Victorian Penny Black Stamp Necklace

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MATERIALS: 9k gold (marked), glass, penny black stamp, new 14k gold chain

AGE: c. 1840 stamp, London assay marks for 1978 on the mounting

SIZE: 1 1/4" length including the bale, 7/8" width, 18" chain

The "Penny Black" was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was in use for just one year - between 1840 and 1841. The face of the new-ish-ly crowned Queen Victoria appeared on it. They're collectible (to philatelist nerd kings and queens) because they were the first of their kind and were printed for such a short run. This one is mounted in gold and hand engraved "Genuine Penny Black 1840-1841".