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SG1-13. 1903 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG1-13. 1903 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh mint...
125.00

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SG O162-O170.1949 1c to $1 (Set, 9 values). U/M blocks of 4...
SG O162-O170.1949 1c to $1 (Set, 9 values). U/M blocks of 4...
595.00

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SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Superb fresh well centred mint
SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Superb fresh well centred mint
500.00

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SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Superb mint...
SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Superb mint...
450.00

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SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Brilliant fresh well centred m
SG62. 1917 50r Carmine and green. Brilliant fresh well centred m
550.00

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1928. 5/- Imperforate Plate Proof in Blue...
1928. 5/- Imperforate Plate Proof in Blue...
75.00

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SG5. 1900 1s on 4d Sage-green. Superb fine used...
SG5. 1900 1s on 4d Sage-green. Superb fine used...
295.00

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SG4b. 1907 2 1/2d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Horizonta
SG4b. 1907 2 1/2d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Horizonta
0.00

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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'. Brillian
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'. Brillian
0.00

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SG D19 Var. 2c Violet. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG D19 Var. 2c Violet. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U/M mint...
195.00

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SG O130. 1939 $1 Violet. Brilliant Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG O130. 1939 $1 Violet. Brilliant Post Office fresh U/M mint...
85.00

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SG O191a. 1950 10c Brown-purple. 'G' Omitted. U/M mint block of
SG O191a. 1950 10c Brown-purple. 'G' Omitted. U/M mint block of
575.00

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SG2c. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. "I" for "1". Superb fresh mint.
SG2c. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. "I" for "1". Superb fresh mint.
1,350.00

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SG3. 1899 '2 PENCE'on 6d Mauve. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG3. 1899 '2 PENCE'on 6d Mauve. Choice superb fresh mint...
1,475.00

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SG4. 1899 '2 1/2 PENCE' on 2 1/2d Blue. Superb fine used on piec
SG4. 1899 '2 1/2 PENCE' on 2 1/2d Blue. Superb fine used on piec
375.00

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SG2207ab. 2001 (1st.) Swiftsue booklet. 'Imperforate'...
SG2207ab. 2001 (1st.) Swiftsue booklet. 'Imperforate'...
950.00

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SG1283a. 1985 Europa. 22p 'Imperforate'. U/M corner sheet...
SG1283a. 1985 Europa. 22p 'Imperforate'. U/M corner sheet...
4,950.00

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SG1519a. 1990 Gallantry Awards. 20p 'Imperforate'. U/M marginal
SG1519a. 1990 Gallantry Awards. 20p 'Imperforate'. U/M marginal
1,600.00

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SG796a Variety. British Architecture. 5p 'Imperforate'. U/M bloc
SG796a Variety. British Architecture. 5p 'Imperforate'. U/M bloc
1,750.00

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SG1839a. 1994 Europa. 25p 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE U/M mint pair...
SG1839a. 1994 Europa. 25p 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE U/M mint pair...
3,500.00

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SG1293a. 1885 Royal Mail. 34p 'Imperforate Between'. U/M block o
SG1293a. 1885 Royal Mail. 34p 'Imperforate Between'. U/M block o
3,950.00

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SG1965a. 1997 Henry VIII. 26p 'Imperforate'.UNIQUE U/M top corne
SG1965a. 1997 Henry VIII. 26p 'Imperforate'.UNIQUE U/M top corne
4,750.00

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SG1546a. 1991 Scientific Achievements. 22p 'Imperforate'. U/M bl
SG1546a. 1991 Scientific Achievements. 22p 'Imperforate'. U/M bl
1,500.00

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SG2065a. 1998 Christmas. 26p 'Imperforate'. U/M mint block of 20
SG2065a. 1998 Christmas. 26p 'Imperforate'. U/M mint block of 20
3,750.00

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SG1332a. 1986 Commonwealth Games. 34p 'Imperforate'. U/M block o
SG1332a. 1986 Commonwealth Games. 34p 'Imperforate'. U/M block o
6,250.00

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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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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
0.00

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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
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0.00

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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
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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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SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
0.00

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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
0.00

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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
0.00

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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
0.00

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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
0.00

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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...
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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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...
0.00

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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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