Once in a while we report on the KSS website on interesting items showing up in stamp auctions worldwide. Here are some of these items from the last few months from Cherrystone Auctions, Corinphila Veilingen, AAK Phila GmbH and Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner.
Cherrystone listed a few items from 1937 and 1940 in their 7-8 February auction. Here are two examples. The first one is a cover sent to Korea in 1937 to the famous Dr. Hall, known for starting the Korea TB seals. He was living and working in Haiju at the time.
The other cover is an example of a cover sent from Korea to the US. Notice the “directional cachet” in classical hanja. This was explained on the KSS website in an article on New Ilhan covers.
Both these and the other two alike covers in the Cherrystone auction were sold.
Albert Kiel has an item from Korea in its 2-4 March auction which could potentially be an article for the KSS website. It is a postal card which is described as “1904 CHEMULPO, alte koreanische Marinepost-Karte (übl. Mgl., Eckknicke) m. Buntfrankatur (Mgl.) geschrieben von einem Besatzungsmitglied der SMS Geier n. Schweidnitz, tolle Zeitgeschichte!” The card is interesting not only for what it shows, but also from where it was send: what was the Geier doing in Korea at the time? And can anyone read the German handwriting…?
Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner
C.G. listed a cover which was send to someone well known to KSS website and Korean Philately magazine readers: Mr. Tremoulet! The cover was described as “1903, “Hansung dodong (= Seoul No. 2) Kwangmu 7.11.9”, the rare inland style type as mark of dispatch on AR-registered cover with falcon 3 Ch. and 10 Ch. tied “SEOUL 9 NOV 3”, from French Legation to Tremoulet. While an inland usage, the latin letter postmarks were used as courtesy towards foreigners”.
And finally, Corinphila listed an airmail item as part of lot 302 in their Auction 256 of March 2023 that has direct links to the Korean War. In this particular case the cover couldn’t be delivered to the intended recipient in 1951 because he, a Dutch soldier, had been missing in action. This cover comes with a lot of cachets, including those of several assistant adjutants, which would make for a great article! Also, what happened to Arie van Rijn…?
Please note that the KSS has no legal or financial links to any of these companies. All items are listed for philatelic reasons only!