Staal-Sharma Restrikes 1981

For the pop-up windows on this page to work, your Javascript capability must be engaged. The Sri Pratap Singh Museum in Srinagar holds an extensive collection of the printing implements that were used by the Native postal system of Jammu and Kashmir. In August 1981, Dr B. Sharma and Dr F. Staal had the opportunity to make impressions from all the available dies. The story of this wonderful adventure is told in Appendix E (“Five Fruitful Days in Srinagar”) of the Staal reference, pp 229-66. The account features 29 pages of figures showing their reprints of the defaced postage, telegraph, and revenues, plus a wide variety of seals and cancellations. We are fortunate to be able to display a number of these items here. The notation n/m means n copies were produced in purple ink and m copies in black ink. If only one number is listed, that means purple ink.


The Defaced Stamp Implements

½a Circular 40/9
½a Circular in Black Pair
½a Circular in Strip of 4
1a Circular  29/11
1a Circular in Pair
4a Circular  24/12
4a Circular in Pair
Jammu plate  5/0
1st Kashmir Plate  11/0
2nd Kashmir Plate  10/0
4a Kashmir Die  8/14
8a Kashmir Die: Implement not found
½a Kashmir Die: Implement non-existent

⅛a New Rectangular 7/0
¼a New Rectangular  5/0
½a New Rectangular  7/0
1a New Rectangular  5/0
2a New Rectangular  5/0
4a+8a Composite Plate  6/0

Unissued Plate  6/0
Defaced Card Stamp 7/0


Duplex Obliterators

Kashmir  15/0    Skardo  13/0    Gilgit  8/0    Ladakh  6/6    Sialkot  8/12


Registration Seals

Eleven types of a four-line Dogri Rajastarī  4/0 seal were found, of which the pop-up here is but one example. (No, by Jove, here’s another  2/0). As for the three-line type listed below, the type for Srinagar 0/0 was conspicuously missing from the museum, and is known in bogus philatelic productions.

Jammu  5    Nowanshahr  5    Bhimbar  3    Jasrota  2    Srinagar  0


Cancellation Seals

Seal of the Iron-Mine of Jammu 1915 ~ mohr āhan kān Jammūn 1858 AD.  11/18
Seal of the Post of Srinagar 1942 ~ mohr dāk Srī Nagar 1885 AD.  12/0
Dak Jammu  8   Jammu  8   Manovar  11   Ladakh  18   Ladakh  10   Ladakh?  6
Mirpur  4   Srinagar  3


Postage Due Seals

masūl bākī  (type a)  6/0        mahsūl  (type a)  4/0
masūl bākī  (type b)  5/0 mahsūl  (type b)  4/0
masūl bākī  (type c)  7/0 mahsūl  (type c)  6/0
masūl bākī  (type d)  5/0 mahsūl  (type d)  5/0
masūl bākī  (type e)  4/0
masūl bākī  (type f)   5/0
masūl bākī  (type g)  0/7
masūl bākī  (type h)  4/0
masūl bākī  (type i)   6/0

Type d was used at Srinagar and type h was used at Sialkot in India. The latter can be seen in Staal, p 247, labelled 131. As to extant covers bearing any of the others, we have heard nothing so far. On the other hand, there are examples of the baki-type seen on cover that do not match any of the types shown above.

Too Late Seals

pīche pahucī  (type a)  3/0       ba'd az vaqt  (type a)  6/0
pīche pahucī  (type b)  8/0 ba'd az vaqt  (type b)  4/0
pīche pahucī  (type c)  6/0 ba'd az vaqt  (type c)  2/0
pīche pahucī  (type d)  8/0 ba'd az vaqt  (type d)  6/0
pīche pahucī  (type e)  0/5 ba'd az vaqt  (type e)  7/0
pīche pahucī  (type f)  0/5
pīche pahucī  (type g)  4/0
pīche pahucī  (type h)  9/0


Bar-Obliterators

9-bar-2  7/0       diagonal-1  (type a)  5/0 10-bar  (type a)  7/0
9-bar-3  7/0 diagonal-1  (type b)  11/0 10-bar  (type b)  7/0
9-bar-5  8/0 diagonal-1  (type c)  8/0 10-bar  (type c)  3/0
9-bar-6  9/0 diagonal-1  (type d)  7/0 10-bar  (type d)  4/0
9-bar-7  7/0 diagonal-1  (type e)  8/0 10-bar  (type e)  10/0
9-bar-8  7/0 diagonal-1  (type f )  4/1 12-bar-1  9/0


3-ring Cancels

Banhal  4 Jasrota MOs  4
Bhimbar  4 Kathua  2
Bhimber MOs  4 Khui Ruttah  6
Camp Post Office  4      Nowan Shahr MOs  5
Dansal  3 Parat  1
Dead Letter  3 Parol  4
Jammu  9 Rajouri  1
Jammu'  5 Sanbha  2
Jammu Parcel  5 Seri  5
Jasmergarh  5 Sukhchainpur  8
Jasrota  5 (illegible)  3


Mail-bag Seals

Akhnur  5 Dansal  4 Jasrota II  5 Ramban  3
Banhal  4 Jammu Curved  5 Kathua  3 Ramgarh  3
Batota  7 Jammu Horiz.  8? Khui Ruttah  3 Samba  4
Bhimbar Curved  3 Jammu INS  5 Nowan Shahr  5 Sanbha  4
Bhimbar Horiz.  5 Jasmergarh  4 Parol  5 Seri  4
Camp PO  7 Jasrota I  6 Rajouri  3 Sukkchainpur  5


Telegraph Stamps

Coat of Arms   1a   2a   4a   8a   1r   2r   5r   10r   25r


Miscellaneous Seals

1882 Postal Seal Srinagar     Kār Sarkār Jammūn     Jammu     Hundi 1877
uncarved octagon    uncarved circle
unidentified hexagon    unidentified hexagon
Seal 1   Seal 2   Seal 3   Seal 4   Seal 5   Seal 6   Seal 7   Seal 8   Seal 9

1 anna ~ ek ānā
2 annas ~ do ānā
3 annas ~ tīn ānā
4 annas ~ ćahār ānā
5 annas ~ panj ānā
6 annas ~ ćhe ānā
8 annas ~ āţh ānā
12 annas ~ bārah ānā
16 annas ~ ek rupaiye (1 Rp)
24 annas ~ ek nīm rupaiye (1 ½ Rs)
48 annas ~ tīn rupaiye (3 Rs)

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