Lot 3271Ryukyus, Kume Island, 1945 (Oct. 1) U.S. Military Scrip, 10 sen black on manila, mimeographed "chit" with facsimile signature of C.A. Caler, Commanding Officer, purple "10 - ENTD" handstamp on front and back, Very Fine, ex-Head; with 2008 John B. Head certificate.
Estimate $300 - 400.
This "Chit" was issued in 1945 by the U.S. Military Government of Kume Shima (Navy) for trade with, and between, Island Civilians and the U.S. Government. The stencil was prepared by Navy Yoeman Crutchfield and signed by Navy Lt. B.A. Caler, and run off on a Navy Mimeograph machine on official paper.
Lot 3272Ryukyus, Kume Island, 1945 (Aug. 1), U.S. Military Script, 50 sen violet on white, mimeographed "chit" with facsimile signature of Wm. C. Lassiter, Economics Officer, Very Fine; with 2008 John Head certificate.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
ONE OF ONLY 13 KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE U.S. MILITARY 50S VIOLET ON WHITE SCRIPT.
Lot 3273 ()Ryukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on cream, left sheet margin single, without gum as issued, fresh and Extremely Fine. J.S.C.A. No. K1.
Scott No. 1X1 $2,750.
This is a rare provisional that was printed on legal-size U.S. military mimeograph paper and then validated by the red official seal of Norifume Kikuzato, postmaster of Kume.
Lot 3274 oRyukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on cream, position 3, upper right corner single with huge margins, cancelled by neat Okinawa Kume Shima "20 10 6" favor cds for October 6th 1945, without gum as issued, some creasing mostly in margin with small top edge flaws, still Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Wilson, Schoberlin, Head.
Scott No. 1X1 $2,500.
A REMARKABLY RARE USED CORNER MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE KUME ISLAND 1945 7S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
This single from a block of six was originally personal property of LCDR Elwood J. Wilson, USNR, Commanding Officer of Military Government Detachment B-101-X. In this capacity, and as Deputy Military Governor of Kume Shima, he authorized the printing and issuing of this provisional postage stamp on October 1st, 1945. On October 6 (Showa 20) 1945, shortly before finally departing the Island, he requested Postmaster Norifumi Kikuzato to cancel a sheet of the stamps for him as a World War II souvenir.
Lot 3275 PRyukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on white, plate proof on bond, position 16, plate on U.S. official watermarked white bond paper; light margin wrinkle, without gum as issued.
Scott No. 1X1P5 $2,500.