Five rare antique postcards of Muscat and Muttrrah approx. 1900-1910

Antique postcards Muscat and Muttrah
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Five very rare postcards of Muscat harbour and Muttrah dating between 1900 and 1910.  For details see below.

All postcards are included in the slide-show. 

 Antique postcard Muscat Oman

Antique postcard Muscat Oman

 Antique postcard Muscat Oman

Antique postcard Muscat Oman British warship

Antique postcard Muscat Oman

Antique postcard Muscat Oman, landing place for small boats close to the palace

Antique postcard Muscat Oman

Antique postcard Muscat Oman, Sheik visits British ship

Antique postcard Muttrah Oman

Antique postcard  Muttrah Oman

Antique postcard British Consulate Muscat Oman

Antique postcard British Consulate Muscat Oman

Muscat postcard details:

Five early postcards of Muscat harbor and one of Muttrah:

a) Muscat from sea by A.R.  Fernandez printed in great Britain (showing a British warship)

b) Mascate vue de port by K. Arabiantz with a sailing ship in front of Muscat 1907

C) British Consulate Muscat by A.R. Fernandez printed in Great Britain

d) Sheik Motnafa Wali of Khasab (Musandam in Oman ) visits ship

e) Small boats being offloaded in Muscat harbor and sailing ships in a distance. by Tarjeta Postal(?) 1907

f) General view of Mathara Muscat (=Muttrah) by A.R Fernandez printed in Germany 

Muttrah is also protected by mountains on the land side. Hermann Burchardt Ref 2  mentions that  around 1900 Muttrah had 14000 residents and therefore was larger than Muscat and it also had replaced Muscat as a commercial center. Muscat  was the seat of administration and government.  However during the 17th century the Dutchman Padtbrugge also mentioned the importance of Muttrah as a trading center compared to Muscat.

For an article on the Lawatiyah quarter in Muttrah see ref 3.

 References:
  1. Historical Muscat An illustrated Guide and Gazetteer by J.E. Peterson published by Brilll Leiden 2007 
  2. Along the Gulf from Basra to Muscat Photographs by Hermann Burchardt. By Annegret Nippa and Peter Herbstreuth. (contains a chapter on Oman)
  3. Throw down the anchor The story of the Muttrah souq by Maxine Burden, centre for Omani dress, Muscat Media Group page 94- 95.