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SG18b. 1863 1d Deep brown-red. Very fine used pair with excellen
SG18b. 1863 1d Deep brown-red. Very fine used pair with excellen
£375.00

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SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Superb fine used with 'Cape Town' c.
SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Superb fine used with 'Cape Town' c.
£275.00

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SG5a. 1858 1d Rose. Superb used pair with excellent colour...
SG5a. 1858 1d Rose. Superb used pair with excellent colour...
£350.00

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SG2 1900. 1d on 1.2d Green. Brilliant fine used on piece...
SG2 1900. 1d on 1.2d Green. Brilliant fine used on piece...
£85.00

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SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Superb fine used on piece...
SG6. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Superb fine used on piece...
£55.00

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SG7. 1900 3d on 1d Lilac. Superb fine used on piece...
SG7. 1900 3d on 1d Lilac. Superb fine used on piece...
£85.00

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SG8. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Superb fine used on piece.
SG8. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Superb fine used on piece.
£80.00

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SG10. 1900 6d on 3d Lilac and black. Brilliant fine used on piec
SG10. 1900 6d on 3d Lilac and black. Brilliant fine used on piec
£70.00

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SG11. 1900 1s on 4d Green and purple-brown. Superb fine used on
SG11. 1900 1s on 4d Green and purple-brown. Superb fine used on
£80.00

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SG12. 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Brilliant fine used on piece..
SG12. 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Brilliant fine used on piece..
£85.00

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SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Brilliant fine used on pi
SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Brilliant fine used on pi
£85.00

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SG17. 1900 1d Pale blue/blue. Superb fine used on piece..
SG17. 1900 1d Pale blue/blue. Superb fine used on piece..
£275.00

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SG22. 1857 4d Blue. Superb used with large margins...
SG22. 1857 4d Blue. Superb used with large margins...
£75.00

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SG87. 1864 6d Dull cobalt. Superb fine used with exceptional ful
SG87. 1864 6d Dull cobalt. Superb fine used with exceptional ful
£60.00

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SG89. 1864 6d Reddish mauve. Superb fine used with exceptional f
SG89. 1864 6d Reddish mauve. Superb fine used with exceptional f
£80.00

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SG1281a. 1985 34p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. UNIQUE. Bri
SG1281a. 1985 34p Multicoloured. 'Imperforate Pair'. UNIQUE. Bri
£6,500.00

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SG1876a. 1995 Europa. 25p Multicoloured 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE. B
SG1876a. 1995 Europa. 25p Multicoloured 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE. B
£6,500.00

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SG1113ac. 1980 12p Multicoloured 'Lemon Omitted'. Brilliant U/M
SG1113ac. 1980 12p Multicoloured 'Lemon Omitted'. Brilliant U/M
£15,000.00

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SG1201c. 1982 29p Multicoloured. 'Black printed quadruple, grey
SG1201c. 1982 29p Multicoloured. 'Black printed quadruple, grey
£2,500.00

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SG1359Eb. 1987 18p Multicoloured. 'Black printing triple'. Brill
SG1359Eb. 1987 18p Multicoloured. 'Black printing triple'. Brill
£1,950.00

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SG EN30L. 1907 (1st) Mini-Sheet. 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE...
SG EN30L. 1907 (1st) Mini-Sheet. 'Imperforate'. UNIQUE...
£1,750.00

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SG EN1 la. 2001 'Imperforate Pane'. Booklet Intact 'Across the U
SG EN1 la. 2001 'Imperforate Pane'. Booklet Intact 'Across the U
£3,250.00

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SG132. 1882 £1 Brown-lilac. Blued Paper. Brilliant fine perfect
SG132. 1882 £1 Brown-lilac. Blued Paper. Brilliant fine perfect
£5,750.00

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SG131. 1883 10/- Grey-green. Blued Paper. Brilliant fine well ce
SG131. 1883 10/- Grey-green. Blued Paper. Brilliant fine well ce
£3,250.00

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SG642a. 1963 Red Cross. 3d Red and deep lilac 'Red (cross) Omitt
SG642a. 1963 Red Cross. 3d Red and deep lilac 'Red (cross) Omitt
£9,250.00

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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 BRILLIANT VIVID 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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SG54b. 1898 1d  'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
SG54b. 1898 1d 'Without Initals & Centre Inverted'...
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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
£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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SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
SG235b. 1933 $4.50 on 10c (Land of Heart's Delight) Orange-yello
£0.00

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SG103. 1922 £50 Black and brown. Very choice superb fresh mint.
SG103. 1922 £50 Black and brown. Very choice superb fresh mint.
£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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1840. 1d Black. Plate 11. Lettered L-J/L-L. Remarkable mint stri
1840. 1d Black. Plate 11. Lettered L-J/L-L. Remarkable mint stri
£55,000.00

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SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
SG1. 1847 5c Blue 'Lady McLeod'. The Worlds Finest...
£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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SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
SG6b. 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. 'SURCHARGE TETE-BECHE'. The Mos
£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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
£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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SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
SG628a. 1961 CEPT 10d. Third Stamp MAJOR ERROR "Pale Green (from
£0.00

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SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
SG111a. 1932 2d Black and green. 'Imperforate Between'. Brillian
£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...
£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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SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve 'BISECT'. Superb fine used on clean...
SG6a. 1851 1/- Dull mauve 'BISECT'. Superb fine used on clean...
£0.00

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