Tuesday, 07 December 2021 20:00

Auction General Information:

Auction #10 Closes on Tuesday, 7 Dec. at 22:00 Israel-time (20:00 EST)

Welcome to our new 10th philatelic auction! This is both our smallest (at 150+ lots) but also our most important sale to date, featuring THE BEST Israeli postal history available anywhere in the market. The sale's display reads like a Guinness book of world records - the earliest known, the latest known, the only known covers of various kinds, of historical and philatelic importance, with an emphasis on rare stamp types, rates and routes.
The full pdf catalogue is accessible here; the lightweight catalogue is here.
A sampling of highlights: first known Palestine Mandate 20 mils coil leader on mail | latest dated Mandate mail from the Jerusalem HPO dated 5 May 1948 | the only known case of legally Taxi routed mail - a large ground-breaking article about which will be published on our blog | the only known registered letter 20m LATE FEE | earliest known EEF Palestine late fee (on printed matter) | the double letter 2pia rate on EEF Palestine mail | SY Argonaut Holyland maritime mail | WWII Nazi German 'Baghdad-overland' mail via PALESTINE, delivered | THE LAST airmail from WWII Nazi Germany to Palestine AFTER war declared | 1949 Israeli army double printed matter franked cover | 26 Apr 1948 arrival stamped LAST AIRMAIL from Mandate Palestine to UK... and there is PLENTY MORE!
This is a "buy or bid" sale, where the starting prices can be underbid by up to 25% but lots can be also bought out; maximum bids are kept confidential. There is a 5 minute time extension for bids received within the last minute of the auction time. The buyer's fee is 18%.
We encourage visitors to look closely at the display and read the descriptions carefully: there is a lot of information there, much never seen before, painstakenly assembled from primary sources. Over 90% of the information comes from our compilation called the "Handbook of Holyland Postal History and Philately", available free here; the rest comes from cited sources in the descriptions. There's a lot to learn and much to marvel at. Our latest and pioneering research is published on our website blog. This is our Facebook "Israel-Holyland Philately Research Group" - join us for latest groundbreaking news, from the past!


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1) Mandate Termination Period (9)
2) Minhelet Haam-Interim period (11)
3) Interim Period Foreign Postal Links (1)
4) 1947-1949 War of Independence related mail (5)
5) 14-16 May 1948 1st Day Israel Mail (1)
9) Besieged Jerusalem (20 April-20 June) (5)
11) Post-Siege Interim Jerusalem (after 20 June) (1)
13) Service Suspended Mail (by belligerents) (2)
14) 1947-49 Arabian mail in War of Independence (2)
15) Emergency Postal Services & Foreign links (1)
16) Early Foreign Postal Links (1)
17) Interim & Provisional Taxed Mail (1)
10) Besieged locales: Other Locales (1)

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9) Besieged Jerusalem (20 April-20 June)

Apr 1948 cover besieged Jerusalem-Jaffa on last mail dispatch, sent to Haifa & Tel Aviv
Small cover, BIG DISCOVERY: the last known transport of Mandate mail OUT of besieged JERUSALEM - to besieged JAFFA: 24 April 1948 postmarked miniature business-card sized cover with enclosed message of condolences on business card, all in Arabic, from lawyer Johannes Merguerian in JERUSALEM to Magistrates Court judge Daoud Abu-Ghazaleh in JAFFO, franked 10 mils per domestic letter rate using Picto...
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5 May 1948 LATEST KNOWN MANDATE MAIL Jerusalem head post office, 4x weight to Sweden
SHOWSTOPPER - Latest Known Mandate Mail FROM BESIEGED JERUSALEM: [Wednesday] 5 MAY 1948 office-dated Mandate Governmental mail on Palestine Posts, Telegraphs & Telephones PT.750 postal stationary cover, sent from the P&T Accounts Branch to a business in GOTHENBURG Sweden; franked 60m using a block of 4x 5m + a block of 4x 10m pictorial stamps - uncancelled & backstamped with undocument...
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May 1948 besieged Neve Ilan cover to Tel Aviv couriered TO besieged Jerusalem for posting
Besieged Jerusalem settlements - NEVE ILAN, couriered TO Jerusalem: undated 1948 interim era cover addressed to TEL AVIV and return addressed to P.O.Box of moshav NEVE ILAN in JERUSALEM, franked 10m per period inland letter postage rate using a Mandate pictorial & tied by an interim JERUSALEM dateless postmark, indicating a posting period of 9-14 May (Jerusalem postal services in the interim o...
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May 1948 1st day interim mail besieged Jerusalem Jewish Agency cover by convoy, not flown
Unflown Jewish Agency mail via 1st day convoy: cover from JERUSALEM (return addressed Jewish Agency, P.O.Box 92) to TEL AVIV, postmarked 9 May on 1st day of interim postal service in the city using local interim black canceller tied to 10m locals I stamp on 1st day of use; opened gently at back, light tears to backflap. Scarce mail as not registered mail, like much of the convoy mail; here carried...
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1948 War stampless Jerusalem cover likely official mail, censored by military
1948 War of Independence stampless mail within besieged Jerusalem: undated cover sent to Dr. Yaakov Luncz at Harris House in the Ratisbonne Monastery area of Jerusalem, tied by circular cachet of military censor Yud #7; return addressed cryptically "POB Jerusalem" (possibly 'Post Office Building').Not endorsed as "active service" or "official mail", nevertheless the cover passed through the mails ...
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