Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World
February 7-8, 2023

Welcome to our February 7-8, 2023 Sale of Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World, which will take place at our Teaneck, N.J. Galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE. This 1,366 lot sale features better United States, with quality material assembled by a Japanese gentleman. Foreign countries include Albania, with 1913 Double Eagle handstamps, Austria, France and Colonies, Germany with a selection of WWII Occupation Issues, Great Britain and British Commonwealth with Australia, BNA, New Zealand, British Asia and Africa. There are rarities from Iran, including postal history, Italy and Italian Colonies, a collection of hand-painted Karl Lewis covers and more. The auction concludes with over two hundred Large Lots and Collections, ranging from single country albums and specialized collections, to multi-carton worldwide groups and large cover lots offered intact.

ImagesDescriptionCurrent Bid
Lot #1915
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1935 Pitcairn Island (From the Sea) cover to Brooklyn, NY, franked with two New Zealand 1/2d adhesives, tied by indistinct "Pitcairn Island Postal Agency" pmks, with forbidding barren island cachet depicting rays of sun and Seagulls, framed blue handstamp sealing the backflap, v.f. cover from a distant origin
Envelope
Price Realized
$270.00

Lot #1916
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1935 Niue, Island of Niue (4 May) to St. Louis, MO., attractive Beach Scene and Palm Trees, franked with Niue 1p and 2p Pictorials, tied by "Niue N.Z." departure pmks, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #1917
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1935 New Guinea (Rabaul) (26 Apr) cover to Olean, N.Y., franked with 2p red and 1p green (Air Mail), tied by Rabaul, New Guinea departure pmks, cachet depicts a village scene of native huts, Trees and Seagulls, v.f., typed "N" and oval handstamp sealing the backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1918
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 China (Shanghai), (17 Apr) cover to San Francisco, franked with three each 5c Junk and 4c Sun Yat Sen, tied by departure pmks, with typical cachet used for covers from Shanghai, v.f., typed "N" and Lewis' sake gourd logo handstamped in blue over the backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1919
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pa (7 Sep) to Salamanca, N.Y., attractive shore line road illustration, franked with pair of Cook Islands 1/2p pictorials, tied by Rarotonga departure pmk, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$525.00

Lot #1920
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 French Oceania (Papeete, Island of Tahiti), cover franked with four different French Oceania adhesives, tied by indistinct Papeete cds and sent to Baltimore, beautiful cachet portraying the harbor front, with typewritten "N" and Lewis' cachet sealing the backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #1921
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 South Africa, Johannesburg, cover to Hartford (29 Apr), franked with four different South African adhesives, two with advertising tabs (Telephone and Robertson Stamp Co.), native design showing Zulu beehive huts with trees in the background, v.f., typed "V" and blue Karl Lewis handstamp on back
Envelope
Price Realized
$300.00

Lot #1922
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 Bangkok, Siam (1 June) to Washington, DC, a magnificent cover showing the illustration of the Royal Pantheon, three different stamps paying 15stg postage, canceled by Bangkok G.P.O. postmarks, typed "N" on back of the cover, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,600.00

Lot #1923
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1936 Bangkok, Siam (6 Oct) cover to Meriden, Connecticut, franked with two Air Mail stamps, tied by Bangkok departure pmks, intricate design portraying the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, backstamped "N" and vertical oval Kan in blue, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$900.00

Lot #1924
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Australia, Victoria Paradise, Thursday Island, Torres Straits (10 Jan) cover to Brooklyn, colorful beach scene cachet, franked by 1/2p, 1p and 1 1/2p George V, tied by Thursday Island Queensland cds, v.f., with oval blue kan handstamp across backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$350.00

Lot #1925
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Australia, Norfolk Island, Central Pacific (29 July) cover to Brooklyn, colorful beach scene cachet with view of Sydney Bay, franked by 1/2p, 1p and 1 1/2p George V, tied by Norfolk Island Aust. Cds, small tear at top of the cover and minor wrinkles, still v.f., scarce origin, with horizontal blue oval handstamp across the backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1926
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Korea (To Ei) (10 Sep) cover to Eureka, Calif., franked with 2x1s, 2s and 6s, tied by three fish-shaped scenic datestamps, attractive cachet, blue chop and "N" typewritten on back, with horizontal kan sealing the backflap, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$260.00

Lot #1927
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Korea (To Ei) (9 Sep) cover to The Gossip Printery in Holton, Kansas, franked with 1s, 4s and 5s, tied by two fish-shaped scenic datestamps, attractive cachet, blue chop and "N" typewritten on back, also "C-5" and horizontal sealing chop on backflap, cover opened at top, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$325.00

Lot #1928
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Fiji (Bay of Suva, Fiji Islands) cover franked with single 3p George VI adhesive, tied by Suva (9 July) cds and sent to Brooklyn, attractive harbor bay cachet, oval blue kan sealing the backflap, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$210.00

Lot #1929
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Sarawak (The Datu's Road, Kuching-Sarawak, Island of Borneo) cover misidentified by Karl Lewis as coming from Borneo, instead of independent Sarawak (4 June) cover to Brooklyn, N.Y., cachet showing a road parallel to a river crossed by two bridges, with buildings on the far side, with a telephone pole in the middle. Cover is franked by 2c, 4c and 6c adhesives, tied by clear Kuching departure markings, v.f., with horizontal oval handstamp tying the backflap
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1930
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 St. Helena, James Valley (7 Jan) cover to Washington, D.C., multicolor cachet depicts several groups of buildings within walls in Jamestown, located at the north end of the island, franked with 1/2p, 1p and 1 1/2p George V adhesives, tied by St. Helena departure cds, typed "N" on back, v.f., undoubtedly rare
Envelope
Price Realized
$700.00

Lot #1931
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Samoa, Pago Pago (5 June), American Samoa, Island of Tutuila, cover with attractive native beach scene, addressed to Brooklyn, U.S. franking, blue kan seal on back
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1932
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 South Africa (Johannesburg) (29 Nov) cover to Brooklyn, N.Y., franked with three South African definitives (one with "Shop Telephone Saves Time" advertising tab) and 1p Transvaal, tied by departure cds, cachet depicts a single hut on a low bluff with the sun and mountains in the background, v.f., with round blue handstamp on back
Envelope
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #1933
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Tonga, Niuafoou ("Tin-Can" Island, Island of Tonga) (17 June) cover to Chicago, beautiful all-over cachet showing three men paddling an outrigger canoe, franked with 1/2p Coat of Arms and 2p Queen Salote, tied by clear departure cds, with "Tin Can Mail" markings on front and additional seven different handstamps on back, v.f., with typed "N" and horizontal blue genkan over the backflap, rare
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,000.00

Lot #1934
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1937 Tonga, Niuafoou ("Tin-Can" Island, Island of Tonga) (17 June) cover to Hackettstown, NH, attractive village scene cachet, franked with 1/2p Coat of Arms and 2p Queen Salote, tied by clear departure cds, with "Tin Can Mail" markings on front and additional seven different handstamps on back, v.f., with typed "N" and horizontal blue genkan over the backflap, rare
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1935
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1938 Tonga, Niuafoou ("Tin-Can" Isld, Island of Tonga) cover to Greenville, Pa, beautiful wind-blown island scene cachet, single 2 1/2p Queen Salote franking, with "Tin Can Mail" pmk alongside, four additional cachets on back, wax seals removed from four corners on reverse, with typed "N" and vertical blue genkan over the backflap, possibly the only one made by Lewis
Envelope
Price Realized
$900.00

Lot #1936
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1938 Tonga, Nugualofa (Island of Tonga) (10 May) cover to Greenville, Pa, all-over village scene with seagulls, franked with 1d Pictorial and 1 1/2p Queen Salote, tied by cds, wax seals removed from four corners on reverse, with typed "N" and horizontal blue genkan over the backflap, possibly the only one made by Lewis
Envelope
Price Realized
$750.00

Lot #1937
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1939 New Zealand (Lake Taupo & Mt. Ngauruhoe) (29 Nov) cover to Niles, Michigan, franked with four George VI definitives, tied by "Upper Symonds Street N.Z." departure pmks, beautiful cachet showing the native hut with white window and door, mountains in the background, attractive poster stamp sealing the flap on back, also a typewritten "N", v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$425.00

Lot #1938
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1939 Seychelles, Pointe Cabris, Island of Mahe, cover addressed to Baltimore, Md,, illustration shows a rocky coastline, with seagulls, franked with 3c George V and 6c and 12c George V combination, tied by indistinct cds, with horizontal Lewis oval genkan across the backflap and typed "N" at top, v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$350.00

Lot #1939
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1940 Mukden, Manchukuo (8 Apr) to Clean, N.Y., franked with 1f, 2f, 3f and 4f, neatly arranged at top of the envelope, with blue handstamp alongside of address, kan seal on back, v.f., scarce
Envelope
Price Realized
$675.00

Lot #1940
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1940 Mukden, Manchukuo (4 May) to Brooklyn, cover franked with 2x1f and single 18f, paying 20f, spread out across the top of the cover, violet handstamp alongside of address, kan seal on back, v.f., scarce
Envelope
Price Realized
$400.00

Lot #1941
Karl Lewis Hand-Painted covers Karl Lewis Illustrated Covers (other countries)
1934-40 balance of Karl Lewis collection, 8 covers and 1 postcard, mostly to Al Burns, the Gossip Printery, Holton, Kansas, two with hand-painted illustrated cachets, others with typewritten "Sea Post", different (not painted) cachets, dozen Karl Lewis signed letters and advertising materials included, mostly fine-v.f.
Envelope
Price Realized
$950.00

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