Issued for just a year, the Two penny blue (1840) was the world's second official postage stamp. From 1st May to 29th August 1840, 6 460 000 were printed from two plates for use in Great Britian and Ireland.

Great Britain Stamps : 1840 Two Penny Blue Great Britain Stamps : 1840 Two Penny Blue will be featured in Martello's sale on 28th October.
Estimate: £3 400 - £3 600

The stamp was issued after the Penny Black, and was intended to cover the postage for parcels weighing in excess of half an ounce. A Two penny blue can be identified by a clear white line below the 'POSTAGE' inscription above 'TWO PENCE,' which was later changed in 1841.

As sending letters, especially parcels, was an expensive habit, stamp cases became a fixture on the desks of wealthy Victorians. Over the years, stamp cases were created from a range of materials, firstly wood and leather, then later porcelain, bronze, brass, ivory, silver and gold. They were expertly carved and engraved, sometimes finished with enamel or even crafted into shapes such as birds.

A silver stamp case, of envelope form with engraved decoration, Chester 1908. On sale at Philip Serrell on 3rd November. A silver stamp case, of envelope form with engraved decoration, Chester 1908. On sale at Philip Serrell on 3rd November.

The cases ranged from simple, elegant envelope shaped pieces to elaborate works of craftsmanship with drawers and shelves. Some cases were made of card, in order to be easily carried, whilst others were more ostentatious, with a small hook which could be attached to a watch chain or necklace, making the cases as much a piece of jewellery as they were a vessel.

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