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SG J53c. 1942 8a on 8s Violet. 'Surcharge in red'. Superb perfec
SG J53c. 1942 8a on 8s Violet. 'Surcharge in red'. Superb perfec
250.00

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SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of
SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint block of
300.00

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SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG J19a. 1942 6p Bright blue. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
75.00

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SG B2a. 1898 10pa Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh mint
SG B2a. 1898 10pa Blue. 'Imperforate Pair'. Brilliant fresh mint
295.00

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SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Superb fresh mint horizontal str
SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Superb fresh mint horizontal str
2,500.00

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SG S6. 1916 6d Reddish purple. Superb well centred mint...
SG S6. 1916 6d Reddish purple. Superb well centred mint...
80.00

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SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fine used in
SG S2a. 1916 1d Scarlet. 'Overprint Double'. Superb fine used in
2,500.00

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IDAR. SG5b. 1944 2a Blue. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'
IDAR. SG5b. 1944 2a Blue. 'Imperforate Between, Horizontal Pair'
125.00

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C.E.F. SG C14a. 1911 2a Mauve. 'Overprint Double, One Albino. Su
C.E.F. SG C14a. 1911 2a Mauve. 'Overprint Double, One Albino. Su
150.00

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SG9. 1882 24c Green. Very fine mint...
SG9. 1882 24c Green. Very fine mint...
475.00

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SG89k. 1932 2/6 Black and bright orange-vermilion/deep blue. Sup
SG89k. 1932 2/6 Black and bright orange-vermilion/deep blue. Sup
1,950.00

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SG252w. 1937 2a6p Bright violet. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fr
SG252w. 1937 2a6p Bright violet. 'Watermark Inverted'. Superb fr
100.00

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SG248w. 1937 1/2a Red-brown. 'Watermark Inverted'. Very fine use
SG248w. 1937 1/2a Red-brown. 'Watermark Inverted'. Very fine use
85.00

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SG S1-S8. 1916 Set of 8. Superb fresh mint...
SG S1-S8. 1916 Set of 8. Superb fresh mint...
1,050.00

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SG121-131. 1938 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
SG121-131. 1938 Set of 14. Brilliant fresh U/M mint...
100.00

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SG112-128. 1912 Set of 17. Superb mint with beautiful...
SG112-128. 1912 Set of 17. Superb mint with beautiful...
225.00

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CHAMBA. SG O66-O71. Set of 6. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
CHAMBA. SG O66-O71. Set of 6. 'OFFICIAL'. Brilliant fresh U/M mi
375.00

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SG7. 1882 10c Slate. Very fine used...
SG7. 1882 10c Slate. Very fine used...
100.00

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SG14. 1882 2c Brown. Very fine used...
SG14. 1882 2c Brown. Very fine used...
240.00

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SG21. 1882 10c Slate. Very fine well centred used...
SG21. 1882 10c Slate. Very fine well centred used...
75.00

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SG245a. 1935 3 1/2a Black and dull ultramarine. 'Bird Flaw'. Ver
SG245a. 1935 3 1/2a Black and dull ultramarine. 'Bird Flaw'. Ver
130.00

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SG226a. 1931 1/4a Olive-green and olive-brown. 'F' for 'P' in 'P
SG226a. 1931 1/4a Olive-green and olive-brown. 'F' for 'P' in 'P
195.00

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SG136. 1932 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fine well centred used...
SG136. 1932 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fine well centred used...
100.00

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SG136. 1932. 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fresh mint...
SG136. 1932. 10/- Grey and pink. Superb fresh mint...
320.00

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SG31. 1895 25 Black and blue-green. Brilliant fresh mint...
SG31. 1895 25 Black and blue-green. Brilliant fresh mint...
0.00

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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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
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SG2a. 1908 1d Red. 'Overprint Omitted, In Pair with Normal'. A b
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SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
SG55d. 1898 1d Vermilion and pale ultramarine. 'CENTRE OMITTED'.
0.00

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SG20a. 1883 8c Orange. 'Overprint Inverted'. Very fine fresh min
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0.00

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SG10. 1852 4c Black/deep blue - A remarkable pair...
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