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SG894a. 1971 2 1/2d Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M mint.
SG894a. 1971 2 1/2d Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. U/M mint.
295.00

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SG159. 1938 $5 Dull lilac and scarlet. Superb U/M mint strip of
SG159. 1938 $5 Dull lilac and scarlet. Superb U/M mint strip of
90.00

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SG12b. 1899 25c Ultramarine. Broad top to 'M'. Brilliant fresh m
SG12b. 1899 25c Ultramarine. Broad top to 'M'. Brilliant fresh m
30.00

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SG19. 1862 5d Chocolate-brown. Superb fresh mint pair...
SG19. 1862 5d Chocolate-brown. Superb fresh mint pair...
120.00

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SG352ba. 1906 1d Deep rose-carmine. 'Imperforate Between, Horizo
SG352ba. 1906 1d Deep rose-carmine. 'Imperforate Between, Horizo
150.00

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SG54. 1890 2 1/2d on 4d Chocolate. Very fime mint block of 4...
SG54. 1890 2 1/2d on 4d Chocolate. Very fime mint block of 4...
195.00

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SG131a. 1935 1/- Slate and purple. 'Extra Flagstaff'. Superb fre
SG131a. 1935 1/- Slate and purple. 'Extra Flagstaff'. Superb fre
100.00

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SG192a,192b. 1921 9p on 1a Rose-carmine. 'NINE NINE' and 'PIES P
SG192a,192b. 1921 9p on 1a Rose-carmine. 'NINE NINE' and 'PIES P
130.00

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SG45cd. 1933 3d Blue. 'Window' flaw. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG45cd. 1933 3d Blue. 'Window' flaw. Brilliant U/M mint...
80.00

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SG58a. 1941 2d Grey and dull purple. Brilliant corner sheet marg
SG58a. 1941 2d Grey and dull purple. Brilliant corner sheet marg
20.00

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SG58a. 1941 2d Grey and dull purple. Brilliant U/M corner sheet
SG58a. 1941 2d Grey and dull purple. Brilliant U/M corner sheet
25.00

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SG61a. 1937 6d Green and vermilion. 'Falling Ladder'. U/M mint..
SG61a. 1937 6d Green and vermilion. 'Falling Ladder'. U/M mint..
195.00

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SG61b. 1937 6d Green and vermilion. 'Molehill' flaw. U/M mint ma
SG61b. 1937 6d Green and vermilion. 'Molehill' flaw. U/M mint ma
95.00

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SG2c. 1923 1d Rose-red. 'Af.rica' for 'Africa'. Superb fresh cor
SG2c. 1923 1d Rose-red. 'Af.rica' for 'Africa'. Superb fresh cor
100.00

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SG23a. 1935 3d Brown and deep blue. 'Extra Flagstaff'. Very fine
SG23a. 1935 3d Brown and deep blue. 'Extra Flagstaff'. Very fine
40.00

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SG35. 1880 10 on 30c Claret. Superb fine used...
SG35. 1880 10 on 30c Claret. Superb fine used...
80.00

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SG240a. 1926 $5 Green and red/green. Superb fresh mint...
SG240a. 1926 $5 Green and red/green. Superb fresh mint...
75.00

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SG11. 1900 $1 Green and pale green. Very fine well centred mint.
SG11. 1900 $1 Green and pale green. Very fine well centred mint.
100.00

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SG23. 1900 $1 Green and pale green. Very fine fresh well centred
SG23. 1900 $1 Green and pale green. Very fine fresh well centred
100.00

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SG25. 1900 $5 Green and bright ultramarine. Choice brilliant fre
SG25. 1900 $5 Green and bright ultramarine. Choice brilliant fre
350.00

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SG25a. 1900 $5 Green and pale ultramarine. Choice superb fresh m
SG25a. 1900 $5 Green and pale ultramarine. Choice superb fresh m
350.00

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SG35a. 1903 2 1/2d Grey and ultramarine. 'SER.ET' for 'SERVIET'.
SG35a. 1903 2 1/2d Grey and ultramarine. 'SER.ET' for 'SERVIET'.
40.00

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SG124f. 1935 20c Light blue and olive-green. 'Diagonal line by t
SG124f. 1935 20c Light blue and olive-green. 'Diagonal line by t
100.00

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SG15. 1923 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG15. 1923 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
225.00

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SG O25. 1929 5r Ultramarine and purple. Brilliant fresh U/M mint
SG O25. 1929 5r Ultramarine and purple. Brilliant fresh U/M mint
55.00

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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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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...
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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
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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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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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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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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
0.00

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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
0.00

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SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
0.00

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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
0.00

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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
0.00

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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
0.00

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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
0.00

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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
0.00

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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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
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
0.00

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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
0.00

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