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SG29w. 1971 3p on 3d Blue. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant U/M m
SG29w. 1971 3p on 3d Blue. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant U/M m
70.00

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SG96m. 1935 2 1/2d Brown and deep blue. 'Bird by turret'. Superb
SG96m. 1935 2 1/2d Brown and deep blue. 'Bird by turret'. Superb
140.00

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SG116b. 1935 6d Green and indigo. 'Short extra flagstaff'. Brill
SG116b. 1935 6d Green and indigo. 'Short extra flagstaff'. Brill
225.00

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SG105. 1898 $5 Orange and carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG105. 1898 $5 Orange and carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
295.00

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SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Superb fin
SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Superb fin
60.00

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CHINA. SG1b. 1917 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. U/M mint...
CHINA. SG1b. 1917 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. U/M mint...
325.00

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SG32w. 1882 2c Rose-pink. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb used...
SG32w. 1882 2c Rose-pink. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb used...
175.00

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SG137. 1897 $2 Deep violet. Very fine used with roller cancel...
SG137. 1897 $2 Deep violet. Very fine used with roller cancel...
95.00

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SG50b. 1914 2/6 Sepia-brown. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'. Sup
SG50b. 1914 2/6 Sepia-brown. 'Overprint Double, One Albino'. Sup
150.00

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SG118c. 1902 2c Black and green. Line through 'B". Superb fresh
SG118c. 1902 2c Black and green. Line through 'B". Superb fresh
65.00

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SG162s. 1908 1-10s Brown-orange and deep purple. 'SPECIMEN'...
SG162s. 1908 1-10s Brown-orange and deep purple. 'SPECIMEN'...
175.00

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SG127s. 1922 $100 Green and scarlet. 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine sheet
SG127s. 1922 $100 Green and scarlet. 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine sheet
275.00

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SG321s. 1912 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
SG321s. 1912 100r Grey-black. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh well cent
295.00

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SG123ba. 1862 4c Blue. With inner frame lines and "1" for "I" in
SG123ba. 1862 4c Blue. With inner frame lines and "1" for "I" in
1,400.00

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SG100b. 1912 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. Very fine U/M mi
SG100b. 1912 1c Brown. 'Crown broken at right'. Very fine U/M mi
225.00

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SG120b. 1932 4c Carmine-red. 'Top of lower Chinese characters at
SG120b. 1932 4c Carmine-red. 'Top of lower Chinese characters at
75.00

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SG1a. 1923 1/2d Green. 'Wes' for 'West'. Superb fresh U/M mint b
SG1a. 1923 1/2d Green. 'Wes' for 'West'. Superb fresh U/M mint b
80.00

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SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Very fine
SG126a. 1921 25c Purple and magenta. 'Broken Flower'. Very fine
45.00

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SG3. 1852 (1d.) Blue. Choice superb fresh mint block of 15...
SG3. 1852 (1d.) Blue. Choice superb fresh mint block of 15...
675.00

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SG543bc. 1956 2d Light red-brown. 'Part perf. pane'. Brilliant f
SG543bc. 1956 2d Light red-brown. 'Part perf. pane'. Brilliant f
5,500.00

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SG40. 1907 2d Black and violet. Supern U/M mint marginal block o
SG40. 1907 2d Black and violet. Supern U/M mint marginal block o
30.00

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SG42. 1907 4d Black and sepia. Superb corner sheet marginal bloc
SG42. 1907 4d Black and sepia. Superb corner sheet marginal bloc
160.00

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SG43. 1907 6d Black and myrtle-green. Superb well centred mint m
SG43. 1907 6d Black and myrtle-green. Superb well centred mint m
150.00

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SG27b. 1902 2d Dull mauve and orange-red. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
SG27b. 1902 2d Dull mauve and orange-red. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
175.00

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SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 6...
SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 6...
70.00

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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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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
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0.00

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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
0.00

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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
0.00

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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
0.00

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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
0.00

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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
0.00

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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
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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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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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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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
0.00

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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
0.00

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SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
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0.00

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