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The Stamps and Postal History of the Indian Feudatory States

Designs on the stamps include Maharajas, Sacred Cows, Swords and Daggers, Gods and Goddesses, some even have a watermark depicting an umbrella! In most cases stamps issued by India’s Feudatory states were only valid within their respective states, although postal exchange arrangements such as that between Cochin and Travancore were occasionally agreed.

Depending on your method of counting, there were around 33 different states which issued stamps including the United State of Travancore – Cochin, and those of Faridkot and Jind which spent periods as both Feudatory and Convention States.

Collectors of these stamps often enjoy the extremes in style from the incredibly ‘primitive’ stamps of Jammu and Kashmir (who for a period issued their stamps separately before combining) to the polished sophistication of the Hyderabad stamps – and all types in between! Colourful and intriguing, the excellent Stanley Gibbons catalogue is the best overall guide to these wonderful issues, reminiscent of an age which finally drew to an end shortly after India gained her independence.

INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES STAMPS 

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1902-36 mostly mint colln on pages incl Revenues (46)
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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1913 Postage Due cover from Sironje to Bhopal, many marks
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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1925 Bankers Draft for Rs 15,932 bearing 1908 1a green
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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL JUDICIAL HEADINGS 1939-49 1a to 12a all diff dated grp (5)
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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - SORUTH 1949 1a on ½a & 11 on 2a, SG 58/9 VFU (2)
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    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - SORUTH OFFICIAL 1948 1a on 8a black & yellow-green, SG O17 FU
  • Lot 534 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - TRAVANCORE 1889 8ch orange-red post stat card, type C2, unused
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    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - TRAVANCORE 1946 8ca carmine imperf horiz pair, SG 76ba, fine mint
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    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - TRAVANCORE 1941 ¾ ch brown imperf vert pair SG 72bb, v fine mint,
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    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - TRAVANCORE OFFICIAL 1930 6ca, SG O52, complete NHM sheet of 84

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