Post Office Mauritius (01/02), one penny, used (I) + two pence, used (II) (1847)
- Private hands
1d and 2d. Used. Cancelled with one impression of PAID in a rectangle. The upper left-hand corner of the 1d is defective. The two stamps were used on one letter; they were separated, but joined again after 1881.
- Used on a letter to Borchard at Bordeaux.
- Found by Madame Borchard. Albert Coutures obtained the two stamps in exchange for two Montevideo ‘suns’.
- Dealer Jean-Baptiste Moens bought Coutures’s collection, valuing the two ‘Post Office’ stamps at Fr.100 (£4) each.
- Judge Philbrick bought the two stamps for Fr.500 (£20).
- Philipp von Ferrary bought Philbrick’s collection, including the two ‘Post Office’ stamps, for Fr.100,000 (£8,000).
- Maurice Burrus bought the two stamps at the second Ferrary sale in Paris for £2,172.
- Dealer Wilhelm Bartels bought the two stamps at the Burrus sale for £8,250.
- Bought by a European collector.
- Sold by dealer Wolfgang Jakubek for 1,955,000 DM (£521,333). Private hands.
Prepared by: Helen Morgan
Related Cultural Artefacts
- Williams, L. N., Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol. 1 of 2, David Feldman, Geneva, 1993. [ Details... ]
- Williams, L. N., Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol. 2 of 2, David Feldman, Geneva, 1997. [ Details... ]
- The Burrus Mauritius, Auction catalogue, Tuesday, 1 October 1963, Robson Lowe, London, 1963. [ Details... ]
- 'Mauritius Post Office', Deutsche Briefmarken Zeitung, vol. 15, no. 2, 29 February 1904, pp. 21-25. [ Details... ]
- Moens, Jean-Baptiste, 'Encore les Post-Office de Maurice', Le Timbre-Poste, no. 438, June 1899, pp. 87-93. [ Details... ]
Created: 14 March 2006, Last modified: 24 August 2006