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The Stamps and Postal History of Mauritius

The first Mauritius stamps were issued on 21 September 1847 and are the most famous in philatelic history. The 1d orange-red & 2d deep blue imperforate stamps inscribed “POST OFFICE” were printed on the island by a character called Joseph Barnard who produced a small printing plate with just one impression each of the 1d & 2d. The inscription was probably not a mistake as it simply followed the wording on the current postmark but it was changed the next year to “Post Paid” when a new plate of 12 impressions of each value was made, again by Mr Barnard.


There were 500 of each stamp available, issued in time to send out invitations to a ball at the Government House the following day. Of these 1000 stamps only 27 are known to have survived. The finest unused 2d is in the Royal Collection, purchased by the Prince of Wales (later King George 5th) and is the source of the famous anecdote “I know how interested Your Royal Highness is in stamps. Did you happen to see in the newspapers that some damned fool had given as much as £1400 for one stamp?” to which the somewhat tight reply came forth “I was that damned fool.”


Mauritius offer so much to the stamp collector and postal historian. From its evocative classics to the elegant stamps printed by De La Rue throughout much of the Victorian era which included a number of surcharges and many watermark errors amongst much else, the 20th Century with its own versions of the colonial key plates supplemented by unique designs, and from the 1950s the flourishing pictorials which amply illustrate this magical island. The postal markings have been well documented and are of great interest to collectors, for those we recommend “The Postal History of Mauritius” by Edward B Proud.

Mauritius stamps

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  • Lot 743 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £50

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    MAURITIUS - 1859 2d blue 'Lapirot' used, faults, but a reasonable spacefiller
  • Lot 744 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £24 - £26

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    MAURITIUS - 1900-05 6c purple & carmine on red WMK INVERTED,SG 146w,fine mint
  • Lot 745 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £40 - £44

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    MAURITIUS - 1903 Express Delivery 15c on 15c, SG E2, fine mint.
  • Lot 746 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    MAURITIUS - 1950 Definitive set, SG 276/290, fine mint (15).
  • Lot 747 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    MAURITIUS - 1953-65 defins complete + vars, SG 293/306 & 314/6, vf mint (23).
  • Lot 748 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    MAURITIUS - EXPRESS DELIVERY STAMPS 1903 - 1904 SG E1, E3, E5 & E6, VFM. (4)
  • Lot 749 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    MAURITIUS - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 750 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    MAURITIUS - STAMPS PICTURED on philatelic postcard (Zieher, c.1905), used.
  • Lot 2634 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £100 - £120

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    MAURITIUS - 1857 (OCT) STAMPLESS ENTIRE LETTER addressed to Marseilles endorsed 'Overland via Marseilles', with manuscript '16' and red 'Pays Etr. v.Suez Marseilles' on the front, and with 'PACKET ...
  • Lot 2635 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £125 - £150

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    MAURITIUS - 1858-62 (4d) green Britannia, imperf, SG 27, four clear margins, very fine used with lovely colour!

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