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SG149-161. 1956 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG149-161. 1956 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
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SG148-161a. 1953 Set of 15 plus 4d. shades. Brilliant U/M mint..
SG148-161a. 1953 Set of 15 plus 4d. shades. Brilliant U/M mint..
100.00

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SG165-179. 1962 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG165-179. 1962 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
60.00

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SG165-179. 1962 Set of 15. Brilliant fine used with 'CAYMAN BRAC
SG165-179. 1962 Set of 15. Brilliant fine used with 'CAYMAN BRAC
35.00

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SG162-173. 1962 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG162-173. 1962 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
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SG178-192. 1954 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG178-192. 1954 Set of 15. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
50.00

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SG135-147. 1950 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG135-147. 1950 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
60.00

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SG S10-S20. 1948 Set of 11. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG S10-S20. 1948 Set of 11. Superb fresh U/M mint...
30.00

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SG E26-E32. 1951 Set of 7. Superb U/M mint...
SG E26-E32. 1951 Set of 7. Superb U/M mint...
50.00

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SG139-147. 1956 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG139-147. 1956 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
40.00

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SG289-301 (inc.SG299a). Set of 13 Brilliant U/M mint...
SG289-301 (inc.SG299a). Set of 13 Brilliant U/M mint...
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POONCH. SG63. 1887 4a Aniline rose on yellow. Unused block of 9.
POONCH. SG63. 1887 4a Aniline rose on yellow. Unused block of 9.
190.00

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SG58-68b. 1961 Set of 11 plus extra stamps. Brilliant U/M mint..
SG58-68b. 1961 Set of 11 plus extra stamps. Brilliant U/M mint..
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SG980 Variety. 1975 7p Multicoloured. 'Major shift of gold' U/M
SG980 Variety. 1975 7p Multicoloured. 'Major shift of gold' U/M
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SG S21-S31. 1950 Set of 11. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG S21-S31. 1950 Set of 11. Superb fresh U/M mint...
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Quaiti State. SG41-52. 1963 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
Quaiti State. SG41-52. 1963 Set of 12. Brilliant U/M mint...
95.00

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SG120a-134. 1953 Set complete with every shade. Top values used.
SG120a-134. 1953 Set complete with every shade. Top values used.
85.00

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SG120a-134. 1953 Set of 15. Superb fine used...
SG120a-134. 1953 Set of 15. Superb fine used...
30.00

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ORCHHA. SG8-20. 1935 Set of 22. Superb fresh mint...
ORCHHA. SG8-20. 1935 Set of 22. Superb fresh mint...
85.00

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Quaiti State. SG1-11. 1942 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh U/M mint..
Quaiti State. SG1-11. 1942 Set of 11. Brilliant fresh U/M mint..
50.00

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NANDGAON. SG1-2 1891 Set, both brilliant fresh unused...
NANDGAON. SG1-2 1891 Set, both brilliant fresh unused...
40.00

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NANDGAON. SG3-6. 1893 Set of 4. Brilliant fresh unused...
NANDGAON. SG3-6. 1893 Set of 4. Brilliant fresh unused...
125.00

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NANDGAON. SG O4-O6. 1894 Set with shades, superb mint...
NANDGAON. SG O4-O6. 1894 Set with shades, superb mint...
60.00

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SG149-157a. 1938 Set of 17. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG149-157a. 1938 Set of 17. Superb fresh U/M mint...
125.00

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SG201-216. 1954 Set of 16. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG201-216. 1954 Set of 16. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
65.00

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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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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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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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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
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SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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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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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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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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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
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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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