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SG22. 1857 2d Blue. Superb Used Large To Very Large Margined...
SG22. 1857 2d Blue. Superb Used Large To Very Large Margined...
1,100.00

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1904 15c Grey-Green "Surcharge Double". Very Fine Used...
1904 15c Grey-Green "Surcharge Double". Very Fine Used...
600.00

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1951 15c on 2 1/2a. Ultramarine "Surcharge Omitted". U/M...
1951 15c on 2 1/2a. Ultramarine "Surcharge Omitted". U/M...
1,750.00

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SG19a. 1949 Anni. Of UPU 1r. On 1r. Blue "Surcharge Omitted" U/M
SG19a. 1949 Anni. Of UPU 1r. On 1r. Blue "Surcharge Omitted" U/M
4,250.00

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1907 2 1/2d Orange-Yellow. Horizontal Pair "Imperforate Between"
1907 2 1/2d Orange-Yellow. Horizontal Pair "Imperforate Between"
0.00

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1950 4c Grey Error "Perf. 14 1/2 x 14". A "Key" B.W.I. Rarity...
1950 4c Grey Error "Perf. 14 1/2 x 14". A "Key" B.W.I. Rarity...
0.00

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1948 Silver Wedding. U/M pairs, all sheet marginal...
1948 Silver Wedding. U/M pairs, all sheet marginal...
3,950.00

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SG60-68. 1937 Set of 9. Choice brilliant U/M mint...
SG60-68. 1937 Set of 9. Choice brilliant U/M mint...
275.00

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SG248s-156as. 1938 Set of 16 'Speciment'. Superb mint...
SG248s-156as. 1938 Set of 16 'Speciment'. Superb mint...
295.00

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SG142b. 1965 20c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant fres
SG142b. 1965 20c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant fres
70.00

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SG138b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant fresh
SG138b. 1965 5c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. Brilliant fresh
70.00

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SG137b. 1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. brilliant fresh
SG137b. 1965 2c Multicoloured. 'Yellow Omitted'. brilliant fresh
65.00

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SG115a. 1965. 1c Multicoloured. 'Black Omitted'. Brilliant fresh
SG115a. 1965. 1c Multicoloured. 'Black Omitted'. Brilliant fresh
200.00

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SG76. 1904 $50 Green and ultramarine. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG76. 1904 $50 Green and ultramarine. Brilliant U/M mint...
440.00

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SG778b. 1969 5d Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. Brilliant U/M min
SG778b. 1969 5d Multicoloured. 'Grey Omitted'. Brilliant U/M min
210.00

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SG121a. 1965 20c Multicoloured 'Bright Purple Omitted'. U/M bloc
SG121a. 1965 20c Multicoloured 'Bright Purple Omitted'. U/M bloc
2,950.00

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SG86a,87a,88a. 1927 Set of 3. Circumflex accent over 'a'. U/M bl
SG86a,87a,88a. 1927 Set of 3. Circumflex accent over 'a'. U/M bl
2,725.00

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1840. 1d Mulready Envelope (A 170). Exceptionally fine used...
1840. 1d Mulready Envelope (A 170). Exceptionally fine used...
375.00

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SG80-83. 1902 Set of 4. Superb fresh mint...
SG80-83. 1902 Set of 4. Superb fresh mint...
35.00

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SG79-92. 1947 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG79-92. 1947 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
150.00

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SG83-98. 1913 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
SG83-98. 1913 Set of 12. Superb fresh mint...
320.00

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SG259-261. 1923 Set of 3. 'Imperforate Pairs'. Superb fresh mint
SG259-261. 1923 Set of 3. 'Imperforate Pairs'. Superb fresh mint
85.00

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1897. 2c Violet. Plate Proof on card...
1897. 2c Violet. Plate Proof on card...
45.00

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SG113. 1922 15/- Grey and purple/blue. Brilliant fine well centr
SG113. 1922 15/- Grey and purple/blue. Brilliant fine well centr
2,300.00

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SG265 Variety. 2c on 3c Carmine. 'Overprint Double, One Inverted
SG265 Variety. 2c on 3c Carmine. 'Overprint Double, One Inverted
170.00

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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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SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
SG117a. 1928 5 Black/yellow. Outstanding used on piece...
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SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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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...
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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'
0.00

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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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SG28a. 1888 1d on 2 1/2d Ultramarine. 'Surcharge Inverted'...
SG28a. 1888 1d on 2 1/2d Ultramarine. 'Surcharge Inverted'...
0.00

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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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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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SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
SG513a. 1959 5c Ultramarine and red. 'Centre Inverted'...
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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SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
SG40. 1859 2d Deep blue. 'SHERWIN'. Brilliant UNUSED...
0.00

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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
0.00

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SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
SG18a. 1878 4d Orange-yellow. 'Imperforate Between, Vertical Pai
0.00

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SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
SG13a. 1861 1d Carmine. THE TRULY MAGNIFICENT BLOCK...
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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SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
SG235a. 1933 $4.50 on 75c Yellow-brown. 'SURCHARGE INVERTED'...
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 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
0.00

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