Post Office Mauritius (08), one penny, unused (VIII) (1847)
- Private hands
1d. Unused. Cut close at upper left-hand corner. There is a light patch at the right-hand foot of the A in MAURITIUS.
- Used on a letter to Borchard at Bordeaux.
- Found by Madame Borchard (in 1869 or earlier). The stamp was acquired by the dealer Madame Desbois.
- Madame Desbois sold the stamp to the dealer Jean-Baptiste Moens, along with VII and IX and some other Mauritian stamps, for Fr.500 (£20). A Monsieur Perinelle subsequently purchased VIII and IX for Fr.950 (£38).
- Moens repurchased VIII and IX for Fr.3,000 (£120) and sold them to Philipp von Ferrary for Fr.5,500 (£220).
- Dealer and collector Théodore Champion bought VIII at the sixth Ferrary sale in Paris for Fr.143,350 (£2,100) to replace XI, which he then sold. N.b. It is incorrectly noted in the biographies section of the UK hardback edition of the book (2006) that Champion also purchased IX at this time. He did not and never did. Drat Williams for ever changing the numbering system.
- 196 (?)
- Changed hands privately, together with other items from the Champion Collection.
- 198 (?)
- Bought by the French dealer Bernard Behr for his personal collection, from an anonymous owner based in the US.
- Sold through Bernard Behr to a Western European collector (probably German).
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... ]
- '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: 27 August 2006