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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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SG12-14. 1925 2/6 to 5/- (3 values). Superb mint...
SG12-14. 1925 2/6 to 5/- (3 values). Superb mint...
65.00

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SG92-105. 1964 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M mint with blocks...
SG92-105. 1964 Set of 14. Brilliant U/M mint with blocks...
35.00

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SG65-77a. 1961 Set of 13 plus several extra types. U/M mint...
SG65-77a. 1961 Set of 13 plus several extra types. U/M mint...
65.00

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SG121-123. 1907 3p on 2/6 to 12p on 10/-. Superb fresh mint...
SG121-123. 1907 3p on 2/6 to 12p on 10/-. Superb fresh mint...
75.00

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SG139-141. 1914 3p on 2/6 to 12p on 10/-. High values. Very fine
SG139-141. 1914 3p on 2/6 to 12p on 10/-. High values. Very fine
110.00

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SG176-186. 1928 Set of 11. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG176-186. 1928 Set of 11. Choice superb fresh mint...
60.00

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SG257s-258s. 1946 Set of 2. Brilliant U/M 'SPECIMEN'...
SG257s-258s. 1946 Set of 2. Brilliant U/M 'SPECIMEN'...
75.00

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SG86,86g. 1914-21. 2/- Purple and blue. Both shades, superb fres
SG86,86g. 1914-21. 2/- Purple and blue. Both shades, superb fres
100.00

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SG179-187. 1929 Set of 9. Superb fresh mint...
SG179-187. 1929 Set of 9. Superb fresh mint...
65.00

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SG 69a. 1904 2 1/2 Ultramarine. Stop after 'P' in 'PROTECTORATE'
SG 69a. 1904 2 1/2 Ultramarine. Stop after 'P' in 'PROTECTORATE'
675.00

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SG D6ac. 1949 10c Violet. 'POSTAGE LUE'. Post Office fresh U/M m
SG D6ac. 1949 10c Violet. 'POSTAGE LUE'. Post Office fresh U/M m
165.00

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SG 101w. 1966 10d Multicoloured. 'Wmk. Crown to right of CA' U/M
SG 101w. 1966 10d Multicoloured. 'Wmk. Crown to right of CA' U/M
35.00

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SG237w. 1978 20p Multicoloured. 'Wmk. Crown to right of CA'. U/M
SG237w. 1978 20p Multicoloured. 'Wmk. Crown to right of CA'. U/M
60.00

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SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M top corn
SG O14. 1937 10r Green and scarlet. Brilliant fresh U/M top corn
1,000.00

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SG78a. 1916 1d Carmine. 'Watermark Sideways'. U/M sheet marginal
SG78a. 1916 1d Carmine. 'Watermark Sideways'. U/M sheet marginal
750.00

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SG1a. 1918 1p Deep blue. Brilliant fresh control "A 18" block of
SG1a. 1918 1p Deep blue. Brilliant fresh control "A 18" block of
575.00

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SG33. 1855 6d ("TOO LATE") Lilac and green. Brilliant fine used.
SG33. 1855 6d ("TOO LATE") Lilac and green. Brilliant fine used.
210.00

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SG D2a. 1923 2m Blue-green. 'Imperforate Paie'. U/M top sheet...
SG D2a. 1923 2m Blue-green. 'Imperforate Paie'. U/M top sheet...
250.00

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SG D2a. 1923 2m Blue-green. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh
SG D2a. 1923 2m Blue-green. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh
200.00

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SG22. 1857 3d Red. 'Ribbed Paper'. Brilliant fine used...
SG22. 1857 3d Red. 'Ribbed Paper'. Brilliant fine used...
320.00

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SG43c. 1899 1/2d Yellow-green. 'Imperforate between, Horizontal
SG43c. 1899 1/2d Yellow-green. 'Imperforate between, Horizontal
0.00

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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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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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SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
0.00

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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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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
0.00

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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
0.00

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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
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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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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SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
SG216a. 1964 6d Black and light blue. 'GLASGOW' ERROR. FANTASTIC
0.00

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

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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
0.00

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