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SG239 Variety. 1916 Proof pair on ungummed paper. Superb fresh..
SG239 Variety. 1916 Proof pair on ungummed paper. Superb fresh..
85.00

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SG255. 1923 $1 Brown-orange. Superb mint block of 4...
SG255. 1923 $1 Brown-orange. Superb mint block of 4...
170.00

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SG215. 1911 50c Sepia. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 4...
SG215. 1911 50c Sepia. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 4...
210.00

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1891. 2c Deep green. Essay on India on card...
1891. 2c Deep green. Essay on India on card...
150.00

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1891. 3c Orange. Essay on glazed paper. Super fresh...
1891. 3c Orange. Essay on glazed paper. Super fresh...
210.00

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1891. 1c Yellow. Essay on Undia Paper on card...
1891. 1c Yellow. Essay on Undia Paper on card...
210.00

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1859. 10c Brown Plate Proof on India paper...
1859. 10c Brown Plate Proof on India paper...
50.00

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SG100. 1922 10 Black and green. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG100. 1922 10 Black and green. Brilliant fresh mint...
0.00

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1859 12 1/2c Plate Proof pair in black on India paper...
1859 12 1/2c Plate Proof pair in black on India paper...
85.00

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SG17 Variety. 1857 1/2d Deep rose Plate Proof on India paper...
SG17 Variety. 1857 1/2d Deep rose Plate Proof on India paper...
85.00

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SG163. 1938 10/- Steel blue and carmine. Superb U/M mint block o
SG163. 1938 10/- Steel blue and carmine. Superb U/M mint block o
220.00

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SG28 Variety. 1865 12c Die Proof in blue...
SG28 Variety. 1865 12c Die Proof in blue...
50.00

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4d Die Proof in blue on card. Superb fresh...
4d Die Proof in blue on card. Superb fresh...
80.00

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SG1. 1899 1/2 PENCE on 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
SG1. 1899 1/2 PENCE on 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
75.00

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SG201 Variety. 1915 2c Deep rose-red. Admiral Experimental Coil
SG201 Variety. 1915 2c Deep rose-red. Admiral Experimental Coil
295.00

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1851 6d Plate Proof in black on card...
1851 6d Plate Proof in black on card...
200.00

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SG71e. 1916 1 1/2d Orange. "R" inserted by hand. Choice mint...
SG71e. 1916 1 1/2d Orange. "R" inserted by hand. Choice mint...
1,250.00

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1897 6c Brown. Plate proof on card...
1897 6c Brown. Plate proof on card...
45.00

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1897 5c Deep blue. Plate proof pair on card...
1897 5c Deep blue. Plate proof pair on card...
85.00

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1897 5c Deep blue. Plate proof on card. Superb fresh...
1897 5c Deep blue. Plate proof on card. Superb fresh...
45.00

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SG M25. 1915 1r Lilac. Superb fresh mint...
SG M25. 1915 1r Lilac. Superb fresh mint...
920.00

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SG96a. 1922 1 Grey and purple/red. 'Torn Flag'. Superb fresh mi
SG96a. 1922 1 Grey and purple/red. 'Torn Flag'. Superb fresh mi
3,350.00

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SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Largest known multiple...
SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Largest known multiple...
1,050.00

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SG137. 1884 5 Orange. Vibrant Virtually Unmounted Mint..
SG137. 1884 5 Orange. Vibrant Virtually Unmounted Mint..
9,750.00

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SB6(3),7,8,20. 1900. Cover to Pretoria Regiment...
SB6(3),7,8,20. 1900. Cover to Pretoria Regiment...
5,000.00

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

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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
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SG28a. 1888 1d on 2 1/2d Ultramarine. 'Surcharge Inverted'...
SG28a. 1888 1d on 2 1/2d Ultramarine. 'Surcharge Inverted'...
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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'..
0.00

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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
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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
0.00

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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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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
0.00

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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
85,000.00

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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
0.00

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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
SG291b. 1934 4c Slate-violet. 'Imperforate Horizontally'...
0.00

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