|ID||Michel: Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: Category: pR|
|Author||J. H. Nicholson, R.l., P.S.|
|Stamps in set||5|
|Value||12p - Viking Necklace
15p - Meayll Circle
22p - The Great Deer (Cervus Giganteus)
26p - Viking Longship
29p - Cregneash
|Size (width x height)||28.45 x 42.58 mm|
|Layout||Issued in sheets of 40 stamps (2x20)|
|Paper||102 gm unwatermarked PVA gum security coated|
|Printed by||The House of Questa, London|
In 1922 the early work of the Manx Museum Trustees was centralised by the provision of land and buildings, through the generosity of the Trustees of the late Henry Bloom Noble, a wealthy Manx philanthropist. Since that time, extensions and development have increased the public and records areas. A new Art Gallery and Library were opened in 1936, a Natural History Gallery in 1937, and in 1960 further space was provided for the Museum's Library and Archives. The latter holds an unrivalled collection of Manx public records, private archives, newpapers, photographs. prints and maps, as well as printed books of Manx and general reference.
12p value - Viking Necklace. Peel Castle offers rich testimony to the vicissitudes of Manx history through the centuries, from the early Celtic inhabitants through the age of Viking supremacy to the Stanley period. Since 1982, careful excavations, initiated by the Manx Museum and now supported by St. Patrick's Isle (Isle of Man) Archeological Trust, have revealedmany treasures from the past, and give promise of valuable and exciting discoveries in the future. This spectacular necklace, originally consisting of over 60 glass and amber beads, was found with other household goods in the Pagan Lady's Grave - the first female Viking grave discovered in the Isle of Man.
15p value - Meayll Circle. This megalithic chambered tomb is of a unique design. It consists of 6 pairs of burial chambers arrayed in a circle, with a passage leading inwards to the junction of each pair. First recorded in 1863 and first excavated in 1893, it is believed to date from the New Stone Age, around 2,000 BC.
22p value - The Great Deer (Cervus Giganteus) was an inhabitant of Man at the close of the Great Ice Age and became extinct in prehistoric times. This complete skeleton, now on view at the Museum, was excavated at Close-y-Garey, St. John's in 1897.
Mounted skeleton in Bremen, image from Wikipedia
Reconstruction of Great Deer ("Irish Elk" / Megaloceros ) on stamp of France issued in 2008
The Irish Elk stood about 2.1 metres tall at the shoulders, and it had the largest antlers of any known cervid (a maximum of 3.65 m ) from tip to tip and weighing up to 40 kg ). In body size, the Irish Elk matched the extant moose subspecies of Alaska (Alces alces gigas) as the largest known deer. The Irish Elk is estimated to have attained a total mass of 540-600 kg, with large specimens having weighed 700 kg or more,A significant collection of Megaloceros.giganteus skeletons can be found at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.
It should be noted that the Irish Elk does not in any way directly correspond to any living species today, including even the Alaskan moose or North American elk. It is taxonomically a giant and completely extinct deer.
26p value - Viking Longship. The arrival
of early Viking raiders and their subsequent settlement made an
enormous impact on the Isle of Man. This large-scale model, now on
display in the Museum, was specially constructed in Norway in 1939 and
is a faithful reproduction of the famous ship discovered at Gokstad,
Norway. in 1880.
29p value - Cregneash. This village, preserved as a monument to the activities and environment of Manx people in bygone years, was the first publicly-owned open-air Folk Museum in the British Isles. The original buildings, some furnished as dwellings and others bearing evidence of traditional crafts, faithfully reflect the lifestyle of one of the last strongholds of Manx custom and tradition.
Latest update 08.11.2017
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