Sale 30

Lot 590

Japan, 1927 (Aug. 21), scarce mixed-franking paquebot/airmail cover, sent from Yokohama to New York, an oversized business envelope (260 x 117 mm), franked 22s Japanese postage, plus 75¢ US; "Silk Documents" sent from the Yokohama branch of the National City Bank of New York (company name pre-printed on backflap, plus three white-on-black paper wafers and a nearly intact red wax seal); endorsed by straightline violet "Paquebot" handstamp at center and by "S.S. 'Emp. of Canada'" at lower left, with "Via Air Mail" in manuscript alongside stamps, and "via AIR MAIL from SEATTLE/to NEW YORK." and "VIA Aircraft from Victoria" handstamps at left; Japanese postage plus 50¢ US tied by Seattle 17 duplexes, the additional 2¢ pair and 1¢ single on front tied by mute "Seattle/Wash." ovals, the remaining 20¢ postage on reverse tied by multiple, zealous strikes of "City Hall Sta./Paid/New York" ovals, with "New York, NY/AUG 24/1927" meter slogan cancel alongside; all adhesives and handstamps applied aboard the Empress of Canada, the 22s paying the sea rate to Seattle, the 75¢ prepaying Airmail service from Seattle to New York; heavy vertical file fold at center affects two stamps on reverse, Fine to Very Fine+, an uncommon two-country franking, with mixed sea-and-air service as well.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.


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