1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta (Reverse)

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
June 4, 2015
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1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta (reverse)
Multiple markings on the reverse of the stamp testify to its provenance, or ownership history. They are listed here in the order they were applied:

  • Circled trefoil (two strikes, one of them incomplete): Count Philipp von Ferrary
  • Four-leaf clover and AH: Arthur Hind
  • Seventeen-point star: Applied by Ann Hind to obscure her husband’s mark.
  • Comet: Frederick T. Small
  • Pencil initials FK: Finbar Kenny, manager of Macy’s stamp department, brokered the stamp’s sale to Frederick T. Small.
  • Pencil initials IW: Irwin Weinberg and Associates
  • Handwritten J.E.d.P.: John Eleuthère du Pont

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