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India Stamp Details

The first stamps issued in India were the “Scinde Dawks”, authorised for use only in Sind Province by the British Commissioner. However, the first India stamps for use throughout the entire country were issued during October 1854. The 3 different values being the subject of careful study by generations of philatelists. In addition, the rarest India stamps include the 1854 4 anna with the blue head of Queen Victoria inverted within the red frame. Also, the 1948 10r Gandhi stamp with “Official” overprint, both important in world philately. Considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the British Empire, India enjoyed the work of De La Rues best designers and engravers until the mid 1920s. As a result, many outstanding stamps were printed plus many essays, trials and proofs are known.
The substantial governmental infrastructure also gave stamp collectors a wide range of official India stamps overprinted or inscribed “Service”. In addition, in recent years the popularity of the large format Telegraph stamps have seen them listed by Stanley Gibbons alongside the postage issues. The postmarks and postal history of the various Indian Military expeditionary forces and Indian Post Offices abroad are popular with Indian stamps. They are cancelled in the Persian Gulf, Middle East, Africa, Malaya, Nepal and Tibet being highly sought-after. The postal history is highly regarded with collectors often choosing a specific area. This is often defined by the Railway Post Office routes to collect and study.

India Stamps

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  • Lot 373 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £55 - £65

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    INDIA - 1842-46 Two letters from India to Bordeaux/France: the first from Madras dated 8th June 1842 to Bordeaux via Marseilles, with  boxed ‘PAQUEBOTS DE LA MEDITERRANÉE’, the second from Calcutta...

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  • Lot 374 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £55 - £65

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    INDIA - 1847 A letter from Madras, 23rd October to Marseille, paid 10 annas, with ‘Overland via Bombay / Via Marseille’ and a fine variety of marks en route.

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  • Lot 375 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £70

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    INDIA - 1854 1a Die III, two used examples cancelled 'C/III' of Pondicherry (faults), the other with 'C/I' of Madras with four margins, signed Brun. Cat. £450. (2 stamps)

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  • Lot 376 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £80

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    INDIA - 1854 STAMPS HANDBOOKS The Four Annas Lithographed stamps of India 1854-55 by Martin & Smythies 1930 with plates, bound in maroon cloth and quarter-bound in leather; The One Anna and Two Ann...

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  • Lot 377 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £60

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    INDIA - 1854-1954 STAMP CENTENARY SOUVENIR ALBUM illustrated with facsimile stamps in colour, all with pen ticks alongside.

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  • Lot 378 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £200 - £250

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    INDIA - 1866-78 NEW DISCOVERY 4a green Die I WATERMARK INVERTED variety, SG 69 var, fine used, small corner creases, fresh. The inverted watermark variety is listed only for Die II. This is the dis...

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  • Lot 379 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £35 - £40

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    INDIA - 1921 'PIES PIES' error, SG 192b, in marginal pair with normal, signed by the Postmaster of Akyab and with copy of his certificate, mint with a thin in the margin. 

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  • Lot 380 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £40 - £50

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    INDIA - 1935-37 ROCKET MAIL LABELS Stephen H Smith's unused labels for 1935 (23 March) Silver Jubilee label; 1935 (6 June) Quetta Earthquake Relief label & Red Cross Rocket Parcel Dispatch label; 1...

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  • Lot 381 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £230 - £250

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    INDIA - 1947-71 COLLECTION in an album, incl. 1948 Gandhi sets mint and used, 1½a on FDC, 1949-52 sets never hinged mint and used, a good range of later, Officials, Custodian Forces in blocks of fo...

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  • Lot 382 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £70

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    INDIA - COVERS COLLECTION in an album, incl. many Censored, stationery etc. (+/- 100 items)

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