Wadhwan State - An illustrated Gibbons listing

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Wadhwan State - An illustrated Gibbons listing

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Wadhwan must be one of the most difficult of all the Indian States to catalogue correctly. Ironic really, since there's only the one design and value involved. I will try to help the interested collector assign individual stamps to their correct SG numbers here, but if you're serious about Wadhwan, you really do need a copy of the India Study Circle The Stamps of Wadhwan, by Ray Benns. It's available to India Study Circle members (https://www.indiastudycircle.org/index.html)

SG 1 was printed from two different stones

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Stone I and

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Stone III

As Gibbons notes, Stones III to VII all show a dot between WADHWAN and STATE:

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although Stones I and II may or may not have the dot. So a stamp without the dot must be from Stone I or II.

SG 1 is also known imperf between, and pin-perf 6½

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SG 1b and perf compound of 12½ and 6½

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SG 1c
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The other stamp printed on a thin paper was SG 2

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This can be distinguished from SG 1 by the direction of the mesh of the paper: SG 2 has vertically meshed paper, whereas it's horizontal or not present in SG 1.

These thin papers aren't quite pelure, but they are distinctly thin.

The two medium thickness papers can be distinguished by the gauge of the perforations: SG 3 is perf 12½

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and SG 4 is perf 12

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This example is from Stone V; I don't have an example of SG 4 from Stone VI to show. However, an SG 4 with an imperf margin should be from Stone V. Only a seriously misguided vandal would cut the perforations of a Stone VI to convert it to a Stone V: Stone VI is much rarer, and has horizontally meshed paper, while Stone V is vertically meshed.

The two thick paper types are SG 5, which was again printed from two stones:

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Stone IV - any SG 5 with an imperf margin should be from this stone - and

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Stone VI. Additionally, stamps from Stone IV have vertically meshed paper, while from Stone VI the paper has a horizontal mesh.

SG 5 is also known perf compound 11 and 12

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SG 5a

SG 6 was printed from Stone VII and, as Gibbons notes, tends to have a much clearer impression

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As a further, possible, aid to identification, here are examples of the diagnostic features Gibbons refers to.

First the shading in the pennant. In Stones I to III, it's a strong sideways triangle:

Stone I

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Stone II

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and Stone III

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Here is Stone IV:

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And the triangle further reduced in Stones V to VII

Stone V

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Stone VI

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and Stone VII

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Here is the hairline after HALF, which is common on Stone III only:

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and the dot between WADHWAN and STATE which occurs sometimes in Stones I and II, but always in Stones III to VII

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It has to be remembered that the exact appearance of these features, the pennant particularly, varies from stamp to stamp on the sheet.

I hope that these scans, taken with Gibbons notes on perf vs imperf margins, will help identify most Wadhwan stamps :D
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I realize this is a very old topic, but I recently came across this stamp so I was looking for information on it.

Here is a scan of the one I came across - I will try to identify which one it is. How exciting! Thanks for the information. I love spending time poring over minute details like this :)

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Are you able to make a larger scan. I doubt the experts can see the details they need from your scan.

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Yes sure I will. I thought it was large size but it’s mt first time using imgur and it looks like the image is very small.

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It appears to have the hairline after 'F' in 'HALF', making your example from Stone III.

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