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INDIAN STATES, Miscellaneous, Alwar, Bahawalpur, Bamra, and Barwani

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Many fiscal stamps exist from the indian states as well!

Also many forgeries exist: see the excellent site http://www.princelystates.com/CurrentIssue/ff-04-01a.shtml for more information.


Bogus stamps and other unidentified stamps

I have not yet been able to identify the following stamps:


Could this be bogus issues for Bhor? Or Courtfee revenues of Bukanir of 1879? The Forbin Guide of fiscal stamps lists them under Bikanir 1884. The English inscription is very bad "HAF ANA", "QUATR ANA" etc.

Bogus stamps of Jhind:

These bogus stamps were probably issued by a Mr. Moquette of Dutch East Indies (see Filatelie informatief September 1983 p 7060-10, in dutch). More values and values in different colours exist. Moquette also made a bogus issue for Johore. All these stamps were also sold by the stamp dealer Friedl in Vienna. Moquette also made several bogus overprints on genuine stamps of Dutch East Indies. Two of the images were found at http://home.att.net/~rickscott/Unidentified/Unk376.html and http://home.att.net/~rickscott/Unidentified/Unk377.html.
The Stamp Almanac (Almanach du Timbre-Poste) by J.B.Moens of 1886 shows an image of the red bogus stamp shown above (16 March) with the following text: "MM Senf frères se décident à parler et nous disent enfin où le type ci-contre est en usage. Cela ne leur procure aucune difficulté, vu qu'ils ont été les seuls à vendre ces timbres." (Translation: The Senf brothers decide to talk and finally tell us where the stamp shown here is used. This doesn't give them any problems, since they are the only ones selling these stamps.). The 1/2 Rupee stamp is shown in the same book on 12 April, while making fun of the Illustrirtes Briefmarken Journal (issued by the Senf brothers).
On the other hand, Moens in 'Le Timbre Poste' no 182, page 11 (1878) shows an image of the above stamp (elephant desing) with the message that Moens obtained this stamp from A.Nieske (also a stamp forger).


ALWAR

Alwar is one of the indian states, it used stamps untill 1902.

1877 Dagger, imperforated:

1/4 a blue 1 a brown

  1/4 a blue
  1/4 a green
  1 a brown

The 1/4 a values exist with rouletted perforation and with perforation 12. The 1 a value only exist with rouletted perforation.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/4 a blue ** * Exists with wide and narrow margins.
1/4 a green ** ** Exists with wide and narrow margins.
1 a brown ** *  

Cancels: I've seen these stamps with circular town cancels, but also with squarish town cancels.

1/4 a blue
"KATHUMAH ULWAR STATE" and circular cancel with "POST OFFICE" at the bottom

Forgeries:


First forgery

Imperforate forgeries exist (they are quite blur) of the 1/4 a blue, with the dagger blade slightly too wide (first forgery, see image above). It has thin blue framelines where the rouletting was supposed to be.


Second forgery

Another forgery of the 1/4 a blue has the background pattern behind the ellipse different from the genuine stamps (second forgery, see image above). Also note the fourth Indian character at the bottom and the shading on the dagger.


Yet another pair of forgeries of the blue stamp.


Modern forgery (1980'?) of the 1 a value. Click here for Indian States, modern forgeries, more examples. It also exists printed in the wrong colors: yellow green, dark green or lilac. It is printed in sheets of 12 and is imperforate. The impression is very bad, the ellipse with pearls is very badly done.

More information on forgeries of Alwar can be found on: http://princelystates.com


Fiscal stamp with inscription "ALWAR RAJPUTANA"


BAHAWALPUR (Pakistan)

Bahawalpur (situated in the southern part of Punjab) issued stamps from 1945 to 1949. About 60 stamps were issued. Examples:

1945 No country name and no value indication (at least not in english); only Arabic text, various designs

With red overprint in native text (for official use): green and black (water works), red and black (camels), brown and black (camels), violet and black (deer), olive-green and black (pelicans), brown and black (palace), orange and black (tower). 90,000 sets issued.

With black overprint in native text: brown and black (palace), orange and black (monument), blue and black (water works).

With black overprint in native text and "SERVICE" (also colour changes): red and black (water works), red and black (camels), orange and black (deer). 350,000 sets issued.

 

1946 Victory

1 1/2 a green (inscription "SERVICE" at left hand side). 100,000 stamps issued.

 

1946 Portrait of King of 1746, inscription "1746-1946"

  1/2 a red and black

 

1948 Union with Pakistan, two heads of state with flags of both countries.

1 1/2 a green and red (500,000 stamps issued).

 

1948 Various designs

3 p blue and black (local ruler, small sized stamp), 1/2 a red and black (design as 3 p), 9 p green and black (design as 3 p), 1 a red and black (design as 3 p), 1 1/2 a violet and black (design as 3 p), 2 a red and black (temple), 4 a brown and red (temple, different from 2 a), 6 a blue and black, 8 a lilac and red, 12 a red and green, 1 R orange and green (local ruler), 1 R brown and violet, 2 R red and black (design as 1 R), 2 R red and green (design as 1 R), 5 R blue and black (design as 1 R), 5 R violet and black (design as 1 R), 10 R green and brown (three amirs), 10 R black and red (three amirs).


1 a red and black, overprinted with black local text (for official use)

Overprinted with red or black local text (for official use): 3 p blue and black, 1 a red and black, 2 a red and black (temple), 4 a brown and red (temple), 1 R orange and black, 2 R red and black, 5 R blue and black, 10 R green and brown.

Inscription 'SERVICE' at the left hand side: 3 p blue and black (ruler, design as postage stamp), 1 1/2 a lilac and black (as 3 p).

 

1948 Mulzan campaign 1848 1948

1 1/2 a red and black (soldiers)

 

1949 Silver Jubilee, inscription "SILVER JUBILEE 1924 1949", local ruler and various designs

3 p blue and black (irrigation), 1/2 a brown and black (wheat), 9 p green and black (cotton), 1 a red and black (bull).

 

1949 UPU issue

9 p green and black, 1 a lilac and black, 1 1/2 a orange and black, 2 1/2 a blue and black.

Overprinted in red native text for official use: 9 p green and black, 1 a lilac and black, 1 1/2 a orange and black, 2 1/2 a blue and black.

I have seen stamps with forged cancels of this issue (both the normal and official stamps).

 

The UPU was the last issue for Bahawalpur, it used stamps of Pakistan afterwards.


 

BAMRA

1888 Inscription "BAMRA postage" and indian text

  1/4 a black on yellow
  1/2 a black on red
  1 a black on blue
  2 a black on green
  4 a black on yellow
  8 a black on red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
All values RR RR  
Reprints c c  

Deceptive reprints exists, differing only in the curvature of the bottom right hand side of the fourth Indian character.


Left genuine, right reprint.

Forgeries exist, see: http://www.princelystates.com/CurrentIssue/ff-04-01b.shtml for more information. I know that Fournier offered forgeries of the values 1/4 a to 2 a (4 values), he offers them in his 1914 pricelist for 1 Swiss Franc as second choice forgeries. A picture of such a forgery can also be found in 'The Fournier album of philatelic forgeries' by Ragatz.


A set of forgeries.


Other Fournier forgeries from 'Fournier Albums' (left two images reduced sizes)

 

1890 Inscription "BAMRA Feudatory STATE Postage"

1/4 anna

  1/4 a black on lilac
  1/2 a black on green
  1 a black on yellow
  4 a black on lilac
  8 a black on lilac
  1 R black on lilac

There are two varieties of these stamps, with large "P" in "Postage" or with small "p" (I've seen them printed on the same sheet):

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/4 a *** ***

Both types

1/2 a *** ***

"

1 a *** ***

"

2 a *** ***

"

4 a *** ***

"

8 a *** R

"

1 R R R

"


A whole sheet of 1/4 a stamps.

Forgeries exist, see: http://www.princelystates.com/CurrentIssue/ff-04-01b.shtml for more information. By the way, I'm not quite sure that the above stamps are genuine.

The next stamp is a forgery:

8 a black on lilac
This forgery has a space between "Pos" and "tage". Also the Indian inscription is the same for all values (I've seen the values 1/4 a, 1 a and 4 a as well). The first "A" of "BAMRA" seems to be rather small.

Another forgery:


Forgery


I've been told that these are Fournier forgeries, they have the wrong native inscription (the one belonging to the 1/4 a value!).


Some very badly printed forgeries.

A cut from a postal stationery:


BARWANI

From 1921 on Barwani issued its own stamps.

1921 Portrait of local ruler

  1/4 a green
  1/4 a blue
  1/4 a black
  1/4 a lilac
  1/2 a blue
  1/2 a green

Different design
  1 a red
  1 a brown
  2 a lilac
  2 a red

Yet another design
  4 a brown
  4 a green

 

1932 Portrait of local ruler, "BARWANI STATE" curved on top

  1/4 a 
  1/2 a green
  1 a brown
  2 a lilac
  4 a olive

 

1938 Portrait of local ruler (facing more to the right), "BARWANI STATE" curved on top

  1 a brown

BIJAWAR

1935 Portrait of local ruler

  3 p brown
  6 p red
  9 p violet
  1 a blue
  2 a green

 

1937 Portrait of local ruler, larger size

  4 a orange
  6 a yellow
  8 a green
  12 a blue
  1 R violet

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