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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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  • Lot 388 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £30 - £40

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - HYDERABAD 1949 2p bistre-brown, 'POSTAGE' at top, SG 60, full sheet with selvedge to all sides, never hinged mint, folded in half. Cat. £300. (100 stamps)

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  • Lot 389 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £75 - £90

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - HYDERABAD OFFICIALS 1949 2p bistre-brown overprint, SG O55, fine mint (many stamps are never hinged) COMPLETE SHEET of 100, some perf splitting. Cat. £750. (100 stamps)

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  • Lot 546 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1895 ½a red, S 47, fine unused sheet of 8 + 2 singles (10)

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  • Lot 547 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1902-36 mostly mint colln on pages incl Revenues (46)

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  • Lot 548 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1913 Postage Due cover from Sironje to Bhopal, many marks

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  • Lot 549 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL 1925 Bankers Draft for Rs 15,932 bearing 1908 1a green

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  • Lot 550 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BHOPAL JUDICIAL HEADINGS 1939-49 1a to 12a all diff dated grp (5)

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  • Lot 551 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - BIJAWAR 1935-36 complete perf 11 set, SG 1/5, very fine used (5)

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  • Lot 552 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - SORUTH 1949 1a on ½a & 11 on 2a, SG 58/9 VFU (2)

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  • Lot 553 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

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    INDIAN FEUDATORY STATES - SORUTH OFFICIAL 1948 1a on 8a black & yellow-green, SG O17 FU

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