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Sale 28

China and Other Asian Stamps and Postal History


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Lot 863

1879, Old Koban, 1s maroon, 2s dark violet, and 3s orange (J.S.C.A. 63, 65-66. Scott 68-70), an excellent, superb-quality trio, each incredibly fresh and well-centered with brilliant colors and intact perforations, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 864

1876-77, Old Koban, 5s brown and 6s orange (J.S.C.A. 68 [2], 69. Scott 59 [2], 60), splendid, select quality group of three items: two 5s values, plus a 6s issue, each wonderfully fresh with vibrant colors, excellent perforations and near-pristine o.g., Extremely Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 865

1961, 10y Cherry Blossoms, lilac rose color omitted (Scott 725a), pristine mint, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, includes normal for comparison.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 866
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1894, Emperor's Wedding complete, small study collection (J.S.C.A. C1-2. Scott 85-86), neatly mounted on three Scott quadrille pages and consisting of a mint never hinged set, the set with "Mihon" overprint, both stamps used together on piece, First Day cancels (Nagasaki and Yokohama) for the 5s; Shanghai cancels on 2s and 5s (2); plus town and telegraph cancels; an interesting collection you don't normally see, Very Fine overall.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 867

1919, First Airmail Flight, 1½s-3s complete (J.S.C.A. C22-23. Scott C1-C2), fresh, o.g., Fine to Very Fine+, each signed Bloch.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 868

1934, Communications Day souvenir sheet (J.S.C.A. C56. Scott C8), fresh mint, o.g., lightly hinged, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$3,800.
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Lot 869

1884 (Oct.), cover to U.S. Consul AC Jones at Nagasaki, from Mozambique, cream envelope franked by 100r Mozambique Crown issue (Scott #12), tied by a blue c.d.s. (difficult to read, but we can make out the start of Oct. 10); reverse bearing clear strike of "ADEN/9 NOV 84" and "Singapore & Hong Kong/NO 30/84" transits, along with an incomplete Nagasaki receiver; opened along flap, with tear and slight loss of paper at upper left (stamp and markings unaffected), Fine to Very Fine, definitely not an everyday find, an unusual origin/destination combination.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$17,000.
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Lot 870

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$16,000.
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Lot 871

1933, Sea-to-Summit selection of six Karl Lewis covers, a lovely introduction to Lewis' covers, comprising five ship covers plus one mailed from Mt. Fuji's Summit Post Office; the Fujiyama cover bears a Type V cachet, with the mountain depicted at lower left, a less common Type 2 inscription, and the four definitives tied by two strikes of the Mt. Fuji Scenic Datestamp dated 8.7.29 (July 29, 1933); the ship covers hail from the Asama-Maru, Heian-Maru, Hiye-Maru (2) and Tatsuta-Maru; four, posted between June 8 and Sept. 14, predate Lewis' introduction of cachets for these covers, and each bears two strikes of the ship's I.J. Sea Post Scenic Datestamp tying the postage; the second Hiye-Maru cover is dated Nov. 14 and boasts one of the earliest cachets known (the earliest recorded is Nov. 9; Lewis' artist was still painting cachets when this cover was sent!)—and one of the prettiest in our view; all with blue Beikokuyuki ("To US") handstamp on front and combination noted on back (Fujiyama C-3, Asama-Maru C-7, Heian-Maru C-4, uncacheted Hiye-Maru C-1, Tatsuta-Maru C-5, cacheted Hiye-Maru C-14), Very Fine despite some slight toning almost always found on these earliest covers, all imaged online.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000

Be sure to take a look at our auction of the Dr. Steven J. Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis covers (375 lots!) on March 16—it's Sale 29 on our website
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Lot 872
1953, signature of Crown Prince Akihito, now Emperor; "Akihito", boldly in blue, on "Program For The Visit Of/HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNESS/THE CROWN PRINCE OF JAPAN/to/The United States of America/September 8 to October 10, 1953/Embassy of Japan" 18-page booklet listing the members of the Crown Prince's party and his detailed schedule; per included note, the Crown Prince signed two copies of the program, one for each Protocol section attaché at the embassy; front bottom corners lightly bumped.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 873
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Outstanding collection, 1871-1974, highly complete (needing just 13 items for completion) and presented in a Scott Specialty album and a red stockbook, this semi-specialized collection runs from the Dragons to the Moderns; early issues used, with some duplication, while mid- and later-period items are mostly mint; many highlights, including used #1 (plate 1) and 2 (plate 2), 5-7; an orchard of Cherry Blossoms, Chrysanthemums and Kobans with a wide range of cancels, including Botas, Postage Due or Registered, seal, foreign mail, roman letter, Shanghai, Dairen, Taiwan, Korea and Nan'yo—featuring a rare "I.J.P.A./27/MAY/1889/Shanghai" cancel on Scott #64 (usually found only with telegraph cancel); #154 (2, one on piece with First Day cancel); and mint #111-112, 163-166, 198-201, 227-229 (#229 never hinged), 276-279, National Parks sets and sheets (some with folders), 306a never hinged, 311a never hinged, 378a never hinged, 385a, 435 never hinged, 436, 457, 459a, 480-497 (#492 never hinged), 521a never hinged, Lottery Sheets, C1-C2 (signed Varro Tyler), C3 & C5-C7, etc., etc., Fine to Very Fine with much better throughout, worth close inspection.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 45,000.
Realized HK$32,000.
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Lot 874
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Superlative collection, 1876-1987, fantastically fresh (in an album that has seen better days), nearly all mint, and virtually complete; earlier issues (Old Kobans through Tazawas) a mix of mint and used, while nearly everything after 1921 is mint (we spotted three used), with definitives and commemoratives, Airmails, Semi-Postals and National Parks all present and accounted for; all the iconic issues are here, including the 1935 Mt. Fuji New Year miniature sheet of 20 (Scott #222a), both Philatelic Week sheets (#422a and 479a), the National Park sheets (most with folders), 1949 Children's Exhibit (#456), #457, 1954 Kannon booklet (#580a) plus #580b overprinted "Mihon", the 1950s New Year lottery sheets, etc., etc.; nearly all as fresh as the day they were purchased, Fine to Very Fine with very much better throughout, a remarkable collection—and a must-view.
Estimate HK$ 35,000 - 45,000.
Realized HK$32,000.
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Lot 875
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Sensational Showa specialized selection, 1937-47, all mounted in three Scott Specialty albums, with far too many accolades to list here; mint and used examples (singles and blocks), used on cover; imprint blocks; color, perforation, paper and printing method varieties; plate flaws and shifted transfers; coils and forgeries; "Mihon" and Ryukyus Provisional overprints; several appearing to have been surcharged in North Korea; cancels of all descriptions: rollers, c.d.s.'s, commemorative, railroad; used in Occupied Areas including Burma, Singapore, Korea and Leased Territories; First Day Covers, various rates, wide range of destinations, etc., etc., Fine to Very Fine with much better throughout, a can't-miss blockbuster—get there early to view.
Estimate HK$ 24,000 - 32,000.
Realized HK$50,000.
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Lot 876
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Beautiful single-volume collection, 1876-1970, in a like-new Scott Specialty album with slipcase; early issues sporting a range of cancel types and colors, with mint beginning with the 1915 Enthronement issue; whether mint or used, all are fresh with many remarkably bright; among the highlights (mint, unless noted) are Scott #163-166, 167-170, 198-201, 212-213, 276-279, National Parks series singles and souvenir sheets (with folders; no Daisetsuzan or Kirishima), 378a, 400a, 422a, 439-442, 457, a very pretty #479a; New Year lottery sheets for the Year of the Tiger and Rabbit; #521c, etc., generally Very Fine, inspect.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 26,000.
Realized HK$22,000.
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Lot 877
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Extensive dealer's stock, 1871-1992, neatly arranged and identified by Scott number in seven binders and a stockbook; the holding runs from the First Issue Dragons through modern, and including Semi-Postals, Airs, Offices and some Occupations, with the earliest material hit-and-miss (and including some reprints, which are noted as such), with much used early, mint really starting to make an appearance in the 1930s; mint a mix of original gum and never hinged (again, noted by the consignor), with later material all never hinged; duplication throughout, though never overwhelming, Fine to Very Fine with better throughout, set aside time to view.
Estimate HK$ 16,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$9,500.
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Lot 878
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Compelling commemorative collection, 1894-1977, each issue in mounts neatly arranged in a buttoned self-closing stockbook; begins with the Emperor Meiji Silver Wedding Anniversary issue and runs essentially complete through the early 1960s, with later National and Quasi-National Parks complete to 1973 and various other issues running to 1977 or so; note Heir Apparent set complete (the 10s never hinged), Postal Service Anniversary complete, UPU Membership complete, Kwangtung Leased Territories complete, #400a, 421a, 422, 479, etc., etc.; National Parks sets are all here mint/unused, as are New Year issues (starting with Mt. Fuji (Scott #222)), Semi-Postals (#B1-B3, B4-B5), Airmails (later Alps issues a mix of mint and used), etc.; a few condition issues early on, but generally fresh and clean; a ready-made collection for the collector, or excellent stock for the dealer, Fine to Very Fine with much better, inspection invited.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$18,000.
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Lot 879
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Jumbo assortment of fakes & forgeries, over 375 in all, on homemade pages filling a Scott Specialty album, rounding up all the usual suspects…plus a few unexpected shady characters; not surprisingly, the majority of the collection focuses on the early issues, the Dragons, Cherry Blossoms, Chrysanthemums and Kobans, with forgeries presented (and plated, when known) by Spiro, Hirose, Kamigata and Wada (the consignor notes there are 282 of these), with later Taiwan and Eastern European forgeries (the latter of the Third Showa Series (!)), along with lithographed forgeries, forgeries of unknown origin, and several of the official Post Office reprint sheets from the early 1960s; most singles, but a decent number of multiples and blocks, with a neat array of cancels as well, a Very Fine holding, well worth review.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 16,000.
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Lot 880
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A joyous jumble, the vast majority mint, running from the late Meiji period to about 1955; some on stockpages, some on cards, some in glassines, it's all fresh and clean, but in need of organization; we note Scott #63 no gum, 89-90 never hinged, a wonderfully centered #145a (1y Taisho), 198-201, 223-226 (hinged or hinge remnant), 227-229, several copies each of #422 and 479; #439-442 never hinged, a #521B, 564a, a JSDA #19 booklet complete, along with definitive sets including the First, Second and New Showa and Nippon series, as well as several sets (some complete, some partial) of the Famous Men series (#480-497) and much more, including a lovely block-printed (?) "Imperial Japanese Postage Stamps and Cards, assorted" booklet, Very Fine overall, well worth the time to inspect.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 14,000.
Realized HK$9,500.
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Lot 881

Airmail covers collection, 1939-77, several hundred in three Scott Specialty binders, all neatly corner-mounted (some loosening); offers a broad array of flights, usages, etc.; note Air France, BOAC, JAL, Lufthansa, Northwest, PanAm and SAS carriers; domestic and international routes; a wealth of First Flight Covers, some items sent on First Day Covers; Parcel Post, Printed Matter, Registered items; Large and Small Commemorative Datestamps, a meter or two; multi-stamp/multicolor frankings, some with imprints, Aerogrammes mint and used, etc., etc., Very Fine overall, inspection invited.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 14,000.
Realized HK$28,000.
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Lot 882
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Superb compilation of specialist collections, 1872-1944, from a longtime scholar of Japanese philately comes this master course in a box; includes better single items, such as Scott #17a, 36 var., 46-47 & 50 (J.S.C.A. #13b, 32, 36-38); a cancel study on the 1875 Bird Series (12s to 45s complete, all syllabic 1); an 1876-92 Koban collection; 1899-1907 Chrysanthemum compilation; 1914-37 Tazawa specialized collection, plus 62 covers of Japanese issues used in Korea over the 1923-44 period; numerous I.S.J.P certificates, useful duplication for study, with much interesting throughout, Fine to Very Fine with much better, definitely worth your time to inspect.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$8,500.
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Lot 883

Amazing accumulation, 1960s-80s, with astronomical face value; several albums, binders, stockpages and glassines hold a wide range of modern issues, all fresh as the day they were purchased; one small stockbook has issues from the 1950s to '70s (most duplicated, some imprint singles), but the vast majority of stamps here are from the 1980s and early 1990s, with denominations of 40y to 80y dominating; tallying just one album (1987-93) plus several stockpages gave us a face value total of nearly 50,000 yen—and that's about 20% of the volume in this lot (and doesn't figure in the several sheet files that are here); a magnificent lot for the modern collector, or for the dealer for sale or for postage; definitely one to view, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 884

Postal History compendium, 1905-50s, in three binders plus many items loose and individually sleeved; items range from postal stationery to official Ministry post cards commemorating the Russo-Japanese War and the visit of the Great White Fleet, to picture post cards (many used) and commercial covers, to an interesting (with correspondence) project to record and obtain Army Post Office cancels from each nation participating in the Korean War (including surprises such as Colombia and Ethiopia); plus Japan Sea Post covers offering post office opening day cancels from the Chichibu-, Mishima-, Tatsuta- and Yokohama-Marus (second-day for the Heian-Maru); first-day I.J. Sea Post scenic cancels for the Asama-, Heian-, Shidzuoka- and Yokohama-Marus; and Sea Post Nippon scenic daters' first days for the Nagasaki-, Shanghai- and Tatsuta-Marus. All generally fresh, clean, Very Fine, inspect.
Estimate HK$ 5,500 - 6,500.
Realized HK$34,000.
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Lot 885

Excellent collection of Japan used in Korea, lovely, fully translated mounted collection of approximately 90 covers or items of postal history, including a wonderful range of identified town cancels; several letters in English containing interesting missionary insights; good Japanese postal stationery usages, a sizable group of scenic commemorative cancels and more, Fine to Very Fine, very interesting specialist's lot; examine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 886

Postal History panoply, 1906-43, a lovely assortment of well over 150 items from Meiji to Showa; the collection, corner-mounted (some loosening) on Scott pages, consists of a majority part postal cards, but there are enough postcards, covers and postal forms to whet your appetite as well; we note a 2s-franked but uncancelled cover to the U.S. Consul in Nagasaki, several covers or cards with forwarding strips, a military cover, a letter card, domestic and foreign usages (with corresponding rates), a range of cancel types (including commemorative cancels) and auxiliary markings, usages from Korea, etc., etc.; in addition, there are various stamps (mostly singles) off-cover showing partial or full cancel strikes, a Japan-to-US Customs form, and more. The occasional condition issue, but generally Very Fine on the whole, well worth a careful inspection.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 887

Neat array of seven covers, comprising incoming mail from the U.S. and Philippines, foreign mail to Great Britain, a cover franked by a Military stamp, plus three domestic usages; all stamps are sound, though several covers have condition issues ranging from minor to not-so-minor, but still an interesting little lot, Fine to Very Fine, inspection invited.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 888

Japanese Occupations, Selection of five covers, 1908-35, four items from Korea, one from Tsingtao, all franked by Japanese stamps; Korean items consist of a picture post card sent to Ireland plus three covers, one sent internally (Seoul to Pyong Yang), one "via Siberia" to Scotland, plus one franked by commemoratives to Stanley Gibbons' New York office, each cover's postage tied by one or another Japanese-style comb cancel; the Tsingtao cover is from the American Consulate in the city, the corner card additionally reading "Sanitary Report", addressed to The Secretary of the Treasury/(For the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Bureau), the 10s postage tied by a Tsingtau I.J.P.O. foreign comb with Kobe/Japan comb alongside, Very Fine overall, an interesting and attractive group.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000.
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Lot 889
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Ryukyus and Japan, Varied assortment, a hodge-podge of a collection, comprising singles, blocks, part- and full-sheets (some with duplication), postal stationery, Ryukyus Anti-Tuberculosis seals ("Christmas Seals"), First Day Covers, etc., etc.; probably more Ryukyus than Japan here, though note at least one Japan metal-engraving FDC folder, a First Day of the Japan-US Centenary souvenir sheet (with Large Commemorative datestamp), Ryukyus First Issues, Airmails, a #E1, etc.; a useful little lot, generally Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,400.
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Lot 890

Ryukyus, Virtually complete collection, 1948-59, blocks of 4, making this an excellent stock source for the dealer; from the First Issue (mix of printings), through the revalued Airmails, with all regular-issue definitives and commemoratives (no overprints) in between; bright, fresh colors throughout, o.g., never hinged, Fine to Very Fine with better, have a look.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 6,500.
Realized HK$6,500.
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Lot 891

Ryukyus, Mint collection, 1950-72, near-complete; features Scott #8 through the return of the islands to Japan, with regular and definitive issues, plus Airmails from #C9; all neatly mounted on Minkus pages, with our spot check turning up only never hinged gum; a pretty collection including Scott #17 with first "0" of "100" dropped (position 42), Currency Conversion set, etc., Very Fine, be sure to view, #17 with 1965 P.F. certificate accompanying.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$9,000.
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