Lot 1313 Spectacular Collection of Karl Lewis Hand Painted Covers of the World, with 102 covers plus 3 post cards. The post cards are some of Karl Lewis’ first creations, as he was a photographer early in his career and sold post cards to earn a living. An extensive and beautiful collection, containing many “crème de la crème” of Lewis’ works of art, all displayed and neatly written up on album pages. The collection contains first day covers of newly issued Japanese stamps, covers mailed from the summit of Mount Fuji and covers with Japanese or American ship postmarks. In the first half, the collector uses mostly Japanese covers to illustrate his chronological story of Karl Lewis. In the second half, he presents all his better foreign covers, first day covers, Mount Fuji and Ship covers and ends it with some of his postcards. We also included a non-illustrated cover with a Karl Lewis return address mailed to Marks Stamps in Toronto, Canada (probably mailed while he worked as a manager of an automobile sales company, as there is an automobile-themed label on back). Listing the better illustrated covers would be difficult, as they are all masterpieces, but collectors who know his work should rest assured that the collection is packed with goodies of all sorts, with many rarities. In many instances the owner wrote on the opposite side of the page how much he paid, and from what auction house he bought items, with several priced in the $400 to $850 range, with the lowest priced at $175. Each cover is scanned on our website, and the lucky buyer of this remarkable collection will also get a publication listing all of the Lewis post cards offered in his 1905 catalogue, as well as a few article clippings and an issue of Japanese Philately which includes a very detailed article on Karl Lewis covers, one of a long series published in this magazine from 2011 to 2017, plus the useful 2019 auction catalogue (and PR) for sale of Dr. Steven J. Berlin’s impressive collection. We are offering this collection without a reserve starting price, as we are certain that it will attract competitive bidding. All of the items in this lot are of the highest quality, with fresh, bright colours and very fine or better. Estimate $15,000, sold for C$14,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 360 Canada #CLP3P 1919 Aero Club of Canada Proof of Frame Design in Black, printed on card measuring 45 x 67 mm, and extremely rare, with only two known examples, as stated by collector Bob Jamieson about 40 years ago. Fresh, very fine and desirable. Unitrade CV$2,500, sold for C$4,400.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 863 Extensive Collection of Grey County Postal History, in ten volumes, with a total of 721 covers and cards ranging from the earliest to modern. Items are neatly displayed on pages with in-depth descriptions of the rates, routes and postmarks, as well as information on each post office, from Aberdeen to Yeovil (Owen Sound is a separate lot), showing opening and closing dates (some were only open for a very short period), etc. It is immediately evident that this collector sought the best possible strikes for each postmark (with early and late dates), and was conscientious about quality of each item he added to the collection. There are too many good items to describe here, so we have selected a few scans for Stamp Auction Network, and have also scanned every page on our website, not only for our customers’ viewing enjoyment, but for preservation’s sake. This collection is loaded with goodies, such as stampless, Cents, Large Queen, Small Queen covers, a good quantity of registered material, either with single frankings (eg. 8c SQ, Leaf and Numerals) or with Registration stamps, and we note some very nice early Money Letters. We note covers, stationery cards, picture post cards, registration receipts, etc., and we note all sorts of postmarks including pre-instrument manuscripts, r.p.o., many broken circles (a very quick spot check revealed some unreported instruments, as well as many earliest and latest dates), c.d.s., “changelings”, duplex, registration and much more. We noted a stampless folded letter with a unique manuscript datestamp from “Derby” which never opened (this is illustrated in Canadian Manuscript Town Postmarks by Handelman and Poitras). A lovely collection, well worth a close look. Estimate $7,500, sold for C$7,500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 154 Canada #60i 1897 50c Deep Ultramarine Jubilee, mint never hinged, from bottom right corner of sheet. A fresh stamp with bright colour and large margins, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate (as #60). Ex. “Libra” collection (2015). Rsv. $1,500. Unitrade CV$1,500, sold for C$1,800.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 124 Canada #46 1893 20c Vermilion Widow Weeds, mint never hinged, quite fresh and extremely fine. Rarely seen this nice. Accompanied by a 2015 Greene Foundation certificate. Rsv. $2,000. Unitrade CV$2,400, sold for C$2,400.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.