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SG O79. 1925. 1d Deep carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block.
SG O79. 1925. 1d Deep carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block.
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SG O74. 1910 3d Chestnut. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block...
SG O74. 1910 3d Chestnut. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block...
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SG O75. 1910 6d Carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint block...
SG O75. 1910 6d Carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint block...
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SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint block...
SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint block...
130.00

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SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint...
SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint...
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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M block...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M block...
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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
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SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint.
SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint.
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SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M m
SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M m
90.00

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SG O66. 1907 2/- Blue-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG O66. 1907 2/- Blue-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG O67. 1907 5/- Deep red. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb fresh well centred
SG O67. 1907 5/- Deep red. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb fresh well centred
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SG O67. 1907 5/- Deep red. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb fresh sheet margin
SG O67. 1907 5/- Deep red. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb fresh sheet margin
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SG188-204. 1899 Set of 17. Fine mint with excellent colours...
SG188-204. 1899 Set of 17. Fine mint with excellent colours...
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SG127-132. 1917-24. Set of 6. Very fine mint...
SG127-132. 1917-24. Set of 6. Very fine mint...
300.00

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SG98-123. 1921 Set of 24. Superb fresh mint...
SG98-123. 1921 Set of 24. Superb fresh mint...
95.00

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SG154-161. 1921 Set of 8. Superb fresh mint...
SG154-161. 1921 Set of 8. Superb fresh mint...
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SG162-175. 1922 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG162-175. 1922 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG176-186. 1928 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG176-186. 1928 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
70.00

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SG115-126. 1909 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
SG115-126. 1909 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
95.00

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SG129-139. 1913 Set of 11. Superb fresh mint...
SG129-139. 1913 Set of 11. Superb fresh mint...
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SG129-139. 1913 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG129-139. 1913 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh mint...
50.00

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SG171-174. 1932 Set to 1. Very fine fresh mint...
SG171-174. 1932 Set to 1. Very fine fresh mint...
95.00

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SG26-29. 1925 Set of 4. Superb used...
SG26-29. 1925 Set of 4. Superb used...
50.00

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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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