The Bard Papers: The Exchange Offices

SialkotSialkot CityAmritsar

Sialkot Exchange Office

BST1a.  The Sialkot numeral error ‘144’ in a diamond of bars is known for 1859-60. The image is a detail from an August 1859 cover in the Jaiswal collection, where it accompanies Type BST2 below. BST1 proper is the 244 known from the preceding 1855-59 period.

BST2.  SEEALKOTE cds in double circle. The image is from the cover mentioned above. It is also known on a cover dated 20 July 1860.

BST3.  SEALKOTE straight line + 54 obliterator is known from 25 December 1861 to 16 March 1865. The image is from a June 1864 cover in the Jaiswal collection.

BST4.  SEALKOTE cds with fleuron, 6 August 1860 to 3 August 1863.

BST5.  The 1AS postage due stamp is known for more than a decade, from 8 March 1863 to 11 April 74. It is seen obliterating the Jammu frank in 1863, while the latter date comes from a cover in the Hellrigl collection.

BST6.  SEALKOTE in arc + 54 obliterator is known from 2 June 1865 to 31 August 1867. The image is a detail from the Dawson catalogue.

BST7.  SEALCOTE in arc cds was known by June 1865 in the pre-stamps period to July 1874 in black. It was used concurrently with BSC2 in October 1866 in both red and black. Type BST7a is for the “red”.

BST8.  SEALKOTE in ‘skeleton’ arc cds is known from 14 August to 9 December 1866 in red. It is used occasionaly with BSC2. The image in red is a detail from a cover in the Jaiswal collection, whereon it accompanied the diamond of dots obliteration BSC1. Another cutting (BST8a) with larger lettering in black (despatch) is attested in a mailing from Jammu for 9 August 1866, and in a different dating format, above. The latter is the example that Séfi and Mortimer used for their drawing of their Type 10.

BST9.  SEALCOTE + 54 circled obliterator is known from 14 April 1868 to 23 April 1874. Detail from a cover in the Hellrigl collection.

BST10.  SEALCOTE Triangle unpaid sorting datestamp is known from 14 July 1868 to March 1870. The BST10a covers the “red” variety. The second image is a detail from a January 1869 cover in the Hellrigl collection.

BST11.  SEALKOTE + L-3 obliterator is known from 30 July 1874 to 25 December 1876.

BST12.  SEALKOTE straight line cds is known from 30 Sep 1874 to Dec 1876.

BST13.  SEALKOTE registration cachet. Name stamp on All India registration cachet in red. Date here is 10 November 1872. Cachet redrawn, in black with the same name-stamp is known for 23 April 1874.

BST13a.  As above but redrawn and struck in black with different name stamps, from 29 January 1875 onward.

BST14.  REGISTERED /O. SEALKOTE /N.  W. /D. cachet, indented type, is known from 11 November 1876 to 12 February 1878. Detail from Staal Plate 3 (where the collector label on the cover misdates the item).

BST15 and BST15a (two settings with serifed unit) for the POSTAGE DUE /1  ANNA. The image on the left was taken as a detail from a November 1874 cover, that on the right from a November 1878 cover in the early New Rectangulars period.

BST16.  SIALKOT. + L-3 separable duplex is known from 30 March 1877 to June 1880. The S is relatively close to the circle; in separated use that is BST 18.

BST16a. The S is relatively farther from the circle, but is not the same as BST19. Attested so far for only three days from 30 March to 2 April 1879.

BST17.  Registration cachet REGISTERED./ SIALKOT./ N.  W./ D. is known between 10 May 1878 and 14 November 1881. An earlier date that is cited is seen on Plate 14 of the Haverbeck sale Lot 1281. Masson converted the “26 Chet 1935” to 13 April 1878. But that conversion should be corrected on account of a calendar confusion to 6 April 1879, then does lie in the otherwise attested range.

BST18.  SIALKOT cds with name measuring 21mm is known from January 1877 to 28 July 1884. It was used concurrently with BST19 and BST20. The year date was replaced on 30 November 1883.

BST19.  SIALKOT cds with name measuring 18mm is known from 22 January 1878 to 15 April 1884. It was used concurrently with BST18 and BST20. It is also recorded in use as an obliterator on 19 November 1883.

BST20.  L in circle of bars obliterator, 30 June 1880 to 12 May 1884. It is distinguished from the Srinagar type by virtue of a shorter base to the L and a more circular disposition of the bars.

BST21.  L in clear rectangle within circle of bars. Earliest sighting so far possibly April 1887. Another is seen for 26 July 1888. A late example occurred on 4 February 1890. Image espied and stolen from the internet.

BST22.  SIALKOT cds with name measuring 20 mm is known from October to 29 November 1883. It was used concurrently with BST18 and BST19. It was also recorded in use as an obliterator on 7 April 1884.

BST22a.  As above with year date, 30 November 1883 to 7 April 1884.

BST24.  SIALKOT in arc cds, used as an obliterator only, 19 May 1884.

Sialkot City Mail Agent

BSC1.  Diamond of dots (9 × 9) obliterator is known for September 1866. The image is a detail from a cover in the Jaiswal collection.

BSC2.  SEALKOTE in arc cds is known in both red and black and used concurrently with BST7 from 16 October 1866. In red it is reported to 14 July 1868. There is a confirmed report in black on 26 July 1871, and an unconfirmed sighting on 1 May 1872.

BSC3.  U/26 obliterator is known occasionally from 16 November 1866 to 18 December 1868, probably struck at Sialkot City, but not restriced to mail from J&K. Image is from a detail of a cover in the Hellrigl collection.

BSC3a. As above struck in purple ink. An example is known for December 1868.

BSC4. SEALCOTE CITY (serifed) + U/26 obliterator (redrawn) is attested from 5 November 1870 to 14 August 1871. The two drawings are from Séfi & Mortimer, their Types 56 and 57.

BSC5. SIALKOT CITY datestamp is known from 13 November 1877 to 6 February 1878. All mail from Jammu was routed via Sialkot City between November 1877 and February 1878. This datestamp sometimes accompanied the L-3/8 obliterator, image on right.

The preceding datestamp was sometimes accompanied the L-3/8 obliterator shown here, together with Séfi & Mortimer’s drawing, Type 59.

Amritsar Exchange

BAM1.  UMRITSUR straight line cds is known from 10 January 1860 to 5 August 1863 on a pre-stamp franked cover, detail left. A version in red is shown also for 9 November 1863.

BAM2.  UMRITSUR in ‘skeleton’ arc cds in red known between 5 December 1863 to June or July 1965. Lot 11 in the Blue Sale is dated 22 shawāl [12]81 ~ 21 March 1865. Lot 12 in the Blue Sale has safar [12]82, which begins 26 June 1865.

BAM3.  UMRITSUR in arc cds is known from 17 August 1865. There are a number of cuttings over the years, and the shade of “red” pigment varies markedly.

BAM4.  UMRITSUR in arc cds + fleuron is known from mid-February 1873.

BAM5.  UMRITSUR POST OFFICE cds, 3 June 1872 to 2 July 1874. There are 2nd and 3rd delivery versions.

BAM6.  UMRITSUR 1.DELY, 8 October 1874 to 27 July 1876.

BAM7.  UMRITSUR 2.DELY, from 11 September 1874.

BAM8 and BAM9.  AMRITSAR 1.DELY and 2.DELY. The first is known between 26 June 1876 to 14 October 1881. Also shown is the 3.DELY, which is known briefly in late 1877. There are a number of cuttings for each except perhaps the third, which employed one of the implements used in the 1.DEL type, but with the different delivery number insert.

(blank) AMRITSAR. Detail from a March 1881 cover in the Hellrigl collection.


BAM10 and BAM11.  AMRITSAR FIRST DELY and SECOND DELY with and without year dates. The FIRST delivery is known from 18 January 1882 to November 1883, after which date the year was added in both cases. There are a number of cuttings for each.

Amritsar markings for the final decade, 1884-94, are not included in this listing.

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