Sheffield snuff mill Penny black stamp to be auctioned

It COST only one old penny to post to Sheffield but now, nearly 170 years on, a postal wrapper sent with a Penny Black stamp to a Sharrow snuff firm is set to fetch up to £500 at auction.

The wrapper is addressed simply to 'J&H Wilson, Snuff Manufacturers, Sheffield'.

It was posted in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on April 17, 1841, less than a year after Britain's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was introduced on May 6, 1840.

 

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