Bourse, Members Displays Shippers, Traders & Perfins, Saturday November 23rd 2013 at Spink London
Photographs by Nick Hackney & notes by Dominic Morris
The Bourse was busy and lively, and there were a lot of happy buyers and sellers. A few pictures of the Bourse:
The Displays - and part of the audience
Iain Dyce: Opened the proceedings with a half round of 19th Century Traders, once the East India Company monopoly was broken in 1815. This included: letter from Stamford Raffles to a local trader at Bencoolen; early letters Singapore/Calcutta to Guthries; Consigners letters including 4d rate to Singapore; letter from Behn (later Behn-Mayer firm) which carried news/implications of the first Opium War, with Port Glasgow Cachet; forwarding agents letters including letter from Bali shortly before it was colonised by the Dutch; social history about permitted use of Indian labour abroad; letter from Johnson (first trader to set up after Raffles founded Singapore).
Bill Pain: 2 frames - shipping cancels; only known perfin from Bousted and Co from Tampin; Siamese shipping stamps with Bangkok B and a range of Perfins including Bousted in Kelantan.
Carl Stott: A rare displayer. Large piece to East India from Singapore with Geo Armstrong forwarding mark (first shop in Singapore); perfins including FMS.
Mike Waugh: Full Round. Early letters from Behn, Guthrie (mention of the Enterprise, an armed paddle steamer which took part in the Opium War). Patterson, Simons; Sime Derby; Martin Dyce from Batavia to Edinburgh (asking for British Beer); Perfins including Cameron and Bousted perfins on cover; Bangkok Bs with perfins; an A-Z of traders’ perfins and firms’ chops.
Small collection of Perfins.
Charles Keel: gave us a history of trade and traders from 150 BC to early 21st Century.
Joe Robertson: Frame of Postage Dues on covers with letters about trade in tin, tea and opium; hotel covers (Hotel de L’Europe, Singapore); letters from dispensaries.
showed a full round on traders and Perfins.
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