Victor E. Mauger & Petrie

From August 1, 1866 to July 1, 1883 the tax on each pack with no more than 52 cards was five cents.

The five-cent Victor E. Mauger and Petrie stamp was issued from 1870 to sometime prior to October of 1880. A total of 1,021,020 were issued on silk, pink and watermarked papers. The copy above was printed on watermarked paper.

Mauger was the American agent for Charles Goodall, and the stamp very closely resembles the earlier one designed for Goodall. (See the Charles Goodall & Son stamp, RU-8.)

A Mauger cancel on a general issue proprietary stamp. From its design, it is believed that it would have been used on a pack of playing cards. A drawing of the cancel from Kristin Patterson's informative book, It's a Wrap, is shown below.