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Las Bela

No modern forgeries noted.

Morvi

No modern forgeries noted.


Forged SG1/Sc1.


Forged SG2/Sc2.


Forged sheets (click to enlarge).

Nandgaon

The forgeries of SG 1-2 are printed singly in blocks of six; they are close in appearance to the genuine stamps but are usually printed on thicker paper; I have seen one example of SG2 on eBay printed in pinkish-red on what appears to be a thin, tinted paper. The genuine stamps were lithographed in four panes of sixteen; each of the sixteen stamps varies in detail, especially in the Hindi and English value panels. The forgeries seem to have been copied from a part pane, as each stamp is a different variety. In the central inscription, 'C. P.' (for 'Central Provinces') looks more like 'O. P.' or 'O. R.' in the forgeries.

SG 1; Scott 1: ½ anna, blue.
SG 2; Scott 2: 2 annas, red.
SG 4; Scott 5: 2 annas, red.

Genuine left, forgery right.

Nawanagar

SG 1; Scott 1: 1 docra, blue (shades).

Genuine left, forgery right.

SG 8; Scott 4: 2 docras, orange, red, black; the genuine stamp is black on green (shades), 14-18 mm wide.

Genuine left, forgery right.

SG 9; Scott 5: 3 docras, yellow, orange; the genuine stamp is black on yellow or orange-yellow, 14-18 mm wide.

Genuine left, forgery right.

SG 12; Scott 12: 1 docra, black. The commonest examples of this 1893 issue are on thin paper, perf. 12; the forgeries are imperf.

Genuine left, forgery right.


Forged SG1/Sc2a.

Orchha

The 1913 issue of the ½ anna (SG 1) differs from the 1914 issue (SG 4) in the background to the arms, which is unshaded instead of shaded with short horizontal lines; the later printing is much clearer than the original blurred impression. As there are two distinct forgeries, one much clearer than the other, although neither shows the horizontally-lined background, I suspect both types are intended.

SG 1; Scott 2a: ½ anna, green.
SG 4; Scott 2: ½ anna, green, red; the genuine stamp is green.

Genuine left, forgery right.


Forged SG1/Sc1.


Forged SG2/Sc1B.

Poonch

SG 1; Scott 1: 6 pies, red.
SG 2; Scott 1B: ½ anna, orange, red; the genuine stamp is red.

The remaining stamps of Poonch (SG 3-63; Scott 2-24) were hand-stamped in red on a variety of white or coloured papers; the official stamps (SG O1-O10; Scott O1-O10) were hand-stamped in black on white paper. The red and black forgeries are hand-stamped, the orange impressions appear to be printed by a superior method, apparently with more than one value on the sheet, and are copied from the illustrations in the Gibbons catalogue.

1 pice, red, black.

Genuine left, forgery right.

½ anna, orange, red, red on blue, black.

Genuine left, forgery right.

1 anna, orange, red, black.

Genuine left, forgery right.

2 annas, orange, red, black.

Genuine left, forgery right.

4 annas, orange, pink (on white paper), red, red on blue, black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Rajasthan

No modern forgeries noted.

Rajpipla

The genuine stamps are perforated. I have seen some examples of the forgeries with a reference number and value (in English) below the design.

SG 1; Scott 1: 1 pice, blue.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 2; Scott 2: 2 annas, green, red; the genuine stamp is green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 3; Scott 3: 4 annas, red.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

Shahpura

No modern forgeries noted.


Forged SG1/Sc1.


Forged SG2/Sc2.

Sirmoor

The genuine stamps are perf. 11½; forgeries of SG 3 have been seen in sheets of 63, perf. about 10¾.

SG 1; Scott 1: 1 pice, green.
SG 2; Scott 2: 1 pice, blue.
SG 3; Scott 9: 1 pice, green, yellow-green.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

SG 4; Scott 10: 1 pice, blue.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).


Forged SG12-13.


Forged SG15.

Soruth

SG 1; Scott 1: 1 anna, black; the genuine stamp is hand-stamped in black watercolour.

Genuine left, forgery right.

In SG 10-15 (Scott 3-10) the figure of value in the centre of the lower inscription may be Hindi or Gujarati; Scott does not distinguish between these, so it not possible to correlate Gibbons and Scott catalogue numbers for these issues. In the original printings only the 1 anna value with a Gujarati numeral was printed in red (SG 13) as well as black, all others of that issue are printed in black on white or tinted paper. Official 'imitations' were made from the original dies in black (4 annas only) or red on white paper, and black on blue paper; the stamps illustrated here as genuine are from those imitations.

SG 10-11: 11 anna, red, black, black on blue (Hindi numeral).

Genuine left, forgery right.

SG 12-13: 1 anna, red, black (Gujarati numeral).
SG 14: 4 annas, red, black (Gujarati numeral).

Genuine left, forgery right.

SG 15: 4 annas, red, black (Hindi numeral).
SG 17-18: 4 annas, black; the genuine stamp is red-brown; the same design was later issued perforated.

Genuine left, forgery right.

Travancore

No modern forgeries noted.

Travancore-Cochin

No modern forgeries noted.

Wadhwan

All the genuine stamps are perforated, printed on various toned papers.

SG 1-6; Scott 1-3: ½ pice, black.

Genuine left, forgery right (click to enlarge).

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