Post Office Mauritius (14), two pence, unused (XIV) (1847)
- Tapling Collection, British Library, London
2d. Unused. The stamp has been repaired and part of the inscription at the foot crudely redrawn.
- Used on a letter to Borchard at Bordeaux.
- Found by Madame Borchard, who later (date unknown) exchanged the stamp with, or sold it to, a Bordeaux collector.
- The owner sold the collection to the dealer Madame Desbois for Fr.500 (£20). The ‘Post Office’ stamp was extracted and bought by Jean-Baptiste Moens for Fr.300 (£12) in August. Moens sold it soon after to Philipp von Ferrary for Fr.600 (£24).
- Ferrary exchanged the stamp with Thomas Keay Tapling for, it is thought, a pair of Poonch stamps.
- The British Museum received Tapling’s collection as a bequest.
- Tapling Collection transferred to the British Library.
Prepared by: Helen Morgan
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Created: 14 March 2006, Last modified: 21 August 2006