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3 Trangka mystery stamp

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Category: Tibet
Forum Name: Fakes, forgeries, altered and counterfied items
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Topic: 3 Trangka mystery stamp
Posted By: Rainer
Subject: 3 Trangka mystery stamp
Date Posted: 04 November 2011 at 12:28pm

The shown stamps are well known among the Tibet collectors, however the story behind is, at least in my opinion, not yet completely solved. I am aware of the few articles i.e. by Dr. Oakley Shields and the remarks in Dahnke’s Tibet handbook however, additional information is much appreciated.

I show two such stamps I have in my collection, is any member is having more copies, maybe even multiples to check plating possibility?

Posted By: Yeti
Date Posted: 19 November 2011 at 7:20pm
Hi Rainer!
I have some too in my collection, but have placed them in the same album as the "Officials", i.e. I doubt they
are genuine, either for postage or revenue. Tibet had good engravers who did a wonderful work within their
limited resources to produce the printing plates for the stamps. They did the same good work for the radio-telegraph paymentlabels. Why should they suddenly produce a work looking like they had taken a dose of LSD before they started to engrave? I really don´t belive in it.

The Yeti

Posted By: Rainer
Date Posted: 14 December 2011 at 8:32am

In his book „The Essays and Proofs of Tibet“, Armand Singer writes about the 3 Trangka stamp, however, he also mentioned a 5 tr. Stamp. Has any member seen that stamp of is having information about it?


Posted By: Yeti
Date Posted: 14 December 2011 at 11:36pm
The question is, from were did Armand Singer got his information? The tibetan engravers did excellent works, either it was about stamps, monastry books or whatever. Why they should have an "hangoverday" just then they engraved the revenues is another question?
But I suppose this is a matter just as the "Officials". Noone knows for certain and we can all belive in whatever we like. 

The Yeti

Posted By: Snow Lion
Date Posted: 28 May 2015 at 4:08pm
Hi !Now I've some free time, I can make some comments about oldies (but goodies !) in the forum - dating from 2011 !!!
The illustrated stamp is a purported 3 Sran value, but there exists also a 3 trangka purported value. I've got one many years ago, possibly form Michael Rogers' auctions, and don't even remember which one of them it was. But no matter, this was just for fun ! In fact, due to their perfect awfulness as well in the design as in the tibetan writing, it must be ascertained that they are not at all "Tibetan". And sorry Yeti, no need to intake psychotrops to produce such an horror. "In my opinion", this would have resulted in a much more elegant and elaborate production! Actually, I consider those items as a completeley "BOGUS" issue, possibly manufactured either in Nepal or in India. This consideration also applies to the so-called "officials", with their terrific abominous designs and writing. It is to be noted that even FAKES have been produced from the "Original Bogus" !!! as per Geoffrey Flack. And concerning the Armand Singer's illustration, the 3rd paragaph only related to the "revenue" stamp. The 2 firsts relates to a genuine FISCAL receipt discovered by Geoff. Best !

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