Famous German printers produced a one-off British trial stamp
In 1913, the famous Bruckmann printers of Munich invested in new state of the art machinery and wanted to expand their business. They decided to respond to an invitation to tender for the printing of postage stamps within Great Britain. Utilising their new Heidelberg presses, they produced a one-off trial one penny stamp to showcase their capabilities.
At the time, King George V was the head of state, however in order to avoid any potential confusion or fraudulent activity, they decided to use a portrait image of the previous King, Edward VII on their stamp. The sample was produced in a slightly larger size when compared to the existing UK one penny stamp in order to further avoid the possibility of usage.
The stamp was printed on unwatermarked paper in order to supply a clearer print impression to the British Postal Office, which enhances the clarity and capabilities of the German printers.
The trial stamps however never made it into production as the tender process was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War One. The stamp remained filed away until almost a century later they appeared at an auction in Germany.
This trial stamp is an important part of UK philatelic history, as had Bruckmann printers been successful, it would have been the first time British stamps were produced outside of this country. There are very limited numbers still available of this unique, one-off trial stamp.
This pair of stamps also includes the actual King Edward VII 1d red stamp the trial stamp was based on.
Key Issue Information:
- The famous Bruckmann printers of Munich produced a one-off British one penny stamp in response to an invitation to tender from the British Postal Office
- They used the effigy of King Edward VII instead of King George V to avoid any fraudulent use of the stamp
- The stamp was also produced in a larger size and printed on unwatermarked paper
- The tender process was stopped due to the outbreak of World War One and the trial stamp remained undiscovered for almost a century later
- Both the trial stamp and the Edward VII 1d red stamp are housed together in a Deluxe Presentation Folder with Certificate of Authenticity
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