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SG123a. 1938 1 1/2d Carmine. Perforation 13 1/2. Brilliant U/M m
SG123a. 1938 1 1/2d Carmine. Perforation 13 1/2. Brilliant U/M m
195.00

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SG16. 1885 4d Deep mauve. Brilliant fresh mint block of four...
SG16. 1885 4d Deep mauve. Brilliant fresh mint block of four...
75.00

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SG121.1922 5/- Green and yellow. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG121.1922 5/- Green and yellow. Brilliant fresh mint...
50.00

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SG117. 1922 4/- Black and red. Superb fresh well centred mint...
SG117. 1922 4/- Black and red. Superb fresh well centred mint...
50.00

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SG114. 1903 1 Grey-black and ultramarine. Choice superb fresh m
SG114. 1903 1 Grey-black and ultramarine. Choice superb fresh m
250.00

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SG130a. 1943 10/- Black and blue. Perforation 13. Brilliant U/M
SG130a. 1943 10/- Black and blue. Perforation 13. Brilliant U/M
20.00

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SG32a. 1882 2c Rose-pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG32a. 1882 2c Rose-pink. Brilliant fresh mint...
135.00

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SG98dw. 1922 1/- Black on emerald back. 'Watermark Inverted'. Br
SG98dw. 1922 1/- Black on emerald back. 'Watermark Inverted'. Br
85.00

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NABHA. SG72. 1932 5r Ultramarine and purple. Superb fresh well c
NABHA. SG72. 1932 5r Ultramarine and purple. Superb fresh well c
75.00

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SG O96. 1913 25r Orange and blue. 'Official'. Superb fresh mint.
SG O96. 1913 25r Orange and blue. 'Official'. Superb fresh mint.
250.00

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SG147. 1909 25r Brownish orange and blue. Superb well centred mi
SG147. 1909 25r Brownish orange and blue. Superb well centred mi
1,675.00

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SG O171. 1932 1d Claret. 'Official'. Superb fresh mint...
SG O171. 1932 1d Claret. 'Official'. Superb fresh mint...
100.00

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SG O31. 1920 10r on 100pi Slate-blue. 'Official'. Superb fine us
SG O31. 1920 10r on 100pi Slate-blue. 'Official'. Superb fine us
120.00

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SG6. 1919 3a on 20pa Green and orange. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG6. 1919 3a on 20pa Green and orange. Brilliant fresh mint...
85.00

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SG214-220. 1964 Set of 7. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG214-220. 1964 Set of 7. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
125.00

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SG82-83. 1908 Set of 2. Superb fine used...
SG82-83. 1908 Set of 2. Superb fine used...
250.00

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C.E.F. SG C1-C10. 1900 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
C.E.F. SG C1-C10. 1900 Set of 10. Superb fresh mint...
60.00

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C.E.F. SG C23-C34. 1914 Set of 11. Superb fresh mint...
C.E.F. SG C23-C34. 1914 Set of 11. Superb fresh mint...
295.00

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SG O68-O72. 1909 Set of 5. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG O68-O72. 1909 Set of 5. Choice superb fresh mint...
375.00

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KISHANGARH. SG63-71. 1913 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
KISHANGARH. SG63-71. 1913 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
170.00

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KISHANGARH. SG42-50. 1904 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
KISHANGARH. SG42-50. 1904 Set of 9. Choice superb fresh mint...
135.00

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INDORE. SG36-43. 1940 Set of 8. Superb fresh U/M mint...
INDORE. SG36-43. 1940 Set of 8. Superb fresh U/M mint...
120.00

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INDORE. SG33-35. 1940 Set of 3. Superb fresh mint...
INDORE. SG33-35. 1940 Set of 3. Superb fresh mint...
85.00

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INDORE. SG9-15. 1904 Set of 6 plus surcharged stamp. Superb fres
INDORE. SG9-15. 1904 Set of 6 plus surcharged stamp. Superb fres
75.00

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BIJAWAR. SG1-5 1935 Set of 5. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
BIJAWAR. SG1-5 1935 Set of 5. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
50.00

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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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SG67. 1903 10 Grey and blue. Brilliant fresh U/M pair...
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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
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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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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
SG O1. 1934. The UNIQUE Block of FOUR on Cover...
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SG13. 1861 1d Vermilion. UNIQUE MINT BLOCK OF FOUR...
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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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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
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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
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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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SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
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