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SG S1. 1916 1/2d Green. Superb fresh mint...
SG S1. 1916 1/2d Green. Superb fresh mint...
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SG S2. 1916 1d Scarlet. Superb fresh mint...
SG S2. 1916 1d Scarlet. Superb fresh mint...
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SG16a. 1905 2/6 Black and brown. Very fine fresh well centred mi
SG16a. 1905 2/6 Black and brown. Very fine fresh well centred mi
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SG136. 1897 $1 Lake. Superb used with a neat 'WINNIPEG'...
SG136. 1897 $1 Lake. Superb used with a neat 'WINNIPEG'...
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SG12a. 1922 2d Orange (Die i). 'Overprint Inverted'. Superb fres
SG12a. 1922 2d Orange (Die i). 'Overprint Inverted'. Superb fres
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SG51. 1913 5/- Grey-green and violet. very fine well centred min
SG51. 1913 5/- Grey-green and violet. very fine well centred min
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SG1278ab. 1992 $2 Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U
SG1278ab. 1992 $2 Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U
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SG399. 1913 2/6 Vandyke brown. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG399. 1913 2/6 Vandyke brown. Brilliant U/M mint...
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SG403, 1913 1 Deep green. Brilliant fresh well centred mint...
SG403, 1913 1 Deep green. Brilliant fresh well centred mint...
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SG O17. 1895 'OFFICIAL'. 1r.12c Dull rose. Superb fresh mint...
SG O17. 1895 'OFFICIAL'. 1r.12c Dull rose. Superb fresh mint...
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SG O17. 1895 'OFFICIAL'. 1r.12c Dull rose. Superb fine used...
SG O17. 1895 'OFFICIAL'. 1r.12c Dull rose. Superb fine used...
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SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG69. 1914 1 Black/red. Superb fresh U/M mint...
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SG36. 1894 6pi Olive-grey. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG36. 1894 6pi Olive-grey. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG37. 1893 12pi Orange brown. Lovely fresh mint...
SG37. 1893 12pi Orange brown. Lovely fresh mint...
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SG68aw. 1904 9pi Yellow-brown and carmine. 'Watermark Inverted'.
SG68aw. 1904 9pi Yellow-brown and carmine. 'Watermark Inverted'.
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SGO22-O27. 1903 'SERVICE'. Set of 6. Choice brilliant fresh mint
SGO22-O27. 1903 'SERVICE'. Set of 6. Choice brilliant fresh mint
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SG96-107. 1935 Set of 12. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG96-107. 1935 Set of 12. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG60-78. 1924 Set of 19. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG60-78. 1924 Set of 19. Brilliant fresh mint...
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SG118-131. 1964 Set of 12 plus most shades and papers. U/M mint.
SG118-131. 1964 Set of 12 plus most shades and papers. U/M mint.
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SG60-78. 1924. Set of 19. Superb mint...
SG60-78. 1924. Set of 19. Superb mint...
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SG76-80. 1921 Set of 5. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG76-80. 1921 Set of 5. Choice superb fresh mint...
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SG O1-O14. 1937 'OFFICIAL'. Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
SG O1-O14. 1937 'OFFICIAL'. Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint.
750.00

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SG375-388. 1942 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG375-388. 1942 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
110.00

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SG T1-T12. 1960 Set of 12. Superb fine used...
SG T1-T12. 1960 Set of 12. Superb fine used...
40.00

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SG O1-O13. 1937 'Official'. Set to 5r. Superb mint...
SG O1-O13. 1937 'Official'. Set to 5r. Superb 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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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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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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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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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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SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
SG70a. 1896 2 1/2d on 2/- Dull lilac. Italic "N". 1 OF ONLY 8...
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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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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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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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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...
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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
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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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SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
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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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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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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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