Antique Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings

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Antique Italian Postage-Stamp Earrings

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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 In the first two years of the kingdom, the stamps that were already circulating in each state were withdrawn and replaced with those of the kingdom, showing a profile of the new monarch.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 your choice of gold or silver ink, with pearl drops.

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

Size: 3"

Color: Pink

Style: Antique, Classic, Porcelain, Willow

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