Mandate stamps / period 2 'blues': 3 AP 18 reg. cv ex APO SZ 44 (J'LEM) to CAIRO franked at period 2 Pia rate using pair 'Blues 3' Ba3 tied by 2 strikes of linear date 29mm SZ 44 pmk (D1s1/Sach-A1) + b/s 5 AP 18 dispatch using larger 32mm SZ 44 pmk (D2/Sach-A2); with red Palestine censor cachet on front; b/s 7 IV 18 arrival; cut open at left, address & R-label cut out. Est. value $120+
Mandate stamps / period 3: 5 MY 19 cv ex SAFED to LUZERN franked at period 1 Pia rate using Ba10 stamp tied by rare SAFED OETA pmk Dorf-2 (rated E+); routed via ALEXANDRIA where marked by boxed EPC ("exempt postal censorship") h/s FB-EPC21; b/s 11 MA 19 CAIRO transit; slit open at top. Est. value $150+
Mandate OETA Period-3 printed matter: 11 NO 1918 pm greeting-card sized cv on "British Manufacture" stationary ex JERUSALEM to officer in RAMC NAZERETH franked 1m per period 50g inland pm rate using Typo. corner frank w/gutters (Ba5) tied by full strike OETA EEF J'LEM SCDS on 1st day of use (also Armistice Day); cv sealed by consignor (orig. mailed unsealed per pm regulations) - very rare rate, est. value $1000+. Very fine.
Mandate stamps / rate period 2 'Blues': 21 FE 18 illust. business stationary comm. cv ex APO SZ44 (J'LEM) to Greek Hospital in CAIRO franked 1pia at foreign letter rate using deep-blue Ba1 with bottom gutter (11 days after FD use) tied by SZ44 (D2/Sach-A2) pmk; b/s 2-3-18 CAIRO arrival; opened and resealed by censor at top; Cairo censor cachet on front; opened at top, vertical & horizontal folds; fine. Est. value $850+.
Mandate stamps / period 3: 12 AP 19 color ppc of Bethlehem ex FPO GM1 (1st Echelon GHQ - 5 days after LKD of use in HAIFA per Proud & FB) to BIRMINGHAM franked at period 4m PC rate using typographed 1m & 3m Ba5/7 tied by 2 strikes of GM1 pmk
4 MR 18 comm. cv ex APO SZ44 (J'LEM) to "Int'l Office of Exchange of Correspondence" in BERNE w/Arabic addressee details below, franked 1pia using deep-blue Ba1 tied by SZ44 pmk (D2/Sach-A2) & triangular base censor 8346 (J'LEM); in CAIRO marked "Passed by Base Censor" red h/s (FB-PBC1) & f/s 8 III 18 CAIRO-M civil PO transit; b/s 1 V 18 BERN arr., where address crossed out & Arabic addressee details written in Ger.; redirected to Damascus (Turkey); slit open at top, vert. fold & few perif tears; fine, est. value $850+.
Mandate stamps / rate period 2 'Blues': 28 FE 18 ppc of Golden Gate, Jerusalem ex APO SZ44 (J'LEM) to CAIRO franked 5m at inland pc rate (applied also to Egypt) using 5m on 1p cobalt-blue Ba2 stamp (12 days after FD use) and tied by SZ44 pmk (D2/Sach-A2); marked by local and Cairo censor cachets. Near-identical item illustrated in Sacher p.70. Very fine; estimated value: $2000+; with Royal Philatelic Society certification & Hoexter/Tsachor signatures.
14 SP 33 insured surface mailed (1933) small RE Envelope pp'd w/13m franking (Ba RE.07-S) ex TLV to PRAGUE, franked 45m (20m insurance incl. reg fee + 15m overseas letter rate + 9m additional weight; 1m overcharge) & tied by multiple strikes of REG TLV pmk; w/Mandate Fr. lang. "weight" h/s on front + insurance in manuscript; b/s Cairo, Napoli and Udine transits & 27 IX 33 arrival. Gently cut open at left edge.
10 FE 44 uprated express mailed (1941) medium RE envelope w/pp'd 15m franking (w/error in Arabic denomination; Ba RE.14-M - 58.5mm wide title) ex Kallia Hotel/DEAD SEA to TLV franked 50m (15m reg fee + 35m express) using additional 7 pictorals in sequence (Ba 90-96) tied by multiple strikes of REG J'LEM pmk + R-label w/"Dead Sea" manuscript; b/s same day arr. Lovely 8 color franking from a scarce location; gently cut open left edge; est. value $250+
Poland-Palestine airlink - x3 first flight covers: 1) FF reg. cv ex WILNO to TEL AVIV on 26 X 36, w/ Polish ("transported by plane") & Hebrew ("first flight Poland-Eretz Israel") cachets; 2) FF cv ex WARSAW to HAIFA pmk'd 24(!) X 36, w/ Polish illustrated slogan cachet & Hebrew FF cachet; 3) 1st regular flight cv ex LWOW to J'LEM, w/ Polish cachet "Lwow 2 5.IV.1937 Opening of Air Mail Communication - from Poland to Palestine".
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1938 1st flight Haifa-TLV: 28 OC 38 a/m comm. cv ex HAIFA to TLV franked 5m (Ba93) at letter rate & tied by local pmk GD-50 + British "by Airmail" etiquette; carried by Palestine Airways' new Tel-Aviv/Haifa service (as of 22 Sept.) but here on its 1st day of carrying mail due to the Arab Revolt affecting land delivery routes - at no extra charge; b/s same day TLV arrival. The service existed for less than a month; only 16 cvs from Haifa recorded. Slit open at bottom; very fine; est. value $750+
Mandate incoming airmail: 3 JA 46 reg. comm. cv ex "Arming trade company" CAIRO to "Al Sebaey Brothers, Gefry and partners" HAIFA carried by MISR Egyptian airlines, meter paid 64 mils, with local dispatch pmk & R-label, and special 3-line "MISR Air Line Recommandee" violet cachet; b/s 5 JA 46 JAFFA REG 1 (GD-26) transit & next day REG HAIFA arrival; torn open at back but resealed & complete, very fine.
12 JA 47 uprated large (1945) RE Envelope w/pp'd 15m franking (Ba RE.18-L with 96mm space between bar and rectangle), ex HAIFA 3 (Mt. Carmel) to RLZ, franked 43m (15m reg fee + 10m letter rate + 3x 30g 6m additional weight) tied by multiple strikes of local pmk; b/s same day TLV transit & next day arr.; cut open left edge; est. value $300+
Palestine detention camp mail: 16 NOV 1944 comm cv ex. L. Rosner from RLZ to relative Dr. R. Rosner working in DETENTION CAMP LATRUN (holding Zionist political prisoners), franked 10m per period rate & posted in TLV; same day ER RAMLE (Dorf-7) transit & checked by censor/Palestine Police (J'lem) 27 NOV 44 (b/s cachet); attempted delivery per manuscript, 4 DEC 44 & marked REL "return to sender" (Dr. Rosner probably already left the camp); f/s 10 DE J'LEM dispatch & 20 DE 44 arr.; upper right corner missing.
Zeppelin mail: 1929 Zeppelin Orient Flight cover franked 2x 1RM (correct rate) and postmarked FRIEDRICHSHAVN 24 MRZ 1929 addressed to doctor at Muristan (Hospice) in Christian Quarter of the Old City of J'LEM & marked w/special 'Orientfahrt' cachet; b/s 29 MR 1929 Jerusalem.
The auction closed on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 20:00
23 DE 43 rare 2 mils printed matter rate applied to The Union of Religious Writers weekly paper "BaMishor" ('In the Field'), using 2m pictoral (Ba 90), ex J'LEM to TLV. Sent to "Sh. Ch. Kook" - probably Rabbi Shlomo Kook, nephew of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, who also contributed articles (incl. this ed.) & redirected to his POB (290). Complete (12 pages), w/fold at center and some stains; a few minor tears at the bottom; size: 23.4 x 30.1cm.
26 JA 44 rare 2 mils printed matter rate applied to The Union of Religious Writers weekly paper "BaMishor" ('In the Field'), using "postage paid" pmk (Sacher E15 - 4 months after his LKD of use, 17 AU 43), ex J'LEM to TLV; locally re-routed to POB. Complete (8 pages), w/light fold at center; in excellent condition; size: 23.05 x 29.6cm.
Meter slogan cancellations: 22 X 39 Hebrew University stationary pm cv ex J'LEM to NESS TZIONA tied by red bilingual HU slogan cancellation with 2m meter franking (Sacher #G9) - scarce short-lived pm rate; unsealed per pm regulations.
Arab revolt era couriered mail: 2 MR 39 reg cv ex HAIFA (r/a Nahalal) to RLZ, franked 18m per period rate using 13m & 5m (Ba 93/98) & tied by Hadar HaCarmel BO pmk; b/s 5 MR 39 arr.; gently opened at top. Probably couriered as a result of the Arab Revolt, which reached a climax at the end of the month with the death of [one of] the Arab rebel leaders, Abd al-Rahim al-Hajj Muhammad, not far from region of Nahalal.
1948 late domestic Mandate mail: 14 AP 48 reg. comm. cv ex TLV to J'LEM franked 25m per period rate - one day before last date of full Mandate mail services - using 10 & 15m pictorals, tied by scarce Groten-D41 oval registry cancel (b/s twice; exceeding his LKD) & b/s 16 AP 48 arr. using rare Sach-D18/Proud-R27 oval cancel (rated E), exceeding their LKD of use; mailed 4 days before the start of the siege on J'lem; opened gently at back. Letter in German included.
1948 War of Independence mail: 21 AP 48 HAIFA to RLZ reg cv franked 25m per period rate using pair 10m w/intersecting gutter & 5m (Ba 93/97) & tied by 2 strikes of Nahla BO pmk J31 + 1 on back (pmk'd on 1st day of 2 day Israeli operation to capture Haifa); dispatch delayed by operation & routed via TLV only on 26 AP 48 (b/s; usually a same-day transit); opened gently at top.
1948 War of Independence mail: 18 FE 48 reg. comm cv in Arabic ex GAZA to HAIFA, franked 25m per period rate using 10m & 15m pictorals (Ba97/108) & tied by full strike of GAZA REG sc ds (Dorf-7/Proud-R2) + 2 on back, & w/Gaza R-label #4851; b/s 19 FE 48 JAFFA-REF transit (GD-28) & next day REG HAIFA arr., where marked "unknown address" (h/s Sacher-L27) & manuscript "no articles of value"; dispatched back 21 FE 48 & arrived JERUSALEM RLO 27 FE 48 (Sach-H6/Proud-D3). Opened gently at top. A scarce route; nicely tavelled cover.
1948 War of Independence mail: 3 MR 48 comm cv ex ER RAMLE to RLZ franked 10m per period rate using pictorals Ba97 & tied by 2 strikes of local pmk (Proud D5); gently cut open at top. Letter from Arab patient enclosed. Scarce origin at this time (1948): the town served as an arms and training center for local Arab forces.
Mandate telegraph stationary: English-language colored/illustrated Palestine Post Telegram & Telegraph 'Greetings' stationary form (Ba F.TE) stamped by scarce 14 MY 48 TELEGRAPHS JAFFA Mandate stamp (GD-42) on day of Israel's independence; folded vertically & horizontally.