Gordon of Khartoum 20 Piastre Siege Note with Full Provenance
Gordon of Khartoum 20 Piastre Siege Note with Full Provenance.
Unique collection of documentation relating to the acquiring of General Gordon siege money in the late 1880's. The double sided glass display, which is period measures 31cms x 25cms in-cased in an oak frame. The notes were acquired by Sergeant Frank Hansard of the Kings Royal Rifles while stationed at the British frontier station on the Nile. The details are described in the accompanying letters. He notes that he purchased the artefacts from a Syrian who was present at the siege and this was approximately 18 months after the demise of General Gordon and the end of the siege ca Jan 1887. The frame incorporates the 20 Piastre with a translation below and that the artefacts were purchased from Sgt Frank Hansard. Please note that the note has been personally signed by General Gordon on the bottom left hand side. The letter located on the reverse is the letter from Sgt F. Hansard, while based in Richmond Barracks Dublin ca 1890. He was taking the liberty of trying to sell the notes to a gentleman unknown to us due to financial hardships. He also states that he did donate one of the notes to the Dublin National Museum. The note itself I would say was slightly faded certainly due to the journey it had experienced. One of a kind chance to purchase an historically important piece.
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