Se-tenant comes from the French word meaning “held together” and refers to when stamps of different value or design are joined together. More often than not, sheets of stamps all have the same value, so se-tenants are less usual. A recent example of a se-tenant set is on this Farm Animals cover.
We see our covers as miniature works of art that are treasured as a whole, combining cover illustration, postmark, stamps and, perhaps, an autograph. We usually, therefore, separate se-tenant stamp sets on our covers, to compliment the overall look. Most of our collectors prefer this. However, some collectors like to keep the integrity of a se-tenant issue so when se-tenant stamps are issued, we often produce a limited number of se-tenant covers on a plain envelope.