The postmark used shows that this stamp was in fact used in Lisbon in and around 1858 an interesting year because it's the same year that the king's wife, Queen Stephanie died, victim of diphtheria.
|Pedro V King of Portugal (1853-1861)|
This king was one of the most beloved kings of Portugal and when he died of Cholera in 1861 there were actually revolts because his death was deemed as unnatural.
Because King Peter V died without any sons, it was his brother Louis (Luis I, King of Portugal 1861-1889) who succeeded to the throne. His first stamps, issued in 1862, were made in the same style of his mother and brother's, the only difference was that his head was turned to the left unlike his brother's. Here is my specimen.
Then in 1866, the design was changed. The King's head remained the same and in the same position, the background was however radically changed. Then a year later perforation was introduced.
This design was used until 1880 when for the first time in Portugal the monarch's head which had been white and featureless was replaced by a more realistic profile view of the king's head . Unfortunately I do not own any of those stamps. But because those stamps were considered to be quite crude they were promptly replaced a year later, this time the king was looking directly outwards.
New colours and values were added in 1884. (These would be re-issued both in 1900 and 1905)
|Luis I King of Portugal 1861-1889|
It reads "O Lingua benedicta, quae Do-
minum semper benedixisti et
alios benedicere docuiste: nunc
perspicue cernitur quanti meriti
fueris apud Deum.
My Latin is horrible so if anyone knows anything about this please comment.
The following stamps belong to the second issue of stamps relating to D. Carlos I issued in 1895. He continued the new fashion of portaying the monarch's "photo" started by his father. A year after he came to the throne he issued his first stamps, sadly I haven't got them. :(
King Carlos was shot and killed in Lisbon in 1908 together with his older son.
|King D. Carlos King of Portugal 1889-1908|
|King Manuel II Last King of Portugal 1908-1910|
|1919- PortugueseNorthernMonarchy Die Proof|
I'm sorry for the quality of some of the stamps but my scanner has gone berserk for some reason. Also if you think there is any mistakes or wrong information written here please comment.
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