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SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Superb used...
SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Superb used...
250.00

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SG58-64. 1894 Set of 7. Very fine mint...
SG58-64. 1894 Set of 7. Very fine mint...
230.00

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SG58-64. 1896 Set of 7. Very fine used...
SG58-64. 1896 Set of 7. Very fine used...
230.00

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SG78s-79s. 1946 Set of 2. 'SPECIMEN'. U/M strips of 3...
SG78s-79s. 1946 Set of 2. 'SPECIMEN'. U/M strips of 3...
330.00

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SG1s-12s. 1923 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
SG1s-12s. 1923 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb mint...
920.00

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SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Fine mint...
SG94-99. 1905 Set of 6. Fine mint...
160.00

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SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
SG21-30. 1934 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG355-360. 1963 Set of 6. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
SG355-360. 1963 Set of 6. Brilliant U/M blocks of 4...
395.00

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SG60-72. 1939 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG60-72. 1939 Set of 13. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
75.00

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SG A5. 1906 1m Brown and carmine. Brilliant fine corner sheet ma
SG A5. 1906 1m Brown and carmine. Brilliant fine corner sheet ma
400.00

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SG A2. 1905 1m Brown and carmine. 'Overprint Horizontal'. Choice
SG A2. 1905 1m Brown and carmine. 'Overprint Horizontal'. Choice
480.00

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SG5a. 1897 5m Rose-carmine. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant fres
SG5a. 1897 5m Rose-carmine. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant fres
210.00

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SG74. 1897 2 Rosy red. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG74. 1897 2 Rosy red. Choice superb fresh mint...
1,250.00

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SG23a. 1885 1/2d on half of 1d Carmine-rose. 'Unsevered Pair'. B
SG23a. 1885 1/2d on half of 1d Carmine-rose. 'Unsevered Pair'. B
315.00

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SG S1.1852 1/2a White. 'Scinde Dawk'. Exceptional used example..
SG S1.1852 1/2a White. 'Scinde Dawk'. Exceptional used example..
2,300.00

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SG77ba. 5/- Bluish green and scarlet. 'Break in value tablet'. U
SG77ba. 5/- Bluish green and scarlet. 'Break in value tablet'. U
250.00

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SG34. 1890 1/- Pale violet. Superb fresh mint...
SG34. 1890 1/- Pale violet. Superb fresh mint...
85.00

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SG34. 1890 1/- Pale violet. Superb fresh top corner pair...
SG34. 1890 1/- Pale violet. Superb fresh top corner pair...
190.00

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SG163. 1910 10/- Deep myrtle and orange. Superb fine used...
SG163. 1910 10/- Deep myrtle and orange. Superb fine used...
210.00

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SG254. 1913 1 Black and purple. Superb fine well centred used..
SG254. 1913 1 Black and purple. Superb fine well centred used..
840.00

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SG1a. 1897 1m Pale brown. 'Overprint Inverted'. Choice superb fr
SG1a. 1897 1m Pale brown. 'Overprint Inverted'. Choice superb fr
165.00

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SG130c. 1944 1/- Brown. 'Inverted Overprint'. Superb fine used b
SG130c. 1944 1/- Brown. 'Inverted Overprint'. Superb fine used b
625.00

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SG1c. 1924 1/2d Blue-green. 'Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Betwee
SG1c. 1924 1/2d Blue-green. 'Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Betwee
840.00

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SG167. 1961 1r on 10/- Black and red-brown. U/M mint...
SG167. 1961 1r on 10/- Black and red-brown. U/M mint...
170.00

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SG8. 1967 10c Hibiscus. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG8. 1967 10c Hibiscus. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
75.00

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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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SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
SG18a. 1897 2c on 5c. 'UNSEVERED PAIR'. Superb fresh well centre
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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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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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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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
SG34. 1915 'DEULON'. One Of Only Eight...
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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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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
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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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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
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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'
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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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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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