Post Office Mauritius (13), two pence, used (XIII) (1847)
- Private hands
2d. Used. Cancelled in the lower left-hand corner with part of a large circular postmark. The stamp is damaged at the bottom and the lower right-hand corner is cut.
- Used on a letter to Borchard at Bordeaux.
- Found (in 1869 or earlier) by Madame Borchard, who exchanged the stamp with Martineau, a Bordeaux collector (in 1869 or earlier).
- The stamp was acquired by the dealer Madame Desbois, then bought by Jean-Baptiste Moens for Fr.100 (£4) in September. Moens sold it to Arthur de Rothschild four days later for Fr.600 (£24).
- Philipp von Ferrary bought Rothschild’s collection for Fr.140,000 (£5,600).
- Maurice Burrus bought the stamp at the sixth Ferrary sale in Paris for Fr.49,350 (£720).
- Bought by the firm of Stanley Gibbons Ltd at the Burrus sale for £3,300.
- Displayed by Stanley Gibbons Ltd in Brussels at Belgica ’72, from which it was sold to a collector in Bermuda for £22,000.
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: 21 August 2006