Post Office Mauritius (15), one penny, used (XV) (1847)
- Cover and Stamp
- Alternative Names
- Marquay envelope
- Tapling Collection, British Library, London
1d. Used. The stamp is cancelled with a large double-lined circular postmark reading MAURITIUS POST OFFICE, dated 21 September 1847. In addition, the cover bears a PENNY POST mark in a rectangle.
- Used on an envelope, which probably contained an entry card to Lady Gomm’s ball, addressed to Monsieur Alcide Marquay.
- Bought by Edouard Buger for Fr.75 (£3).
- Major Evans bought Buger’s collection, while in Mauritius, for Fr.250 (£10).
- Thomas Keay Tapling bought Evans’s collection, the value of the envelope reckoned at £75.
- 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