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The Route Instruction Handstamps, HS-01 - HS-25

   

I do not agree with the classification by previous specialist. I feel that several of the lists types are in fact identical. However, in 1990, measurements were done by ruler, sometimes only based on photocopies which definitely will lead to small wrong measurements. However, until my theory is proven, I will continue with the previous numbering. Notes on my findings are mentioned in the comment column.

Notes:

  • Black and White (B/W) images are images copied from the handbook and are only shown as reference, neither in actual size, nor are they described.

  • If a link in the colum "Cover Image" is provided, a fully size high resolution image of the cover bearing the respective Handstamp. That image will open in a new layer.

  • If you copy the image that has been scanned from the original cover and open and enlarge it with a graphic program you will see measuring lines around the handstamp imprint. These lines indicate the measuring border from which the actual measurement has been taken.

Handbook Number

Image

Cover Image

Handbook Size

Measured size
(from items in my collection)

Comment

HS-01

HS-02 (1)

Front

47 x 10 mm

From the late Zvi Alexander collection.

Used by Abdulla Aujan & Brothers, Bahrain

HS-02 (2)

Front

47 x 10 mm

From the late Zvi Alexander collection.

Used by Abdulla Aujan & Brothers, Bahrain

HS-03

HS-04 (1)

Front

45 x 13 mm

45,30 x 13,80 mm

On a 1924 Cover from Baghdad to UK, No senders name

HS-04 (2)

Front

Reverse

45 x 13 mm

44,30 x 11,60 mm

Is this the same Handstamp as the one above? Size and appearance are somehow different.

HS-05 (1) similar

Front

30 x 9 mm

39,25 x 9,50 mm

I believe there was a typing error in the handbook (“0” for “9” in 39). Unfortunately, only one such hand stamps was known to the author, mine might be only the second one known,  so proving my theory is my next task.
See below, Sender is David Murad Heskel, dated 13. March 1929

HS-05 (2) similar

Front

30 x 9 mm

38,40 x 8,90 mm

Image enhanced due to week strike. See comment above, sender is David Murad Heskel, dated 19. January 1930

HS-06 (1)

Front

40 x 10 mm

40,80 x 11,10 mm

On cover front from Iran

HS-06 (2)

Front

40 x 10 mm

40,00 x 10,70 mm

On cover from Iran to London, England

HS-06 (3)

Front

Reverse

40 x 10 mm

40,40 x 10,70 mm

On cover from Iran to London, England

HS-07 (1)

Front

50 x 15 mm

48,40 x 15,60 mm

Sender Meir Hekel Murad, cover dated 29. January 1930

HS.07 (2)

Front

50 x 15 mm

49,20 x 16,10 mm

Sender Meir Hekel Murad, card dated 6. October 1929

HS-08 (1)

Front

59 x 17 mm

58,20 x 17,40 mm

HS-08 (2)

Front

59 x 17 mm

56,80 x 17,10 mm

Width not possible to measure correctly due to weak handstamp
Sender Orodski-Back

HS-08 (3)

Front

59 x 17 mm

57,60 x 17,10 mm

HS-08 (4)

Front

59 x 17 mm

58,60 x 17,80 mm

Sender Abdeni

HS-08 (5)

Front

59 x 17 mm

58,10 x 17,30 mm

Sender Abdeni

HS-08 (6)

Front

59 x 17 mm

58,20 x 17,20 mm

Sender Abdeni

HS-09

Front

52 x 15 mm

50,80 x 15,70 mm

On cover from Baghdad, dated 16.01.1930 from a different sender as mentioned in Collins book

HS-10

Front

HS-11

Front

Reverse

52 x 15 mm

41,10 x 17,50 mm

On Cover together with HS-N36.

Collins must be wrong with his information on the size.

HS-12

HS-13 (1)

Front

43 x 14 mm

HS-13 (2)

Front

43 x 14 mm

44,00 x 14,50 mm

HS-14 (1)

Front

HS-14 (2)

Front

56 x 14 mm

55,10 x 14,40 mm

20 September 1927 from Basrah to England, new earliest recorded date

HS-14 (3)

Front

December 1929 from Basrah to Rotterdam / England

HS-15 (1)

Front

46 x 9.5 mm

46,99 x 9,9 mm

HS-15 (2)

Front

46 x 9.5 mm

46,70 x 9,7 mm

HS-16

HS-17 (1)

Front

Reverse

43,5 x 13 mm

43,70 x 13,50 mm

Sender address unknown but cover was sent from Mosul. Color of the cachet is now confirmed as violet

HS-17 (2)

Front

Reverse

43,5 x 13 mm

 

Height and width not measurable since upper part is covered by a British "damaged and sealed label". Cover sent from Eastern Bank LtD, Mosul, dated 09.08.1924, new earliest date.

HS-18

HS-19

HS-20

Front

68 x 10 mm

62,40 x 10,50 mm

HS-21

Front

Cover not in my collection, dimension of the handstamp therefore not possible to verify.

HS-22

Front

Reverse

55 x 13 mm

Coming Soon

On a 05.08.1925 cover from Port Said / Egypt to Basrah / Iraq. The second known cover with this handstamp the the earlier one form the two known.

Sender is "The British Coaling Depot, Port Said".

This cover also carries a Route Instruction Label L13

HS-23

HS-24

HS-25 (1)

Front

58 x 15 mm

60,20 x 13,00 mm

HS-25 (2)

Front

Reverse

58 x 15 mm

58,70 x 15,80 mm