A set of three labels from Gugh Island issued in 1973, depicting shipwrecks off the coast of Cornwall.
M/M / Mounted Mint / Mounted Mint / MH / Mint Hinged (with light hinge marks on the gum).
Pronounced “keow”, Gugh is one of the Isles of Scilly, connected to St Agnes by a sandy bar or tombolo. The island is just 1 km wide and 0.5 km long, and currently has a population of three people.
Not a great deal is known about the origins of Gugh Island’s stamps, but our research suggests that they first appeared around 1972, and are thought to have been sold as souvenirs, rather than used as genuine local carriage labels.