An unusual item for the philatelist collector of the famous Great Britain "Penny Rose" stamp of Victorian England: 240 stamps, arranged in a rectangle 20 by 12, all used (canceled) examples, dating to 1864,at the earliest, as these are all perforated and bear the positional plating letters in each corner. I am not a devoted stamp collector so am doing my best after some internet research. The "Penny Rose" or Penny Red succeeded the Penny Black of 1841. The stamp was a mainstay of British postage until 1879. Perforations began in 1855, and in 1864 varying letters were placed in the corners of each stamp so that people would not attempt to cheat the system by surgically combining unmarked portions of already used stamps. The stamp's famous Plate 77 variant happens to be one of the rarest stamps known, with auction records over $500,000 for the handful of known examples. The photos are all taken through non-glare glass, which blurs detail. The group was probably framed in the 1960's. There is a label on the reverse side from Regency-Superior, a Saint Louis-based stamp company that held regular auctions until about 2017. This label indicates the present item was auctioned there in June 2008, as lot 1999. Measures 27" by 18 1/2" as framed.
Great Britain 1864 Penny Rose stamp group of 240 specimens framed