British Registration

This sampling of British and Native Registration markings is the beginning of a study, data-gathering for the present. Appreciations to Anthony Bard for significant orientation through The Bard Papers on site.

The earlier unindented form of the REGISTERED cachet in red (here for 28 April 1871 with “Seereenagger” in manuscript). On the right, the same in black with the more usual “Kashmir” in manuscript, dated four years to the day later. The type was a long-lasting institution, known for at least fifteen years to well into the New Colors period. For part of the period (spring to spring 1878-80) the name KASHMIR was rendered with a name-stamp. The cachet, which demands O[rigin], N[umber], W[eight], and D[ate] is known as the “All-India” type. There were many cuttings and many locations.

A Manuscript “Cashmere” registration cachet, May 1872. Collection Hellrigl.

All-India type in red with SEALKOTE name stamp, 10 November 1872.

Recut type and different name stamp, known from early 1875.

Indented type, 11 November 1876. Detail from Staal Plate 3 (where the collector label on the cover misdates the item). This indented type also occurs with “Kashmir” in manuscript, which see, but always in a different cutting:

Indented form of the REGISTERED cachet for Kashmir/Srinagar in manuscript. This detail is from a cover in the Hellrigl collection. (The AMRITSAR cds without delivery notation at the top of the marking is a scarce type.)

Later types appeared with the name incorporated into the design, in the new spelling SIALKOT. As for the date range of the type shown on the left, the latest we know is the example here, 14 November 1881. We stole the image from somewhere; here’s our thank-you, whoever you are. A “26 Chet 1935” is seen on Plate 14 of the Haverbeck sale Lot 1281, which Masson converted to 13 April 1878, thus giving an erroneous early date. That should be redated to 6 April 1879. The current record for earliest date is 10 May 1878 (Bard). We have no dating information on the 3-band example on the right.

This registration cachet was seen on an April 1887 British postal stationery letter (2a blue Victoria embossment) from Manjitha Mandi, a precinct of Armitsar.

The Big-R Type

An omnibus type known from many venues over many years, some extending long past the closing of the native posts. Those pertinent to us, and pictured below, are from Leh, Sialkot, Kashmir (for British Srinagar), Srinagar, Jammu, and Baramulla. Others for which we have yet to see live specimens include the R/TAVI JAMMU-STATE (known in early 1891) and the R/GULMARG, date-range here unknown. When date ranges are given they have been taken from the Bard Papers, on-site. One amendment: We have seen the LEH in a different cutting on a Stockholm cover dated 17 September 1906.

The R/LEH is known between 1885 and 1906. This from 1886, as per corner notation.
The R/SIALKOT is a detail from a November 1887 cover (date range here unknown).
The R/KASHMIR (for Srinagar) is known between 1886 and April 1891.
The R/SRINAGAR known between April 1891 to 1907.
The R/JUMMU. Date range here unknown; this from a 30 March 1903 OnHMS cover.
The R/BARA MULLA. From 20 July to 26 September 1892.

Circular Date Stamps

This very narrow-set SIALKOT/REG is known from March 1884 to possibly the following spring when it was superseded by the same type with year date showing. Neither type is listed in Séfi-Mortimer. The stamp is the 4a, the correct registration rate. The curved SIALKOT/ REG in small format on the right is not mentioned explicitly by Séfi & Mortimer. It was evidently alive on a day in February 1888.

The curved KASHMIR, JUMMU, and SRINAGAR REG[istration] types. The KASHMIR is known from spring to spring 1889-91. The JUMMU may have appeared in spring 1891. The example shown above is a detail from a July 1894 Punch cover. The SRINAGAR is known from April 1891 to 1907.

Late Registration Cachets

Another omnibus type for many venues, but rather scarce in use. The vazn and nambar in the Persian at the bottom translate the English. We have seen one of the Jammu type in postal use on a Kishtwar cover dated October 1891. The examples in purple ink are modern Staal-Sharma restrikes done in 1981; examples for Bhimbar and Jasrota also exist.

Spurious Use. Larger diameter registration types of the 3-ring cds appeared in 1892 for Jammu, Srinagar, Gulmarg, and others. Srinagar takes the spelling SIRINAGAR. The item here shows the latter cancelling 8 annas (on a small letter). Usually its a pair of same, as these are all philatelic concoctions for the unwary collector. The implement that produced the strike on the left, which is only there for enhancing decoration, is conspicuously missing from the collection of implements held at the postal museum at Srinagar and so there is no Staal-Sharma restrike of the type.

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