Original Post Office Mauritius Rare Orange / Red sheet. On the neck of the queen in lower right part are initials J. Barnard the man who produced the engraving plate.From the original plates - mint condition - no "reprint" or anything else printed on back of the sheet - a very Rare find as few of the other sheets have that upon them. Dimensions match original plates exactly.
A rare chance to own a piece of history. The original copper plate was bought in 1912 by Nevile Lacy Stocken, a london Stamp Dealer, from Colonel Colnaghi, the grandson of the Governor of Mauritius during the period spanning 1847 when the PO Mauritius stamps were prepared.
Colnaghi by chance found the plate in the family archives but had no idea of its significance. It was stocken that prepared the reprints, though they all supposedly had the word REPRINT printed on the backs of the stamps. These were checked out in England against the original plates by a specialist and the indented area matches the original plate exactly. Sheetlet is in perfect mint condition.
Origins- single impressions of each of the two values were engraved on the back of a small copper plate, the front of which had been used for printing a lady's visiting card. Barnard, a watchmaker and engraver in Port Louis, his initials are visible at the base of each stamp. The stamps are printed in intaglio and agree in every detail to the original stamps. I do not post to P. Box, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia (all of the Balkans).
The item "RARE Post Office Mauritius sheet, from Original Plate" is in sale since Saturday, April 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Stamps\British Colonies & Territories\Mauritius". The seller is "vvtesla" and is located in Zagreb, default. This item can be shipped worldwide.