Middlesex
Stamp Club

April 2019 Rare Stamps

Courtesy: John Sheffield

Mauritius 1847 “Post Office” Issue


1d deep orange, two single copies on 1850 entire letter addressed to “Thos. Jerrom Esq., Secretary to the Bombay Auxiliary Bible Society, The Esplanade, Bombay,” cancelled by twelve bar hand stamps in circular format and the right stamps additionally cancelled by hand struck “2” in circle, also showing “Mauritius/G.P.O. crowned circle cancel.

This cover has been universally recognized as one of the “Crown Jewels” of philately and considered by many to the greatest philatelic item in existence. Ex Howard, Peckitt, Roberts, Worthington, Lichtenstein, Weill.