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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers

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Lot 2188

Shanghai, China: 1934 (Aug. 12) to Oklahoma, A new earliest known cover. Irregular block of ten 2¢ and a single 4¢ Sun Yat-sens, plus 1¢ on 3¢ Junk make up the 25¢ total postage, all of which is tied by seven strikes of a bilingual Shanghai 12.8.34 c.d.s. ") N (" handstamped on reverse. The sharp-eyed will notice that the year slug in each datestamp strike is faulty, leaving only the leading "3". We're certain of the date because of an Aug. 18, 1934, letter from Lewis to Battle, sent to the customer via the Heian-Maru, in which he (Lewis) states, "I HAVE JUST SENT A COVER TO SHANGHAI, franked with various Chinese stamps for you, DO NOT OPEN THIS COVER, it has) N (on the back." Lewis may be using "recently" loosely, but this must be the cover in question. The Heian-Maru cover and letter (tantalizingly mentioning a painting Mr. Battle commissioned) are included and imaged on our website. A storytelling centerpiece for your next exhibit., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 2189

Shanghai, China: 1935 (Mar. 19) to Missouri, On the sole cachet known used at Shanghai, franked using a balanced five-stamp, three-color mix of Martyrs, Sun Yat-sens and a Junk to total 25¢. The stamps tied by three very nice strikes of bilingual Shanghai 19.3.35 c.d.s.'s. Reverse shows only a typed ") N (" instruction at very top center. Opened neatly at right. A pretty cover with vibrant color., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2190

Shanghai, China: 1935 (July 3) to Connecticut, Three Junks and a Reaper totaling 25¢, each of the four stamps tied by a Republican-dated Shanghai 5/3.7.24 c.d.s. Backflap marked ") O (", which it was, neatly, at top, with flap sealed by Lewis' sake gourd logo handstamped in blue. Why this cover bears the Chinese-style dater, whereas every other Shanghai cover in this sale uses the Western year, is a question to research. Was it just this sub-station? A nicely executed cover, with the stamps mirroring the cachet's colors., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,900.
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Lot 2191

Shanghai, China: 1936 (Sept. 10) to New York, A new last-known posting date from Shanghai. 25¢ postage paid by a 2¢ Junk plus three Martyrs issues, all tied by three bilingual Shanghai 7/10.9.36 c.d.s.'s. Reverse with ") N (" and blue oval genkan across the flap, each handstamped. A wrinkle to the top right corner slightly affects the 17¢ stamp, but not enough to detract from this new find., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,900.
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