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Sale 29

The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


British Indian Ocean
 
 
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Lot 2256

Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Ceylon, India: 1937 (Mar. 20) to Pennsylvania, A new earliest-known cover with an unlisted five-line inscription. JP 68:5 (p. 296) states, "These covers are uncommon and are known to be sent between December 1937 and 19 July 1939." This cover predates the prior earliest known by nine months. The cachet depicts the Mt. Lavinia hotel sitting on a peninsula, with the cover franked by four King George V Ceylon pictorials, all but the 6c at lower left tied by strikes of the "Colombo/20MR/37/4" c.d.s. Blue ") N (" and double-ringed kan handstamps on reverse. A lovely cover from a difficult location., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,800.
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Lot 2257

The Rugged Coast of Mahé, Seychelles Islands, Indian Ocean: 1936 (Dec. 29) to Oklahoma, A very early cover, the earliest recorded by JP being Dec. 6, 1936. The cachet portrays the rocky coast, with palms but without seagulls as mentioned at JP 68:5, pp. 297-298. A vertical pair of 9c plus a single 2c Seychelles King George V make up the postage, tied by two of three "Victoria/C/DE 29/36/Seychelles" c.d.s.'s. Lacking an opening remarque, the backflap is sealed by a double-circle kan handstamp in blue. Minor discoloration from mounting corners hardly detracts., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2258

Pointe Cabris, Island of Mahé, Seychelles Islands: 1937 (Dec. 24) to Pennsylvania, A Christmas Eve cover, bearing the rocky coast cachet, this time with birds, and franked by 21c postage composed of a 3c King George V definitive plus 12c and 6c King George VI Coronation issues, all tied by two of three "Victoria/B/DE 24/37/Seychelles" daters. Reverse with remarque ") N (" and horizontal double-oval heavy-character kan handstamps in blue. Mounting residue on reverse, but colorful cover on its face., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,400.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2259

Pointe Cabris, Island of Mahé, Seychelles Islands: 1939 (Apr. 18) addressed to Karl Lewis, One of the few covers in this sale addressed to Lewis himself. The standard rocky coastline (with gulls) cachet is franked by 21c postage, a 3c King George V definitive plus 12c and 6c King George VI pictorial definitives. The stamps are tied by two of three "Victoria/B/AP 18/39/Seychelles" c.d.s.'s. Reverse without opening remarque, but carries Lewis' blue horizontal oval genkan handstamp across the flap, a "Yokohama/11.5.39/Nippon" foreign mail comb receiver, plus Lewis' own straightline "MAY 11 1939" handstamp in blue. Opened at left. Perhaps the most distant cover Lewis sent to himself., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,800.
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