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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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SG12. 1967 50c St. George's Church. Post Office fresh U/M mint..
SG12. 1967 50c St. George's Church. Post Office fresh U/M mint..
0.00

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SG6. 1967 5c Grammar School. Superb fine used...
SG6. 1967 5c Grammar School. Superb fine used...
45.00

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SG13. 1967 60c Alexander Hamilton. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
SG13. 1967 60c Alexander Hamilton. Post Office fresh U/M mint...
0.00

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SG11w. 1967 25c White-Crowned Pigeon. 'Watermark Inverted'. Supe
SG11w. 1967 25c White-Crowned Pigeon. 'Watermark Inverted'. Supe
70.00

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SG4w. 1967 3c Gateway, Brimstone Fort. 'Inverted Watermark'. Bri
SG4w. 1967 3c Gateway, Brimstone Fort. 'Inverted Watermark'. Bri
50.00

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SG7. 1967 6c Crater, Mount Misery. Superb used strip of 5......
SG7. 1967 6c Crater, Mount Misery. Superb used strip of 5......
120.00

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SG11. 1967 25c White-Crowned Pigeon. Post Office fresh U/M mint.
SG11. 1967 25c White-Crowned Pigeon. Post Office fresh U/M mint.
340.00

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SG6. 1967 5c Grammar School. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG6. 1967 5c Grammar School. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
360.00

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SG7. 1967 6c Crater, Mount Misery. Post Office fresh U/M Mint...
SG7. 1967 6c Crater, Mount Misery. Post Office fresh U/M Mint...
125.00

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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
0.00

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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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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SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
SG504b+504c. 1951 1d The Magnificent Imperforate Block. U/M mint
0.00

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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
0.00

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SG1. 1885 32c on 2a Yellow. Superb fresh...
SG1. 1885 32c on 2a Yellow. Superb fresh...
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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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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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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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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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SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
SG9. 1853. 2d Deep blue. Fantastic cover bearing strip of 3...
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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve. 'Bisected' (6d) Wonderful used...
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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