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The Steve Berlin Collection of Karl Lewis Covers


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Lot 2090

Chinkai, Korea: 1934 (Sept. 10) to New York, A new earliest-known usage from Chinhae! JP 69:4, p. 205, notes, "There is one cover known and it is dated 17 September 1935." This cover bears two clear strikes of the Chinkai Scenic Datestamp dated 9.9.10—53 weeks prior. 10s postage (only two of the three stamps tied) is on a Korea common cachet Type IV (building with misty mountains behind), with blue "To US" handstamp at far upper left. Reverse has typed "C - 30 ." combination notation and ") N (" remarque, with "Lee" penciled in cursive below. A double-framed horizontal oval kan handstamp seals the flap. A bit of extraneous ink/paint on reverse and slight stain at upper left in no way detract., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2091

Chinkai, Korea: 1935 (Sept. 17) to Pennsylvania, The cover JP listed as the sole known cover (now one of two). A pretty Korea common cachet Type III (waterfall between two hilltop buildings) with an equally attractive four-color franking tied by two light but legible 10.9.17 Chinkai Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" to immediate left of stamps (yuki faintly tying the ½s). Typed "C-33." and ") N (" on flap, which is sealed by near-circular kan handstamp. Stains on reverse from prior mounting; face as fresh as a daisy. A great-looking cover! Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2092

Chinnampo, Korea: 1936 (Oct. 26) to New Jersey, A common cachet Type I (gatehouse and mountains), with 10s in definitives tied by two crisp 11.10.26 Chinnampo Scenic Datestamp strikes. Blue "To US" as usual. Combination "C-9." typed, with handstamped ") N (" in blue along with a vertical oval kan handstamp to seal. A lovely, fresh cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2093

Chinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Feb. 9), to Connecticut, A Korea common cachet Type III, with tri-color franking tied by two strikes of the Chinnampo Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" boldly struck lower right. "C-28." combination noted on reverse, along with a blue handstamped ") N (" and horizontal oval kan seal. Opened neatly at bottom with original stiffener still enclosed., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,000.
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Lot 2094

Chinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Feb. 12), to California, Our favorite Korea Type II common cachet, showing a building-topped bridge with mountains (here nearly three-dimensional) behind. Franked by three definitives totaling 10½s, making this an additional cover to those seen for the JP article (all of which were franked 10s or 6s; see JP 69:4, pp. 198-199). Two bold Scenic Datestamp strikes tie the three stamps, with blue "To US" placed at center. "C-25." combination notation typed, with ") N (" handstamped in blue, as is the double-framed horizontal oval kan seal. Gently opened along flap., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2095

Chinnampo, Korea: 1937 (Apr. 20), to California, A JP-unlisted cachet design, posted on the last-known date for this location. Cachet depicts a walled brick structure with trees set before distant mountains. The cover is franked with 6s postage, tied by two bold 12.4.20 Chinnampo Scenic Datestamps, with a bright blue "To US" handstamp lower center. Sent unsealed, with just the combination notation of "C-16 new." on reverse. A pretty cover in pristine condition, worthy of further research., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2096

Fuijo, Korea: 1934 (July 26) to New York, The sole cover known from Buyeo (see JP 70:2, p. 118). The cachet, not seen elsewhere, depicts two buildings among trees with mountains rising off into the distance. The slightly dispersed four-stamp, three-color franking is tied by two strikes of the Fuyo (the proper Japanese reading of the name, misspelt by Lewis in his inscription) Scenic Datestamp—making for a one-of-a-kind beauty. Blue "To US" handstamp as always, with "C - 20 ." combination and ") N (" instruction typed. Blue double-framed oval thick-letter kan handstamp seals flap. Gently and cleanly opened at right. We expect spirited bidding for this peaceful cachet., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2097

Fusan, Korea: 1934 (Aug. 4) to New York, According to JP 69:4, pp. 205-26, Fusan covers are uncommon, dated between Dec. 29, 1933 and Dec. 4, 1935, and cacheted with common design Types II (bridge with building atop) and IV (buildings and misty mountains). This is an unrecorded cachet design of a tree-framed pagoda against distant mountains—and possibly a new Korea common design type, as it is also used at Kai Nei (see Lot 2100 below). Two Fusan Scenic Datestamps tied the 10s postage, with blue "To US" handstamp placed low at center. "C - 13." and ") N (" typed, with blue double-framed square kan handstamp as seal. Cleanly opened at bottom. A very pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2098

Heito [Heijo], Korea: 1934 (July 30) to New York, Quite possibly a unique Karl Lewis error—and a new earliest known usage. Cover is inscribed "Heito" which, of course, is in Formosa. The Japanese reading of Pyongyang in Chinese characters is Heijo, which Lewis properly used on another cover in 1940 (the sole known from this location according to JP 69:4, pp. 199-200). Postage here totals 10½s, with both stamps tied by a near-perfect strike of the Heijo Scenic Datestamp dated 9.7.30. This is the datestamp as originally issued (with curved date tablet within the circular frame) rather than the bulged bottom on the 1940 cover in JP. Blue "To US" handstamp, blue vertical oval kan handstamp as seal on reverse, with "C-18." combination notation and ") N (" typed. Cleanly opened at right. So here we have a Korea earliest-dated cover, overpaid, with a perfectly correct Scenic Datestamp and a perfectly erroneous location caption—this one is sure to get a lot of attention., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,400.
Realized HK$2,600.
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Lot 2099

Kai Nei, Korea: 1934 (July 27) to New York, One of two unlisted new earliest known usages (see next Lot). JP 69:4, pp. 201-202, states, "There are two covers known dated 10 December 1934 and 8 June 1937." This cover is dated more than four months earlier. The cachet is a variant of Korea common cachet Type IV, with a single building, trees and mountains in the distance. Four-stamp franking totals 10s, all tied by two light but legible 9.7.27 Kainei Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" at center. Combination "C-17." and typed ") N (" on flap, sealed by double-framed square kan handstamp. Opened at right. A fun find., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$2,200.
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Lot 2100

Kai Nei, Korea: 1934 (July 27) to Michigan, The second of two new earliest known usages for Kainei. 10s postage with each stamp tied by 9.7.27-dated Kainei Scenic Datestamp, on previously unreported tree-flanked pagoda with mountains extending into the distance (used also at Fusan; see Lot 2097 above. Blue "To US" handstamp at left. "C - 22." combination and ") N (" instruction typed. Strong strike of kan in vertical oval handstamp across flap. Opened at top. A really lovely double-first., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,400 - 2,800.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2101

Koshu (Kongju), Korea: 1934 (Sept. 11) to New York, One of the two known covers captioned Koshu (both dated Sept. 11, 1934; this cover is imaged in JP 69:4, p. 203). Korea common cachet Type II with 10s postage tied by two bold strikes of 9.9.11 Kongju Scenic Datestamp. "To US" handstamp in blue at bottom center. "C - 29 ." combination and ") N (" opening remarque typed. Flap sealed by kan vertical oval handstamp in blue. A colorful and clean example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,600 - 3,000.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2102

Koshu (Kwangju), Korea: 1934 (Nov. 16) to Missouri, An unreported, new earliest-known usage from Kwangju. JP 69:4, pp. 203-204, notes, "There is one known cover captioned Koshu from Kwangju dated 18 February 1935." Cancelled three months earlier, this Korea common cachet Type IV bears 10s postage (including a 6s Red Cross commemorative) tied by a solid strike of a 9.11.16-dated Kwangju Scenic Datestamp, with blue "To US" handstamp as usual. "C-26." combination noted on backflap along with typed ") N (" opening remarque. Blue vertical kan in oval handstamp seals the flap, which was sealed only along its right side—and which was neatly opened. A pretty "first.", Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200.
Realized HK$3,400.
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Lot 2103

To Ei, Korea: 1934 (Oct. 14), to Massachusetts, A Korea common cachet Type II with tri-color franking tied by two Scenic Datestamps from Toei (Lewis' most commonly used Korea location, according to JP 69:4, pp. 207-209). Blue "To US" handstamp high at left. Reverse with typed "C - 8 ." combination notation and ") O (" instruction. Flap sealed by square kan handstamp in blue. Cover opened at right; contents removed, leaving just a black sheet of filler paper inside. Lower right corner nibbed, with light overall toning. Still, a pretty cachet—and an opportunity for the detective to explain the blue pen marks by each stamp (tying the 7s at right)., Near Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2104

To Ei, Korea: 1934 (Dec. 25) to Missouri, An unplanned "Best Fishes for Christmas" cover? A bright and fresh Korea Type I common cachet (gatehouse and mountains) bearing 8s and 2s definitives, each neatly tied by clear 9.12.25 To Ei Scenic Datestamps. Blue "To US" handstamp placed bottom center. "C-22." combination, with typed ") N (" on backflap, which is sealed by a double-framed square kan handstamp. Remnant of small white label used as hinge on very top edge of backflap is of no consequence., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$1,600.
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Lot 2105

To Ei, Korea: 1935 (Oct. 12) to Illinois, Featuring a location-specific cachet of mountainside temple among the peaks, unusually placed at right. 10½s postage (JP notes that all covers from Toei carry 10s or 20s postage), tied by two nice strikes of the fish-shaped Scenic Datestamp. Blue "To US" at mid-right atop the cachet. "C-18." combination and typed ") N (" on reverse, along with vertical oval kan handstamp across flap. Slight facial scuff at right. Neatly opened at top. An uncommon design., Nearly Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,700.
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Lot 2106

To Ei, Korea: 1935 (Oct. 12) to New York, A second Oct. 12, 1935, cover from Toei, again bearing 10½s postage that land two fish-shaped Scenic Datestamps. Design is a Korea common cachet Type I, clean and fresh, with the blue "To US" handstamp placed at far right. "C-25." combination noted; ") N (" typed with handwritten "Do not open" immediately below. Backflap sealed by near-circular kan handstamp in blue. The cover was opened (oddly) along the right diagonal seams (behind the cachet); neatly done, without damage. A pretty cover., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800.
Realized HK$1,800.
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Lot 2107

To Ei, Korea: 1936 (Sept. 7) to New Jersey, A Korea Type IV common cachet bearing 10s in postage. Two strikes of the Scenic Datestamp (month numeral worn or badly aligned) with, interestingly, a touch of black in the outline above the fish's mouth. Slightly grayish blue "To US" handstamp again placed far to the right. "C-29." combination notation typed, with opening ") N (" and near-circular kan handstamp across flap in blue. A neat example., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,600.
Realized HK$1,500.
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Lot 2108

To Ei, Korea: 1937 (Oct. 1) to Missouri, A beautiful Korea common cachet Type II, with building-topped bridge backed by a truly three-dimensional mountain spire and surrounded by flaming foliage. A single blue 20s Mt. Fuji & Deer issue brilliantly complements the design, with a more-brown-than-red strike of the 12.10.1 Scenic Datestamp tying. Blue "To US" handstamp at far right. Combination noted as "C-20.N.", with opening instruction ") N (" handstamped in blue. Horizontal oval heavy-type kan handstamp seals the cover shut. Pretty as a picture, with a rather uncommon single-franking., Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,600 - 2,000.
Realized HK$2,200.
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