East India Company N/A

The East India Company was founded at the end of the sixteenth century to enable London merchants to compete with those of the Dutch East India Company, which had obtained a monopoly of trade to the Spice Islands, and had succeeded in raising the price of pepper. It was incorporated by Royal Charter 31 December 1600, as a joint stock company with a Governor, a Deputy Governor and a Council elected annually in April by the Adventurers. In 1610 1611 bases were established in Bengal, and gradually the company came to dominate India as a result of the downfall of the Mughal dynasty. In 1698 it was newly established by Act of Parliament and new arms were granted. The Indian Mutiny forced the British Parliament to take the government of India into its own hands in 1858. The Company had become in some ways as powerful as the British Government, with its own standing army, its own navy, the power to raise taxes, and a vast bureaucracy with a dubious reputation for lining its own pockets.

Stamp(s) Stamp Information
East India Company (Stamp 1) Motto: Deus indicat
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A globe of the world between two pennons
Arms: Three three-masted ships in full sail on a chief on a pale Quarterly 1 & 4 a fleur-de-lys 2 & 3 a lion passant gardant on either side a rose (East India Company old)
Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: fleur-de-lys, Heraldic Charges: globe, Heraldic Charges: lion passant gardant, Heraldic Charges: pennon, Heraldic Charges: roses (2), Heraldic Charges: ships (3)
East India Company (Stamp 2) Motto: Auspicio regis et senatus Angliæ
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Arms: A cross in the dexter chief an escutcheon France and England quarterly surmounted by a royal crown
Heraldic Charges: cross, Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: England, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: France, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant
Motto: Auspicio regis et senatus Angliæ
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Arms: A cross in the dexter chief an escutcheon France and England quarterly surmounted by a royal crown
Heraldic Charges: cross, Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: England, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: France, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant
East India Company (Stamp 4) Motto: Auspicio regis et senatus Angliæ
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Arms: A cross in the dexter chief an escutcheon France and England quarterly surmounted by a royal crown
Heraldic Charges: cross, Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: England, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: France, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant
East India Company (Stamp 5) Motto: Auspicio regis et senatus Angliæ
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Arms: A cross in the dexter chief an escutcheon France and England quarterly surmounted by a royal crown
Heraldic Charges: cross, Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: France and England, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant
East India Company (Stamp 6) Motto: Auspicio regis et senatus Angliæ
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Arms: A cross in the dexter chief an escutcheon France and England quarterly surmounted by a royal crown
Heraldic Charges: cross, Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: escutcheon, Heraldic Charges: France and England, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant
East India Company (Stamp 7) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A lion rampant gardant holding an imperial crown
Heraldic Charges: crown, imperial, Heraldic Charges: lion rampant gardant