In British and Indian Princely State times passes were used. Unlike today’s passes which are on paper, passes in those days were made of metals like brass, copper, bronze, silver or even gold. They were attractively made and had beautiful motifs, logos and legends on them. They were considered the symbols of identity and carry with them the sanctions of the relevant authority to either enter the restricted area or to move or travel without restrictions in government transport.

Here the passes to enter the restricted area of Viceroy Residencies, Royal palaces etc. are presented.

Passes to enter port area, dock area, or fair and exhibition grounds are shown here along with Railway passes.

In this section, metal passes of modern times are also included.

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