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SG16. 1967 $5 Multicoloured. Brilliant fine used...
SG16. 1967 $5 Multicoloured. Brilliant fine used...
420.00

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SG F215. 1942 11/- on 11/- Yellow. Brilliant fresh U/M mint bloc
SG F215. 1942 11/- on 11/- Yellow. Brilliant fresh U/M mint bloc
295.00

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SG629a. 1961 6d Purple and gold. 'Gold Omitted'. Superb used...
SG629a. 1961 6d Purple and gold. 'Gold Omitted'. Superb used...
650.00

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SG4. 1879 1/2d Olive-yellow. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG4. 1879 1/2d Olive-yellow. Superb fresh well centred mint...
60.00

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SG6. 1879 2d Green. very fine fresh mint...
SG6. 1879 2d Green. very fine fresh mint...
55.00

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SG2. 1851 3d Dull red. Very fine used with huge margins...
SG2. 1851 3d Dull red. Very fine used with huge margins...
350.00

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SG141. 1915 12p on 10/- Blue. Superb fresh mint block of 4...
SG141. 1915 12p on 10/- Blue. Superb fresh mint block of 4...
350.00

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SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M top imprint margina
SG O188. 1950 50c Green. Brilliant fresh U/M top imprint margina
90.00

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SG O163. 1949 2c Brown. Brilliant fresh U/M top imprint block...
SG O163. 1949 2c Brown. Brilliant fresh U/M top imprint block...
50.00

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SG205b. 1912 5c Deep blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint marginal...
SG205b. 1912 5c Deep blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint marginal...
40.00

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SG138. 1905 $5 Dull green and brown-orange. Choice superb fresh
SG138. 1905 $5 Dull green and brown-orange. Choice superb fresh
300.00

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SG24. 1921 $3 Green and red/emerald. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG24. 1921 $3 Green and red/emerald. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
130.00

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SG8. 1876 6d Orange. Superb fresh mint...
SG8. 1876 6d Orange. Superb fresh mint...
195.00

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SG7. 1876 4d Magenta.  Very fine mint...
SG7. 1876 4d Magenta. Very fine mint...
120.00

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SG125. 1912 12p on 10/- Blue. Superb fresh perfectly...
SG125. 1912 12p on 10/- Blue. Superb fresh perfectly...
140.00

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SG6c. 1855 4d Deep blue. 'Watermark Sideways'. Superb fine used.
SG6c. 1855 4d Deep blue. 'Watermark Sideways'. Superb fine used.
160.00

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SG1. 1900 1d on 1/2d Green. Superb fine used...
SG1. 1900 1d on 1/2d Green. Superb fine used...
55.00

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SG26. 1859 3d Red. Perforated. Very fine used...
SG26. 1859 3d Red. Perforated. Very fine used...
175.00

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SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Very fine mint...
SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Very fine mint...
150.00

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SG18. 1857 1d Red/bluish. Worn Impression. Superb used...
SG18. 1857 1d Red/bluish. Worn Impression. Superb used...
575.00

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SG123. 1907 12p on 10/- Ultramarine. Superb fresh perfectly...
SG123. 1907 12p on 10/- Ultramarine. Superb fresh perfectly...
70.00

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SG23. 1916 10/- Pale blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG23. 1916 10/- Pale blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
240.00

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SG1. 1851 3d Bright red. Superb fine used...
SG1. 1851 3d Bright red. Superb fine used...
375.00

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SG2. 1851 3d Dull red. Very fine used with dots cancellation...
SG2. 1851 3d Dull red. Very fine used with dots cancellation...
250.00

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SG458. 1920 1/- Orange-red. Exceptionally fine used...
SG458. 1920 1/- Orange-red. Exceptionally fine used...
25.00

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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
0.00

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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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SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
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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
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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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'...
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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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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
0.00

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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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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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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