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Alwar, today an Indian district in the state of Rajasthan, was a princely state and the first of the Indian feudatory states to sign an alliance with the British East India Company. It had an independent postal system that issued stamps for use within the state until 1902, when the stamps were replaced by British India Issues.
The first stamps were of ¼ Anna and 1 Anna, unwatermarked (although some copies may show papermakers original watermark (W.T.& Co.)), lithographed and rouletted from early 1877 (the exact date of issue in unknown). The stamp features a native dagger called Katar, and the design remained very much the same throughout all issues.
All issues of Alwar were widely forged (including cancels), even though they have quite a low catalogue value listed. The first upper letter and the point of the dagger are usually good spots to look at when trying to detect forgeries.
Catalogue Value: Unused *, Used *
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.