Postage Due Seals

This little cutie on the left was a postage due seal known for more than a decade, starting in the pre-stamps period—a sighting in March 1863 where it finds itself obliged to obliterate the Jammu frank itself. The sampling of postage-dues here is the beginning of an orientation, and for the present we are just gathering the data. Date ranges are those given in the Bard Papers. We alert the reader to an article by M. Cawlins on the postage-due markings of Punjab and NW Provinces in India Post 29, 148 (1995).

All the others we treat on this page are of the “split-box cachet” type. There are six basic formats for the designation of the amount owing (table below). There are sometimes distinct cuttings for a given format and venue.

FormatVenue & Provisional Date RangeOn page?
1 ANNAA1.  Serifed unit for Sealkote period 1874-77  yes
A2.  Serifed unit for Sialkot period 1877-78  yes
A3.  Unserifed unit for Sialkot 1877-78  yes
A4.  Serifed unit for Srinagar 1892 into 1900s  yes
(blank) ANNAB1.  Srinagar 1875-86  yes
B2.  Sialkot City 1878  yes
B3.  Domel 1891  no
1 A.C1.  Srinagar? 1878-79  yes
ONE ANNAD1.  Srinagar 1886-93  yes
D2.  Gilgit 1892-93  yes
D3.  Tavi/Jammu State 1891-94  yes
(blank)(blank)E1.  Leh, uniquely on 31 July 1885  no
E2.  Kahuta/Poonch (1880?)  no
(blank) ANNASF1.  Gulmarg July 1889  no
F2.  Baramulla April 1891  no


Sealkote era. Two different cuttings with a strongly serifed unit, the first detail dated November 1874, the cover dated August 1874. The latest we have seen for the latter type is 24 September 1874.

Sialkot with the unserifed unit, 20 January 1878. The stamp is an oilcolor.

Sialkot early New Rectangulars period. A serifed cutting from November 1878. A different cutting from the same period is seen on the right.

And finally an example of the Srinagar type from the late period that started in November 1892 (ref. Bard), this one dated 24 February 1893. The serif on the unit returns, if modestly. The type is known until the early 1900s.

(blank) ANNA

On left, February 1878 at Sialkot City. On right, a different later cutting, Srinagar; we have so far seen these only between January 1884 and somewhere in 1886. A late type is also reported for Domel in 1891.

1 A.

Notes in India Post 36 76 2002 and 37 66 2003 alert one to this variety of British postage-due seal for which the last three letters -NNA are missing from the usual ANNA. An early dating for the narrow-H KASHMIR cds and this anomalous postage-due seal may be April 1878. This seal is (always?) seen to accompany the narrow-H type, but not conversely, for see next image. So far we have seen only pen-cancelled stamps from this type of cover—the originating office in Kashmir (possibly Srinagar itself) is here unknown.

Above: The Narrow-H KASHMIR cds that is not accompanied by the anomalous seal mentioned above. Either 1878 or 1879.


D1, D2, and D3: From the left, the ONE ANNA of Srinagar, known between 1886 and 1892. In the middle, a Gilgit, from 1892. The greenish hue is an artifact of the scanner used, for we see the same effect on unrelated markings on scans from the same internet source. The example on the right, used at Tavi, began with the Tavi/Jammu-State series, through the JUMMUs, and doggedly onward to the end of things. The scan above was taken from a cover arriving in Amritsar on 29 January 1991 and accompanied by an unbarred Tavi/Jammu-State.

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