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Lot 2772

1875, Cherry Blossom, 1 sen brown, foreign wove paper, syllabic 8 ("chi"), with full, crackly o.g., a superb quality example of the ultra-rare syllabic, wonderfully fresh and well centered, a magnificent example of one of the rarest classic issues of Japan, Very Fine and choice.
J.S.C.A. 42; 6,500,000 yen (HK$ 503,880). Scott 41; $32,500 (HK$ 251,940).
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 150,000.

Lot 2648

1871, Dragon, 500 mon yellow green, plate 1, laid paper, used on combination "urgent mail" cover, a spectacular 3 color franking, with the incredible combination of the 500 mon yellow green first issue, along with 1 sen and 2 sen second issues, all tied by Osaka negative seal cancels, used via "urgent mail" to Tokyo. Fresh, a great rarity and frontline exhibition piece, Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 4a, 6a, 7a. Scott 4c, 6, 7.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000.

Lot 2649

1872, Dragon, 5 sen blue green, single franking cover, Tanichi to Osaka via Tokyo, with the 5 sen position 8 tied by 3 strikes of Tanichi circular dater, with reverse showing arrival marking of 31 Dec 1872. Fresh, Very Fine, Philatelic Federation of Japan photo certificate.
J.S.C.A. 8. Scott 8.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 10,000

A great Rarity to be sure, as the 5 sen franking being the rate for long distances, over 200 Ri

Lot 2858

1875 (June), a magnificent, three color franking cover from Nagoya to the Wyoming Territory, USA, franked with 1 sen brown syllabic 12, 4 sen green syllabic 1 and 10 sen yellow green syllabic 2 tied by Nagoya numeral cancels, with front showing Yokohama/Jun 24/10 AM/Japan transit in black, red "PAID ALL" handstamp and red San Francisco Jul 16 Paid All receiver. A superb cover in all respects, offering a wonderful franking combination and beautiful markings, to an incredibly rare destination; a cover that has it all, a showpiece, Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 33, 42-43. Scott 37, 41-42.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 75,000.

Lot 2710


1874, Cherry Blossom, 20 sen red violet, native laid paper, syllabic 2 ("ro"), unused without gum, a delightful example of this popular rarity, fresh with bright color, fault free, Fine to Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 24; 2,000,000 yen (HK$ 155,040). Scott 30 var.; $10,000 (HK$ 77,520).
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 2711

1874, Cherry Blossom, 20 sen red violet, native laid paper, syllabic 3 ("ha"), partial, crackly o.g., some slight discoloration at top from hinge, a lovely, very attractive, well centered example, a lovely example of this important rarity, Fine to Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 24; 2,000,000 yen (HK$ 155,040). Scott 30; $10,000 (HK$ 77,520).
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 2699


1874, Cherry Blossom, 6 sen violet brown, native laid paper, syllabic 3 ("ha"), unused without gum, fresh, bright stamp with sharp impression and good color, a lovely, sound example of this exceedingly rare syllabic type, with only a handful of unused examples recorded, Fine to Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 23; 4,000,000 yen (HK$ 310,080). Scott 29; $20,000 (HK$ 155,040).
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.

Lot 2647

1871, Dragon, 200 mon vermilion, plate 2, laid paper, position 13, a spectacular example tied to full cover by splendid, bold strike of Shizuoka kensazumi to Ojima via Okitsu. Fresh, an exceedingly beautiful and rare cover, Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 3f. Scott 3b.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 2859

1875, remarkable redirected cover forwarded to USS Kearsage at Shanghai, a fascinating cover originally carrying a US adhesive, which was removed prior to it's final destination and replaced in its spot by red "PAID ALL" circular handstamp. Cover was originally sent to Nagasaki, where 12 sen Bird Series was added (Scott 46; JSCA 36, syllabic 1) and cancelled by "Nagasaki/Oct 21/Japan" c.d.s. Cover redirected to USS Kearsage, a war ship which achieved its fame during the 1864 Battle of Cherbourg, where it sank the famous Confederate raider, Alabama. Letter was addressed to Stephen Rand, who was sent to the Kearsage in April, 1874, later becoming an Admiral. Reverse shows bold "Nagasaki/Oct 20/4 Postmaster/Japan"c.d.s. and "Yokohama/Oct 11/6 Postmaster/Japan" transit. A remarkable and rare usage, a marvelous exhibition piece., Fine to Very Fine, 1982 ISJP photo certificate.
J.S.C.A. 36. Scott 46.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.

Lot 2631


1872, Dragon, 1 sen blue, plate 3, laid paper, position 7, without gum as issued, a remarkably choice example of this rare mint issue, wonderfully fresh with sound perforations, Very Fine and choice.
J.S.C.A. 6g; 1,500,000 yen (HK$ 116,280). Scott 6d; $10,000 (HK$ 77,520).
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.

Lot 2718


1874, Cherry Blossom, 30 sen gray, foreign wove paper, position 1, unobtrusive foreign mail crossroads cancellation, a wonderful and most attractive example of this difficult and rare issue; irregular perf at upper left, otherwise Very Fine.
J.S.C.A. 27; 1,250,000 yen (HK$ 96,900). Scott 25; $7,500 (HK$ 58,140).
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.

Lot 2650

1872, Cherry Blossom, ½ sen brown, Matsuda printing, native wove paper, complete sheet of 40, plate 4, with position 23 showing the famous "Ki-Hansen" variety, o.g., a beautiful, wonderfully fresh sheet; few minor internal separations, Very Fine, a very rare sheet.
J.S.C.A. 9, 9v-4-23-m. Scott 9, 9a.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.

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