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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Mandated Islands
 
 
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Lot 2113

Angauru, Caroline Islands: 1937 (Aug. 2?) to California, New latest-known usage. A magnificent four-color franking, with the seven stamps filling the empty "sky" of the all-over cachet depicting a palm tree-lined road with buildings in the background. Stamps (totaling 20s for the new April 1 international rate) are tied by two slightly blurred strikes of Angauru Scenic Datestamp, one clearly showing "12", the other "8" at bottom center. Blue "To US" handstamp at upper left. Reverse with typed "C-27 new." combination number, blue ") N (" notation and kan in vertical oval. Despite Lewis' notation, the envelope was opened, resulting in an inconsequential tear to the backflap. JP 69:4, p. 215, notes four on-front captions, on covers dated between Nov. 11, 1936, and April 5, 1937. This cover post-dates the others by four months, and may be the sole 20s-rate cover known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2114

The Great Rock of Chokach, Island of Ponape, Caroline Islands: 1937 (June 10) to California, Franked by 2s Fuji and 4s Fuji & Deer, both tied by a perfectly struck Ponape Scenic Datestamp. Cachet, based on the datestamp's design, shows the rock towering over palm-backed ocean-side houses. Blue "To US" handstamp at left, with "C-26 new." combination typed on reverse. Cover sent unsealed, thus accounting for the lower 6s international rate. A lovely cover, again post-dating those reviewed in JP 69:4, p. 212, by three months. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$6,500.
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Lot 2115

Truk, Caroline Islands: 1937 (Apr. 19) assessed postage due to South Dakota, Franked by two 1½s and a 7s Tazawa, all tied by two pristine strikes of Torakku Scenic Datestamp. The cachet design borrows the datestamp's mangrove and mask. "C-9." combination and blue handstamped ") N (" on backflap, along with horizontal oval blue kan and "CEEJAY STAMP EXCHANGE" address label. Front additionally bears blue "To US" handstamp and a yet-to-be-explained black "18 2/11 ctms/T" postage due marking. The cover was obviously produced and mailed to Truk prior to announcement of the April 1 postage rate increase from 10s to 20s. According to UPU regulations, the shortage (10s) should have been double-charged, but at the then-current exchange rate, only 7.3s was levied on the cover. Discussed and imaged in JP 56:3, p. 121, and again in 69:4, p. 213. A late cover from Truk., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2116

Truk, Caroline Islands: 1937 (June 16) to California, Identically inscribed and cacheted as the previous Lot, but with 6s postage for an unsealed letter. Two sharp Torakku Scenic Datestamps tie. "C-25 new." combination typed on backflap, with no other markings. One of the few covers in this sale lacking a "To U.S." handstamp. JP 69:4, p. 213, notes covers dated between April 24, 1935, and May 18, 1937, making this a new last-known usage from this location., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2117

Yap, Caroline Islands: 1935 (Oct. 9) to Missouri, An early cover from this location, as JP 69:4, pp. 210-211, records dates from Yap between June 20, 1935, and May 27, 1937. The cachet pictures a shoreline with palm trees, and is markedly differently colored than that pictured in JP (and note the painted-over design at the bottom right of the right datestamp—several trees were felled from the cachet). 10s postage tied by two solid strikes of Yappu Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Combination "C-24." on reverse, along with typed ") N (" and blue toothed oval kan handstamp., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2118

Saipan, Marianne Islands: 1935 (Aug. 8) to Missouri, All-over cachet depicting a road with palms, leading to a town. While not site-specific, JP does not note this design used at Saipan (or at Angauru, in the Caroline Islands; see Lot 2113 above), but does mention its use at Rota (69:4, p. 219-221). Overfranked with 10½s postage, the three stamps tied by two light Saipan Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" at upper left, darkened. Combination "C-25." and typed ") O (" with penciled "open this" alongside. Horizontal oval kan handstamp seals flap. Opened at right, reduced ever so slightly. An early example, as covers are known dated between Mar. 23, 1935, and Mar. 23, 1937., Near Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2119

Saipan, Marianne Islands: 1936 (Apr. 22) to Ontario, Location-specific jetty-and-village cachet bearing 10s postage, the three stamps tied by two crystal-clear strikes of Saipan Scenic Datestamp, which served as partial inspiration for the cachet design. Addressed to Toronto with blue "To Canada" handstamp at far right. Reverse bears manuscript "C-4" combination notation in blue and typed ") N (" in black, with vertical single-oval kan handstamp across flap. Opened at top. Note lack of penciled guide to align stamps. A scarce Canada destination., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2120

Saipan, Marianne Islands: 1937 (Feb. 23) to Ontario, A late cover (JP 69:4, p. 219 notes covers from Saipan are known between Mar. 23, 1935, and Mar. 23, 1937), uncommonly to Canada, with an erroneous "To US" handstamp in bright blue. The cachet almost perfectly mirrors the Saipan Scenic Datestamp, two of which tie the three stamps (one 1s with lower left corner torn away). Again lacking penciled stamp-placement guideline. "C-24." combination typed on reverse, along with handstamped blue ") N (" and inverted horizontal double-oval kan across flap., Despite the damage to the adhesive, a Very Fine error cover.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2121

Tinian, Marianne Islands: 1937 (June 29) to California, An unrecorded example—and only the second known. Cachet design and markings identical to that described and imaged in JP 69:4, pp. 218-219, but with a different franking and addressed to a different recipient. The cachet is a lovely design of a boat alongside a pier with foreground palms, with bright blue "To US" handstamp, manuscript "Printed Matter" in red, and overpaid postage of 6s consisting of 4s Mt. Fuji & Deer tied by 12.6.29 Tenian domestic comb (meeting the new international Printed Matter rate), plus 2s Mt. Fuji, applied solely to receive the same-dated Tenian Scenic Datestamp. Note also that this cover spells the island's name "Tinian", whereas that in JP reads "Tenian". Reverse bears typed "C-33.new." combination notation, plus recipient's penciled notes. Sent unsealed., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 2122

Jaluit, Marshall Islands: 1936 (May 11) to Ontario, An uncommon cover to Canada, with appropriate blue handstamp at far right. A lovely cachet, showing a palm-lined shore with outrigger canoe on the water (one of four cachets recorded for Jaluit: see JP 69:4, pp. 216-217). 10s postage, made up of 9½s Airmail plus ½s Tazawa, tied by single, solid strike of Yaruto Scenic Datestamp. Blue manuscript "C-6" combination notation on reverse, plus typed ") N (" and handstamped horizontal blue oval kan. Opened at top; insert (wrapping paper with design and "Yokohama") included., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2123

Jaluit, Marshall Islands: 1937 (June 13), to California, An unrecorded latest-known cover. JP 69:4, pp. 216-217, notes covers from Jaluit dated between Mar. 24, 1935, and Mar. 16, 1937—with this cover postmarked nearly three months later. Identical design to the previous cachet, though note subtle differences in the treatment of the palms. This one bears 6s postage, well and truly underpaying the then-current foreign mail rate, even if sent as an unsealed letter. The four stamps are tied by two clear Yaruto Scenic Datestamps. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse with only typed "C-31 new." combination notation plus recipient's penciled origin note. Appears to have been sent unsealed, though flap was at some point partly stuck down and reopened neatly and without damage., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2124

Panape, Marshall Islands: 1935 (Sept. 20) to Missouri, A Lewis erroneous "relocation" cover, as Ponape is actually in the Carolines (JP 69:4, p. 212, does note that Lewis "on at least one occasion incorrectly identified the island group as the Marshall Islands."). The cachet here is of huts and palms on the shoreline, one of two designs used at Ponape. A single strike of the Scenic Datestamp ties the two stamps totaling 10s in postage, with blue "To US" as usual at upper left. Typed "C-23." combination and ") N (" on backflap, sealed with horizontal thick-character kan oval handstamp across tip., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2125

Yap, Marshall Islands: 1937 (May 25) to California, A second, unrecorded, mis-identification by Lewis, Yap being properly located in the Caroline Islands (JP 69:4, pp. 210-211, states that Lewis properly identified the location). Bearing an all-over cachet design of a palm-lined path with a large rai at center. The two strikes of the Yappu Scenic Datestamp (inscriptions slightly obscured by the cachet design) tie the four stamps making up an odd 8s in total postage (JP notes covers from the Carolines with 10s, 10½s and 6s), which does not match any actual international rate. Blue "To US" handstamp at center above address, with only "C-29 new." combination typed on reverse. Sent unsealed. A lovely cover all-around., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 2126

Pelew, Pelew Islands [Palau]: 1937 (March) to Connecticut, This being the Pelew cover referenced and imaged in JP. Franked with a single 10s New Diet Building commemorative at dead center, tied by a slightly difficult to read Parao Scenic Datestamp at top, apparently missing the day slug. Strong blue "To US" handstamp at right. "C-34." combination notation typed on reverse, with blue handstamped ") N (" and inverted double-framed horizontal oval kan across flap. A pretty cover, and the sole known thus according to JP., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2127

Palao, Island of Palao [Palau]: 1937 (Oct. 18) to California, An unrecorded cover, bearing a previously undocumented inscription, plus a posting date seven months later than the current literature notes. The cachet design matches that described in JP of a hut amongst trees, but is captioned (ignoring Lewis' trademark letter-spacing) "PALAO./ISLAND of PALAO." with nine spaced underscores below. The six-color, six-stamp franking, totaling the correct 20s international rate, is tied by three strikes of the Parao Scenic Datestamp dated 12.10.18, plus three "Parao/12.10.19" domestic comb cancels. Bright blue "To US" handstamp at right. "C-30 new." combination notation typed on reverse, with blue ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamps. Cover opened along flap, resulting in loss of a section of the flap along the left-hand gum line (inconsequential to the integrity of the cover as a whole or to any marking). An eye-catching cover, and a remarkable addition to the Lewis census. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$3,800.
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