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INDIAN SETTLEMENTS OF FRANCE

Établissement de l'Inde (Inde Française)

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(5 territories in India; Pondichery, Chandarnagar, Karikal, Mahe, and Yanaon)

Stamps of the French Colonies used in the Indian Settlements of France:

Pondichery obliteration on 15 c brown Ceres stamp 40 c orange 'INDE' on eagle issue
Pondichery obliteration and 'INDE' cancel on French colonies stamp


Pondichery cancel on 1 F stamp


1893 French colonies type, inscription 'ETABLISSEMENTS DE L'INDE' in red or blue

1 c black 10 c red

  1 c black
  2 c brown on yellowish
  4 c brown
  5 c green
  10 c black
  10 c red
  15 c blue
  15 c grey
  20 c red on yellow
  25 c black
  25 c blue
  30 c brown
  35 c black
  40 c orange
  45 c black
  50 c red
  50 c brown on blue
  75 c lilac
  1 F green

These stamps have perforation 14 x 13 1/2. For stamps in the same Tablet design, but for other French colonies, click here.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c** 
2 c** 
4 c** 
5 c*** 
10 c black *** 
10 c red*** 
15 c blue **With background pattern
15 c greyRR 
20 c****** 
25 c black **** 
25 c blueRR 
30 cRRRR 
35 c****** 
40 c****** 
45 c****** 
50 c red ****** 
50 c brown on blue RR 
75 c****** 
1 F****** 

Typical cancels:


Pondichery and Karikal


(Fournier forgery)

Fournier has made forgeries of these 'Tablet' stamps, for more information on these forgeries click here.

 

1904 As 1893 issue, but surcharged

0,15 on 25 c black

  0,05 (red) on 25 c black
  0,10 (red) on 25 c black
  0,15 (red) on 25 c black
  0,40 (black) on 50 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,05 on 25 cRRRR 
0,10 on 25 cRRRR 
0,15 on 25 cRRR 
0,40 on 50 cRRRR 

Special cancel 'INDE' and dots surrounded by a rectangle:

Genuine, with 'INDE' cancel

 

1903 Fiscal stamp, upper part surcharged 'Inde Fcaise POSTES'

  0,05 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,05 c****** 

If I'm well informed, there are some varieties of the overprint. It varies from 18 1/2 to 19 1/2 mm, the thickness of the lines below 'caise' is variable. The 'O' of 'POSTES' is between the 'd' and 'e' of 'Inde' or below the 'e'. The comma can be oval or round. A variety with larger 'E' in 'POSTES' exists. The '0' of the value exists normal or small. Some corrections were done (not sure about this). I would like to thank Yves Claude Levern for supplying me with this information.

 

1914 Indian god with swan and snake

Value in 'CENTS'

25 c blue and black

  1 c grey and black
  2 c lilac and black
  2 c green and lilac (1922)
  3 c brown and black
  4 c orange and black
  5 c green and black
  5 c lilac and black (1922)
  10 c red and black
  10 c green and black (1922)
  15 c violet and black
  20 c red and black
  25 c blue and black
  25 c blue and red (1922)
  30 c blue and black
  30 c red and black (1922)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
2 c lilac and black c* 
2 c green and lilac** 
3 ccc 
4 ccc 
5 c green and black ** 
5 c lilac and black** 
10 c red and black ** 
10 c green and black ** 
15 c** 
20 c** 
25 c blue and black R*** 
25 c blue and red ****** 
30 c blue and black ****** 
30 c red and black****** 
Red cross issue (1915)

  '+ 5 c' on 10 c red (5 types)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c on 10 c**Most types: *, one type: ***

These red cross stamps were printed in sheets of 75. Several types exist. The first one appeared in June 1915 with the overprint on top (45000 stamps issued). The second one appeared in November 1915 with the overprint at the bottom of the stamp (40000 stamps issued). A variety known as 'Maltese Cross at the right hand side' was issued in March 1916 at the bottom of the stamp (12000 stamps issued). Another type with a Maltese cross on top and '5' and 'C' below it was issued in June 1916 (unknown how many stamps were issued). Finally an overprint with a cross on top of the stamp and '5 c' at the bottom was issued in Juin 1916 (unknown how many stamps were issued). Two varieties exist: 'e' instead of 'c' and '5' and 'c' only 9 mm instead of 11 mm apart. Towards the end of 1916 another overprint appeared with the cross and '5 c' very close together. Some black overprints (essays of Mahe) seem to exist. This information was obtained from Yves Claude Levern.

Surcharged

  '0,01' and bars on 15 c violet and black (1923)
  '0,02' and bars (blue) on 15 c violet and black (1923)
  '0,05' and bars (red) on 15 c violet and black (1923)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
0,01 on 15 c**** 
0,02 on 15 c** 
0,05 on 15 c** 
Surcharged in new currency (CACHES or FANONS) (1923-1926)

1 Cache on 1 c grey and black

  '1 CACHE' (red) on 1 c grey and black
  '2 CACHES' on 5 c lilac and black
  '3 CACHES' on 3 c brown and black
  '4 CACHES' on 4 c orange and black
  '6 CACHES' on 10 c green and black
  '10 CACHES' and bars on 20 c red and green
  '12 CACHES' on 15 c violet and black
  '15 CACHES' on 20 c red and black
  '18 CACHES' on 30 c red and black
  '1 FANON' and bars on 25 c green and red
  '2 FANONS 9 CACHES' (blue) on 25 c blue and red 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cache on 1 c cc 
2 caches on 5 c cc 
3 caches on 3 ccc 
4 caches on 4 ccc 
6 caches on 10 c cc 
10 cashes on 20 c** 
12 cashes on 15 c ** 
15 cashes on 20 c**** 
18 cashes on 30 c** 
1 F on 25 c** 
2 F 9 c on 25 c**** 
Value in 'CACHES' (1929)

  1 c grey and black
  2 c lilac and black
  3 c brown and black
  4 c orange and black
  6 c green
  10 c red and green
  12 c green
  16 c blue and black
  18 c red
  20 c blue and green on blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cvcc 
2 ccc 
3 ccc 
4 ccc 
6 ccc 
10 cc* 
12 cc* 
16 c** 
18 c** 
20 c** 

 

1914 Village

Value in 'CENTS' or 'FRANCS'

5 F blue and black

  35 c brown and black
  40 c orange and black
  45 c green and black
  50 c red and black
  50 c blue (1922)
  75 c blue and black
  1 F yellow and black
  2 F violet and black
  5 F blue and black
  5 F red and black (1922)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
35 c**** 
40 c****** 
45 c****** 
50 c red and black ****** 
50 c blue****** 
75 c****** 
1 F****** 
2 FRR 
5 F blue and black ****** 
5 F red and black RR 
Surcharged in new currency (CACHES, FANONS or RUPIES) (1923-1926)

20 caches on 45 c green and red

  '6 CACHES' (red) on 45 c green and black
  '16 CACHES' and bars on 35 c blue and brown
  '20 CACHES' on 45 c green and red
  '1 FANON 3 CACHES' (blue) on 35 c brown and black
  '1 FANON 6 CACHES' (red) on 40 c orange and black
  '1 FANON 12 CACHES' (blue) on 50 c blue 
  '1 FANON 12 CACHES' (blue) on 75 c blue and black
  '1 FANON 16 CACHES' on 75 c red and green
  '2 FANONS 12 CACHES' and bars on 1 F lilac and brown
  '3 FANONS 3 CACHES' (red) on 1 F yellow and black
  '6 FANONS 6 CACHES' (blue) on 2 F violet and black
  '1 ROUPIE' (red) on 1 F green and blue
  '2 ROUPIES' (red) on 5 F red and black
  '3 ROUPIES' (red) on 2 F grey and violet on green
  '5 ROUPIES' on 5 F red and black 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 caches on 45 c ** 
16 caches on 35 c ** 
20 caches on 45 c** 
1 F 3 c on 35 c**** 
1 F 6 c on 40 c** 
1 F 12 c on 50 c** 
1 F 12 c on 75 c**** 
1 F 16 c on 75 c**** 
2 F 12 c on 1 F**** 
3 F 3 c on 1 F****** 
6 F 6 c on 2 F****** 
1 R on 1 F****** 
2 R on 5 F****** 
3 R on 2 FRR 
5 R on 5 FRRRR 
Value in 'FANON' or 'RUPIES'

1 Fa green and red

  1 F green and red
  1 F 6 c red and black
  1 F 12 c blue
  1 F 16 c red and green
  2 F 12 c lilac and brown
  6 F 6 c violet and black
  1 R green and blue
  2 R red and black
  3 R grey and violet
  5 R red and black on green  

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 F** 
1 F 6 c** 
1 F 12 c** 
1 F 16 c** 
2 F 12 c**** 
6 F 6 c****** 
1 R****** 
2 R****** 
3 R***R 
5 RRR 

Later surcharge:


Postage due stamps

1924 Postage due stamps of France, surcharged with 'CASHES'

  6 c (blue) on 10 c brown
  12 c on 25 c red
  15 c (red) on 20 c olive
  1 F 6 c (blue) on 30 c red
  1 F 12 c (blue) on 50 c violet
  1 F 15 c on 5 c blue
  3 F 3 c (blue) on 1 F lilac on yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 c on 10 cc* 
12 c on 25 c** 
15 c on 20 c** 
1 F 6 c on 30 c ** 
1 F 12 c on 50 c **** 
1 F 15 c on 5 c**** 
3 F 3 c on 1 F****** 
Surcharged with bars aswell (1928)

  4 c on 20 c violet
  1 F on 30 c orange
  1 F 15 c on 5 c black
  3 F on 1 F green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 c on 20 ccc 
1 F on 30 c** 
1 F 15 c on 5 c**** 
3 F on 1 F**** 

 

1929 Inscription 'INDE FRANCAISE A PERCEVOIR', value in 'CACHES' or 'FANONS'

  4 c red
  6 c blue
  12 c green
  1 Fa brown
  1 Fa 12 c violet
  1 Fa 16 c yellow
  3 Fa lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 ccc 
6 ccc 
12 cc* 
1 F** 
1 F 12 c** 
1 F 16 c** 
3 F**** 

Fiscal stamps

Examples:


(With inscription 'ETABs FRANC DE L'INDE')


(As French fiscal stamps, but with inscription in 'CACHES')


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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