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SG15b. 1968 10r Multicoloured. No stop after 'B'. Brilliant fine
SG15b. 1968 10r Multicoloured. No stop after 'B'. Brilliant fine
85.00

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SG14b. 1968 5r Multicoloured. No stop after 'O'. U/M mint...
SG14b. 1968 5r Multicoloured. No stop after 'O'. U/M mint...
35.00

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SG12b. 1968 2r25c Multicoloured. No stop after 'O'. U/M mint...
SG12b. 1968 2r25c Multicoloured. No stop after 'O'. U/M mint...
45.00

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SG ED9w. 1950 30c on 3d Violet. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fin
SG ED9w. 1950 30c on 3d Violet. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fin
50.00

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SG ED3a. 1948 20c on 2d Agate. No stop after 'A'. Superb fine us
SG ED3a. 1948 20c on 2d Agate. No stop after 'A'. Superb fine us
45.00

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SG594a. 1981 5c Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant U
SG594a. 1981 5c Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant U
25.00

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SG70ab. 1966 15c Tern. 'Orange (eye) Omitted'. Brilliant U/M...
SG70ab. 1966 15c Tern. 'Orange (eye) Omitted'. Brilliant U/M...
50.00

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SG O150. 1942 $1 Blue. Brilliant U/M corner plate imprint sheet.
SG O150. 1942 $1 Blue. Brilliant U/M corner plate imprint sheet.
200.00

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SG O130. 1939 $1 Violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG O130. 1939 $1 Violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
85.00

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SG84. 1915 45pi Dull purple and ultramarine. Superb fine used...
SG84. 1915 45pi Dull purple and ultramarine. Superb fine used...
95.00

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SG80. 1923 3/- Slate-green. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG80. 1923 3/- Slate-green. Superb fresh U/M mint...
85.00

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SG68. 1914 10/- Red/green. Superb fresh sheet marginal mint...
SG68. 1914 10/- Red/green. Superb fresh sheet marginal mint...
110.00

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SG66. 1912 3/- Slate-green. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG66. 1912 3/- Slate-green. Superb fresh well centred mint...
55.00

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SG66. 1912 3/- Slate-green. Very fine well centred mint...
SG66. 1912 3/- Slate-green. Very fine well centred mint...
40.00

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SG68. 1914 10/- Red/green. Very fine fresh mint...
SG68. 1914 10/- Red/green. Very fine fresh mint...
125.00

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SG41-50. 1921 Set of 10. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG41-50. 1921 Set of 10. Brilliant fresh mint...
50.00

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SG64-75. 1956 Set of 12 complete with shades. Brilliant U/M mint
SG64-75. 1956 Set of 12 complete with shades. Brilliant U/M mint
70.00

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SG145-158. 1953 Set of 14 plus shades. Superb U/M mint...
SG145-158. 1953 Set of 14 plus shades. Superb U/M mint...
135.00

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SG200-213. 1967 Set of 15, plus varities. U/M mint...
SG200-213. 1967 Set of 15, plus varities. U/M mint...
25.00

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SG1-15. 1968 Set of 15. Brilliant fine used...
SG1-15. 1968 Set of 15. Brilliant fine used...
25.00

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SG L1-L10. 1905 Set of 10. Superb fine used...
SG L1-L10. 1905 Set of 10. Superb fine used...
85.00

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SG O153-O159. 1946 Set of 7. Choice brilliant U/M mint...
SG O153-O159. 1946 Set of 7. Choice brilliant U/M mint...
185.00

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SG ED6-ED10. 1950 'Postge Due'. Set of 5. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
SG ED6-ED10. 1950 'Postge Due'. Set of 5. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
40.00

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SG60-72. 1939 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG60-72. 1939 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
55.00

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SG193-207. 1960 Set of 15. Superb fine used...
SG193-207. 1960 Set of 15. Superb fine used...
45.00

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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately! P.O.R.
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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SG3. 1848.

1d. Orange-vermilion. 'EARLIEST IMPRESSION'.

THE STAGGERING CORNER SHEET MARGINAL MINT BLOCK OF FOUR (positions 7-8/10-11) WITH WONDERFUL FULL COLOUR, MASSIVE MARGINS AND ORIGINAL GUM.

Several Certificates.

Provenance;  H.J. Duveen, Alfred H. Caspary, Arthur Hind, H.R. Harmer (London, 12 June 1934), Raymond H. Weill, H.R. Harmer (New York, 26 February 1958), Josiah K. Lilly, Raymond H. Weill (again), Rober A. Siegel (March 1967).

See : ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF RARE AND FAMOUS STAMPS by L.N. Williams (page 208).

THE MOST IMPORTANT IMPERFORATE MINT BLOCK OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.                  

 

History

This remarkable survivor from the early period of the Mauritius post office can be traced as far back as Henry J. Duveen's ownership. It is not known from whom Duveen acquired the block, although he did purchase a significant portion of Sir William B. Avery's Mauritius collection. When the Duveen collection was dispersed through private sales by Charles J. Phillips in 1922-1926, the block figured prominently among the items purchased by Arthur Hind. After Hind's death, his Mauritius was offered as the fourth part of the British Empire series conducted by H. R. Harmer of London (June 12, 1934), and the "Post Paid" block sold for the U.S. dollar equivalent of $23,688, a staggering price that eclipsed the combined figure paid for the 1p and 2p "Post Office" stamps and came close to matching the amount realized by the 1p and 2p "Post Office" combination cover. The buyer was Alfred H. Caspary, presumably in competition with Maurice Burrus and Alfred F. Lichtenstein. Although Caspary's Mauritius collection paled in comparison to the holdings of his contemporaries, Burrus and Lichtenstein - he lacked even a single example of the "Post Office" stamps - the two titans of British Empire philately must have coveted their friend's "Post Paid" block. In 1958, after Caspary's death, his Mauritius was sold by H. R. Harmer, and the "Post Paid" block was featured in color in the sale catalogue, the only item in all of the Caspary sales to receive such chromatic distinction. It realized $18,500 and soon became part of the Josiah K. Lilly collection. When Siegel sold the Lilly collection after his death, the "Post Paid" block realized $64,000 (March 16, 1967).


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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
0.00

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SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
0.00

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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
0.00

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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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