Jean Adolph Michel made this overprint using his
signet ring. According to Michel, 350 of the 1/4 Guerche stamps were
overprinted and 10 of the 1904 ¼ Guerche stamp bearing the Melekt
control overprint. In addition to the quantities reported by Michel, 1
is known on the 1907 1/2 Guerche stamp bearing the Dagmawi control
overprint...this is also the only know example of the lion hand stamp
postally used on cover.
There is no documented reason for the production of this hand stamp.
It has been suggested that this was produced as an essay for use by
the royal family.