Blue Mauritius, book cover

Welcome to the Blue Mauritius Research Companion

This website contains biographical and bibliographical information about the Post Office Mauritius stamps and subjects related to them. It is based on my research for the book Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps.

Mauritius, Post Paid Plates

Stamp production

The Post Paid plates (one for each denomination - one penny and two pence) were engraved by Joseph Osmond Barnard sometime around 1848, and were re-engraved in the late 1850s by Robert Sherwin.

In 1911 the two Post Paid plates were discovered in a cellar in a government building in Mauritius and, on the point of being destroyed, were rescued by the then Governor, Sir Cavendish Boyle, who thought George V might like them. The King ordered that they be defaced to prevent fraudulent misuse (fine lines were drawn through them) and that they be presented to the Royal Philatelic Society,London, where they remain on display today.

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Prepared by: Helen Morgan