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SG821d. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. 'Brown Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG821d. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. 'Brown Omitted'. U/M mint...
220.00

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SG821c. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. 'Green Omitted'. U/M mint...
SG821c. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. 'Green Omitted'. U/M mint...
125.00

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SG821a. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. Gold (Queen's head) Omitted. U/M
SG821a. 1970 1/- Multicoloured. Gold (Queen's head) Omitted. U/M
60.00

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SG59a. 1906 2d Orange and mauve. 'Dented Frame'. Superb fresh mi
SG59a. 1906 2d Orange and mauve. 'Dented Frame'. Superb fresh mi
250.00

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SG95. 1897 4r Carmine. Choice superb fresh well centred mint...
SG95. 1897 4r Carmine. Choice superb fresh well centred mint...
480.00

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SG94. 1897 3r Deep violet. Choice superb fine well centred used.
SG94. 1897 3r Deep violet. Choice superb fine well centred used.
170.00

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SG94. 1897 3r Deep violet. Choice superb fine well centred used.
SG94. 1897 3r Deep violet. Choice superb fine well centred used.
150.00

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SG93. 1897 2r Orange. Superb fine used with beautiful colour and
SG93. 1897 2r Orange. Superb fine used with beautiful colour and
150.00

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SG92a. 1901 1r Dull blue. Superb fine used...
SG92a. 1901 1r Dull blue. Superb fine used...
60.00

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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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1859. 5c Plate Proof in black onIndia paper...
1859. 5c Plate Proof in black onIndia paper...
250.00

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SG239 Variety. 1916 Proof pair on ungummed paper. Superb fresh..
SG239 Variety. 1916 Proof pair on ungummed paper. Superb fresh..
85.00

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SG255. 1923 $1 Brown-orange. Superb mint block of 4...
SG255. 1923 $1 Brown-orange. Superb mint block of 4...
170.00

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SG215. 1911 50c Sepia. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 4...
SG215. 1911 50c Sepia. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of 4...
210.00

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1891. 2c Deep green. Essay on India on card...
1891. 2c Deep green. Essay on India on card...
150.00

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1891. 3c Orange. Essay on glazed paper. Super fresh...
1891. 3c Orange. Essay on glazed paper. Super fresh...
210.00

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1891. 1c Yellow. Essay on Undia Paper on card...
1891. 1c Yellow. Essay on Undia Paper on card...
210.00

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1859. 10c Brown Plate Proof on India paper...
1859. 10c Brown Plate Proof on India paper...
50.00

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SG100. 1922 10 Black and green. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG100. 1922 10 Black and green. Brilliant fresh mint...
0.00

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1859 12 1/2c Plate Proof pair in black on India paper...
1859 12 1/2c Plate Proof pair in black on India paper...
85.00

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SG17 Variety. 1857 1/2d Deep rose Plate Proof on India paper...
SG17 Variety. 1857 1/2d Deep rose Plate Proof on India paper...
85.00

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SG163. 1938 10/- Steel blue and carmine. Superb U/M mint block o
SG163. 1938 10/- Steel blue and carmine. Superb U/M mint block o
220.00

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SG28 Variety. 1865 12c Die Proof in blue...
SG28 Variety. 1865 12c Die Proof in blue...
50.00

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4d Die Proof in blue on card. Superb fresh...
4d Die Proof in blue on card. Superb fresh...
80.00

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SG1. 1899 1/2 PENCE on 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
SG1. 1899 1/2 PENCE on 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
75.00

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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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion. A Titan Of Empire Philately!
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SG5. 1850 12c Blue. The highly magnificent entire...
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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
0.00

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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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SG133. 1882 5 Orange. 'Blued Paper'. A breathtaking U/M mint.
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85,000.00

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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
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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SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
SG3. 1848 1d Orange-vermilion/yellowish. 'Earliest Impression'..
0.00

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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE...
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SG8. 1858 Immaculate small white envelope from New Plymouth...
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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
0.00

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