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SG43a. 1897 2 1/2d Black and blue. No fraction bar in '1/2'...
SG43a. 1897 2 1/2d Black and blue. No fraction bar in '1/2'...
85.00

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SG245a. 1935 3 1/2a Black and dull ultramarine. "Bird" flaw. Use
SG245a. 1935 3 1/2a Black and dull ultramarine. "Bird" flaw. Use
190.00

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SG45a. 1902 1/2d Green. 'Dented Frame'. Very fine fresh mint...
SG45a. 1902 1/2d Green. 'Dented Frame'. Very fine fresh mint...
85.00

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SG127b. 1902 50c Dull purple and lilac. Line through 'B'. Superb
SG127b. 1902 50c Dull purple and lilac. Line through 'B'. Superb
120.00

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SG121b. 1902 8c Black and vermilion. Line through 'B'. Superb fr
SG121b. 1902 8c Black and vermilion. Line through 'B'. Superb fr
85.00

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SG120c. 1902 4c Black and carmine. Line through 'B'. Brilliant U
SG120c. 1902 4c Black and carmine. Line through 'B'. Brilliant U
75.00

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SG MS241a. 1978 Volcanic Rock Formations of Ascension . Sheetlet
SG MS241a. 1978 Volcanic Rock Formations of Ascension . Sheetlet
9,500.00

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SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
75.00

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SG91-105. 1932 Set of 15. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG91-105. 1932 Set of 15. Brilliant U/M mint...
100.00

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SG26-34. 1898 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
SG26-34. 1898 Set of 10. Very fine mint...
250.00

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SG102-107. 1925 Set of 6. Brilliant fresh U/M mint..
SG102-107. 1925 Set of 6. Brilliant fresh U/M mint..
295.00

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SG1-15. 1954 Set of 16. Superb fine used...
SG1-15. 1954 Set of 16. Superb fine used...
45.00

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SG31-32. 1948 Set of 2. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG31-32. 1948 Set of 2. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
80.00

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SG43-54. 1939 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG43-54. 1939 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
40.00

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SG104-114. 1903 Set of 11. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG104-114. 1903 Set of 11. Choice superb fresh mint...
375.00

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SG263-264. 1900 Set of 2. Superb mint...
SG263-264. 1900 Set of 2. Superb mint...
275.00

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SG50-52. 1912 5/- to 1. Superb fresh mint...
SG50-52. 1912 5/- to 1. Superb fresh mint...
150.00

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SG33-34. 1908 Set of 2. 1/- and 10/-. Superb fresh mint...
SG33-34. 1908 Set of 2. 1/- and 10/-. Superb fresh mint...
165.00

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SG71-75a. 1937 Set of 5. U/M blocks of 8 (4 pairs) including 1/-
SG71-75a. 1937 Set of 5. U/M blocks of 8 (4 pairs) including 1/-
80.00

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SG151-164. 1954 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
SG151-164. 1954 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
125.00

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SG101-114. 1953 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M marginal blocks of 4...
SG101-114. 1953 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M marginal blocks of 4...
280.00

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SG65-77a. 1961 Set of 13. Brilliant U/M corner blocks of 4...
SG65-77a. 1961 Set of 13. Brilliant U/M corner blocks of 4...
240.00

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SG267-278. 1953 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
SG267-278. 1953 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint blocks of 4...
165.00

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SG106a-118. 1954 Set of 15 plus SG117a. U/M blocks of 4...
SG106a-118. 1954 Set of 15 plus SG117a. U/M blocks of 4...
495.00

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SG D18-D25. 1923 Set of 8. Lovely superb fresh mint...
SG D18-D25. 1923 Set of 8. Lovely superb fresh mint...
135.00

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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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
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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...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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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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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
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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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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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