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SG153s-163s. 1938 Set of 12. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG153s-163s. 1938 Set of 12. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
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SG241s-244s. 1935 Set of 4. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG241s-244s. 1935 Set of 4. 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
85.00

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SG1-9. 1967 Set to 15c. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG1-9. 1967 Set to 15c. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
920.00

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SG110s-121s. 1938 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
SG110s-121s. 1938 Set of 12 'SPECIMEN'. Superb fresh mint...
250.00

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SG86s-101s. 1922 Set of 16 'SPECIMEN'. Choice superb fresh mint.
SG86s-101s. 1922 Set of 16 'SPECIMEN'. Choice superb fresh mint.
250.00

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SG30. 1886 1/- Mauve. Superb fresh well centred block of 4...
SG30. 1886 1/- Mauve. Superb fresh well centred block of 4...
500.00

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SG302. 1930 50c Blue. Superb U/M corner Plate block of 4...
SG302. 1930 50c Blue. Superb U/M corner Plate block of 4...
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SG303. 1930 $1 Olive-green. Superb U/M Plate Number corner block
SG303. 1930 $1 Olive-green. Superb U/M Plate Number corner block
540.00

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SG93f. 1932 12/6 Grey and orange. 'damaged leaf at bottom right'
SG93f. 1932 12/6 Grey and orange. 'damaged leaf at bottom right'
625.00

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1929. Die proof of head in black, on card...
1929. Die proof of head in black, on card...
695.00

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SG138c. 1917 1/2d Blue-green. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant fr
SG138c. 1917 1/2d Blue-green. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant fr
460.00

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SG28a. 1887 4d Chestnut. 'Top left triangle detached'. Brilliant
SG28a. 1887 4d Chestnut. 'Top left triangle detached'. Brilliant
275.00

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SG1. 1854 1d Black. Superb fine used...
SG1. 1854 1d Black. Superb fine used...
190.00

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SG S1. 1898 10c Blue-green. Choice superb fresh mint block...
SG S1. 1898 10c Blue-green. Choice superb fresh mint block...
190.00

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SG155. 1910 2/6 Black and lake. Brilliant U/M mint marginal...
SG155. 1910 2/6 Black and lake. Brilliant U/M mint marginal...
440.00

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SG72aa. 1916 3d Purple/lemon. 'Overprint Inverted'. Superb fresh
SG72aa. 1916 3d Purple/lemon. 'Overprint Inverted'. Superb fresh
250.00

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SG68c. 1916 1/2d Yellow-green. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant U
SG68c. 1916 1/2d Yellow-green. 'Overprint Inverted'. Brilliant U
440.00

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SG S3. 1916 2d Reddish orange. Brilliant fine used on piece...
SG S3. 1916 2d Reddish orange. Brilliant fine used on piece...
375.00

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SG218. 1966 6c Black and olove-green. U/M corner plate number...
SG218. 1966 6c Black and olove-green. U/M corner plate number...
210.00

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SG36a. 1964 1/2d Multicoloured. 'Blue Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG36a. 1964 1/2d Multicoloured. 'Blue Omitted'. U/M mint...
550.00

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SG178. 1903 5c Blue/bluish. Brilliant U/M Imprint block of 8...
SG178. 1903 5c Blue/bluish. Brilliant U/M Imprint block of 8...
1,350.00

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SG329 Var. 1933 5c Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U/M mint.
SG329 Var. 1933 5c Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant U/M mint.
675.00

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SG53c. 1897 1d on 3s Black and sea-green. 'Surcharge Double'. Ch
SG53c. 1897 1d on 3s Black and sea-green. 'Surcharge Double'. Ch
600.00

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SG193a. 1931 50c Green. 'Imperf. Between, Horizontal Pair'. Supe
SG193a. 1931 50c Green. 'Imperf. Between, Horizontal Pair'. Supe
920.00

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SG151. 1910 1/- Grey-black and deep blue-green. Superb fresh min
SG151. 1910 1/- Grey-black and deep blue-green. Superb fresh min
55.00

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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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