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SG102-104. 1937 Set of 3. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG102-104. 1937 Set of 3. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
340.00

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SG102-104. 1937 Set of 3. Superb fine used...
SG102-104. 1937 Set of 3. Superb fine used...
120.00

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SG83-94a. 1957 Complete set with perfoation varieties. U/M mint.
SG83-94a. 1957 Complete set with perfoation varieties. U/M mint.
85.00

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SG S55Ia. 1989'The Scots Connection'. 'Imperforate Pane'. Comple
SG S55Ia. 1989'The Scots Connection'. 'Imperforate Pane'. Comple
1,750.00

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SG S55Ia. 1989'The Scots Connection'. 'Imperforate Pane'. Post O
SG S55Ia. 1989'The Scots Connection'. 'Imperforate Pane'. Post O
1,350.00

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SG1b. 1924 1/2d Blue-green. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pair'
SG1b. 1924 1/2d Blue-green. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pair'
950.00

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SG2a. 1924 1d Bright rose. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair
SG2a. 1924 1d Bright rose. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair
1,100.00

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SG2a. 1924 1d Bright rose. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair
SG2a. 1924 1d Bright rose. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair
725.00

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SG48a. 1937 1/- Black and blue-green. 'Double Print Of Frame'. B
SG48a. 1937 1/- Black and blue-green. 'Double Print Of Frame'. B
3,250.00

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SG1a. 1884 1d Red. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'. Super
SG1a. 1884 1d Red. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'. Super
3,750.00

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SG6. 1885 2d on 4d Olive-grey. "TWEE" Pence. Remarkably fine min
SG6. 1885 2d on 4d Olive-grey. "TWEE" Pence. Remarkably fine min
3,500.00

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SG12. 1914 1 Deep purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG12. 1914 1 Deep purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint...
160.00

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SG12b. 1927 1 Deep purple and black/red. Superb fresh mint...
SG12b. 1927 1 Deep purple and black/red. Superb fresh mint...
160.00

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SG1207a. 1983 15 1/2p Salmon. 'Imperforate Pair'. Post Office fr
SG1207a. 1983 15 1/2p Salmon. 'Imperforate Pair'. Post Office fr
1,450.00

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SG D1-D7.1951 Complete set (7 stamps). Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
SG D1-D7.1951 Complete set (7 stamps). Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
225.00

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SG31-40. 1903 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint with stunning...
SG31-40. 1903 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint with stunning...
240.00

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SG21s-39s. 1935 Set of 19. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG21s-39s. 1935 Set of 19. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
425.00

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SG29s-46s. 1935 Set of 18. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG29s-46s. 1935 Set of 18. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
450.00

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SG68s-85s. 1935 Set of 18. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG68s-85s. 1935 Set of 18. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant fresh mint...
450.00

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SG28-43. 1954. Set of 16. Brilliant Post Office fresh U/M mint..
SG28-43. 1954. Set of 16. Brilliant Post Office fresh U/M mint..
40.00

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SG53-73. 1950 Set of 21. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG53-73. 1950 Set of 21. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
80.00

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SG16-30. 1948 Set of 18. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG16-30. 1948 Set of 18. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
260.00

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SG303-317. 1939 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG303-317. 1939 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
1,000.00

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SG1-9. 1922. Set of 9. Superb fresh mint...
SG1-9. 1922. Set of 9. Superb fresh mint...
220.00

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SG39a,39ab. 1859 2d Blue. 'MAURITUIS' for 'MAURITIUS'. UNIQUE...
SG39a,39ab. 1859 2d Blue. 'MAURITUIS' for 'MAURITIUS'. UNIQUE...
0.00

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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
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
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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
0.00

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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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0.00

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