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SG41-44.1904 1r to 5r. Superb fresh mint...
SG41-44.1904 1r to 5r. Superb fresh mint...
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SG60-72. 1912 Set of 13. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG60-72. 1912 Set of 13. Choice superb fresh mint...
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SG227-236. 1963 Set of 10. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG227-236. 1963 Set of 10. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG41s-45s. 1902 Set of 5 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG41s-45s. 1902 Set of 5 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
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SG149-159. 1938 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG149-159. 1938 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG106a-118. 1954 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG106a-118. 1954 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG210-222. 1956 Set of 13 plus shades. Brilliant U/M mint pairs.
SG210-222. 1956 Set of 13 plus shades. Brilliant U/M mint pairs.
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SG146-159. 1949 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG146-159. 1949 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG128-141. 1938 Set complete with all shade and perf...
SG128-141. 1938 Set complete with all shade and perf...
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SG188-200. 1938 Set of 16. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG188-200. 1938 Set of 16. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG284-292. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG284-292. 1904 Set of 9. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG237-250 and 253. 1957 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG237-250 and 253. 1957 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG171-186. 1950 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG171-186. 1950 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG94-105. 1952 Set of 12. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG94-105. 1952 Set of 12. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG11-13. 1903 2r to 5r. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG11-13. 1903 2r to 5r. Brilliant fresh mint...
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1840. 1d Intense black. Plate 5. Lettered F-F. Superb with Pinki
1840. 1d Intense black. Plate 5. Lettered F-F. Superb with Pinki
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SG466wi. 1937 2 1/2d Ultramarine. Overprinted 'CANCELLED' and wi
SG466wi. 1937 2 1/2d Ultramarine. Overprinted 'CANCELLED' and wi
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1840 1d Rainbow Colour Trial In Deep Blue on Bluish Paper...
1840 1d Rainbow Colour Trial In Deep Blue on Bluish Paper...
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SG888a. 1971 7 1/2p Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG888a. 1971 7 1/2p Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. U/M mint...
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SG128. 1902 1 Bright orange. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG128. 1902 1 Bright orange. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG O3a. 1889 6c Lilac. Wide space between 'G' and 'S'. Superb fr
SG O3a. 1889 6c Lilac. Wide space between 'G' and 'S'. Superb fr
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SG96w. 1882 4a Slate-green. 'Inverted Watermark'. Superb fine us
SG96w. 1882 4a Slate-green. 'Inverted Watermark'. Superb fine us
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SG355a. 1965 8d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG355a. 1965 8d Multicoloured. 'Gold Omitted'. U/M mint...
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SG21a. 1863 1/- Pale emerald-green. Superb mint...
SG21a. 1863 1/- Pale emerald-green. Superb mint...
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SG161. 1938 $10 Green and violet. Superb fresh mint...
SG161. 1938 $10 Green and violet. Superb fresh mint...
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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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