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Various stamps of India were overprinted with 'PATIALA STATE' or 'PUTTIALLA STATE' from 1884 onwards.

 

1884 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PUTTIALLA STATE' in two curves

  1/2 a green
  1 a brown
  2 a blue
  4 a green
  8 a lilac
  1 R grey

All these stamps have watermark 'Star', except the 4 a which has watermark 'Elephant Head'. The overprint is usually in red, but the 1 a and 8 a exist with red and black overprint:


(Red and black overprint on 8 a)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 a****** 
1 a RRRed and black overprint: RRR
2 aRR 
4 aRR 
8 aRRRRRed and black overprint: RR
1 RRRRR 

 

1885 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PUTTIALLA STATE'

  1/2 a green (red overprint)
  1 a brown
  2 a blue (red overprint)
  4 a green (red overprint)
  8 a lilac
  1 R grey (red overprint)

1891 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE'

  3 p red (1899)
  1/2 a green
  9 p red
  1 a brown
  1 a red
  1 a 6 p brown
  2 a blue
  3 a orange
  4 a olive
  6 a brown
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R red and green
  2 R brown and red
  3 R green and brown
  5 R violet and blue

 

1903 Stamps of India (King Edward) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE'

  3 p grey
  1/2 a green ('POSTAGE')
  1/2 a green ('POSTAGE & REVENUE')
  1 a red ('POSTAGE')
  1 a red ('POSTAGE & REVENUE')
  2 a lilac
  3 a orange
  4 a olive
  6 a yellow
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R red and green
  2 R brown and red
  3 R green and brown
  5 R violet and blue

 

1913 Stamps of India (King George) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE'

 

  3 p grey
  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  1 a brown
  1 1/2 a brown
  2 a lilac
  3 a orange
  3 a blue
  4 a olive
  6 a yellow
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R red and green
  2 R brown and red
  5 R violet and blue

From 1920 onwards more values were issued with overprint 'PATIALA STATE'.


Official stamps

 

1884 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PUTTIALLA STATE'in two curves, overprinted 'SERVICE'

1 a brown, "SERVICE"

  1/2 a green
  1 a brown
  2 a blue
  

1885 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PUTTIALLA STATE', overprinted 'SERVICE'

  1/2 a green (overprint red)
  1 a brown
  2 a blue (overprint red)

For the specialist: two sizes of the overprint 'SERVICE' exist.

Some reprints have been made, also with erroneous inscription 'AUTTIALLA' instead of 'PUTTIALLA':

 

1891 Stamps of India (Queen Victoria) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE', overprinted 'SERVICE'

  1/2 a green
  9 p red
  1 a brown
  1 a red
  2 a blue
  3 a orange
  4 a olive
  6 a brown
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R grey
  1 R red and green

The 1/2 a, 3 a, 4 a, 8 a and 1 R grey exist with missing 'I' in 'SERVICE', example:


(Missing 'I' on 1/2 a)

Furthermore, the 1/2 a, 1 a and 2 a exist with inverted 'SERVICE' overprint.

 

1903 Stamps of India (King Edward) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE', overprinted 'SERVICE'

  3 p grey
  1/2 a green ('POSTAGE')
  1/2 a green ('POSTAGE & REVENUE')
  1 a red ('POSTAGE')
  1 a red ('POSTAGE & REVENUE')
  2 a lilac
  3 a orange
  4 a olive
  6 a yellow
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R red and green
  

1914 Stamps of India (King George) overprinted 'PATIALA STATE', overprinted 'SERVICE'

  3 p grey
  1/2 a green
  1 a red
  2 a lilac
  4 a olive
  8 a lilac
  12 a lilac on red
  1 R red and green
  

From 1920 onwards more values were issued with overprint 'PATIALA STATE' and 'SERVICE', example:

 

2 R orange and red "SERVICE"
(Reduced size)


Postal stationery

Example:


(Postcard, reduced size)


(cut square, reduced size)


Fiscal Stamps

I've seen several stamps of Patiala with the image of King George V, with additional overprint 'Telephone Service', example:


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