Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte - 24 February 2005

To commemorate World Book Day and the 150th anniversary of the death of Charlotte Bronte Royal Mail has gone overboard with a set of 6 stamps, a miniature sheet and a prestige book.

As is often the case, Royal Mail has trouble relating the chronology of the designs to the values, and there is no logic to the order of the stamps in the set, apart from having the principle characters on the two most used inland rate stamps.

set of 6 stamps depicting scenes from 'Jane Eyre' miniature sheet of 6 Jane Eyre stamps
2nd class Mr Rochester, master of Thornfield 1st class 'Come to Me' - Jane receives a telepathic plea from Rochester 40p 'In the Comfort of her Bonnet' - Jane arrives at the George Inn and is beset with doubt and fears Miniature sheet The miniature sheet has all 6 stamps on a background of the title page of the Jane Eyre manuscript.
Pictured at proof stage: we cannot be sure which of these shows the correct colours
57p 'La Ligne des Rats' - Adele Rochester recites to Jane 68p 'Refectory' - Jane is subjected to a starvation diet at Lowton School 1.12 'Inspection' - Rev Brocklehurst, the sadistic head of Lowton School


Prestige Book: The Bronte Sisters

The panes are shown here on our first day covers (These covers are sold out).
Pane 1:
as shown below, contains Machin 2nd class, 39p & 42p stamps with a label showing the marking of the Bronte Museum. The page illustration shows Howarth Parsonage 1860.
Pane 2: This pane is illustrated with a letter written by Charlotte Bronte (now in the British Museum) and has 2 x 2nd class and 2 x 40p England stamps.

Bronte Sisters Prestige Book Pane 1 Bronte Sisters Prestige Book Pane 2

Pane 3 (below): a block containing 2 x 1st class and 2 x 2nd class 'Jane Eyre' stamps, with an illustration of the title page of the manuscript of Jane Eyre.
Pane 4: a block containing the other 4 stamps of the 'Jane Eyre' set. (No idea of the crowd scene depicted here.)

Bronte Sisters Prestige Book Pane 3 Bronte Sisters Prestige Book Pane 4


Technical details:
The stamps, Miniature Sheet and Prestige Book are all printed by Walsall Security Printers in lithography, except the panes of defintive and country stamps which are printed in gravure.

All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004/5 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

We have produced exclusive FDCs for this issue for the set and the miniature sheet - shown below,
and in sets of 4 prestige book panes - see above.

Norvic FDC with set of 6 stamps and postmark N9424 or N9444 - 7.50

Norvic official limited edition first day cover for Jane Eyre stamp set

Norvic FDC with miniature sheet and postmark N9421 or N9441 - 7.50
Norvic official limited edition first day cover for Jane Eyre stamps miniature sheet
Prestige book on a set of 4 Norvic FDCs with postmarks N9424, L9437, N9420, N9423 (Panes 1-4) - Sold out
(see above).

Also available:
Prestige Book - 9.00

The special postmarks available for use on FDCs are shown here.

Ferndean Manor Haworth Keighley Portrait of Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre ? Pen, inkwell & manuscript
Ref FD505
Philatelic Bureau Official postmark Ferndean Manor
Ref FD506
Haworth Parsonage official postmark
Ref N9421
Haworth, Keighley
Ref L9411
Eyre Street Hill, London EC1
Ref N9420
Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855 York
Bronte Society logo Bronte Parsonage Museum Bottle of Aspirin from Thornfield Book of Matches from Thornfield Stampex official Jane Eyre postmark
Ref N9423
150th Anniversary of Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855 Haworth, Keighley, Yorks.
Ref N9424
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, Yorks.
Ref N9422
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Gateshead
Ref L9412
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Rochester
Ref L9414
First Day of Issue Stampex Jane Eyre London N1
Chestnut Tree Jane Eyre; Swan inkwell, quill and manuscript inkwell, quill and book open book
Ref L9410
Chestnut Lane, London N20
Ref L9409 Literature and Fables, Stories Road, London SE5 Ref M9418
Eyre Road, Birmingham
Ref M9419
Hay-on-Wye, Hereford
Ref N9446
Wuthering Heights Inn, Haworth, Keighley
Norton Conyers (building) The Parsonage, Haworth Cowan Bridge School Tunstall Charlotte Bronte portrait
Ref N9440
Norton Conyers, Wath, Ripon, N Yorkshire
Ref N9441
The Parsonage, Haworth, Keighley, W. Yorks
Ref N9442
Cowan Bridge School, Carnforth, Lancs
Ref N9443
Tunstall, Carnforth, Lancs
Ref N9444
Thornton, Bradford, W. Yorks
text <<<<
Ref L9437
The Bronte Sisters, Charlotte-Emily-Anne, The Society of Authours, London SW10
Wycoller <<<<
Ref N9445
Wycoller, Colne, Lancs


This page updated 28 September 2005

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