"Type Sage" (also referred to as "Peace and Commerce") is a reference to the definitive series of postage stamps issued by the post office of France between 1876 and 1900. Printed in a variety of colors and shades, the two central figures are allegories of Peace (left) and Commerce (right), giving rise to the name of the series. The name "Type Sage" comes from the tendency of French stamp collectors to refer to the series by the name of the designer of the artwork, in this case Jules-Auguste Sage, whose name appears as "J.A. SAGE INV" along the lower left edge of the stamp beneath the word "REPUBLIQUE" of "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE."
The Type Sage / Peace and Commerce series is one of the more extensive definitive series from the late 19th century. The Scott Catalogue notes forty-four (44) different stamps in this series, ranging in face value from 1 centime to 5 francs, not counting overprints and minor varieties.
Stamps of this design issued with perforations were used in France proper and were also used at French post offices abroad. No stamps specifically prepared for use overseas were created until the mid- to late-1890's, when stamps of this series were overprinted in a variety of styles prior to sale.