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SG14. 1854 2d Blue. Intermediate Impression. Superb fine used...
SG14. 1854 2d Blue. Intermediate Impression. Superb fine used...
2,500.00

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SG22 1886 1 1/2d Rose. Superb fresh mint pair with original corn
SG22 1886 1 1/2d Rose. Superb fresh mint pair with original corn
350.00

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SG25. 1886 4 1/2d Rose. Choice superb fresh mint with original..
SG25. 1886 4 1/2d Rose. Choice superb fresh mint with original..
200.00

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SG22. 1916 1/- Mauve.  Choice superb fresh unused sheet marginal
SG22. 1916 1/- Mauve. Choice superb fresh unused sheet marginal
700.00

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SG32. 1916 2 1/2d Black. Brilliant fresh unused...
SG32. 1916 2 1/2d Black. Brilliant fresh unused...
1,150.00

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SG8ab. 1884 4d Magenta. 'Violet Handstamp'. Superb fresh mint wi
SG8ab. 1884 4d Magenta. 'Violet Handstamp'. Superb fresh mint wi
1,650.00

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SG14a. 1886 1d Rose. 'Violet Handstamp'. Superb fresh mint with
SG14a. 1886 1d Rose. 'Violet Handstamp'. Superb fresh mint with
400.00

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SG1a. 1853 1d Deep brick-red. Choice superb fine used...
SG1a. 1853 1d Deep brick-red. Choice superb fine used...
275.00

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SG6c. 1855 4d Blue. 'Watermark Sideways'. Choice superb fine use
SG6c. 1855 4d Blue. 'Watermark Sideways'. Choice superb fine use
375.00

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SG5b. 1858 1d Deep rose-red. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG5b. 1858 1d Deep rose-red. Choice superb fresh mint...
950.00

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SG F204. 1946 25/- Greenish blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG F204. 1946 25/- Greenish blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
675.00

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SG163c. 1943 10/- Slate-blue and bright carmine. Perf.12. Superb
SG163c. 1943 10/- Slate-blue and bright carmine. Perf.12. Superb
395.00

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SG12. 1916 1d Mauve. Superb fresh unused sheet marginal pair...
SG12. 1916 1d Mauve. Superb fresh unused sheet marginal pair...
695.00

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SG20. 1916 1/- Black. Brilliant fresh unused sheet marginal...
SG20. 1916 1/- Black. Brilliant fresh unused sheet marginal...
395.00

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SG20. 1916 1/- Black. Superb fresh unused pair...
SG20. 1916 1/- Black. Superb fresh unused pair...
675.00

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SG22. 1886 1 1/2 Rose. Superb fresh mint pair. with original cor
SG22. 1886 1 1/2 Rose. Superb fresh mint pair. with original cor
395.00

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SG80-85. 1897 Set of 6. Very fine fresh mint...
SG80-85. 1897 Set of 6. Very fine fresh mint...
225.00

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SG85. 1916 2/6 Pale brown. Brilliant fresh U/M mint pair...
SG85. 1916 2/6 Pale brown. Brilliant fresh U/M mint pair...
240.00

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SG84a. 1914 5/- Rose-carmine. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'. Br
SG84a. 1914 5/- Rose-carmine. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'. Br
320.00

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SG55a. 1890 1/2d Vermilion. 'Protectorate Double'. Choice superb
SG55a. 1890 1/2d Vermilion. 'Protectorate Double'. Choice superb
1,150.00

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SG52a. 1888 1/2d Grey-black. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fresh mi
SG52a. 1888 1/2d Grey-black. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fresh mi
395.00

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SG44. 1888 4d on 4d Lilac and black. Very fine used...
SG44. 1888 4d on 4d Lilac and black. Very fine used...
195.00

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SG23b.1888 2d on 2d Lilac and black. Curved foot to '2'. Superb
SG23b.1888 2d on 2d Lilac and black. Curved foot to '2'. Superb
125.00

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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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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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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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SG O1. 1934 The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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0.00

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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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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint pair...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint pair...
0.00

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