On 10th October 2014,
Spink China will auction a remarkable collection of Indian Postal
Agencies in the Persian Gulf Area assembled over many years by the
well-known collector and student of this area; the late Alan
President of the India Study Circle
for 8 years, Alan Parsons is best remembered for his award winning
displays of Persian Gulf Postal History and collections of
Eastbourne, Gibraltar, Malta, Morocco Agencies, Pondicherry and
Spink Specialist, David Parsons
comments "Philately was a lifelong and absorbing hobby for Alan and
we hope that the collection offered here, and lotted for
collectors, will be a fitting tribute to a gentle man."
Comprising over 450 lots the sale
commences with the Postal Agencies of Bahrain, Dubai, Guadur,
Kuwait and Muscat.
Amongst this section is what is
believed to be the sole item of registered mail from the Field
Force campaign of the Anglo-Persian War (Lot 2022). Dated 1857, the
envelope is registered to the Naval Dubash at Bombay and bears a
superb "FIELD FORCE/PD/PERSIA" c.d.s. in red and framed
"REGISTERED/LETTER NO" handstamp on face with 1854 2a. green neatly
cancelled "131" on reverse. Estimated HK$60,000 - HK$72,000.
Estimate: HK$60,000 - HK$72,000
Following this is a large offering
of both Iran and Iraq. Featured is a 1917 envelope with a rare
combination franking, addressed locally to the Baghdad General
Headquarters during the British Occupation of Baghdad (Lot 2390),
and estimated HK$18,000 - HK$24,000
Estimate: HK$18,000 - HK$24,000
Also featured are fifteen lots of
envelopes written by Rev. Alington at Jask, the first missionary on
the Mekran Coast, to his brother Rev. Alington at Spilsby,
Lincolnshire (Lots 2311 - 2325)
All are endorsed "Via Southampton".
Prior to the opening of the post office at Jask, mail was picked up
by authorised ships and taken to the post office at the next port
of call and cancelled there.
One of the finest covers from this
correspondence is an envelope, dated 10th December 1873,
bearing six 1a. brown cancelled by four superb strikes of the "309"
in diamond of sixteen bars at Muscat (Lot 2325). Highly attractive,
the envelope is estimated HK$14,000 - HK$18,000.
Estimate: HK$14,000 - HK$18,000
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