5 - Plugged with Seriffed Font

A further issue in which plates have been altered by removing the inscriptions and then inserting plugs.
This change is purely one of font, in that many values can be found with the far more elegant seriffed font. It is possible that sans serif and serif could be found on the same sheet. I can only say that I haven’t seen it. KM type 13.
These issues date from about 1930. By then, the individual cliches are showing signs of wear and damage. 

Here are some examples from the 4 annas:


Splash of colour from the form area up to the margin.
This must be from damage to the original printed image from which a screened photograph was taken. Not damage to the plate, but to the image from which the plate was made. 

On the same stamp, used 1930: note the edge of colour inside the tablet, showing how the plate was mutilated to insert the plug of type. 

On another stamp, used February 1930, damaged inner frame to the denomination tablet.

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On the same stamp, a spot next to the turban.

Note the edge to the vignette, which shades in a step towards the inner oval frame line, so that there is a dark crescent shaped area next to the frame. This cannot be intentional. Clearly the artwork for the plate is assembled from  two unscreened photographs, the vignette and the frame. The vignette is carefully cut to an oval shape and then pasted into a hole in the frame. Then the whole make-up is photographed through a fine mesh screen.
I have seen a make-up like this for the Court Fee stamps of Mewar in the material that was dispersed when the late Robson Lowe’s collections were auctioned some years back.

A joined pair that both show damage to area round the tablets, that have failed to print. They must have originated from the same plate. However, the lower stamp has further uninked areas through the upper tablet. Click to enlarge in new window.

On the 8 As:

A big splash of colour under the ‘C’ and up to the diamond. This must be damage to the original artwork. 

Two different fonts, dot and no dot.

This amateur picture of the upper edge of a 3 Rupees stamp from this type shows that there is a clear edge to the marginal rule which reflects the light of the nearby lamp.