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Lot 1512

Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 2s yellow, foreign wove paper, syllabic 12 & syllabic 14 (Scott 34 var. J.S.C.A. 30), syllabic 12 vertical pair and syllabic 14 block of four, cancelled by Kiban numeral on "Consulate of Japan, San Francisco, Cal., U.S.A." Official Business printed corner card envelope to H.I.J.M. Superintendent of Customs, Custom House, at Hakodate; with Tokyo and Hakodate native daters, Very Fine, a charming and delightful cover, unusual franking with mixed syllabics of the same value.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$18,000.
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Lot 1513

Japan, 1874 (Feb.), cover sent from Tokyo to Boston, MA, franked with 1874 Cherry Blossoms on foreign wove (1s syll. 11 and 2s syl. 15 (7); J.S.C.A. 29-30. Scott 33-34), each cancelled by cork on reverse of "Mombusho, Tokio, Nippon" corner card envelope to Boston, via Yokohama (Feb. 26) and San Francisco (May 25), with native origin c.d.s., "1" in circle and red "Paid All" handstamp alongside; cover vertically torn through (affecting one stamp) and glued back, one other stamp is also defective, nevertheless a spectacular foreign mail franking, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 1514

Japan, 1885 (Apr. 2), cover sent from Tokyo to Roubaix, France, bearing Cherry Blossom 20s rose syllabic 8 (J.S.C.A. 47, Scott 48), cancelled by "flower" foreign mail type, with matching "Tokio/Japan" thimble datestamp; transits from Yokohama (Apr. 3), New York (Apr. 25) and Paris (May 8), plus Roubaix receiver (May 9); cover has torn backflap from opening, Fine to Very Fine usage, a lovely single-franking foreign mail usage of the 20-sen value.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$19,000.
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Lot 1515

Japan, 1885 (Apr. 27), cover from Tokyo to France, via New York, addressed to Roubaix, France, and franked by horizontal pair of 10s blue Koban (J.S.C.A. 62, Scott 71) cancelled by "flower" foreign mail type, with matching "Tokio/Japan" thimble datestamp; Yokohama (Apr. 28) and New York (May 22) transits, plus Roubaix receiver (June 6); cover a little soiled, Fine to Very Fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 1516

Japan, 1885 (May 11), cover sent from Tokyo to Roubaix, France, the correspondence continues; this cover bears a horizontal pair of 10s blue Kobans (J.S.C.A. 62, Scott 71), cancelled by mute foreign mail type, with matching "Tokio/Japan" thimble datestamp; transited Yokohama on May 12 and New York on May 22, arriving in Roubaix on June 15; a few faults including pulled perforation on one stamp and cover a little soiled, Fine to Very Fine usage.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,000.
Realized HK$1,300.
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Lot 1517

Japan, 1905-37, wide-ranging compilation of covers, 37 in total, ranging from a 1905 Russo-Japanese War Military Post cover to a 1937 First Flight Cover Japan to the US, posted by Dr. Sherwood Hall in Haiju, Korea; varied usages, including Military, Censored, Registered, plus good flight covers including both Clipper mail and Zeppelins; note two Airmail cards franked by 33s Airplane, one with incorrect "6 .3 .31" cancel crossed out in red and correct "6 .4 .1" cancel applied alongside; a properly rated and cancelled 1929 Graf Zeppelin 'round-the-world flight cover; two 1929 First Flight Covers (one each way) between Tokyo and Shikoku Island (Matsuyama); a dual over endorsed both "Per S/S 'President Pierce'" and "via Air Mail"; several Large Commemorative Datestamp-cancelled covers, two 1935 Manila-Tokyo First Flight Covers; etc.; also included is information—plus four publicity photos, identified—on the Clipper service; some toning and usage flaws as expected, but generally clean and sound, Fine to Very Fine, an interesting lot, imaged in full online.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,500.
Realized HK$8,500.
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Lot 1518

Japan, 1912 (June 2), Pair of W.B. Atwater Tokyo-Yokohama flight cards, each showing Atwater (one a studio photograph, the other the aviator at the wheel) with printed signature and his Curtiss Hydro-Aeroplane, with commemorative cancel in brown reading "Japanese Aerial Post/45.6—2"; cards split-back and unaddressed/unfranked, Mint, scarce, especially this nice.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,400

William B. Atwater was one of the first licensed pilots in the US, and set early speed and endurance records. These cards are from his trip around the world, during which he made from 200 to 250 flights. His first flight between Tokyo and Yokohama, on June 1, was a success, but he was unable to fly on June 2 due to mechanical failure.

Realized HK$1,000.
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Lot 1519

Japan, 1919 (Dec. 9), Japanese-franked cover, sent from Hsinking to England, franked by two 13s Tazawa singles, tied by a Japanese comb cancel dated 8 .12.9, with second same-date cancel alongside, plus next-day below; crossed cover, sent Registered "via Siberia" to Liverpool; some edge wear, particularly at top from opening, but stamps and markings unaffected, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,200.
Realized HK$1,900.
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Lot 1520

Japan, 1923 (Jan. 26), Unissued 1½s & 3s Wedding stamps (J.S.C.A. U1-U2), a beautiful, perfectly centered pair of these elusive unissued values, tied to a splendid commemorative illustrated picture post card by dual strikes of red 13.1.26 commemorative c.d.s.'s from Palau in the Mandated Islands; harmless minor wrinkle, otherwise Very Fine and choice, a wonderful item.
Estimate HK$ 14,000 - 18,000.
Realized HK$24,000.
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Lot 1521

Japan, 1934, Communications Day souvenir sheet (Scott C8. J.S.C.A. C56), tied, along with Scott #196 (10s dark blue Nagoya Castle) to smaller-sized cover addressed to Chicago, Ill., by June 2 1935 or 1936 roman-letter combs (year not fully struck up); generally fresh and clean, with expected signs of travel and age, Very Fine, a scarce item; Scott does not list the souvenir sheet on cover.
Scott $1,300 as used (HK$ 10,240).
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$20,000.
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Lot 1522
Japan, 1945 (Sept. 2), autograph, in both Japanese and English, of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the infamous "Tiger of Malaya", size 10 envelope franked by Scott Philippines #485-494 and E10a "Victory" overprints, obtained by Eriberto B. Misa, Jr., former Director of the Bureau of Prisons in the Philippines; Mr. Misa had Gen. Yamashita sign two similar envelopes, one still remaining with the Misa family; cover shows bold signatures in brown ink across numerous stamps; minor tropical toning, still Fine-Very Fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000

Gen. Yamashita surrendered in the Philippines to Gen. MacArthur and was imprisoned at Muntinlupa. Yamashita was a hero during the Battle of Singapore and the invasion of Malaya, before being sent to defend the Philippines. He was convicted of atrocities in a very controversial trial, whose impact remains to this day, and was hanged at Los Baños on Feb. 23, 1946
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 1523

Japan, Postal History sampler, 1896-, comprising approximately 175 covers from the Meiji Era to the modern; comprises an 1896 cover franked by UPU and New Kobans to Pennsylvania, a 1898 Printed Matter Wrapper (with lovely design) to Ohio; six nicer postal cards (one with hand-tinted picture of Japanese Junk at Yokohama on reverse), all uprated, four domestically, two internationally to Germany; 20 covers franked by issues from the UPU Kobans to the Second Showa series, plus about 150 modern covers featuring animal and plant-themed stamps; older covers and cards show signs of aging, but generally Very Fine, a fun miscellany; inspect.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,800.
Realized HK$3,000.
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