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SG93. 1832. 5/- Chocolate. Superb fresh U/M well centred...
SG93. 1832. 5/- Chocolate. Superb fresh U/M well centred...
85.00

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SG5f. 1898 40c Orange-brown. 'Blue-black Overprint'. U/M mint...
SG5f. 1898 40c Orange-brown. 'Blue-black Overprint'. U/M mint...
45.00

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SG25cw. 1903 10c Dull purple/red. 'Watermark Inverted'. U/M mint
SG25cw. 1903 10c Dull purple/red. 'Watermark Inverted'. U/M mint
25.00

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SG204c. 1921 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Superb w
SG204c. 1921 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Superb w
70.00

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SG594a. 1981 5c Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted. Brilliant U/
SG594a. 1981 5c Multicoloured. 'Overprint Inverted. Brilliant U/
40.00

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SG339a. 1965 8d Multicoloured. 'Gold (centre) Omitted'. U/M mint
SG339a. 1965 8d Multicoloured. 'Gold (centre) Omitted'. U/M mint
65.00

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SG104. 1922 10/- Black. Superb fresh mint with exceptional full
SG104. 1922 10/- Black. Superb fresh mint with exceptional full
185.00

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SG333a. 1965 2d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M corner block
SG333a. 1965 2d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M corner block
70.00

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SG113. 1922 5/- Green and red/yellow. Choice superb fresh mint..
SG113. 1922 5/- Green and red/yellow. Choice superb fresh mint..
50.00

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SG120. 1922 2/- Purple and blue/blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG120. 1922 2/- Purple and blue/blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
35.00

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SG37. 1927 2/6 Green and brown. Superb U/M mint pair...
SG37. 1927 2/6 Green and brown. Superb U/M mint pair...
110.00

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SG336a. 1965 4d Multicoloured. "Knights of Malta' (silver) Omitt
SG336a. 1965 4d Multicoloured. "Knights of Malta' (silver) Omitt
150.00

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SG213. 1921 5/-Dull purple and purple. Superb fresh mint...
SG213. 1921 5/-Dull purple and purple. Superb fresh mint...
45.00

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SG66w. 1963 5/- Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted". Brilliant U
SG66w. 1963 5/- Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted". Brilliant U
50.00

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SG102w. 1900 1d Red. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh mint...
SG102w. 1900 1d Red. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG639a. 1982 25c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant U/M
SG639a. 1982 25c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant U/M
525.00

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SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
500.00

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SG D19a. 1970 2c Ultramarine. 'Printed on gummed side' Brilliant
SG D19a. 1970 2c Ultramarine. 'Printed on gummed side' Brilliant
60.00

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SG99e. 1919 10 Purple and royal blue. Brilliant fresh well cent
SG99e. 1919 10 Purple and royal blue. Brilliant fresh well cent
3,350.00

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SG1011d. 1973 4c Multicoloured. 'Greenish blue Omitted'. U/M...
SG1011d. 1973 4c Multicoloured. 'Greenish blue Omitted'. U/M...
170.00

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SG100a. 1923 2d Grey and slate. 'Broken Mainmast'. Superb fine u
SG100a. 1923 2d Grey and slate. 'Broken Mainmast'. Superb fine u
85.00

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SG105a. 1923 8d Grey and bright violet. 'Broken Mainmast'. Brill
SG105a. 1923 8d Grey and bright violet. 'Broken Mainmast'. Brill
120.00

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SG267. 1922 16c Brown-lake and black. Brilliant U/M block of 4..
SG267. 1922 16c Brown-lake and black. Brilliant U/M block of 4..
100.00

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SG50. 1897 4/- Black and carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG50. 1897 4/- Black and carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
85.00

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SG98c. 1922 1d Grey and green. 'Cleft Rock'. Superb plate number
SG98c. 1922 1d Grey and green. 'Cleft Rock'. Superb plate number
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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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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...
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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
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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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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