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Penny Black facsimile print

  • £45000


Limited edition of 45
Dimensions (mm): 280 wide, 510 high

This is one of a limited run of forty-five incomplete facsimile sheets of 1D black stamps printed using a replica printing plate on modern hand-made paper using the original Perkins Bacon press. These sheets are a true rarity and the only modern sheets to have been printed using the original press. The print will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Douglas N. Muir RDP, Senior Curator of philately and Dr. Adrian Steel, Director of The Postal Museum.

In 1979 printers Bradbury Wilkinson created a new Penny Black printing plate for a television programme featuring the National Postal Museum, as it was then known - the first created since the originals in 1840.

During the 2000 international stamp exhibition in London, the printing of the Penny Black was demonstrated using this plate on the Perkins Bacon printing press, held in the collections of the British Library. However it was found that for technical reasons the complete sheet could not be printed, leaving an unprinted blank at the bottom.

After the show, these sheets were given to the museum. Your purchase will support our fundraising efforts to help make The Postal Museum a reality. Read more about our project here.

Each print is carefully wrapped in tissue paper and packed in a sturdy tube to ensure safe and secure delivery. These prints are very delicate and extra care should be taken when you receive your delivery.

Please be aware we cannot accept returns.


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