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Brian Parker 214/09/2020 13:53:54
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Can anyone help me identify this stamp please? I found it in a bulk lot of Empire & Commonwealth pre-Elizabeth that I bought recently. Every other stamp has been from the correct areas and eras so I've no reason to suppose that this one is rogue.

Any help or advice will be much appreciated.


There's no discernible watermark, and it appears to be P12, if any of that helps.

Alex15/09/2020 10:23:20
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Nice looking stamp.

It comes from one of the pre independence Indian feudal states, in this case a place called Faridkot. I gather that these were printed in the 1930s but never actually saw postal use. Maybe a collector of India can help you further.

Hope that helps,


Fred Sellars15/09/2020 12:07:42
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Hi Brian,

Alex is quite correct in his identification of this stamp, it originated in Faridkot (an Indian state) in 1934 the script being in Urdu and has a face value of ½ Anna but was never used postally, copies of the stamp can be found in various colours, produced to satisfy collectors demands, and can also be found imperforate and cancelled to order (CTO).

Unfortunately Brian, they are of little or no value, so don't give up your day job just yet 😊 . Fred.

Brian Parker 215/09/2020 13:25:06
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Thanks Alex and Fred for this information. Mystery solved and armed with this info I've persuaded Google to show me more examples of the design.

I fully expected my day job to be safe ;-o but can now do a bit more research, all part of the fun of opening up a kiloware bag, and it makes a change from the multiple examples of the common low-value Empire stamps it contained.

Thanks again,


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