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228 lots
1863 (Sept. 30) Entire letter from Yokohama to Lyon,

Lot 90000 | 1863 (Sept. 30) Entire letter from Yokohama to Lyon,

Japan
1863 (Sept. 30) Entire letter from Yokohama to Lyon, endorsed “via Marseille”, sent by “Gütschow & Co.”, with British “Hong-Kong C Oc 13 63” cds in blue…
Estimate: 150 – 300 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 160
1874, "Document informing about the commencement of the new U.S.-Japan postal agreement

Lot 90001 | 1874, “Document informing about the commencement of the new U.S.-Japan postal agreement

Japan
1874, “Post Office Department, Office of Foreign Mails” letterhead datelined Washington D.C., July 23, 1874, signed by Joseph H. Blackfan and addressed…
Estimate: 1’000 – 2’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’300
1875 Postal Notice from the Japanese Postmaster notifying of the commencement of new postal rates

Lot 90002 | 1875 Postal Notice from the Japanese Postmaster notifying of the commencement of new postal rates

Japan
1875 (Dec 23) Postal Notice from the Japanese Postmaster in Yokohama, Japan, sent to the Italian Consul in the same city, with blue “Yokohama 28 Dic. 75…
Estimate: 500 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 460
1896, "Dai NipponTeikoku Yubinkitte Enkakushi" Historical Record of Imperial Japanese Postage Stamps

Lot 90003 | 1896, “Dai NipponTeikoku Yubinkitte Enkakushi” Historical Record of Imperial Japanese Postage Stamps

Japan
1896, “Dai NipponTeikoku Yubinkitte Enkakushi” (“Historical Record of Imperial Japanese Postage Stamps”), featuring the official history and presentation…
Estimate: 5’000 – 10’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 8’500
1871, 48 mon brown, plate 1, group of five unused

Lot 90004 | 1871, 48 mon brown, plate 1, group of five unused

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon brown, plate 1, group of five unused examples, including early printing (position 13), the rest being intermediate printings, with position…
Estimate: 400 – 800 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 400
1871, 48 mon, plate 2, two examples with prominent plate flaws

Lot 90005 | 1871, 48 mon, plate 2, two examples with prominent plate flaws

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon dark brown and dark reddish brown, plate 2, two examples showing famous plate flaws, including “right dragon´s flame missing” in position…
Estimate: 150 – 300 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 300
1871, 48 mon light reddish brown plate 1, block of four on cover

Lot 90006 | 1871, 48 mon light reddish brown plate 1, block of four on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon light reddish brown, plate 1, block of four, positions 30-41 / 38-39, slightly cut into in two places, otherwise wide margins, tied by neat…
Estimate: 3’000 – 6’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 3’400
1871, 48 mon reddish brown, early printing, vertical pair on cover

Lot 90007 | 1871, 48 mon reddish brown, early printing, vertical pair on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon reddish brown, early printing, vertical pair, positions 27 / 35, large balanced margins all around, showing at top the well-known “original…
Estimate: 2’000 – 4’000 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1871,  48 mon reddish brown, 100 mon (2) and 200 mon on fragment

Lot 90008 | 1871, 48 mon reddish brown, 100 mon (2) and 200 mon on fragment

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon reddish brown, plate 1, position 38, 100 mon dark blue, plate 1, positions 11 and 12 in two singles, and 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, intermediate…
Estimate: 1’500 – 3’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 2’000
1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2 on native laid paper, unused block of four pos. 25-26 / 33-34

Lot 90009 | 1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2 on native laid paper, unused block of four pos. 25-26 / 33-34

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2, native laid paper, block of four, positions 25-26 / 33-34, showing constant plate flaw on position 26 consisting in left…
Estimate: 300 – 600 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 550
1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2, vertical strip of four on cover

Lot 90010 | 1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2, vertical strip of four on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 48 mon dark brown, plate 2, vertical strip of four, positions 4 / 12 / 20 / 28, only pos. 28 with left margin slightly touched, otherwise being very…
Estimate: 3’000 – 6’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 8’500
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, three unused examples

Lot 90011 | 1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, three unused examples

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, three unused singles from positions 1, 20 and 27, all with full to mainly large margins and in very fine to extremely fine…
Estimate: 250 – 500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 360
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, intermediate printing, complete sheet of 40

Lot 90012 | 1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, intermediate printing, complete sheet of 40

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, intermediate printing, complete sheet of 40, including constant varieties in positions 3, 7 and 8 in the ornate surrounding…
Estimate: 5’000 – 10’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 9’500
1871, 100 mon dark blue, intermediate printing, plate 1 position 28 on cover with full contents

Lot 90013 | 1871, 100 mon dark blue, intermediate printing, plate 1 position 28 on cover with full contents

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon dark blue, plate 1, intermediate printing, position 28, tied by large “Saikyo Kensazumi” handstamp to reverse of cover addressed to Fushimi,…
Estimate: 1’000 – 2’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 4’200
1871, 100 mon blue plate 1, later printing, two examples on cover

Lot 90014 | 1871, 100 mon blue plate 1, later printing, two examples on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 1, late printing, two examples, positions 9 and 17, just touched at base of the upper stamp, otherwise good margins, tied by…
Estimate: 750 – 1’500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 950
1871, 100 mon indigo, plate 1, single franking on Minakuchi-Otsu cover

Lot 90015 | 1871, 100 mon indigo, plate 1, single franking on Minakuchi-Otsu cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon indigo, plate 1, large margins on three sides, being clear at base, applied on reverse of slightly reduced cover to Otsu, tied by large “Minakuchi…
Estimate: 500 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’000
1871, 100 mon grey blue, plate 2, five examples used, mostly with large kensazumi cancellations

Lot 90016 | 1871, 100 mon grey blue, plate 2, five examples used, mostly with large kensazumi cancellations

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon grey-blue, plate 2, selection of five used examples mostly cancelled by large “kensazumi” handstamp, the position 12 cancelled by intaglio…
Estimate: 300 – 600 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 280
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 2, on cover tied by large kensazumi postmark of Kambara

Lot 90017 | 1871, 100 mon blue, plate 2, on cover tied by large kensazumi postmark of Kambara

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 100 mon blue, plate 2, position 34, very slightly touched at top right corner, otherwise with large to very large margins, tied by large “Kambara…
Estimate: 1’500 – 3’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 3’000
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, selection of six used/unused

Lot 90018 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, selection of six used/unused

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, selection of six examples, of which five being unused, including a very fine position 36 originating from the scarce…
Estimate: 600 – 1’200 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 540
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, clear early printing, two blocks of four cancelled by circular "zumi"

Lot 90019 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, clear early printing, two blocks of four cancelled by circular “zumi”

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, clear early printing, two blocks of four from positions 11-12 / 27-28 and 19-20 / 35-36 with pos. 19 showing “Right…
Estimate: 1’200 – 2’400 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’200
1871,  200 mon vermilion, plate 1, early printing, pair on cover

Lot 90020 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, early printing, pair on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, early printing, detailed impression, vertical pair from positions 16 / 24, full to wide margins, paying the single weight…
Estimate: 1’000 – 2’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 2’600
1871,  200 mon vermilion, plate 1, pair and strip of three, and 100 mon, plate 1, on cover

Lot 90021 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, pair and strip of three, and 100 mon, plate 1, on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 1, sharp impression characteristic of the early printing, vertical pair and strip of three, positions 6 / 14 and 7 / 15…
Estimate: 5’000 – 10’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 7’500
1871, 200 mon vermilion plate 2, pos. 35 on thick wove paper

Lot 90022 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion plate 2, pos. 35 on thick wove paper

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 2, thick wove paper of 78 microns, position 35, rich colour, ample or large margins on three sides, touched at right, showing…
Estimate: 700 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1871, 200 mon vermilion plate 2 pos. 36 featuring "Ten Ochi" constant variety

Lot 90023 | 1871, 200 mon vermilion plate 2 pos. 36 featuring “Ten Ochi” constant variety

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 200 mon vermilion, plate 2, position 36, featuring “Ten Ochi” constant variety consisting in a missing dot in the sen-character, surrounded by ample…
Estimate: 1’500 – 2’500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’600
1871, 500 mon early printing pure green, two unused examples without gum

Lot 90024 | 1871, 500 mon early printing pure green, two unused examples without gum

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon pure green, plate 1, early printing, two examples unused without gum as issued, one from position 33 with ample margins all around, the other…
Estimate: 1’000 – 1’500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 2’400
1871, 500 mon pale blue green, plate 1, horizontal unused block of six

Lot 90025 | 1871, 500 mon pale blue green, plate 1, horizontal unused block of six

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon pale blue green, plate 1, horizontal block of six, positions 25-27 / 33-35, with positional pinhole in bottom left corner where a tiny crease…
Estimate: 1’200 – 2’400 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 7’500
1871, 500 mon earliest printing dull yellow green, plate 1, used

Lot 90026 | 1871, 500 mon earliest printing dull yellow green, plate 1, used

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon dull yellow green, plate 1, earliest printing, native wove paper, position 12, cancelled by head portion of large “Otsu Kensazumi” handstamp,…
Estimate: 300 – 600 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 950
1871, 500 mon pale and dark blue green, plate 1, group of six singles

Lot 90027 | 1871, 500 mon pale and dark blue green, plate 1, group of six singles

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon pale and dark blue green, plate 1, group of six stamps including five unused from different positions and featuring rich shades, of which…
Estimate: 500 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 500
1871, 500 mon intermediate and later printing plate 1, complee sheet reconstruction of 40 used/unused

Lot 90028 | 1871, 500 mon intermediate and later printing plate 1, complee sheet reconstruction of 40 used/unused

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon, plate 1, intermediate and late printing, complete sheet reconstruction of 40, made up of 27 unused and 13 used examples, mostly featuring…
Estimate: 7’000 – 14’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 24’000
1871, 500 mon bluish green, plate 1, pair and single, and 48 mon, plate 1, pair on cover

Lot 90029 | 1871, 500 mon bluish green, plate 1, pair and single, and 48 mon, plate 1, pair on cover

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon bluish green, plate 1, vertical pair, positions 9 / 17 and single position 20, with 48 mon dark brown, plate 1, vertical pair, positions…
Estimate: 15’000 – 30’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 22’000
1871, 500 mon earliest printing, on cover with "Large Kensazumi" with three characters in regular script ("Kaisho")

Lot 90030 | 1871, 500 mon earliest printing, on cover with “Large Kensazumi” with three characters in regular script (“Kaisho”)

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon, earliest printing in yellow green, vertical pair, plate 1 position 25 / 33, on large fragment together with block of four of 100 mon dark…
Estimate: 5’000 – 10’000 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1871, 500 mon blue green, three unused examples

Lot 90031 | 1871, 500 mon blue green, three unused examples

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon blue green, three unused examples in two different shades, two from position 38, the third being position 26, this being in sound condition…
Estimate: 300 – 600 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 400
1871, 500 mon dark blue green plate 2, pos. 2 tied to piece by fancy "Waka" seal

Lot 90032 | 1871, 500 mon dark blue green plate 2, pos. 2 tied to piece by fancy “Waka” seal

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
1871, 500 mon dark blue green, plate 2, position 2, cut into or touched on two sides, very large margins at top and right, uncommonly detailed impression,…
Estimate: 700 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 800
The unique cover of the most important error of the First Dragon Issue

Lot 90033 | The unique cover of the most important error of the First Dragon Issue

Japan » 1871, Dragons mon unit, imperforate
THE UNIQUE COVER BEARING THE RAREST 500 MON VARIETY1871, 500 mon earliest printing in greyish yellow green, plate 1, position 3 showing the famous “Missing…
Estimate: 35’000 – 70’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 46’000
1872, 1/2 Sen reddish brown, on pelure wove paper, block of four

Lot 90034 | 1872, 1/2 Sen reddish brown, on pelure wove paper, block of four

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, pelure wove paper, block of four with sheet margin at top, position 3-4 / 11-12, rich shade and exhibiting an exceptionally…
Estimate: 400 – 800 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’900
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, group of four singles

Lot 90035 | 1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, group of four singles

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, group of four singles including three unused and a spectacular sheet corner example from position 8 on brittle laid paper,…
Estimate: 200 – 400 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 200
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, on official wrapper

Lot 90036 | 1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, on official wrapper

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, position 13, tied by early-non-standard framed “Torrori / kensa”postmark to official wrapper front to Hachiya, Hoki province,…
Estimate: 200 – 400 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 200
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, pair with 2 sen "ribbon", used with "Kiban" postmark on cover

Lot 90037 | 1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, pair with 2 sen “ribbon”, used with “Kiban” postmark on cover

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen brown, plate 1, vertical pair from positions 13-21, in combination with 1875 “Cherry Blossom” 2 sen yellow “ribbon”, all tied by two strikes…
Estimate: 600 – 1’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 750
1872, 1/2 sen dark brown plate 2, ductile paper, pos. 40

Lot 90038 | 1872, 1/2 sen dark brown plate 2, ductile paper, pos. 40

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen dark brown, plate 2, ductile paper of 88 microns, position 40, usual centring and strong impression, unused without gum. A very rare stamp…
Estimate: 400 – 500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 440
1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown plate 2 on brittle laid paper, pos.1

Lot 90039 | 1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown plate 2 on brittle laid paper, pos.1

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown, plate 2, brittle laid paper, position 1, perforation 9 at left and top, showing part of the upper sheet margin, cancelled…
Estimate: 100 – 150 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1872, 1/2 sen olive brown  plate 2 on brittle thick wove paper

Lot 90040 | 1872, 1/2 sen olive brown plate 2 on brittle thick wove paper

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen olive brown, plate 2, brittle thick wove paper of 78 microns, centred to lower right and deep shade, showing blue non-standard “Ken” fancy…
Estimate: 100 – 150 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown and olive-brown, plate 2, group of five

Lot 90041 | 1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown and olive-brown, plate 2, group of five

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1/2 sen reddish brown and olive-brown, plate 2, an interesting group of five examples, including three unused with better perforation or paper varieties,…
Estimate: 250 – 500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 225
1872, 1 sen blue plate 1 on very thick wove paper, pos. 25

Lot 90042 | 1872, 1 sen blue plate 1 on very thick wove paper, pos. 25

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen dark blue, plate 1, position 25, very thick wove paper of 124 micron thickness, centred to upper left, possessing original gum. Small thin…
Estimate: 1’800 – 2’400 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’900
1872, 1 sen blue plate I, brittle laid paper, two used copies position

Lot 90043 | 1872, 1 sen blue plate I, brittle laid paper, two used copies position

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen blue, plate 1, brittle laid paper, two used examples, positions 13 and 24, usual centring, both cancelled by framed early non-standard postmark…
Estimate: 750 – 1’500 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1872, 1 sen blue plate 1, pos. 16, on cover

Lot 90044 | 1872, 1 sen blue plate 1, pos. 16, on cover

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen deep dull blue, plate 1, position 16, an outstanding example with sheet margin at right, better centring than usual, tied by framed non-standard…
Estimate: 3’000 – 4’000 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 3’200
1872, 1 sen blue, plate 2, pelure wove paper, horizontal pair pos. 18-19, mint

Lot 90045 | 1872, 1 sen blue, plate 2, pelure wove paper, horizontal pair pos. 18-19, mint

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen blue, plate 2, printed on pelure wove paper, pair from positions 18-19, the former showing pos. 18 showing the famous “right dragon´s arm missing”…
Estimate: 250 – 500 EUR
Read more / Unsold
1872, 1 sen blue plate II, group of 6 unused mint and one used, incl. one mint block of four

Lot 90046 | 1872, 1 sen blue plate II, group of 6 unused mint and one used, incl. one mint block of four

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen blue, plate 2, group of seven examples including six unused without gum as issued and one used. The unused group featuring pos. 5 with “sen…
Estimate: 500 – 750 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 420
1872, 1 sen dull blue, plate 2, single on western style envelope

Lot 90047 | 1872, 1 sen dull blue, plate 2, single on western style envelope

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen dull blue, plate 2, position 24, brittle laid paper, a very fine example paying the single weight up to 25 ri distance (2nd rate period,…
Estimate: 800 – 1’800 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 800
1872, 1 sen blue plate 2 tied by large "Saikyo Kensazumi" on cover to Osaka

Lot 90048 | 1872, 1 sen blue plate 2 tied by large “Saikyo Kensazumi” on cover to Osaka

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen blue, plate 2, tied by large “Saikyo Kensazumi” postmark on reverse of cover to Osaka, exhibiting framed “Saikyo Post Office (year of) Water…
Estimate: 500 – 1’200 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 800
1872, 1 sen deep dull blue on thick brittle laid wove paper, used

Lot 90049 | 1872, 1 sen deep dull blue on thick brittle laid wove paper, used

Japan » 1872, Dragons sen unit, perforated
1872, 1 sen deep dull blue, thick brittle laid wove paper of 73 microns, position 14, showing three full frame lines and part of neighbouring stamp at…
Estimate: 1’000 – 1’500 EUR
Read more / Sold for EUR 1’300
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