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Faridkot

The various issues of the 1 folus stamp are distinguished by the paper, so I have arbitrarily assigned the forgery to the first issue. There are also large quantities of reprints about, produced after the original stamps ceased to be valid for postage, in a variety of fancy colours (sometimes marketed as 'colour trials'), both perforated and imperf., from the original and from re-engraved dies. The printing on the modern forgeries is very blurred.

SG N1; Scott 1: 1 folus, blue, black; the genuine stamp is blue. There are also forgeries of the re-engraved 1 folus value, in blue, green, orange, red and black, on thin white paper, sometimes with a fake postmark added.

Genuine left, two forgeries right.

SG N8; Scott 3: 1 paisa, blue, green, black; the genuine stamp is blue; but this issue is believed not to have been postally used. As with the 1 folus stamp, reprints in several colours are abundant, and much better printed than these forgeries.

Genuine (reprint) left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Hyderabad

SG 2; Scott 1: ½ anna, brown. The imperforate horizontal strips of the ¼ anna, blue (SG 22; Scott 17) and ½ anna, orange (SG 23; Scott 19), recently offered on eBay, are presumed to be modern forgeries.

Genuine left, forgery right.

Idar

No modern forgeries noted.

Indore

SG 3-4; Scott 4: ½ anna, black on red. I have not seen modern forgeries of this issue, but it was noted in India Post (Vol. 29 (124): 54) that coloured paper is used for the forgeries of this State. Scott gives the face value, incorrectly, as ¼ anna.


Jaipur SG4/Sc2 forgery.

Jaipur

SG 3; Scott 1D: ½ anna, blue, several shades of green and red, purplish-brown, black; the genuine stamp is blue, perf. 14.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 4; Scott 2: 1 anna, blue, several shades of green, red, reddish-brown; the genuine stamp is red, perf. 14.
SG 17; Scott 12: ¼ anna, greenish yellow. The variety with no stop after 'STATE' occurs only once on the sheet of six (row 3, first stamp); in the forgery all six stamps are this variety.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 20; Scott 14: 1 anna, blue (shades), green, red (shades); the genuine stamp is red.

Jammu & Kashmir

The various issues are here grouped for convenience by design, rather than chronologically. The genuine stamps are distinguished not only by their colour but by the ink (oil or watercolour) and the paper on which they are printed, which characteristics varied with different issues. There were several reprints and special printings of the earlier issues in a variety of colours.

Circular issues (SG 1-49; Scott 1-5, 24-59)

Forgeries of all three values are produced in the same colours, printed singly, possibly by use of a rubber stamp, as the impressions sometimes overlap! As the forgeries are copied from the illustrations in the Gibbons catalogue, details of the circular frame lines are the same in each copy; in the 1 anna value the curved horizontal stroke in the centre of the design is noticeably shorter than in most of the genuine stamps. The genuine stamps are 24 mm in diameter; the forgeries are 25 mm.

½ anna, purple, blue, green, yellow, red, grey, black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

1 anna, purple, blue, green, yellow, red, grey (on thin, tinted wove paper), black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

4 annas, purple, blue, green, yellow, red, grey, black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Jammu rectangular issues, with wide oval (SG 52-85; Scott 6-23)

There were several printings, in different colours; issued as blocks of 3 stamps of ½ anna value and one (bottom left) of 1 anna; the forgeries are usually offered in blocks (copied from the Gibbons catalogue) but have also been seen as singles and pairs.

½ and 1 anna, purple, blue, green, orange, red, brown, black

Two genuines left, forgery right (click to enlarge).


Forged SG86/Sc60.


Forged SG87/Sc64.


Forged SG94/Sc67.


Forged SG97/Sc71.


Forged SG99/Sc72.


Forged SG101/Sc73.

Jammu seal

SG 86; Scott 60: ½ anna, red, on thin white paper; the genuine stamp is hand-stamped in red watercolour on native paper.

Kashmir rectangular issues, with wide oval (SG 87-101; Scott 62-72)

The printing is so poor on many of these that they appear to have been made with a rubber stamp! The value, in the upper part of the central oval, is often illegible, but as the forgeries are copied from the illustrations in Gibbons catalogue the values can be determined from comparison of the visible portions of the inscriptions and from the exact dimensions of the stamp (the ¼ anna is taller, and the 8 annas is wider, than the other values). There are two types of the ½ anna stamp.

SG 90; Scott 63: ¼ anna: red, black; the genuine stamp is black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 87; Scott 64: ½ anna, blue; the genuine stamp is black.
SG 91; Scott 65: ½ anna, green, black; the genuine stamp is blue.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 94; Scott 67: 1 anna: purple, red, black; the genuine stamp is orange.
SG 97; Scott 71: 2 annas: purple, red; the genuine stamp is yellow.
SG 99; Scott 72: 4 annas: purple, blue, green, red, black; the genuine stamp is green.
SG 101; Scott 73: 8 annas: purple, blue, green, red, black; the genuine stamp is red.

Jammu and Kashmir rectangular issues, with narrow oval (SG 101b-168; Scott 74-127)

There were several issues of the genuine stamps of this design (some perforated) on a variety of papers; the colours noted are those for the common issue of 1883-94 (SG 138-161; Scott 104-120); the official stamps are identical, but are printed in black (SG O6-O11; Scott O6-O11). The value characters are now in the lower part of the central oval; there are as many varieties as stamps on the sheet (15 for the 1/8 anna, ¼ anna and ½ anna, 20 for the 1 anna and 2 annas, and 8 for the 4 annas and 8 annas), but the forgeries are all identical to the illustrations in the Gibbons catalogue! I have seen some examples of the forgeries with a reference number and value (in English) below the design.

SG 138; Scott 104: 1/8 anna, yellow, red; the genuine stamp is yellow-brown.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 141; Scott 105: ¼ anna, blue, green; the genuine stamp is brown.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 145; Scott 106: ½ anna, blue, green; the genuine stamp is red.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 148; Scott 107: 1 anna, blue, green; the genuine stamp is green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 152; Scott 120: 2 annas, blue, green; the genuine stamp is red on yellow.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 156; Scott 111: 4 annas, green, red, grey; the genuine stamp is green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 159; Scott 113: 8 annas, violet, red; the genuine stamp is blue.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Jasdan

No modern forgeries noted.

Jhalawar

The genuine stamps are on laid paper.

SG 1; Scott 1: 1 paisa, green (shades).

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 2; Scott 2: ¼ anna, green (shades).

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).


Forged 2a.


Forged 4a.


Forged 8a.


Forged revenue KM155.

Jind

Dotted background; white frame around value (SG J1-J13; Scott 1-10)

There were two issues of the genuine stamps, on thin yellowish paper and on bluish card.

½ anna, dark blue.

Genuine left, forgery right.

2 annas, pink (on white paper); the genuine stamp is yellow.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

4 annas, green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

8 annas, dark violet, blue; the genuine stamp is purple or blue.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Plain background; no frame around value (SG J15-J53; Scott 12-32)

There were several issues of the genuine stamps, perf. and imperf., on various papers; 25 varieties for each value, but all the forgeries are copies from the examples illustrated in Gibbons catalogue.

¼ anna, dark brown; the genuine stamp is buff or red-brown.

Genuine left, forgery right.

½ anna, dark brown; the genuine stamp is yellow or buff.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

1 anna, brown.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

2 annas, black; the genuine stamp is blue.
4 annas, green, red; the genuine stamp is green.
8 annas, red.

There is also a modern forgery of the 12 annas revenue stamp (K&M 155) in black instead of green.


Forged SG38/Sc25D.

Kishangarh

As colours vary between different printings of most values of the 1899-1901 issues (SG 4-20; Scott 4-15, for the imperf. stamps), the forgeries, which are sometimes in colours not found in the genuine stamps, cannot always be tied to particular catalogue numbers. In SG 38 the eagle faces right and the Devanagari characters are smaller than in SG 17-18.

SG 4-6; Scott 4-5: ¼ anna, green, pink (on white paper).

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 7-11; Scott 6-9: ½ anna, blue, green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 12-14; Scott 10-11: 1 anna, grey-black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 15; Scott 11A: 2 annas, orange.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 16; Scott 12: 4 annas, brown.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 17-18; Scott 13-13A: 1 rupee, green (shades), yellow, brown.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 19; Scott 14: 2 rupees, brown; the genuine stamp is brown-red.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 36; Scott 24A: ¼ anna, pink (on white paper).
SG 38; Scott 25D: 1 rupee, green, red; the genuine stamp is green.
SG 40; Scott 26: 2 annas, yellow, orange; the genuine stamp is yellow.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

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