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SG20a-27a. 1905 Set of 8. 'Chalk-surfaced paper'. Very fine fres
SG20a-27a. 1905 Set of 8. 'Chalk-surfaced paper'. Very fine fres
85.00

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SG80. 1925 $5 Green and blue. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG80. 1925 $5 Green and blue. Superb fresh well centred mint...
140.00

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SG499a. 1980 50c Rotary. .Black Omitted'. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG499a. 1980 50c Rotary. .Black Omitted'. Brilliant U/M mint...
195.00

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SG1. 1857 6d Purple-brown. Superb used with excellent colour...
SG1. 1857 6d Purple-brown. Superb used with excellent colour...
225.00

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SG6b. 1857 6d Deep brown. Superb fine used...
SG6b. 1857 6d Deep brown. Superb fine used...
650.00

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SG8. 1859 9d Purple-brown. Superb fine used with excellent colou
SG8. 1859 9d Purple-brown. Superb fine used with excellent colou
550.00

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SG9. 1857 10d Dull vermilion. Very fine fresh mint...
SG9. 1857 10d Dull vermilion. Very fine fresh mint...
495.00

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SG10. 1857 1/- Slate-violet. Superb fine used pair with huge...
SG10. 1857 1/- Slate-violet. Superb fine used pair with huge...
325.00

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SG358a. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'Break in scroll'.  Choice brillia
SG358a. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'Break in scroll'. Choice brillia
1,200.00

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SG360a. 1927 100r Dull purple and blue. 'Break in scroll'. Brill
SG360a. 1927 100r Dull purple and blue. 'Break in scroll'. Brill
3,500.00

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SG394c. 1942 50c Black and mauve. Perf.14. U/M mint block of 6..
SG394c. 1942 50c Black and mauve. Perf.14. U/M mint block of 6..
650.00

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SG497b. 1964 1r Brown and bluish green. 'Bluish green Omitted'.
SG497b. 1964 1r Brown and bluish green. 'Bluish green Omitted'.
2,750.00

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SG31a. 1902 2d Deep brown. 'No Figures Of Value'. Superb fresh w
SG31a. 1902 2d Deep brown. 'No Figures Of Value'. Superb fresh w
2,200.00

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SG134w. 1954 1 Pink. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh U/M min
SG134w. 1954 1 Pink. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh U/M min
75.00

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SG136. 1950 5 Indigo-blue. Brilliant fresh well centred U/M min
SG136. 1950 5 Indigo-blue. Brilliant fresh well centred U/M min
200.00

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SG55b. 1897 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. Superb fine used
SG55b. 1897 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. Superb fine used
275.00

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SG54 1898 1d Vermilion and grey-blue. Superb fine used on cover.
SG54 1898 1d Vermilion and grey-blue. Superb fine used on cover.
1,250.00

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SG114a. 1942 1 Purple and black/carmine. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG114a. 1942 1 Purple and black/carmine. Brilliant U/M mint...
70.00

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SG25a. 1880 10c on 12c Blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG25a. 1880 10c on 12c Blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
1,400.00

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SG111b. 1917 50c Black on blue-green/olive back. Brilliant fresh
SG111b. 1917 50c Black on blue-green/olive back. Brilliant fresh
1,150.00

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SG18. 1893 3s on 4s Grey-black and vermilion. Superb fine well c
SG18. 1893 3s on 4s Grey-black and vermilion. Superb fine well c
275.00

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SG30. 1895 10 Black and orange-vermilion. Superb fine perfectly
SG30. 1895 10 Black and orange-vermilion. Superb fine perfectly
5,000.00

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SG39. 1896 5/- Black and olive. Superb fresh mint...
SG39. 1896 5/- Black and olive. Superb fresh mint...
200.00

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SG52. 1897 10 Black and yellow. Brilliant fine well centred use
SG52. 1897 10 Black and yellow. Brilliant fine well centred use
2,750.00

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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Choice brilliant fine used...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Choice brilliant fine used...
4,250.00

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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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
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SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
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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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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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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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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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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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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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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
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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SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
0.00

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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'...
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
0.00

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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. Blued paper. Breathtaking U/M mint...
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. Blued paper. Breathtaking U/M mint...
0.00

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