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The Rarest Mauritius Cover

Recently the press has been reporting on the €1,300,000 sale of the Mauritius 1847 1d & 2d “Post Office” printing plate, in the same auction a cover bearing two of the 1d stamps sold for €2,500,000!

So how about buying something equally rare from Mauritius but for a tiny fraction of these stratospheric prices?

We don’t think you need to collect Mauritius to appreciate the significance of lot 7094 in next Tuesdays sale.

Mauritius has been one of the most beloved, researched and collected small British colonies for well over a century. The postal history and cancellations of this exotic isle have been sought out by generations of talented collectors and the sum of much of their hard work and dedication was best pulled together and enhanced by that talented philatelic author Edward B. Proud in his 2001 work “The Postal History of Mauritius” (ISBN 1 872465 323).

This 448pp work attempts to cover the postal history of the British administrative period from 1810 onwards and shows that the pre-stamp postmarks were applied at the main Post Office at Port Louis. Of the 5 different pre- stamp handstamp types none were in use concurrently and Mr Proud shows his type PS5 with the latest known use on 15/8/1834, and PS6 first known applied on 1/1/1838, a gap of over 3 years and 3 months.

Into this gap a newly- discovered postmark comes to light, a large circular handstamp applied to an entire letter dated 10th June 1835 from Port Louis to Bordeaux. After all these years a newly discovered pre-stamp postmark! As so much collecting and research has already occurred it is hard to imagine another exists, after all this time the existence of this date stamp has remained undetected by every collector and museum.

If you are tempted to own this Mauritius rarity we suggest you put a bid in! Once sold it may disappear from the market for another generation, or even another 182 years!


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