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SG1. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used with excellent
SG1. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used with excellent
550.00

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SG1a. 1851 3d Orange-vermilion. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used..
SG1a. 1851 3d Orange-vermilion. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used..
1,250.00

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SG1ab. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. 'Major re-entry'. Superb fine
SG1ab. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. 'Major re-entry'. Superb fine
2,400.00

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SG2. 1851 6d Slate-violet. 'Laid Paper'. Brilliant fine used wit
SG2. 1851 6d Slate-violet. 'Laid Paper'. Brilliant fine used wit
3,100.00

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SG2. 1851 6d Slate-violet. 'Laid Paper'. Brilliant fine used wit
SG2. 1851 6d Slate-violet. 'Laid Paper'. Brilliant fine used wit
1,050.00

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SG3. 1851 6d Brown-purple. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used...
SG3. 1851 6d Brown-purple. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used...
875.00

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SG5. 1852 3d Red. Superb fine used...
SG5. 1852 3d Red. Superb fine used...
120.00

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SG6. 1852 3d Deep red. Superb used vertical pair on piece...
SG6. 1852 3d Deep red. Superb used vertical pair on piece...
375.00

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SG7. 1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb used with large margins..
SG7. 1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb used with large margins..
130.00

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SG7.1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb used vertical strip of 3..
SG7.1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. Superb used vertical strip of 3..
740.00

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SG7b.1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. "Major re-entry". Superb fine us
SG7b.1852 3d Scarlet-vermilion. "Major re-entry". Superb fine us
725.00

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SG8b. 1852 3d Brown-red. 'Major re-entry'  Very fine used with b
SG8b. 1852 3d Brown-red. 'Major re-entry' Very fine used with b
575.00

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SG9. 1852 6d Slate-violet. Superb fine used with "21" Roller...
SG9. 1852 6d Slate-violet. Superb fine used with "21" Roller...
1,100.00

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SG12. 1857 7 1/2d Yellow-green. Exceptional used with sheet marg
SG12. 1857 7 1/2d Yellow-green. Exceptional used with sheet marg
1,400.00

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SG1. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used on cover...
SG1. 1851 3d Red. 'Laid Paper'. Superb fine used on cover...
2,200.00

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SG4-19. 1890 Set complete with every shade, brilliant fine used.
SG4-19. 1890 Set complete with every shade, brilliant fine used.
725.00

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1900. 1d on 1d Red Commemorative. Brilliant used on cover...
1900. 1d on 1d Red Commemorative. Brilliant used on cover...
0.00

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SG86-88. 1927 Set of 3. All superb fresh U/M mint......
SG86-88. 1927 Set of 3. All superb fresh U/M mint......
295.00

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SG112-134. 1921 Set of 22 Choice superb fresh mint...
SG112-134. 1921 Set of 22 Choice superb fresh mint...
85.00

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1900. 1d on 1d Red Commemorative. Superb fresh mint...
1900. 1d on 1d Red Commemorative. Superb fresh mint...
0.00

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SG101f. 1900 1/2d on 1/2d Orange. 'Value Omitted'. Superb fresh
SG101f. 1900 1/2d on 1/2d Orange. 'Value Omitted'. Superb fresh
85.00

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SG78. 1908 2/6 Brownish black and carmine-red/blue. Very fine mi
SG78. 1908 2/6 Brownish black and carmine-red/blue. Very fine mi
45.00

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SG79. 1908 4/- Carmine and black. Superb fresh mint...
SG79. 1908 4/- Carmine and black. Superb fresh mint...
75.00

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SG80.1908 10/- Green and red/green. Choice superb fresh mint..
SG80.1908 10/- Green and red/green. Choice superb fresh mint..
125.00

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SG222. 1924 50r Dull purple and green. Superb fresh well centred
SG222. 1924 50r Dull purple and green. Superb fresh well centred
625.00

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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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN' Pair On Cover...
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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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
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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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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
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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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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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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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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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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SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
SG136b. 1934 1pi 'Imperf Between Horizontal Pair'. Unique Corner
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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SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
SG FR1. 1874 One of the most important and highly celebrated...
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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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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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