Invited Exhibits - David Feldman S.A.

The Copper Printing Plate for the Famous 1847 “POST OFFICE” 1d and 2d Stamps

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The Mauritius “POST OFFICE” stamps were the first colonial issues of the British Empire
and rank among the world’s greatest and most sought-after rarities.

1000 stamps were printed (500 each of 1d and 2d) but only 27 examples are known to have survived.

The printing plate disappeared from view for many years and was rediscovered in 1912
when it was described by Alexander J. Sefi in 1912 as “the Greatest Philatelic Treasure existing”.
It was acquired by Maurice Burrus around 1930 and was last displayed at the
1935 Silver Jubilee exhibition of the Royal Philatelic Society in London.

It then disappeared from view and for many years it was feared that it had been lost.

However, following the death of Odile Burrus, the niece of Maurice, the plate was re-discovered by the
Burrus family and has been entrusted to the care of David Feldman S.A., of Geneva,
so that it may again be displayed in public.