1840, 3 May, 7 page letter sent to the RAJA OF REWAH (Maharaja VISHWANATH SINGH, ruled 1835-1854) . Manuscript ”Service” and lower left senders name. Reverse red wax seal. Carried by diplomatic courier within the Princely state of Rewah under the British protectorate from 1812 (since 1933 part of Indore Residency). Vishwanath Singh (r. 1835-54) and his son Raghuraj Singh (r. 1854-75) witnessed the rapid British colonial expansion across North India and a diminution of their power. VERY RARE AND EARLY SERVICE LETTER TO THE MAHARAJA OF REWAH. (M)
1893: British India ½a green postal stationery envelope to Agra, cancelled by squared circle ”Indore City 15.2.93” bearing on reverse 1886 2 annas emerald, Court Fee Stamps of the Maharaja Tukoji Rao II Holkar (Koeppel & Manners Nº. 12) tied by barred Indore postmark alongside arrival cds ”Agra 17.2.93”. The postal use of this fiscal stamp was in all probability due to a confusion with the first issued postage stamp, which in design was very similar to the revenue stamps. FISCAL STAMPS USED POSTALLY ARE MAJOR RARITIES OF INDORE.