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Displaying 1 - 20 of 27 Lots in Category - Japan
C of A - Other Pre-Decimals
'BCOF' OVERPRINTS: ½d to 2/- imprint blocks of 4 unmounted plus two mint sets with 5/- Thick Paper & Thin Paper (toned perf), a few minor blemishes but overall condition fine, Cat $1200+.
(Qty 15 + 6 blocks)
C of A - Flight Covers
1930s autographed covers comprising 1931 "C Kingsford Smith" on ANA Christmas Flight from England & "Francis C Chichester" on Japan flight cover, 1935 "J Chapman" & "B Cowan" on Adelaide-Darwin cover with KGV Jubilee 2d tied 'DALY WATERS/NT' d/s and "PL Taylor" & "CH Scott" on cover with 'Holymans Airways Ltd' cachet, 1937 "Jack P Clancy" on 'Around Australia' cover & "Dolores Bonney" on South Africa flight with KGV 2d tied 'DARWIN NT/AUSTRALIA' d/s, 1939 "JW Burgess" and others on 'Aotearoa' cover, plus 1940 "O Garden" on 'Awarua' cover and 1978 Trans-Pacific Flight Anniversary cover signed by 31 aviators including "GU Allan", "Lores Bonney" & "Nancy Bird", a few minor blemishes but generally fine condition.
1945-54 Flights accumulation noted 1945 first civilian service to Singapore by Flying Boat 'Coriolanus' (AAMC #1009) and Ceylon-Sydney by Liberator (#1017), 1946 KGVI 7d 'AIRLETTER' overprinted '.../RE-OPENING/ AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND/EMPIRE AIR ROUTE/...' in violet to Singapore (#1036a), Great Britain KGVI 6d aerogramme for Kangaroo Route opening (#1039b), 1947 Norfolk Island-Sydney and Japan pair including 'BCOF' overprint, 1949 Hong Kong pair one with combination franking, 1952 South Africa & 1954 North America flights including intermediates, many with QANTAS labels & pilot-signed, also 1951 Lae-Tarawa-Lae (#P198), 1952 BOAC Comet flights with intermediates & 1953 TEAL Tonga flights, some duplication and a couple with minor blemishes but overall fine condition, Cat $4000+.
C of A - Postal History
1900s-70s covers accumulation noted Kangaroos 2d Second Wmk 'OS' punctures x3 on House of Representatives long cover, a few Colonial items including NSW 1d Arms 'OS' on Royal Commission on the Fruit Industry cover, group of inwards mail to Australia noted Russia 1917 registered with Japanese 'OFFICIALLY SEALED' labels tied 'Damage Repaired' cachets, Great Britain 1937 KGV ½d envelope with 'CUSTOMS DUTY/½D/TO PAY' cachet in red, Hong Kong 1940 from 'RN Hospital' with oval 'PASSED BY CENSOR/218' cachet in blue, Thailand censored airmail with 'SIJOL' cds, WWII Forces in Egypt airmails & a few picture postcards, also quantity of 1940s-70s FDCs with official & private cachets including Sigma and other drug companies, mixed condition.
C of A - Military - World War II
1945 (Sep 2) JAPANESE SURRENDER (VJ DAY): Group including naval covers x26 from HMAS "Shropshire" x3, "Warramunga" x2 & "Hobart" x3, HMS "Teazer", "Duke of York" x4, "King George V", "Wolf" & "Newfoundland" (with Australian stamp, to Tasmania), HMNZS "Gambia", and USS "Botecourt", "Missouri", "Cecil", "Missoula", "Mount Olympus" x2, "St Paul" & "Delta", many with woodcut cancels/cachets & including some apparently non-philatelic items; also some related commemorative covers & ephemera. Ex Neil Russell.
No longer available
1945 (Sep 2) JAPANESE SURRENDER (VJ DAY): commercial mail from HMAS "Shropshire" x2, "Warramunga" & "Hobart" x3 with all different woodcut cancels/ cachets & all by air to Australia x4 (one endorsed "Home before this arrived") or England x2, fine to very fine. Ex Neil Russell.
BARMERA: 1945 usage of the iconic 5d Airmail Notelope BW #POW3 with 'No 14c CAMP/4th MILITARY DISTRICT/SOUTH AUSTRALIA' cachet in violet on the reverse & Adelaide machine cancel of 1945/21JNE, to Japan with the address in English & Japanese and the letter written wholly in Japanese, light stain on the address panel, the flap largely separated & rejoined, Cat $10,000. Ex EW Alderman. [The message states: "To my parents and my children...We are fine and every day we are hoping for peace. I wanted to send some money so that [?] could go to school, but something came up and there was nothing I could do. Please forgive me..." See the current issues of the journals "Postal Stationery Collector" (Australia) & "Postal Stationery" (USA)]
The ACSC states "Only one example is recorded..." However, Sybrand Bakker at page 254 states that three examples are known. Despite that statement, leading postal stationery collectors have long believed that the item offered here is unique. Nonetheless, with the assistance of Ian McMahon, we have discovered that there is a second example, in a collection in Switzerland.
Various types of POW Postal Cards x4 (one duplicated) & Envelopes x4 from Fukuoka, Hakodate x2, Osaka x2 (one with Morimoto censor's cachet) & Tokyo x3, condition rather mixed. A very scarce group.
HAKODATE: Plain cover from 'TWO WELLS' (SA) with Melbourne censor cachet unusually in blue, minor opening fault at U/R, with the enclosed letter; and Red Cross blue/white POW Lettersheet from 'JAMESTOWN/SA'.
(Qty 3 items)
OSAKA: Plain cover from Sydney with attractive combination of markings; blue/white POW Envelope uprated for 5d airmail rate from 'BOONAH' (Qld), faults; and Red Cross blue/white POW Lettersheet also from Boonah.
TOKYO: 1945 (July 18) blue/white POW Postal Card uprated with 4d Koala for airmail rate, undeliverable because of the Japanese surrender & returned with redirection label dated "17.11.45".
ZENTSUJI: Three plain envelopes, Red Cross envelope with Thick Bar, blue/white envelope with hand-drawn Christmas card, and Red Cross blue/white lettersheet, all from NSW or Victoria, surprisingly fine group.
(Qty 7 items)
ZENTSUJI: POW Postal Card printed in black & red on buff with 'ZENTSUZI' Error, very fine unused; and POW Envelope printed in blue & red, to NSW with Camp censor cachet in violet & standard Japanese cds, 'CROWS NEST' (NSW) arrival cds of 24AP43 & redirected within Sydney, boxed trilingual 'Retour-Zuruck/Service postal suspendu/...' h/s, minor blemishes. [The boxed h/s is Swiss, usually seen applied to mail delayed by German embargoes. This suggests that mail from Japan unclaimed in Australia could not be returned to POWs in Japan, absence of transit markings indicating that it was sent to Switzerland, probably to the Red Cross, under cover]
Four covers - two by air - & seven aerogrammes all from GB to liberated POWs all addressed c/- the GPO Melbourne, various redirections & cachets including 'NO RECORD OF/Repatriation/OF ADDRESSEE' x2 & similar straight-line type, and three with 'IT IS REGRETTED THIS LETTER COULD/NOT BE FORWARDED IN TIME...', one addressed directly to Japan but with 'VIA BASE PO/MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA' cachet in blue (stained), generally fine.
Postal History group 1890s-1900s group with Boer War covers from Transvaal & Orange Free State with unit names including "Black Watch, S African Field Force" plus one to "Dyatalawa Camp, Ceylon" with 'maldirige' [= missent] cachet, Cape of Good Hope 1897 to England with 'SPYTFONTEIN' d/s (Putzel: extremely rare), Denmark 1892 4ore envelope uprated with 4ore x4, Gold Coast KEVII 1d used as a revenue on unused cheque, Japan flimsy wrapper with 5r single, Romania 1905 5b postal card with Italian postage due, Russia 1892 Arms 14k envelope registered to Germany with 2k 4k & 10k added, a few unused stationery items, generally fine.
Mint & used accumulation with 1878 Coiling Dragon 1c green & 3c red x2 used, range of 1894 issues & overprints including '2/cents' on 3c yellow-green, 1897 Red Revenues overprints 'one cent' on 3c used (small thin) & '2/cents' on 3c unused (both apparently genuine), 1904 Postage Dues set mint, Sun Yat Sen & Martyrs including multiples, then some PRC and forerunners, also Treaty Ports including some used, groups of French, Japanese & Russian Offices in China, rather disorganised & condition mixed. Inspection recommended.
JAPANESE POST OFFICES: 1901 (June 10) usage of Japanese 4s Postal Card to London uprated with Japanese Post Offices Overprints 5r & 1s tied by crude 'PEKING' cds, 'YOKOHAMA' transit b/s & London arrival d/s on the face, the message with 'NATIVE GENERAL HOSPITAL/CHINA EXPEDY FORCE' handstamp over "Chi-ych fu Palace Peking" and signed "LA Waddell". An excellent Boxer Rebellion item. [Lieutenant-Colonel Laurence Austin Waddell was an army surgeon & explorer in central Asia who learned Tibetan! This controversial adventurer is considered by some to have been the inspiration for Indiana Jones]
Mint & used accumulation with quantity of QV issues including 2c red 'JUBILEE' overprint and postmark potential noted 'Y1' on 24c green, also perfins and company chops plus a few mint, KEVII used to $1 with bulk lower values, KGV definitives in quantity plus 'CHINA' overprints to $2 (Script CA wmk, Cat £250 but short corner perfs), 1935 Silver Jubilee sets used x40, 1948 Silver Wedding $5 mint (very light hinge mark) & fine used, KGVI definitives to $10 mint x2 (light toning), $1 Centenary x10+ used and some QEII mostly used, plus a few postage dues & fiscals, condition mixed but generally fine.
1942 First Anniversary of the Great Asian War 2s (Samarai) scenic Postal Cards set of three, minor blemishes, unused, Cat $HK1500. With the commemorative folder & insert.
(Qty 5 items)
TAIWAN: 1930 PPC ("View of Takao City") to Western Australia with 3s red only tied 'TAINAN/TAIWAN/JAPAN' cds, taxed with 'CTMS/T' h/s in violet and manuscript "T"-in-circle alongside, Sydney arrival of 9JY30 on view side but no evidence of collection of postage due, message written in Esperanto. [Taiwan was ceded to Japan by Qing China after losing the First Sino-Japanese War in 1895 and became its first overseas colony]