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SG D25a. 1968 2 1/2np on 3d Orange. "Surcharge Double' One Albin
SG D25a. 1968 2 1/2np on 3d Orange. "Surcharge Double' One Albin
950.00

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SGD21a. 1965 3p on 3d Orange. 'Surcharge Omitted, in pair". U/M
SGD21a. 1965 3p on 3d Orange. 'Surcharge Omitted, in pair". U/M
50.00

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SG1015a. 1982 $1 Brown and bright blue. 'Overprint Inverted'. U/
SG1015a. 1982 $1 Brown and bright blue. 'Overprint Inverted'. U/
350.00

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SG1246me. 1988 20c on 1c Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Omitted, in P
SG1246me. 1988 20c on 1c Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Omitted, in P
400.00

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SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Major Surcharge Shi
SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Major Surcharge Shi
275.00

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SG385 Variety. 1965 6p ob 6d Multicoloured. "Surcharge (value on
SG385 Variety. 1965 6p ob 6d Multicoloured. "Surcharge (value on
700.00

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SG381b. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Surcharge Double". U/M she
SG381b. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Surcharge Double". U/M she
650.00

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SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Major shift of surc
SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Major shift of surc
300.00

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SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Value (only) Omitte
SG381 Variety. 1965 1p on 1d Multicoloured. "Value (only) Omitte
800.00

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SG393 Variety. 1965 24p on 2s Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Value Om
SG393 Variety. 1965 24p on 2s Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Value Om
900.00

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SG541a Variety. 1969 1np Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted, D
SG541a Variety. 1969 1np Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted, D
1,500.00

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SG387 Variety. 1965 12p on 1s Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Shifted'
SG387 Variety. 1965 12p on 1s Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Shifted'
750.00

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SG387d Variety. 1965 12p on 1s Multicoloured. 'Major Shift Of Th
SG387d Variety. 1965 12p on 1s Multicoloured. 'Major Shift Of Th
1,250.00

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SG385b Variety. 1965 6p on 6d Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Double'.
SG385b Variety. 1965 6p on 6d Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Double'.
750.00

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SG385b Variety. 1965 6p on 6d Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Double,
SG385b Variety. 1965 6p on 6d Multicoloured. 'Surcharge Double,
750.00

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SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Superb used...
SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Superb used...
250.00

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SG58-64. 1894 Set of 7. Very fine mint...
SG58-64. 1894 Set of 7. Very fine mint...
230.00

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SG58-64. 1896 Set of 7. Very fine used...
SG58-64. 1896 Set of 7. Very fine used...
230.00

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SG78s-79s. 1946 Set of 2. 'SPECIMEN'. U/M strips of 3...
SG78s-79s. 1946 Set of 2. 'SPECIMEN'. U/M strips of 3...
330.00

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SG1s-12s. 1923 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
SG1s-12s. 1923 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
920.00

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SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Fine mint...
SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Fine mint...
160.00

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SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG355-360. 1963 Set of 6. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
SG355-360. 1963 Set of 6. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
395.00

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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...
75.00

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SG A5. 1906 1m Brown and carmine. Brilliant fine corner sheet ma
SG A5. 1906 1m Brown and carmine. Brilliant fine corner sheet ma
400.00

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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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0.00

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

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0.00

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0.00

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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...
0.00

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

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0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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0.00

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