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1866 Ellipse with value, rouletted (all values) or perforated (1 k only in 1874)

1 k green perforated (issued 1874) 2 k orange 7 k blue

2 k orange

14 k yellow

  1 Kreuzer green
  2 Kreuzer orange
  3 Kreuzer red
  7 Kreuzer blue
  9 Kreuzer brown
  14 Kreuzer orange

The 1 k exists perforated with perforation 11 1/2 x 11. It was the only stamp that was perforated in this way (similar to the 1868 issue).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 k ** c Rouletted
1 k *** *** Perforated
2 k *** *** 1872
3 k *** c  
7 k *** **  
9 k *** *** 1873
14 k R ***  

Postcards exist in the same design: 1 k green, 2 k orange, 2 k yellow, 2 k violet and 2 k red.

Postcard 2 k orange

Zoom-in of the above 2 k orange postcard

Cancels, example:

Any other perforated stamps than the 1 k are forgeries. Example of a 7 k with forged perforation.

Similar stamps were issued for the North German Confederation


1868 Value in Pfennig or Mark with inscription "K. WURTT. POST"

50 p grey 50 p green 50 p brown 2 M orange and black

  2 Pf. grey
  3 Pf. green
  3 Pf. brown
  5 Pf. lilac
  5 Pf. green
  10 Pf. red
  20 Pf. blue
  25 Pf. brown
  25 Pf. orange
  30 Pf. orange (value in black)
  40 Pf. red (value in black)
  50 Pf. grey
  50 Pf. green
  50 Pf. brown
  2 Mark yellow
  2 Mark red on yellow
  2 Mark orange (value in black)
  5 Mark blue (value in black)

These stamps are perforated 11 1/2 or 11 1/2 x 11.

The 2 M red on yellow has 'unverkäuflich' (not for sale) written at the backside as in the above image, indicating that this stamp was not to be sold to the public.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
Perforation 11 1/2
3 p green * c  
5 p lilac * c  
10 p red c vc  
20 p blue c vc  
25 p brown R **  
50 p grey RR ***  
50 p green RR *** 1878?
2 M yellow RR RR  
2 M red on yellow RRR RR 1878?
Perforation 11 1/2 x 11 (1881)
2 p grey c c 1894
3 p brown c vc 1890
5 p green c vc 1890
25 p orange c c 1890
30 p * c 1900
40 p * c 1900
50 p brown * c 1890 Shades of brown
2 M orange *** ** 1883
5 M blue R R  


(Typical cancellations resembling a 'fancancel' or 'piece of cake'; 'Fächerstempel' in German)

'Segmentstempel' on two 25 p orange stamps

Green cancel 'STUTTGART' on 50 p grey

5 M stamp with 'STUTTGART TELEGRAPH' elliptic cancel.

A 'Distributionstempel', small circle with 'D2 G/5' in the center

I have seen postal stationery in the values 3 p green and 10 p red in the same design. I know that at least a 5 p violet, a 20 p blue and a 40 p violet (with value '40' in violet as well) exist. I have also seen a 3 p brown wrapper.

These stamps exist with overprint 'Probe zur Frankatur nicht verwendbar' in fancy letters, they were made for educational purposes. I've also seen stamps of later issues and official stamps with this overprint, example of an official stamp with such an overprint:

With overprint 'Probe zur Frankatur nicht verwendbar' in fancy letters on 2 M stamp and 5 p official stamp


Sperati has made a forgery of the 2 M yellow. He used genuine, lower valued stamps, and removed the design of to print the image of a 2 M yellow stamp. Thus the paper and cancels are genuine. This forgery is very deceptive.

Two Sperati forgeries.

2 Mk yellow Fournier forgery (reduced size). In this case the paper (perforation) and the cancel are forged as well.

Fournier also made forgeries of some of these stamps. I think the next stamp is an unfinished forgery from one of 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries':

(Fournier? forgery of the 2 M yellow and black stamp, reduced size)

Fournier forgeries of the 2 M orange and black value, the first one with "FAUX" overprint

In my view, in the Fournier forgeries of the 2 M value, the "I" of "ZWEI" is placed too low with respect to the "M" of "MARK" when compared to a genuine stamp. Also the perforation in the corners does not 'match'. The upper right corner ormanents are also badly done when compared to a genuine stamp.

(Fournier forgeries of the 5 M value)

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Not sure what is this exactly, a 5 p lilac in a different design and with a "BERLIN" cancel.


In 1902 Wurttemberg stopped issuing its own stamps and used the stamps of Germany instead.

Some stamps were issued just after World War II, under the french zone in Wurttemberg. Click here for more information.

Examples of stamps issued in 1947 for Wurttemberg.

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