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  • Lot# : 471 Iraq

    1918/19: Collection on leaves with Mosul 1919 issue unused with varieties and multiples and a cover, 1918/21 first issue set unused with two 10 r. on 100 pi. indigo, study of cancellations on piece (noted "Tekrit (Iraq)" cds's), and covers including 1 a. red stationery envelope up-rated with 2 x 1 a. used to India and taxed at Lucknow; 10 r. on 100 pi. indigo on registered cover to Basel, Switzerland etc. (81 items incl. 10 covers).
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 950 CHF

    Lot# : 475 Iraq

    1905: Turkey 20 pa. red on rose stationery card, a used example to India cancelled by NEDJEF ECHREF despatch cds of Ottoman Post (C&W fig. 35), "BAGDAD P.O. transit cds (March 26) and Surat arrival cds all on obverse of an unusual card.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 476 Iraq

    1915 (Feb 2): Cover and full contents from Basra to Purley, Surrey endorsed "On Field Service, No Stamps Required" and counter-signed at base "Lt. Genl. A. Barrett, Comm. I.E.F.D.", with reverse showing "Base Office" cds (Feb 3) and readdressed on arrival with "Purley Oaks Sorting Office / Croydon" cds (March 9) to London. Edge wear to envelope of no significance. Extremely rare - from Lt. General Sir Arthur Arnold Barrett, Commander in Chief, Indian Expedionary Force 'D', the long contents are an astonishingly frank letter with no self Censorship: "we have certainly been fortunate so far, and have managed to get the best of the Turks whenever we have met them. But I fancy we have the toughest part of our job before us yet. The Turks have a large Army and after allowing for the lot who are fighting the Russians in the Caucasus, and for those whoi are said to be on their way to attack Egypt, they might still bring a goodly number against us - and there are crowds of hostile Arabs, very well armed, in the country as well....The only things we really want and can't get are one or two aeroplanes for reconnoitering work. This is a country without roads, and a good part of the desert consists of swamps...the river is the only way of getting about. We hold as far as a place called Karna [Qurna], 40 miles above this, just at the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates, where we have a strong post. A few miles above that the Turks are entrenched and have blocked the channel of the river with sunken barges with guns in position.....I have orders from Gov't not to advance...we also have to guard the oil wells and pipeline of the Anglo-Persian oil company, which lie up to the north east....In a day< or two we have the Viceroy [of India] coming to stay...I suppose we shall have to saty here until the War is over, unless there is a revolution in Turkey...they seem to be under the thumb of the Germans. As for when the big war will end goodness only knows - we shall have to push the Germans very hard before they give in, and there are no signs of that at present...".rnrnNote: The British landed on 3 Nov 1914 at Shatt al Arab in the Persian Gulf and after some resistance took Fao. The objective was to secure the oil refinery at Abadan and if Turkey declared war, to occupy Basra. Lt. Col. Barrett (later General) went on the offensive at Saihan, Mohammerah and Qurna to secure Basra. On 9 April 1915 Barrett was evacuated due to illness and repalced b General Sir John Nixon - who two days later faced a Turksih and Arab offensive.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 420 CHF

    Lot# : 477 Iraq

    Ottoman Field Post Office 1916: Turkish 1 pi. letter-card of 1892 overprinted with violet Crescent for Officer's use, trimmed front only, mailed from Baghdad to Leipzig, with faint negative seal and beautifully struck twice by circular "IRAK KARARGHAI / 1" datestamps in black. Mailed to Leipzig, Germany via "Kaiser Deutsche Marine Seepost / No. 14" (March 6). Reverse with four line bilingual "Adjutant S.E. dos Generalfeldmarschalls / FREIHERR V.D. GOLTZ PASCHA" in violet. Rare.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 478 Iraq

    1925/30: Baghdad - Haifa Overland Mail Service, Group of eleven covers to England, all bearing diff. markings, imprints or diff. labels of this special Desert Mail service, as 'Overland Mail via Haifa, bilingual labels in red and 'Overland Mail' imprints on envelope, further one unfranked usage charged on arrival with postage dues 7 1/2d. in England as well as on 'Incomin'- envelope from London (Dec. 17 -29) to Baghdad". Some commercial wear as usual, but a scarce group. The 'Overland Mail' was a weekly Motor Way  Service, established between Haifa (Palestine) and Baghdad as an alternative to the Cairo - Baghdad Air Service for acceleration of mail to Iraq and Persia.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Hammer price : 280 CHF

    Lot# : 479 Iraq

    1992/94: Palestinian Welfare 100 f on 5 f. multicoloured together with 1994 500 Fils overprint 14.5 mm long, 1 d. overprint '1' in Arabic numerals overprints 13.5 mm and15,5 mm, overprint varieties as bold overprint on block of four, 1 d. overprint 18 mm and 19 mm, 2 d. with double overprint, 3 d., 5 d. overprint 17,5 mm, 10 d., 25 d. overprint 15 mm, up to 50 d. value in a block of four. All fine unused never hinged with some duplicates and larger multiples.rn 
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 480 Iraq

    1938/62: Registered airmail cover from "Baghdad 28. Dec.38" to Germany with to date unrecorded 'LATE FEE' marking on front of envelope, further registered envelope  from 'SHAQLAWAH 9 AUG.53" (Province Erbil, Kurdistan) to Switzerland as well as 1962 censored  cover from  the prison at ROWANDUZ (RAWANDUZ) franked on reverse with 1962 4th anniv. of Revolution 30 f., fine and scarce offer.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 150 CHF

    Lot# : 481 Iraq

    1920/21: Covers (2) each sent stampless to Sussex, one endorsed "O.A.S." the other sent in printed OHMS envelope and signed by sender (Captain Smail), earlier cover with circular "M / 764" in violet and 1921 cover with circular "M / 730" in violet, both mailed via Basrah. Rare.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 200 CHF

    Lot# : 482 Iraq

    British & Indian Forces in Iraq 1915/19: Collection in a green album with predominantly Mesopotamia usages of Indian Field Post Offices with early cover from Ahwaz, Persia with "F.P.O. / No. 46" cds (May 5, 1915) and a later example of  "F.P.O. / No. 46" 10 April 1916 (when based at Nasiriyeh), 1918 much readdressed covers (2) each with 1 d. adhesives to Makina (FPO / No. 339) or Baghdad, "FPO / No. 32" cover (River Tigris), "FPO / No. 69" cover with Seaforth Highlanders cachet mailed on day of fall of Kut, 1916 'Black Watch' cover from "FPO / No. 16", 1920 cover via Basrah to Bombay with "M / 737" Official handstamp in red (rare), "KUT CAMP (IRAQ)" and "M / 1853" Official handstamp in violet (rare), also including 1915 "Kitchener Indian Hospital / Brighton" cachet in violet (this was based in the Pavillion) on OHMS cover, 1914 "Star" original Medal awarded to Manilal Guring of the Gurkha Rifles (36 covers + a medal + postcards).rn 
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100 CHF
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