...When he became governor of British Mauritius in June 1842, Lieutenant-General William Gomm, Doctor of Law, took the template of the British state system as a model of government. And after 4 years, he got his hands on the postal service. By his Decree No. 13, Homme ordered the payment of postal transportation to be made with stamps.
Naturally, the payment signs were supposed to indicate belonging to the postal service of Mauritius. And for the production of cliches, a young engraver of the local printing house by the name of Barnard was brought in.
For almost a year, he worked tirelessly (or maybe even tirelessly, it is not known for certain). The result of his efforts were two printing plates containing cliches of 1 and 2 pence stamps. The models were engraved with the profile of Queen Victoria and the famous inscription 'Post Office' ('Post office').
Of course, this phrase is more suitable to be placed on the facade of a post office. On the sign of payment for postal items, it does not mean anything at all. Perhaps the reason for the mistake is the absent-mindedness of the young engraver, or perhaps one of the local beauties turned his head.