The picture above shows a portion of the back of a Red Seal Document issued in the name of the King in 1846 just prior to the Kot Massacre. It bears he signatures of several of leading historical figures including that of Jang Bahadur, the founder of the Rana dynasty of hieretiary prime ministers who ruled Nepal until 1951. The full document may be seen on the last page of the section listed below as "A Period of Chaos 1837-1846."
Below are shown some of the greatest Nepalese philatelic rarities. Any one of these would be the high point of a very fine collection. All now reside in the collection of Stephan Bildheim. Stephan has what I would consider one of the most outstanding collections of Classic Nepal ever assembled. The items below are only a small portion of the extreme rarities in his collection. I will be adding additional pictures to this section as time goes by.
First Issue Three Color Cover
3 color covers are very rare for any of the classic issues. They are particualrly so for the first issue of 1881. Only three such covers are known of which the one above is the finest.
1881 Two Anna Tete-Beche
Beginning in 1886 the classic designs were issued on handmade native paper rather than the European paper used for the first printings. The first of these printings had marginal inscriptions with the tops facing toward rather than away from the stamps. Multiples and even singles with these inverted inscriptions are very rare. The multiples shown on this page are among the largest known for each value.
1897-98 Two Anna Full Sheet of Setting 12 with Ragged Cliche in Position 4
Examples of the ragged cliche from position 4 are very rare. A full sheet showing this defective cliche is an awesome item. This is the last setting to have 64 stamps to the sheet. Sheets after this had 56 stamps since the ragged cliche and 7 others were removed.
1881 One Anna Sheet with Decorative Margins
This is probably the greatest showpiece item in Nepalese philately. Only two exist! Ex Haverbeck, Heddergote, Michel and Singer.