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SG84-93. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint blocks of four...
SG84-93. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint blocks of four...
2,000.00

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SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Brilliant mint blocks...
SG95-100. 1908 Set of 4. Brilliant mint blocks...
250.00

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SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Brillia
SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Brillia
360.00

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SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
480.00

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SG358s. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
SG358s. 1924 50r Dull purple. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
125.00

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SG359s. 1924 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG359s. 1924 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
325.00

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SG126. 1929 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M minr marginal...
SG126. 1929 1 Black/red. Brilliant fresh U/M minr marginal...
325.00

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SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
85.00

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SG157. 1938 $2 Red-orange and green. Brilliant U/M block of 6...
SG157. 1938 $2 Red-orange and green. Brilliant U/M block of 6...
360.00

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SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block...
SG10. 1855 1d Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block...
340.00

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SG J118. 1942 $100 Green and scarlet. The UNIQUE mint block of f
SG J118. 1942 $100 Green and scarlet. The UNIQUE mint block of f
7,000.00

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SG87. 1919 5/- Bright carmine. Exceptional U/M mint block...
SG87. 1919 5/- Bright carmine. Exceptional U/M mint block...
1,200.00

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SG F1. 1910 6d Black and brown-orange. Superb mint with beautifu
SG F1. 1910 6d Black and brown-orange. Superb mint with beautifu
140.00

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SG55a. 1890 1/2d Vermilion. 'Protectorate Double'. Superb fresh
SG55a. 1890 1/2d Vermilion. 'Protectorate Double'. Superb fresh
1,250.00

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SG48-72. 1953 Set with extra shades, Brilliant U/M mint...
SG48-72. 1953 Set with extra shades, Brilliant U/M mint...
195.00

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SG45. 1883 4d on 6d Deep violet. Superb fresh mint...
SG45. 1883 4d on 6d Deep violet. Superb fresh mint...
350.00

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SG57. 1884 1 Venetian-red. Exceptionally fine used with c.d.s..
SG57. 1884 1 Venetian-red. Exceptionally fine used with c.d.s..
180.00

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SG70. 1902 1 Black and green. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG70. 1902 1 Black and green. Choice superb fresh mint...
160.00

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SG93a. 1918 1d Black and red. 'Overprint Double, One Inverted'.
SG93a. 1918 1d Black and red. 'Overprint Double, One Inverted'.
695.00

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SG125. 1926 1 Green and black. Brilliant U/M corner plate numbe
SG125. 1926 1 Green and black. Brilliant U/M corner plate numbe
200.00

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SG169a. 1942 6d Olive-green and light blue. 'COIUMBUS' for 'COLU
SG169a. 1942 6d Olive-green and light blue. 'COIUMBUS' for 'COLU
525.00

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SG12. 174 3d on 1d Rose-red. Very fine mint...
SG12. 174 3d on 1d Rose-red. Very fine mint...
0.00

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SG223a. 1963 8d Sepia. 'Country name and value omitted'. U/M str
SG223a. 1963 8d Sepia. 'Country name and value omitted'. U/M str
2,700.00

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SG55. 1918 1 Purple and black/red. Choice superb fresh mint wit
SG55. 1918 1 Purple and black/red. Choice superb fresh mint wit
175.00

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SG116b. 1941 2/- Deep purple and ultramarine/grey-blue. 'Line Pe
SG116b. 1941 2/- Deep purple and ultramarine/grey-blue. 'Line Pe
225.00

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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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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
0.00

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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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SG64a. 1939 2 1/2d Magenta and sage-green. 'Imperforate Between'
SG64a. 1939 2 1/2d Magenta and sage-green. 'Imperforate Between'
0.00

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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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0.00

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SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
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0.00

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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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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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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
0.00

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