Israel: unit pin of 4th Battalion of "Har'el Brigade" of Palmach, circa. 1948-49; not maker-marked; weight: 3.35g. Design based on Palmach's emblem by Shoshana Spector (sword across two ears of wheat w/name); it incorporates the 4th Battalion's name with word "Portzim" ("penetrators" /"breachers") in Heb. on the sword itself. The 4th 'Portzim' Battalion together with the 5th 'Shaar Ha'Gai' and 6th 'Jerusalem' battalions...
Historama Autumn Mail Auction #5
Historama Historama Autumn Mail Auction #5
Our new mail auction opens 1 Oct. and runs until 20:00 Israel-time on Wed. Oct. 25th. The sale features a nicely developed and balanced selection of 661 lots of high quality items covering ancient to modern numismatics & exonumia; Judaica (religious books, Rabbinic letters and signatures, Hassidic items, medallic items and ephemera) and Judaic tokens & medals; Israeliana; Jewish, Israeli & Arabian militaria and philately. There are 661 single-item and multiple-item lots, something for every taste and interest. More information is available here.
The philatelic offering is our best yet, highlighted by an extraordinary assembly of postal history documenting the Arab-Israeli conflict (1947 to present); WWII postal links w/Palestine; ‘Baghdad overland mail’; 1948-era mail incl. Israeli interim-period, emergency + early foreign postal links, besieged towns, early postage dues & mail of Arab armies in Palestine; Mandate & Israeli postal history; Mandate cachets & postal markings; Red Cross & POW mail; censored mail; British WWI EEF mail from Egypt; rare Jerusalem postmarks; Jewish/Zionist stamps; Jewish Brigade & displaced persons mail.
Catalogues are free on request.