The 25th Anniversary of National Museum has been celebrated! 4 bright stamps released by Cayman Islands Post

December 19th, 2015

National Museum is the place where everyone can find something for themselves, something new, exciting and original. To popularize this establishment and to mark its 25th Anniversary Cayman Island Postal Service has introduced a special four-set stamp series that features various artifacts from the museum collection. would like to invite all the devoted stamps collectors to get acquainted with this philatelic issue closer.

The issue features two 25c stamps depicting a Caymanian woman doll and ship sextant.

"I can say that the Museum Board, Management and Staff are honoured that in recognition of the Museum's 25th Anniversary the Postal Service is launching a special stamp issue featuring artefacts from the Museum Collection – from a hand-crafted doll figurine to a sextant – showcasing the range of objects held in trust for the people of the Cayman Islands. It is gratifying that these images upon stamps will travel throughout the Cayman Islands and also circle the globe to reach a worldwide audience", explained Peggy Leshikar-Denton, PhD, Director of the Cayman Islands National Museum.
The Caymanian Woman doll is hand-carved from a single tree limb. This 1960s crude figure of a Caymanian woman was made by Clarice Carter of Bodden Town using guava wood and house paints. The position of the hand position exemplifies the Caymanian friendly disposition for which our people are known.

The Plath Navistar Sextant, an artefact from the 1960s, was owned and used by Capt Wordal Rankine of East End Grand Cayman, a member of the Home Guard and a Merchant Marine who emigrated to United States of America where he lived and raised his family.

The 75c stamp features a cast iron double-wheel Swift Mill Coffee Grinder that was made by Lane Brothers, Poughkeepsie, New York. From the collection of Ira Thompson, this model is complete with wooden drawer to collect the ground coffee beans.

The $1.60 stamp depicts a monkey jar which is a spherical earthenware red clay water container commonplace in the Caribbean. These jars are not made in the Cayman Islands and the origin of the name is unknown. Monkey Jars were popular imports from the island of Jamaica in the early 1900s.