention-grabbing cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2064

Niigata: 1933 (Oct. 27) assessed postage due to Texas, This cover is the last-known posting, with a five-stamp, five-color franking totaling 10s and tied by three nice strikes of the Niigata Scenic Datestamp dated 8.10.27. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Flap with typed "C-2." combination notation, blunt "N." opening remarque (but opened neatly at top anyway), and three-line "NIIGATA./JAPAN./_ _ _" inscription. Dallas General Delivery receiver dated Nov. 10 at right and, inexplicably, large crayon "due 8¢" in the middle of the backflap and a block of four 2¢ US Postage Due stamps (perforations separated between positions 1 and 3) at left. Why postage due was assessed we don't know, as the rate was properly met. While the block is clearly cancelled by a "Dallas Texas" roller, the cancellation falls solely on the stamps and at not a single point are they tied to the cover. Further, a close examination shows discoloration between the perforations at the center of the block and on the peripheral perforation tips. Light foxing to the face of the cover, but overall fresh and desirable, and a great research project as well., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2065

Nikko: 1937 (Dec. 21) to Illinois, A lovely riverside scene (common cachet Type 3a) adorns this cover, the only one recorded from Nikko. 20s postage is made up by three complementary definitives, tied by two excellent strikes of the Nikko 12.12.21 Scenic Datestamp. Bright blue "To US" at upper left. Reverse with typed "C-17.n." combination notation and ") O (" remarque, with blue vertical oval kan handstamp as a seal. Opened at right, perhaps a bit roughly but not affecting the all-over cachet. For a discussion of the location and this cover, see JP 70:6, p. 334., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2066

Shimizu - Shizuoka: 1935 (Mar. 17) to New York, The cachet, a beached boat with lowered mast, with trees surrounding and Mt. Fuji and sun in the distance, is franked by 10s postage composed of three definitives and a commemorative. The stamps are tied by two nice Shimizu Scenic Datestamps, showing a ship in port, with blue "To US" handstamp at far left. Note the inscription, which varies slightly from those listed in JP 70:6, pp.335-336. "C-20." and ") N (" typed on reverse, with flap sealed by vertical oval kan handstamp. 10mm tear at top, affecting the middle 1s stamp, with a crease running diagonally thence (but visible only on back). Still a bright and clean early cover from this location., Fine to Very Fine despite the tear.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 2067

Shimisu - Shizuoka: 1937 (June 7) to California, A pristine cachet and cover, bearing a JP-unlisted inscription variety of "S H I M I S U - Shizuoka." The strip of three 2s Mt. Fuji stamps are tied by two cancels, the right-most stamp by a Shimizu Scenic Datestamp, the two others by a Shimizu 12.6.7 domestic comb. Heavily inked "To US" handstamp at upper left. Back only with "C-22 new" combination notation typed. Flap was never sealed, accounting for the reduced (yet underpaid?) postage rate for an unsealed letter. A beauty and possibly one-of-a-kind. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2068

Tokyo: 1937 (Apr. 22) to California, Amazingly, the only cover known from the capital city! The cachet, which hews closely to the Tokyo Central Scenic Datestamp design (two of which tie the 6s postage), depicts one of the bridges across the Edo Castle moat. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right clear of design. Only "C-25 new" combination notation on reverse, with the flap never sealed. A stunning cover that will take pride of place in your collection! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2069

Yokosuka: 1933 (Oct. 13) to Arizona, A great early uncacheted cover bearing an envelope-wide five-color, six-stamp franking—and the first of only two covers known, the other dated Dec. 27, 1933 (JP 70:6, pp. 341-342). The stamps, totaling 10s, are tied by three crisp strikes of the Yokosuka Scenic Datestamp, with a blue "To US" handstamp at lower left. Typed on the backflap are the combination notation "C - 7 .", opening remarque of "N.", and the letter-spaced inscription "YOKOSUKA./JAPAN./_ _ _", the flap tied by one of our favorite handstamps, a toothed oval kan. Cover very cleanly opened at left. One for the album, if just for the franking! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
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