Antique Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings

$42.00
Hurry only 1 left!

Secure Checkout Check out now.
Fast, Easy, Secure Checkout.

0

Antique Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings

Details

Italian stamps from 1863, rich in history! These were among the first stamps of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy, proclaimed in 1861 under its first constitutional monarch, Vittorio Emmanuele II. In the first two years of the kingdom, the stamps that were already circulating in each state were withdrawn and replaced with those of the kingdom, showing a profile of the new monarch. The stamps (referred to as “marca da bollo) were not merely postage; they served to notarize bills of exchange, purchase orders, passports and renewed promissory notes from the former regime. It continues as a regular necessity in Italian life today.

The new stamps (postal and fiscal) were designed by Francesco Matraire, a printer in Turin. In 1850, when the Piedmont decided to adopt the use of stamps to prepay for postal service, they first inquired in Paris to find engravers. The resulting report detailed ongoing disputes over engravers’s fees, so with just a couple of months left to launch the new system, authorities turned to Matraire (shop local!). He was the main printer in Turin, whose experience was mainly in making labels for patent medicines. His first stamps were produced by lithography, switching to letterpress in 1855. To prevent forgery, he suggested embossing, which was used from 1853 on.

These gorgeous stamps, with the embossing still fresh in every detail, look like delicate sheets of porcelain. They are framed in gold ink and trimmed in vintage Russian watch-faces.

The ink on these is a vivid burgundy; I also have a pair with plum-colored ink, and one in violet.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Brass, steel, silver, paper, resin, pearls

Color: Pink

Style: Antique, Classic, Porcelain, Willow

Accepted Payments
  • PayPal Acceptance Mark

Shipping

Denmark
First Item: $14.00
Additional Items: $2.00

Puerto Rico
First Item: $6.00
Additional Items: $2.00

United States
First Item: $4.00
Additional Items: $2.00

Canada
First Item: $12.00
Additional Items: $6.00

Australia
First Item: $16.00
Additional Items: $6.00

France
First Item: $13.00
Additional Items: $6.00

United Kingdom
First Item: $12.00
Additional Items: $4.00

New Zealand
First Item: $15.00
Additional Items: $6.00

Ireland
First Item: $15.00
Additional Items: $6.00

United States
First Item: $4.00
Additional Items: $2.00

Policies

Reviews



Monique_Weston_Jewelry has not yet received any comments from shoppers.

Similar items

More items from Monique_Weston_Jewelry

  • Art Deco Clock-Hand Earrings from the 1920s
    $30.00
  • Midcentury Modern Clock-hand Earrings
    $35.00
  • Vintage Clock-Hand Tips with Freshwater Pearls
    $35.00
  • Midcentury Modern Clock-hand Earrings
    $35.00
  • Grandfather-Clock Hand Earrings - Vintage...
    $45.00
  • Vintage Findings Bracelets
    $22.00
  • Shakespeare Necklace: To Thine Own Self Be True
    $32.00
  • Flute-Key Necklace, Open-Hole, Sterling Chain,...
    $45.00
  • Japanese Postage Stamp Earrings - Kimono Print
    $28.00
  • Japanese Postage Stamp Earrings - Kimono Ukiyoe
    $30.00
  • Matisse Blue Nude - French Postage-Stamp Earrings
    $30.00
  • New Zealand Postage Stamps: Maori Art
    $30.00
  • Hungarian Postage Stamp Earrings
    $30.00
  • Japanese Postage Stamp Earrings - 2012 -...
    $30.00
  • Shakespeare Earrings: To Thine Own Self Be True
    $32.00
  • Shakespeare Earrings: Much Ado About Nothing,...
    $32.00
  • Vintage French-Moroccan Postage Stamp Earrings...
    $32.00
  • Eid al-Fitr Earrings - Blue
    $34.00
  • French Calligraphy Postage Stamps, Turquoise...
    $35.00
  • Antique Indian Stamp Earrings with Russian...
    $35.00
  • Japanese Stamp Earrings - Pink and Blue
    $38.00
  • Mongolian Stamps -1990 - Buddha - Indian Paisa...
    $38.00
  • Marc Chagall Stained-Glass Postage-Stamp Earrings
    $40.00
  • Madonna of Loreto - Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings
    $40.00
  • Marc Chagall Stained-Glass Postage-Stamp Earrings
    $40.00
  • Antique Belgian Stamp Earrings
    $40.00
  • Marc Chagall Stained-Glass Postage-Stamp...
    $40.00
  • Antique Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings
    $42.00
  • Matisse Bohochic Blue and White Postage-Stamp...
    $48.00
  • Brass/Gold/Silver Pen Nib Earrings
    $24.00

More items on ArtFire