The I n t e r p o s t a l   S e a l s Of Egypt: 1864-1892

A WEBSITE for COLLECTORS of the INTERPOSTAL SEALS of EGYPT

Other Interpostal Seal Types

Types Ia, III-B, X, XI and XII

TYPE IA, 1864-65

Extremely rare and almost never seen, although Kehr assigned it a meager value of only £15.00 in 1984!! It is described by Kehr as “.. same as TYPE I, but inscribed: AGENCIA DIPLOMATICA S.M. IL RE D'ITALIA CAIRO. The Italian coat of arms is placed in the center and the seal is embossed in color on white paper with no Arabic inscription. The seal size is 34.5 mm. Surrounded by double outer, and single inner frames, both embossed. The Kehr’s Catalog Number is 17C  Inscribed: Cairo. Color: dull blue”.

The Type 1A picture to the left is extracted for O.May’s 1915 Catalog of Egyptian Interpostals, in black and white. O. May was the first to identify and photograph this seal, to our knowledge no color photos are available.

TYPE IA, 1864-65

TYPE IIIA, 1867

Kehr describes the Type IIIA as follows: “...Same as TYPE III (including types A and B) except that these are printed on azure instead of white paper”.

This type, reportedly printed on Azure (blue) paper, was never recently seen, nor were there any pictures available to post on this site. We presume it, therefore, be very rare indeed or perhaps issued specifically as proof or for collection by the Royal Family. The Type IIIA Kehr Catalog numbers are listed below.

TYPE IIIB, 1867

Note: not to be confused with type IIIb (small b not B) which is one of the Alexndria type seal. Go here for type IIIb...

This type is also extremely rare and (according to Kehr) most probably appeared on proof sheets only. Kehr describes it “.. Same as TYPE III, (including types A and B) except that these are printed on rose instead of white paper. Until the Fouad I Collection was sold, none of these was known, and except for the ones that are listed herewith, no others have ever been reported to or seen by the writer.”

TYPE IIIA, 1867

Kehr Cat No

Town

Color

Value (1984)

70

Abuhomus

brown

£12.00

70-1

Alessandria

red-violet

£10.00

70-2

Atfe

gray-blue

£ 8.00

70-3

Benha

gray

£ 8.00

70-4

Bilbes

ochre

£10.00

70-5

Birket-el-Sab

deep green

£12.00

70-6

Birket-el-Saat

green

£12.00

70-7

Cairo

black-brown

£ 6.00

70-8

Costantinopoli

vermilion

£10.00

70-9

Konstantinopoli

vermilion

£12.00

70-10

Damanhour

green

£ 8.00

70-11

Damiata

blue

£ 8.00

70-12

Galiub

green

£ 8.00

70-13

Gedda

blue-gray

£25.00

70-14

Jbafi-el- Dauar

olive-yellow

£15.00

70-15

Kafr-el-Duar

lemon

£12.00

70-16

Kafr-el Zayat

lemon

£10.00

70-17

Mahalla

cinnamon

£ 8.00

70-18

Mansura

gray

£ 8.00

70-19

Minet-el-Gamh

vermilion

£12.00

70-20

Samanua

gray

£15.00

70-21

Samanud

gray

£ 7.00

70-22

Scibin-el Anater

brown-red

£10.00

70-23

Smirne

gray

£15.00

70-24

Suez

yellow-green

£ 7.00

70-25

Teh-el-Barud

vermilion

£10.00

70-26

Took

brick red

£ 6.00

70-27

Jook (error )

brick red

£15.00

70-28

Zagazig

turquoise

£ 6.00

70-29

Zefta

gray-green

£ 6.00

TYPE IIIB, 1867

Kehr Cat No

Town

Color

71-1

Abuhomus

brown

71-2

Alessandria

red-violet

71-3

Atfe

gray-blue

71-4

Benha

gray

71-5

Birket-el-Sab

deep green

71-6

Costantinopoli

vermilion

71-7

Konstantinopoli

vermilion

71-8

Damanhour

green

71-9

Damiata

blue

71-10

Galiub

green

71-11

Gedda

blue-gray

71-12

Jsmilia

green

71-13

Jbafi-elDauar

olive-yellow

71-14

Mahalla

red

71-15

Mahallat Roh

cinnamon

71-16

Mansura

gray

71- 17

Minet-el- Gamh

vermilion

71-18

Samanua

gray

71-19

Samanud

gray

71-20

Scibin-el-Anater

brown-red

71-21

Smirne

gray

71-22

Suez

yellow-green

71-23

Teh-elBarud

vermilion

71-24

Jook

brick red

71-25

Zagazig

turquoise

71-26

Zefta

gray-green

TYPE X, 1887.

POSTE EGYPTIENNES, in white letters in upper half over outer arch, against background of cross-hatched lines. Lower half of circle contains blue Arabic letters reading "Busta Masry", against white. Centre is completely blank, to enable the clerk to insert postmark of city where this Interpostal was used on mail. Printed in blue or shades thereof, on white paper. Size: 40 mm.

806  blue on white unused  £ 3.00

806a ultramarine on unused 4.00

1880-1900

Inscribed, ADMINISTRATION IMPERIALE DES TELEGRAPHES ET POSTES around outer circle. In centre is a large crescent and Arabic equivalent of the French inscription. This was used almost exclusively as a seal on important letters of the PTT Administration. It is listed here solely as a matter of record.

 

  • 808 black on rose
  • 808a black on blue
  • 808b black on green

A somewhat similar item to the Alexandria type VI Interpostal Seals was the "Governor General" seal used in Liban (Lebanon), in 1867. This is inscribed "Gouverneur General Du Liban" with Star and Crescent on the outer ring. Arabic inscriptions in the centre. This is extremely rare, one of the few copies known to exist being in the British Museum Tapling Collection.

    Finally other items are included in Kehr's listing which are not true Inter-Postals.

    1. (Kehr type Ia) 1864. Inscribed "Agenzia Diplomatica S. M. it Re d'Italia Cairo", and the Italian Coat-of-Arms in the centre. Embossed in blue. This is a documentary seal used by the Cairo Italian Consulate.

    2. (Kehr type XII). Inscribed "Administration Imperiale Des Telegraphes et Postes'. Large Turkish Crescent in centre, with Arabic inscriptions. Black on rose, or blue. This was a seal used throughout the Ottoman Empire for sealing up Telegrams and Returned Letters. (Egypt was then part of this empire).

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