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The Wallace Document. The World’s First Postage Stamp: The Earliest Known Example of the 1840 Penny Black

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The Wallace Document. The World’s First Postage Stamp: The Earliest Known Example of the 1840 Penny Black

The Wallace Document. The World’s First Postage Stamp: The Earliest Known Example of the 1840 Penny Black

The Wallace Document. The World’s First Postage Stamp: The Earliest Known Example of the 1840 Penny Black

1840 One Penny Black, from plate 1a, lettered A-I, unused


pristine impression in deep intense black, mounted on thin cream scrap-album card, with pencil manuscript below in the hand of Robert Wallace, M.P.:

“Universal Penny Postage Fly, or Loose Stamp, presented to me Mr Wallace as above.”

“These come (came) into public use on the 6th of May 1840.” together with the 1840 Mulready, progressive proof without value from the original brass plate in black on India paper. Dimensions 15.5cm high by 20.1cm wide. Mounted on thin cream scrap-album card, with pencil manuscript above in the hand of Robert Wallace, M.P.:

“1st Proof of Penny Postage Stamp Cover, presented to Mr Wallace by Mr The Right Honble The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Francis Thornhill Baring – April 10th 1840”,

mounted together by Robert Wallace on thin cream scrap-album card stock, (dimensions 23.5cm high by 28cm wide with at top right an additional “ear” 1.9cm high by 5.5cm wide) with pencil annotations as above

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Please note that the online catalogue and pdf reflect minor changes to the text in the printed catalogue.

Estate of Robert Wallace, M.P. to the Caldwell family, 1855;

Thence by descent, until; Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, 1991;

[24th February 1992, opinion by James L. Grimwood-Taylor that the handwriting is Robert Wallace’s — letter provided to purchaser of The Wallace Document]

Property of a European Collector David Feldman Auction,

24th September 2013, lot 40078 (did not sell);

Private Sale to the present owner, 8th October 2013.

Exhibited:

New York, Javits Center, World Stamp Show, 2016, 28th May to 4th June, 2016

Washington DC, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, “From Royal Mail to Public Post”, 28th October 2016 to 16th January 2017, “Court of Honour”