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SG5b. 1855 1d Deep rose-red. Superb fresh mint...
SG5b. 1855 1d Deep rose-red. Superb fresh mint...
800.00

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SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Very fine used with exceptional...
SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Very fine used with exceptional...
275.00

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SG131. 1897 10c Purple. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG131. 1897 10c Purple. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
100.00

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SG23. 1905 2p Black and blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG23. 1905 2p Black and blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
30.00

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SG F125. 1924 2/6 Deep grey-brown. Superb fresh mint...
SG F125. 1924 2/6 Deep grey-brown. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG F111. 1913 2/- Deep blue. Superb fresh mint...
SG F111. 1913 2/- Deep blue. Superb fresh mint...
50.00

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SG F115. 1913 5/- Yellow-green. Superb fresh mint marginal...
SG F115. 1913 5/- Yellow-green. Superb fresh mint marginal...
130.00

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SG E3. 1936 6d Carmine and bright violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
SG E3. 1936 6d Carmine and bright violet. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
70.00

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SG E5. 1939 6d Vermilion and bright violet. Brilliant fresh U/M
SG E5. 1939 6d Vermilion and bright violet. Brilliant fresh U/M
200.00

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SG105. 1927 5/- Cermine-red and black. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG105. 1927 5/- Cermine-red and black. Brilliant U/M mint...
40.00

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SG H58. 1916 20/- Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint mar
SG H58. 1916 20/- Purple and black/red. Brilliant fresh mint mar
160.00

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SG37c. 1928 1 Rose-pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG37c. 1928 1 Rose-pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
150.00

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SG37c. 1928 1 Rose-pink. Superb fresh mint...
SG37c. 1928 1 Rose-pink. Superb fresh mint...
125.00

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SG37. 1923 1 Rose-carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG37. 1923 1 Rose-carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
120.00

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SG12. 1902 1d Carmine. 'Mixed perforations'. Superb fresh mint..
SG12. 1902 1d Carmine. 'Mixed perforations'. Superb fresh mint..
125.00

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SG O79. 1925. 1d Deep carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block.
SG O79. 1925. 1d Deep carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block.
45.00

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SG O74. 1910 3d Chestnut. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block...
SG O74. 1910 3d Chestnut. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant mint block...
40.00

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SG O75. 1910 6d Carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint block...
SG O75. 1910 6d Carmine. 'OFFICIAL'. Superb mint block...
50.00

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SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint block...
SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint block...
130.00

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SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint...
SG O77. 1910 1/- Vermilion. Superb fresh mint...
20.00

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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
25.00

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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Brilliant U/M mint pair...
50.00

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SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
SG552. 1932 1d + 1d Carmine. Exceptionally fine used...
25.00

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SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint.
SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh mint.
50.00

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SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M m
SG O86. 1915 5/- Yellow-green. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M m
90.00

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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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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
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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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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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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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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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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...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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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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SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
SG13ab. 1945 25c Dull purple and scarlet. The Unique and highly
0.00

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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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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
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