Sale 1287 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 May, 2023
Category — Aden
FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PRINTED MATTER PERTAINING TO PRIZE MONEY FROM THE 1819 PERSIAN GULF CAMPAIGN.
This short lived campaign was from Nov. 3 to Dec. 22, 1819 and was fought between the British and the Arab force of Al Qasimi at Ras Al Khaimah (mostly around modern day United Arab Emirates). The General Treaty of Maritime Peace of 1820 was ultimately signed which prohibited piracy in the Persian Gulf, banned slavery, and required all ships to be registered with British forces. During the campaign, captured Dhows were ultimately sold. The money became available as prize money amongst participants in the campaign. It is unknown how much, if any, John Ballintine received for his efforts in the campaign.
FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER ORIGINATING FROM ADEN, WRITTEN BY A SOLDIER WHO TOOK PART IN THE BATTLE FOR ADEN OFFERING A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE SKIRMISH.
In 1838, the 75 mile area around Aden was ceded to the British but negotiations for a peaceful hand over were unsuccessful. On January 19, 1839, a British force was sent in take over the area in order to create a free trade port as Aden was of vital importance due to its proximity between the Suez/Egypt, India, and Zanzibar. The enclosed letter states "My regiment is now in Camp in a place which the Honourable Company never had before we took it by siege on the 19th January last after about 6 hours of fighting as it is a seaport town we had six of the Companies Frigates and Cruisers who with their cannon demolished the Garrison walls and then the troops landed and drove the enemy out of town".
VERY FINE FOLDED LETTER FROM CAPTAIN S.B. HAINES - ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGURES OF BRITISH ADEN'S EARLY HISTORY.
Captain Stafford Bettesworth Haines (1802-1860) was instrumental in the British acquiring Aden -- the first territorial acquisition under Queen Victoria's rule. After the successful taking of Aden in 1839, Haines was appointed Political Agent, a position which he held until 1854. He was tasked with creating Aden into an important free trade port. Aden went from a small town of less than 600 into a prosperous sea port city of around 25,000 by the 1850s.
VERY FINE AND EARLY USE OF THE ADEN B.P.P. HANDSTAMP ON COVER IN TRANSIT FROM NEW YORK TO CHINA.
This cover was carried privately from New York by Harnden & Co. to Aden as prepaid mail was not possible beyond Great Britain from New York. It was likely carried from Aden to Galle and Hong Kong, then by private ship to Canton.
FINE AND RARE USE OF THE ADEN CANTONMENT "125" CANCELS IN BLUE ON REGISTERED COVER.
This cancel was in use for a short period of time and is recorded from Apr.-Oct. 1871.
FINE. A REMARKABLE REGISTERED OFFICIAL COVER FROM ERITREA TO ITALY VIA ADEN PAYING THE 9-TIMES RATE.
The cover paid the nine times 6a rate plus 2a registration fee. Ex Brown. Signed E. Diena.
FINE AND IMPRESSIVE SIX-TIMES RATE OFFICIAL COVER FROM ERITREA TO ITALY VIA ADEN.
The 42a paid the six times 6a rate. Ex Brown. With 1998 Sorani certificate.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE DUAL-COUNTRY ADEN-YEMEN USE WITH THE TURKEY STAMP PAYING THE POSTAGE DUE ON ARRIVAL.
Ex Parker and Brown.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE INDIA 1895 3-RUPEE QUEEN VICTORIA USED ON COVER FROM ADEN, EVEN MORE REMARKABLE USED TO JAPAN.
The manuscript "79gs" refers to the weight (just over 2-3/4 oz), which at the 2-1/2a per -1/2 oz U.P.U. rate would mean 15a postage charge. Insurance was covered at a rate of 9a per 100r. As £30 was roughly 450r, this equated to 45a. So the 15a postage, 45a insurance, and 2a registry fee equated to 62a.
FINE. A SPECTACULAR YEMEN AND INDIA USED IN ADEN REGISTERED COMBINATION COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY YEMEN AND ADEN STAMPED COMBINATION COVER OF ITS KIND RECORDED. AN IMPORTANT MIDDLE EAST POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.
The 45p paid at origin was for the 40pa domestic charge and 5pi rate to Aden. The 20a affixed in Aden covered the 7 times 2-1/2a rate for a cover weighing up to 3-1/2 oz, plus 2a registration. At the time, all registered mail was sent via Aden.