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SG1588a. 1992 24p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant U/M bl
SG1588a. 1992 24p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant U/M bl
950.00

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SG2064a. 1998 20p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant fresh
SG2064a. 1998 20p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant fresh
850.00

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SG1079a. 1979 9p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant U/M min
SG1079a. 1979 9p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant U/M min
650.00

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SG105s-116s. 1942 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG105s-116s. 1942 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
225.00

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SG93s-104s. 1938 Set of 12. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG93s-104s. 1938 Set of 12. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
250.00

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SG117s-118s. 1946 'SPECIMEN'. Set of 2. Superb fresh U/M mint...
SG117s-118s. 1946 'SPECIMEN'. Set of 2. Superb fresh U/M mint...
80.00

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SG86s-89s. 1935 Set of 4. 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine fresh U/M mint..
SG86s-89s. 1935 Set of 4. 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine fresh U/M mint..
60.00

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SG40-47. 1888 Set to 2/-. Superb mint...
SG40-47. 1888 Set to 2/-. Superb mint...
1,100.00

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SG8. 1859 9d Purple-brown. Exceptionally fine used...
SG8. 1859 9d Purple-brown. Exceptionally fine used...
650.00

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SG116c. 1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Dark Green Omitted'. Brilliant f
SG116c. 1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Dark Green Omitted'. Brilliant f
225.00

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SG172a. 1965 20c Multicoloured. ' Bright Purple Omitted'. Brilli
SG172a. 1965 20c Multicoloured. ' Bright Purple Omitted'. Brilli
225.00

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SG163d. 1944 10/- Slate-blue and carmine lake (wide). Brilliant
SG163d. 1944 10/- Slate-blue and carmine lake (wide). Brilliant
600.00

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SG319. 1912 20r Black and red/blue. Brilliant U/M mint corner bl
SG319. 1912 20r Black and red/blue. Brilliant U/M mint corner bl
725.00

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SG37b. 1880 '3' on 3d Pale dull rose. Very fine used vertical pa
SG37b. 1880 '3' on 3d Pale dull rose. Very fine used vertical pa
425.00

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SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fresh mint i
SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fresh mint i
2,400.00

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SG121c. 1915 1d on 1/- Black/green. 'PENNY' and bar double. Supe
SG121c. 1915 1d on 1/- Black/green. 'PENNY' and bar double. Supe
425.00

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SG32. 1880 5/- Rose-red. Choice superb fine used...
SG32. 1880 5/- Rose-red. Choice superb fine used...
1,500.00

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SG28a. 1880 1d on half 6d Deep blue-green. 'Unsevered Pair'. Ver
SG28a. 1880 1d on half 6d Deep blue-green. 'Unsevered Pair'. Ver
1,250.00

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SG58a. 1956 1 1/2a on 1 1/2d Green. Superb fine used...
SG58a. 1956 1 1/2a on 1 1/2d Green. Superb fine used...
1,100.00

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SG38a. 1951 15c on 2 1/2a Deep ultramarine. 'Surcharge Double'.
SG38a. 1951 15c on 2 1/2a Deep ultramarine. 'Surcharge Double'.
1,000.00

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SG441b. 1934. 1 1/2d Red-brown. Imperforate (three sides) (lower
SG441b. 1934. 1 1/2d Red-brown. Imperforate (three sides) (lower
3,250.00

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SG117a. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Black Omitted'. Brilliant U/M bl
SG117a. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Black Omitted'. Brilliant U/M bl
950.00

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SG71 Variety. 1965 15c Multicoloured. 'Imperforate to sheet marg
SG71 Variety. 1965 15c Multicoloured. 'Imperforate to sheet marg
195.00

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SG Y1711a 2004 40p Turquoise-blue. 'Imperforate'. U/M mint block
SG Y1711a 2004 40p Turquoise-blue. 'Imperforate'. U/M mint block
300.00

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SG Y1803. 1999 5 Brown. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant corner margina
SG Y1803. 1999 5 Brown. 'Imperforate'. Brilliant corner margina
950.00

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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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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
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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...
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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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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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