"CHICHIBU MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1935 to Hartford Conn (USA), typed inscription on a house-on-ground cachet, Japan 10s franking (incl 9½s airmail) tied by two strikes of the "CHICHIBU-MARU/ SEA POST/ NIPPON 8.4 1935" scenic datestamp, blue "To US" handstamp to left of stamps, back side typed "C-6." and ") N (" on backflap, sealed by square kan handstamp. opened along top, some light wrinkling upper left, Very Fine.
"CHICHIBU MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1936 to Hawthorne NJ (USA), simple cachet with house, ship and sunrise over Mt Fuji cachet on envelope with printed inscription, Japan 10s franking (incl 9½s airmail) tied by "Chichibu-Maru/ Sea Post/ Nippon 12.4 1936" scenic datestamp, blue "To US" above Mt Fuji, combination "C-6" and an ") N (" typed on back plus an circular blue kan handstamp across the flap, pristine and Very Fine.
"CHICHIBU MARU" and"HIKAWA MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Covers 1936 to USA, two covers with generic cachets, proper Jana 10s frankings and the blue "To USA" handstamp, Hikawa Maru combination C-1, ") O (", ms. "open this" and "S.A.G." label sealing backflap, neatly opened at top; Chichibu Maru "C-5." combination, ") N (" and oval kan sealing backflap which is partially opened, Fine pair of covers
"CHICHIBU MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1937 to Newfield NY (USA), simple cachet with torii before Mt. Fuji and printed inscription, Japan 10s franking tied by "Chichibu-Maru/ Sea Post/ Nippon 10.9 1936" scenic datestamps, blue "To US" above Mt Fuji, combination "C-4" and an ") N (" typed on back plus an oval blue kan handstamp across the flap, pristine and Very Fine.
"HIKAWA MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1934 to Bridgeport Conn (USA), typed inscription on a generic cacheted envelope Japan 10s franking (4 stamps) tied by two strikes of the "HIKAWA-MARU/ SEA POST/ NIPPON 25.10 1934" scenic datestamp, blue "To US" handstamp to left of stamps, back side typed "C-1." and ") N (" on backflap, sealed by square kan handstamp. backflap unsealed, neatly opened at left, Very Fine.
"KAMAKUA MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1939 to Stonewall, Okla (USA), colorful cover with cachet showing buildings nestled against a low hill with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds and ship in the distance; printed inscription at top and blue "To US" handstamp, Japan 20s franking tied by strikes of "Kamakura-Maru/ Sea Post/ Nippon/ 8. 2/ 1939" scenic datestamp, combination "C-4.n." and ") O (" typed on back plus additional "open this" in pencil (neatly opened at left), Very Fine and choice, a late Lewis ship cover
"TATSUTA MARU" Imperial Japanese Seapost Cover, 1938 to Hawthorne NJ (USA), classic Lewis cachet of seaside building with ship and Mt Fuji background, Japan five-stamp 10s franking tied by strikes of "TATSUTA-MARU/ SEA POST/ NIPPON/ 28.10 1938" scenic datestamps, blue "To USA" handstamp at far right, back side with combination "C-2." and ") N (" typed on backflap, blue oval kan handstamp sealing backflap, Very Fine
"U.S.S. "GOLD STAR"./ YOKOHAMA. - JAPAN. -/ - - - - - -" 1936 to Greenville Pa (USA), generic cacheted cover showing house on a hill with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds, and warship on the water, 3c USA franking tied by U.S.S. GOLD STAR Dec 10 1936 three-bar "Yokohama/ Japan" cds, usual blue "To US" handstamp at far right, blue typed ") N (" on back side plus typed "10" at lower left, Very Fine.
"By THE DOLLAR STEAMSHIP liner, "PRESIDENT LINCOLN" to San Francisco" 1935 cover with attractive cachet showing a cliff-side road and village with Mt. Fuji, sun, birds and ship in the distance, addressed to Hartford, Conn with Japan 10s franking tied by U.S.T.P. SEA POST S.S. PRES. LINCOLN Sep 4 1935 East duplex cancels, blue "To US" handstamp at upper left, back side with combination "C-15" and ") N (" typed on backflap, oval kan sealing handstamp across the flap, Very Fine and colorful
"By THE DOLLAR STEAMSHIP liner, "PRESIDENT TAFT," to San Francisco" 1935 cover with cachet at right showing buildings on shore with a ship plus Mt Fuji background, addressed to St Louis with Japan 10s franking tied by strikes of U.S.T.P. SEA/POST S.S. PRES. TAFT Oct 30 1935 East duplex cancels, blue "To US" handstamp upper right, combination "C-23." and ") N (" typed on back, accompanied by blue oval sealing handstamp, neatly opened at left, Very Fine and choice
Karl Lewis Covers Balance. comprised of "Tinian/ Mariane Islands" scene with Japan franking on cover front only; first day covers for Japan 1939 6s Lighthouse and 30s Torii, both with cachet related to the stamp design (both opened), finally a Karl Lewis picture postcard showing a modern soldier at the graves of the "47 Ronins" (unmailed), Fine selection
Worldwide Proofs in Salesman's Sample Book, worn bound volume (5½x13") with "STAMPS" imprinted on spine with approx 1,150 mostly different Latin America plate proofs (incl some with blank value tablets) of various nations plus some vignettes affixed on pages, note Mexico, Philippines and Canada revenues, late 19th/ 1930s definitives, "back of the book" (incl revenues) and commems of Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Philippines, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Uruguay, etc. plus a few from Indonesia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Belgian Congo, Liberia, Yugoslavia, US taxpaids, cinderellas, China, Surinam, etc., some with American Bank Note Co imprint, some affected by adhesive stains, some pages missing and a handful of individual proofs had been removed or fell of the pages, overall fresh and F-VF, an outstanding volume
Worldwide Balance, includes Canada 126a block mint, Caroline Isl 3a mint, 4a mint, Italy "cinderella" labels for 1896 Torino Fine Art Exhibition in red and blue, Newfoundland 53 mint (very well centered), etc., generally F-VF
Q60, 1915 5fr Plum, rich color, fresh o.g., l.h., cert mentions a "vertical crease" which is in actuality a pronounced natural gum crease, Very Fine appearance; 1998 APS certificate (Scott $4,000; COB TR57, EUR4,150)
Q310P, Q312-314P, Q316-317P, 1949 ½fr/7fr Locomotives. Trial color die proofs on cards (all but 7fr with dexckled edges),½fr in brown or rose, 2fr brown and rose (card internal wrinkle), 3fr bright rose, 4fr, 6fr brown and rose, 7fr blue, Very Fine and choice
620-27, 1962 4f-50f Mei Lan-fang, well centered set with fresh colors, o.g. with most values typical very light disturbances, NH, 20f small natural inclusion, 50f tiny thin spot, o/w F-VF (Scott $2,225)
628, 1962 $3 Mei Lan-fang S/S, fresh and premium example of this key sheet with fresh colors and sharp corners, o.g. without any of the toning or disturbances usually seen, stamp NH, l.h. in the margin only, a trivial light natural gum bend lower right, Very Fine and choice (Scott $18,500)
938, 943a, 948a, 1967 8f Thoughts of Chairman Mao, favor cancels (stamps are o.g., NH), strips folded along one vertical row, slight tarnishing of the gold as often, 939 light paper wrinkle, still Very Fine set (Scott $1,425)
1941 1P-50P "Fondo de Catastro-Ley" Large Die Proofs Assortment, 18 proofs die sunk on card or on card and mounted on thicker card, some with acetate overlay, 1P frame proof in black, in issued colors (2), 2P in issued color, 5P frame proof in black, 10P fram proof in black, in issued color (3), 20P frame proof in black (2), in issued color (3), 50P frame proof in black (2), in issued color (2), some with trivial mounting stains, F-VF
1941 2P, 4P, 5P, 10P, 20P "Timbre Nacional" Die Proofs, 13 proofs die sunk on trimmed card or on card mounted on thick card, 2P frame proof (one small edge break just into die area), 4P frame proof (2, one small edge break just into design), as issued (2), 5P frame proof, as issued (2), 10P frame proof, as issued (2), 20P in issued color, each with die no above design, Very Fine
1946 General Sucre Issue Die Proofs Selection, 9 proofs; vignette proof (75x78mm) on card (light mounting discoloration), 1c-40c in issued colors on india (76x81mm) die sunk on card of varying sizes with most of the cards corner bends/ wrinkles not affecting the proof, Fine group
669, C288, 1956 Javier Pereira Die Proofs Selection, 6 proofs; in black without denomination card (62x75mm) mounted on card with acetate overlay; in black on india without denomination (33x40mm) mounted on card; in red without denomination on india (top left corner fault) on card mounted on card with photo essay of issued airmail stamp alongside; 5c in issued color on india die sunk on card (some small tone spots); 20c in issued color on card (76x88mm) mounted on card with acetate overlay; 20c in issued color on india mounted on card with photo of Pereira and sculpted bust attached; F-VF, elusive group
1930s/40s Die Proofs Group, 32 proofs on card or india mounted on card (some card proofs with acetate overlay), mostly different and incl issues for Barranquilla Maritime Terminal incl frame proof; 566 (6), C130, C133, 1941 1P-50P "Fondo de Catastro" issues (15); 1944 1P, 2P, 10P "Timbre Nacional" revenues incl 1P frame proofs; some minor faults but generally fresh and VF
Czechoslovakia Literature Group, includes bound editions of "The Czech Specialist" for 1951-55, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1978-88, 1991-2016 plus stack of unbound issues fro 1960s/2000s, another box of assorted catalogs, pamphlets, etc. incl "MONOGRAFIE CESKOSLOVENSKYCH ZNAMEK" parts 1-5, 13-14, 16-17, typical collector use, Fine group for the specialist
Ecuador Die Proofs Selection, 1910s/40s, 44 proofs on card or india mounted on card (some with acetate overlay), mostly 1930s/40s includes some vignette proofs as Antonio Borrero (used in 1s value 1911/28 issue), also 1938 US Constitution unfinished die proofs in black (2 different);.1939 Bolivarian Games assortment, 1942 Alfaro group of eight incl couple vignette proofs, 1946 Pan Am Highway incl airmail issue in blue with blank denomination tablets; C8-12, CO4 (without overprint); etc., some minor faults with most fresh and F-VF