The Mary Rose Collection
She was the Flagship and Pride of the Fleet and served her King well but, on 19th July 1545, she met her end during her final battle and was lost to the bottom of the sea.
What caused her sinking is unclear. Some claim it was as a result of a hit from French canon, others claim it was due to an unruly crew and a bout of dysentry! A more recent theory claims that the majority of the crew were from Mediterranean Europe, so their English probably wasn't too good - this would have meant they didn't understand the command to close the gun ports as the ship made a sharp turn. As a result the ship flooded with water and she was doomed to sink to the bottom of the sea, taking most of her crew with her. Whatever the cause, she lay untouched for nearly 300 years before divers John and Charles Deane discovered her.
It was another 100 years before a further attempt to find her was launched. Finally, in 1978, it was decided that the Mary Rose should be excavated. The following year The Mary Rose Trust was formed. Full time staff were employed to carry out the work under the guidance of Dr Margaret Rule CBE and they were helped by over 600 volunteer divers, plus many more people on the shore.
On 11th October, 1982, the remains of the hull was painstakingly raised, inch by inch, to be seen for the first time since that fatal day when she went down. She now resides in The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth, along with an astonishing collection of artefacts that were recovered from the sea bed.
Our Mary Rose Sheet Presentation Pack
2009 sees the 500th anniversary of the Mary Rose and we were pleased to have worked with the Trust to create this glorious stamp sheet in her honour. The sheet features a dramatic illustration of the ship in battle and the Mary Rose labels are accompanied by stamps featuring the White Ensign flag.
We are delighted to be able to offer this sheet signed by Rear Admiral John Lippiett (Ret'd), Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust. Only a limited number will be signed, so don't delay, order yours now!
Frame Yours for the Wall!
These sheets are so irresistible that we know many of you will frame them for the wall. That way, they also make stunning presents.
We don't offer our sheet framed at the moment but we do offer it mounted, ready to frame. That leaves you free to choose a frame YOU like and that suits your colour scheme.
Each sheet is lovingly mounted by hand here and sent to you carefully. The mount is cream - nice and neutral, to work with whatever colour of frame you choose.
The mount will not cause any damage to your stamp sheet, allowing you to frame it for the wall without risking your investment. The sheets simply slip into the mount without need for damaging tape.
Choosing the mounted options makes the sheet into an even more beautiful gift.
Our New Presentation Packs
You will notice that our sheets have a new format, which we hope you will like. They are now referred to as Sheet Presentation Packs. The sheets themselves will remain the same, however they will now come in a plastic pocket with a presentation card. The presentation card gives information about the sheet and is also your guarantee that the sheets are genuinely printed by Royal Mail. These are exclusive to us - people who buy our sheets through Royal Mail won't get presentation cards! We are charging £2 extra to cover the cost of the Presentation Packs for one-off sales but club member prices will freeze at £24.95. One more reason to join one of our Sheet Clubs - so what are you waiting for, sign up today!
Total number of sheets printed: 1509
If you are a member of one of our general Stamp Sheet clubs, this sheet will automatically have been reserved for you.
IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER: Don't forget that when ordering any current or future unsigned sheets, you'll automatically receive them at our special Club rate. This won't of course apply to older issues.
It pays to buy Buckingham Stamp Sheets as soon as they are issued. If you wait, the chances are they will sell out and you'll end up paying more in the future. If you love our sheets, we recommend you join the Sheet Club. There are lots of perks and no commitment whatsoever!
Superb Mary Rose Medal Cover
Featuring one of the Mary Rose Trust's medals, this stunning cover would look superb framed with the sheet. Don't miss out - book yours today!
Our Mary Rose First Day Cover
To coincide with the House of Tudor stamps issued on 14th April 2009 we have produced a First Day Cover featuring the miniature sheet. The inspiration for the cover was the Mary Rose, which is featured on one of the stamps, and it would sit very nicely alongside your beautiful coin cover! Don't miss out - book yours today!
Quick Facts: Mary Rose 500th Anniversary Sheet is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 21st April 2009
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