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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


Commemoratives
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 2149

1934 (Oct. 1), Red Cross Conference complete (J.S.C.A. C57-60. Scott 214-217), Set of four on common cachet depicting a building on a knoll with Mt. Fuji in distance, the stamps tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Scenic Datestamp dated 9.10.1, as the special Large Commemorative Datestamp was not available for use on the date of issue. Pre-printed two-line description of issue at top, with blue "To US" handstamp at lower center. The sole marking on the reverse is a horizontal double-framed oval kan handstamp in blue. JP 72:2 notes at page 105 that nine examples of this First Day are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,400.
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Lot 2150

1935 (Apr. 2), Manchoukuo Emperor's Visit complete (J.S.C.A. C61-64. Scott 218-221), An unaddressed First Day Cover, with two-line pre-printed caption and cachet showing temple and palace wall by the sea (this without birds). The stamps are tied by two strikes of the 10.4.2 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp (the Large Commemorative Datestamp not valid for use in Japan until Apr. 6, the Emperor's arrival date), with the two middle stamps further tied by a Yokohama 2.4.35 foreign mail comb. Unsealed, and without any markings on reverse. JP 72:2 notes on page 72 that 11 First Days are known for this issue, adding on page 107, "About one-half of the known first-day and commemorative covers exist unaddressed"—making this perhaps one of five such covers? Very Fine and absolutely pristine.
Estimate HK$ 3,200 - 3,600.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2151

1935 (Apr. 2), Manchoukuo Emperor's Visit complete (J.S.C.A. C61-64. Scott 218-221), On cover (addressed to Oklahoma) bearing the same design as the previous Lot, but with slight differences in painting, most noticeable in the buildings' rooftops and the treatment of the sky. Two Yokohama Scenic Datestamps and a foreign mail comb tie the four stamps as above, with a darkening blue "To US" handstamp at immediate left of the stamps. Typed ") N (" and manuscript "Do not open" at top of flap. "20" typed at lower left. Backflap sealed by horizontal oval kan handstamp. Envelope was neatly opened along flap but subsequently resealed (including tear through handstamped seal). A nice example to one of Lewis' main customers. Only 11 recorded. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2152

1936 (Nov. 7), Diet Building complete (J.S.C.A. C68-71. Scott 230-233), On pre-printed envelope with cachet of bridge across Edo Castle's innermost moat, the same design used on the Tokyo scenic cover (Lot 2068 above). The four stamps of the set arranged at left and right of cover, each pair tied by a Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp, the central design of which was taken from the 10s value depicting the Diet's main tower. Note the lack of a "To US" handstamp—only the second example of such a cover in this sale. Reverse with blue handstamped ") N (" and vertical oval kan handstamp, plus typed "25" at lower left. Neatly opened at left. JP records a total of ten First Day Covers for this issue. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2153

1937 (June 1), Patriotic Aviation Fund complete (J.S.C.A. C72-74. Scott B1-B3), On the most common cachet for this issue, showing a waterside pagoda with junk (used for Lewis' Shanghai covers; see Lots 2188-2191 below) with airplane added. The set tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 12.6.1. Blue "To US" handstamp as usual. Reverse bears only a typed "12" at lower left, with the flap unsealed. Even as an unsealed letter, the 9s postage underpaid the then-current international rate. A faultless example, of which JP states ten are known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2154
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1937 (June 1), Patriotic Aviation Fund complete (J.S.C.A. C72-74. Scott B1-B3), On the standard cachet, depicting pagoda, junk and plane. Two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 12.6.1 tie the three stamps, with additional 11s postage (making up the 20s international rate—and a franking undocumented by JP) affixed across backflap and tied by Yokohama 12.6.1 Scenic Datestamp. Reverse also bears the typed name "H. P. Clein." at top center, on whose behalf the cover was sent. The addressee, Walter Conrath, was an early leader in aerophilately, publishing the American Air Mail Catalog, The Airpost Journal and Through the Air, posthumously named a member of the APS Hall of Fame. Small spot of sticker residue at upper left hardly detracts, given that only ten examples are recorded, this one with aerophilately royalty attached., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2155

1939 (Nov. 15), Red Cross Membership 75th Anniversary complete (J.S.C.A. C75-78. Scott 295-298), A possibly unique unaddressed cover, depicting a torii between two trees with sea and Mt. Fuji in background. The set of four arranged horizontally below the three-line pre-printed inscription and tied by two strikes of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp for the issue, dated 14.11.15. Reverse is without markings of any kind, other than a penciled manuscript "30" at lower left. Note that the apparent horizontal crease across the backflap is not a crease at all, but an artefact from the letterpressed line of dashes in the inscription. JP 72:2 notes six covers are known, but makes no mention of an unaddressed cover. A pristine and exciting example calling for further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2156

1940 (Feb. 11), 2600th Anniversary of the Accession of Emperor Jinmu (J.S.C.A. C79, C81. Scott 299, 301), The first of two covers for this set, issued on two dates in 1940, and the first of three First Days by Lewis' (unknown) master painter. The 2s and 10s stamps are tied by a single strike of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp dated 15.2.11, on an exquisitely painted cachet of a hut and boat on shore, with two sampans off the coast and Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. Blue "To US" handstamp placed at far left so as not to interfere with the cachet design. Typed ") O (" with manuscript "open this" alongside at top of flap, plus typed "15" at lower left. The requisite additional postage is paid by a right margin 8s Meiji Shrine single affixed across backflap and tied by an 11.2.40 Yokohama foreign mail comb. Cover neatly opened at left. JP notes only eight are known!, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2157

1940 (Nov. 10), 2600th Anniversary of the Accession of Emperor Jinmu (J.S.C.A. C80, C82. Scott 300, 302), The second issue date for the set honoring the 2600th anniversary of Japan's founding. The two stamps, 20s and 4s, placed at far left and right of the envelope so as not to obscure the all-over design, with each tied by a clear strike of the Yokohama Large Commemorative Datestamp for the issue. The cachet shows four sampans on the water, two close-up with magnificent detail in the sails, with Mt. Fuji rising majestically behind. Blue "To US" handstamp at lower right. Reverse is without any of Lewis' regular notations, bearing only a near-circular kan handstamp in blue. In addition to being a wonderful piece of art, this cover clearly demonstrates the water-fastness of the colors Lewis' artists used, as the cover at some point suffered serious dampness: note that both handstamps are blurred and runny, but the cachet is as fresh as the day it was created. Flap unsealed. A breathtaking cover and a great rarity, as JP notes only four known. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,600 - 4,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 2158

1940 (Oct. 25), Imperial Edict on Education complete (J.S.C.A. C83-84. Scott 313-314), The two stamps, on beautifully painted cover portraying a lantern atop a breakwater with two sampans beyond, aligned below two-line pre-printed inscription and tied by 15.10.25 Yokohama Scenic Datestamp as the issue's Large Commemorative Datestamp was not available until Oct. 30. "To US" handstamp at far left in a blue nearing violet. Reverse bears violet small-cap "open this" handstamp plus bottom margin 14s Kasuga Shrine definitive similarly tied. Note also the new envelope design, with flat rather than pointed backflap. Cover neatly opened at left. This Lot includes the enclosed single-page typed letter from Lewis to Battle, dated Oct. 20, 1940, which reveals a playful side to Lewis, but also discusses the more serious issue of rationing then in place in Japan—but with the line, "But we can't complain; on the whole; we Americans are well treated." JP 72:2, p. 72, notes five known examples. Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,000.
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