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SG178. 1884 2/6 Lilac. Superb fresh top sheet marginal...
SG178. 1884 2/6 Lilac. Superb fresh top sheet marginal...
350.00

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SG178. 1884 2/6 Lilac. Beautiful mint block of four...
SG178. 1884 2/6 Lilac. Beautiful mint block of four...
1,450.00

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SG179. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac. Choice superb fresh perfectly centre
SG179. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac. Choice superb fresh perfectly centre
375.00

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SG183. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Superb well centred used...
SG183. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Superb well centred used...
160.00

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SG179. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac. Superb used with a 'BELFAST' c.d.s..
SG179. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac. Superb used with a 'BELFAST' c.d.s..
60.00

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SG179a. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac on blued paper. Superb well centred.
SG179a. 1884 2/6 Deep lilac on blued paper. Superb well centred.
1,500.00

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SG181. 1884. 5/- Crimson. Very fine used with 'GUILDFORD'...
SG181. 1884. 5/- Crimson. Very fine used with 'GUILDFORD'...
65.00

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SG183. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Very fine used...
SG183. 1884 10/- Ultramarine. Very fine used...
60.00

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SG263. 1902 5/- Bright carmine. Lovely used example...
SG263. 1902 5/- Bright carmine. Lovely used example...
95.00

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SG266. 1902 1 Dull blue-green. Choice superb fine used pair....
SG266. 1902 1 Dull blue-green. Choice superb fine used pair....
750.00

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SG266. 1902 1 Dull blue-green. Choice superb fine well centred
SG266. 1902 1 Dull blue-green. Choice superb fine well centred
375.00

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SG400. 1913 2/6 Sepia-brown. Superb fresh mint...
SG400. 1913 2/6 Sepia-brown. Superb fresh mint...
135.00

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SG402. 1913 10/- Indigo-blue. Select superb fine well centred us
SG402. 1913 10/- Indigo-blue. Select superb fine well centred us
275.00

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SG404. 1913 1 Dull blue-green. Exceptional used pair...
SG404. 1913 1 Dull blue-green. Exceptional used pair...
1,650.00

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SG318. 1912 5/- Carmine. Exceptional used block...
SG318. 1912 5/- Carmine. Exceptional used block...
395.00

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SG12 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Superb fine used on piece...
SG12 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Superb fine used on piece...
5,000.00

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SG Z3. 1889 2d green of Jamaica. Superb used with excellent colo
SG Z3. 1889 2d green of Jamaica. Superb used with excellent colo
950.00

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SG17. 1907 1/2d on 1d Carmine. Superb fine used block of four...
SG17. 1907 1/2d on 1d Carmine. Superb fine used block of four...
295.00

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SG18. 1907 1/2d on 5/- Salmon and green. Superb fresh mint...
SG18. 1907 1/2d on 5/- Salmon and green. Superb fresh mint...
175.00

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SG18. 1907 1/2d on 5/- Salmon and green. Choice superb fine used
SG18. 1907 1/2d on 5/- Salmon and green. Choice superb fine used
1,000.00

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SG1. 1899 '1/2 PENCE' on 1/2d Green. Very fine U/M mint block of
SG1. 1899 '1/2 PENCE' on 1/2d Green. Very fine U/M mint block of
575.00

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SG1-4. 1899 Set (4 values) all superb used on piece...
SG1-4. 1899 Set (4 values) all superb used on piece...
1,100.00

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SG1. 1899 '1/2 PENCE' on 1/2d Green. Superb mint block of four..
SG1. 1899 '1/2 PENCE' on 1/2d Green. Superb mint block of four..
1,000.00

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SG2. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. Superb used vertical strip of 5.
SG2. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. Superb used vertical strip of 5.
450.00

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SG2a. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. Italic 'Z'. Superb fine used wi
SG2a. 1899 '1 PENCE' on 1d Rose. Italic 'Z'. Superb fine used wi
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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0.00

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0.00

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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
0.00

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0.00

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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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0.00

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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
0.00

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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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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
0.00

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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
0.00

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0.00

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