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SG19. 1893 1/2d on 2 1/2d Purple/blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG19. 1893 1/2d on 2 1/2d Purple/blue. Brilliant fresh mint...
420.00

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SG10. 1855 (1d) Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block of 6...
SG10. 1855 (1d) Deep blue. Brilliant fresh mint block of 6...
500.00

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SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf. 14x13. Superb fresh U/M min
SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf. 14x13. Superb fresh U/M min
395.00

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SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf. 14x13. Superb fine used...
SG317a. 1951 $1 Bright violet. Perf. 14x13. Superb fine used...
420.00

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SG74b. 1934 2d Grey-green. Perf.15xImperforate. Very fine used..
SG74b. 1934 2d Grey-green. Perf.15xImperforate. Very fine used..
960.00

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SG22-38. 1914 Set of 14. Superb used...
SG22-38. 1914 Set of 14. Superb used...
295.00

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BC 137. 2008 Wintons Fishery Smilers Sheet. Pristine...
BC 137. 2008 Wintons Fishery Smilers Sheet. Pristine...
525.00

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SG118b. 1942 5/- Dull yellow-green and red/yellow. Brilliant U/M
SG118b. 1942 5/- Dull yellow-green and red/yellow. Brilliant U/M
210.00

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SG94a. 1921 2 1/2d Bright blue. Large '2' in '1/2'. Very fine mi
SG94a. 1921 2 1/2d Bright blue. Large '2' in '1/2'. Very fine mi
250.00

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SG36w. 1972 5p Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant U/
SG36w. 1972 5p Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Brilliant U/
40.00

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SG S3. 1916 2d Reddish orange. Superb fresh mint..
SG S3. 1916 2d Reddish orange. Superb fresh mint..
125.00

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SG S4. 1916 3d Bluish violet. Superb fresh mint...
SG S4. 1916 3d Bluish violet. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh well centred
SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh well centred
320.00

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SG47. 1910 $5 Carmine/green. Very fine well centred mint block o
SG47. 1910 $5 Carmine/green. Very fine well centred mint block o
375.00

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SG16. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh well centred m
SG16. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh well centred m
150.00

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SG8. 1900 6d Lilac and green. Long-tailed 'R' Variety. Very fine
SG8. 1900 6d Lilac and green. Long-tailed 'R' Variety. Very fine
295.00

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SG4. 1976 2c Lagoon Fishing. 'Watermark Upright'. U/M mint...
SG4. 1976 2c Lagoon Fishing. 'Watermark Upright'. U/M mint...
750.00

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SG O12a. 1904 2a Dull and bright purple. No stop after 'M". Supe
SG O12a. 1904 2a Dull and bright purple. No stop after 'M". Supe
675.00

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SG237w. 1970 6c on 6d Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Super
SG237w. 1970 6c on 6d Multicoloured. 'Watermark Inverted'. Super
85.00

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SG10b. 1976 50c Local Handicrafts. Watermark Sideways. U/M mint.
SG10b. 1976 50c Local Handicrafts. Watermark Sideways. U/M mint.
650.00

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SG172-175. 1961 Set of 4. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG172-175. 1961 Set of 4. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
4,950.00

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SG18/18a. 1867 1/- Black and rose-carmine/white paper. Complete
SG18/18a. 1867 1/- Black and rose-carmine/white paper. Complete
1,475.00

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SG12. 1857 7 1/2d green. Brilliant fine used..
SG12. 1857 7 1/2d green. Brilliant fine used..
1,250.00

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SG1. 1860 1d Carmine-rose. Brilliant fine used with very large m
SG1. 1860 1d Carmine-rose. Brilliant fine used with very large m
625.00

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SG5. 1852 3d Red. Brilliant fine used pair...
SG5. 1852 3d Red. Brilliant fine used pair...
375.00

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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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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
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0.00

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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
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0.00

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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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0.00

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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
0.00

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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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0.00

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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
0.00

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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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
0.00

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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
0.00

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