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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers

Colonial Pacific
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Lot 2195

Papeete, Island of Tahiti: 1935 (Aug. 13) to Missouri, An example of the more impressionistic cachet style, on the earliest known date for Papeete, and with a cachet variety showing four boats rather than two in the harbor. A pretty cover, with the fruit in the trees shining in light due to the different paint used. 1F50 postage tied by a slogan c.d.s. ("Visitez Tahiti Perle du Pacifique") dated "Papeete/13 -8/35/Ile Tahiti". Reverse with typed ") N (" in black and inverted blue vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Cleanly opened at right. Small paper scrape at upper right is easily missed., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2196

Papeete, Island of Tahiti (French Oceania): 1936 (Apr. 20) Registered to Oklahoma, A stunner of a cover, and not just for the cachet. An example of the more realistic portrayal of the harborfront, bearing 3F in stamps to cover both postage and the Registry fee. The front bears single copies of 5c, 10c, 15c and 30c values from the 1934-40 series, with a 1F50 blue folded over the top of the envelope…bringing us to vertical pairs and a single of the 5c and 10c, and a vertical strip of three 15c stamps on the back. All are tied by multiple "Papeete/20 -4/Ile Tahiti" c.d.s.'s. Papeete Registry label on front, with San Francisco (May 3) and Seminole, OK (May 7) Registry markings (the Seminole receiver struck twice, by two different stamps, with the day scratched out and written in on one of them). There's a barely visible typed ") N (" at the top, and the stamps completely seal the backflap. Mr. Battle won big when he received this cover—and it's still worth a fight today., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000.
Realized HK$4,000.
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