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With the break-up of the Roman Empire, the Duchy of Württemberg became a Kingdom in 1806 for a little over a century, turning into a republic in 1918, and part of the German Empire a year later. German states, like Württemberg, saw their rather independent attributes diminish with the rise of the Nazi party to power. The region, together with the state of Baden, forms today the German state Baden-Württemberg.
Its postal services were carried out by Thurn and Taxis until March 1851, when it purchased the right of its postal services, subsequently joining the German-Austrian Postal Union. As the adoption of stamps was required by the Union, arrangements were made and Württemberg launched its first issues in October 1851. These issues remained in circulation until the end of 1858. German issues started being used in 1902, although regional issues remained in circulation a while after that.
The first issues of Württemberg were printed on coloured paper, carrying a big number in the centre, indicating the denomination in accordance. The values were offered in Krones: 1, 3, 6, 9 and 18. Its design is very similar to the first stamps of Baden, issued just before in that same year.
The first issues carried the inscriptions "Württemberg." in the top, "Freimarke." in the bottom, printed with black ink. They were imperforated, typographed, printed in Stuttgart on woven paper, 10x6 stamps per sheet. A great variation in colour can be found. These were re-printed in 1864 and 1865. The re-prints, however, offer differences in the letters r, b and g from the original, as well as in the two drawings on the right and left side of“Freimarke.”.
Cancelled stamps are not particularly hard to find for these issues, with the 18kr being an exception, while unused versions can be pricier.
Catalogue Value: Unused *****, Used ***
* 0.1 - 49 USD
** 50 - 99 USD
*** 100 - 499 USD
**** 500 - 999 USD
***** 1'000 - 9'999 USD
****** + 10'0000 USD
The First Issues Blog is a place to discuss about the stamp number 1 of each country, territory, district, etc. Each additional item to my new collection shall receive a small description about the item, its history and curiosities.
Note that I may add more than 1 'number one' stamp to a place. This happens as I judge that in the case of independence or any other political issue that changed the postal history or when I deemed interesting to do so. This will be noted on the posts when it happens.