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Displaying 7 Lots in Category - India
INDIAN STATES - Feudatory States
BAHAWALPUR: 1947 cover with the Amir's multicoloured personal crest beautifully embossed on the flap & oval 'MUSHIR-I-TASRIFAT/TO HH OF BAHAWALPUR' cachet below, to the Sadiq Garh Palace with the rare Star & Crescent handstamp in violet on KGVI 1r tied by "bridge"-type 'DEH-RAWAL/21SEP47/BAHAWALPUR' cds, another strike ties part of a coupon to the reverse (the detached portion apparently returned as an Advice of Delivery), two very minor stains at the base otherwise in superb condition. PFP Certificate (2011) states "Isani & Abid do not record this stamp with overprint in purple colour".
The handstamped issues are unrecorded by Gibbons, and were denounced by Ron Wood as "dubious" and "spurious". However, Isani & Abid state at page 191 "This issue was investigated thoroughly in 1990 and found to be genuine...the sources from which the few known copies had emerged were impeccable..."
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BAHAWALPUR: 1949 cover with fancy embossed Arabic monogram on the flap, to "Fort Abbas/Bahawalnagar" with ½a Amir SG 20 pair tied by superb 'SADIQ-GARH' cds, Isani & Abid Cat £400 on cover (for a single only). PFP Certificate (2011). ** AMALGAMATED WITH #264576 **
BAHAWALPUR: 1949 cover with embossed Coat-of-Arms on the flap, to "Old Depot/Bahawalpur Cantt" with rare franking of UPU Perf 17½x17 9p & Perf 13 1a tied by an indistinct cds of --NOV49, small opening fault at the base & a little aged, Isani & Abid Cat £2000+ on cover (for the 9p only). PFP Certificate (2011). ** AMALGAMATED WITH #264576 **
MALAYA - Postal History
1855 (c.) piece with part-flap, Indian 1854 Imperf 1a (3½ margins, just touched at upper-left, creased at the top) just tied by very fine diamond-of-dots cancel (Proud #K1; rated 7500 Pts) with largely fine 24mm double-circle 'PENANG/P.O.' cds (Proud #D2; illegible date) in red. [The cds was introduced mid-1855. The diamond-of-dots was replaced by the octagonal 'B/147' cancel about 6 months later]
1866 mercantile entire headed "Singapore 20 Jany 1866" & signed "Wm McDonald & Co", to Bombay rated "4" in red with East India 4a blue-green tied by boxed 'WM Mc DO/NO...' security "chop" & a poor octagonal 'B/172' cancel of Singapore (unusually with no datestamp), very fine ' 1M /BOMBAY/FE4/66' arrival b/s in red, some damage likely caused by immersion in sea water, still quite presentable. Rare shipwreck mail, possibly the only recorded example.
P&O "Jeddo", out of Hong Kong, departed Singapore 21/1/1866, arrived Galle 27/1866, en route to Bombay wrecked on Choul Keeder Reef, 30 miles S of Bombay. The ship was a total loss but the passengers were transferred to "Salsette" and the crew salvaged the cargo, stores & mail. This incident is not recorded by Norman Hoggarth & Robin Gwynn. There was no example of mail from this incident in John Woolfe's or Robin Gwynn's collections. Our vendor states the only earlier wreck mail recorded from Malaya is a single 1864 cover from the "Hydaspe",
1867 part-entire to India "Per P&O Str Emeu" with scarce franking of '[crown]/THREE CENTS' on 1a brown SG 3 single & strip of 3 (Cat £380+ x20+ on cover) tied by 'B/172'-in-octagon h/s of Penang, superb 'GPO/MADRAS/OC12/1867/OVERLAND MAIL' (TPO ?) b/s in red. The Overprints were issued 1/9/1867.
SHIP-BOARD POSTMARKS: British Mail Boat cancels comprising 'A81', 'A86' x2, 'A99' x2 & '[B]03', on 1867 Surcharges on India 12c on 4a & 24c on 8a x2, or 1867-72 Crown/CC 2c 12c & 32c x2, a few minor defects, the strikes are fine to very fine, Cat £680++. Rare on Straits stamps. Noted as mostly Ex Dr Woods. Acquired at the Spink sale of 7/3/2007 for £1080. [These handstamps were issued to P&O staff on contract mailboats. They are found on mail posted aboard ship but most examples are from soldiers' & sailors' covers that were forwarded to the mailboats without cancellations]