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SG5. 1856 2d Blue. Superb fine used...
SG5. 1856 2d Blue. Superb fine used...
£175.00

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SG13. 1857 6d Brown. Superb fine used with huge margins...
SG13. 1857 6d Brown. Superb fine used with huge margins...
£225.00

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SG17.1857 1/- Blue-green. Superb fine used with beautiful colour
SG17.1857 1/- Blue-green. Superb fine used with beautiful colour
£950.00

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SG76. 1862 6d Brown. Superb fine used...
SG76. 1862 6d Brown. Superb fine used...
£75.00

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SG3a. 1880 2 1/2d Rosy mauve. Large thin 'C'. Brilliant U/M mint
SG3a. 1880 2 1/2d Rosy mauve. Large thin 'C'. Brilliant U/M mint
£100.00

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SG2. 1860 2 1/2d Deep reddish rose. Very fine used...
SG2. 1860 2 1/2d Deep reddish rose. Very fine used...
£125.00

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SG13. 1865 5c Rose. Superb fine used with blue postmark...
SG13. 1865 5c Rose. Superb fine used with blue postmark...
£125.00

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SG14. 1865 10c Blue. Superb fine used with blue postmark...
SG14. 1865 10c Blue. Superb fine used with blue postmark...
£120.00

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SG44. 1864 2c Rose-red. Superb fine used...
SG44. 1864 2c Rose-red. Superb fine used...
£110.00

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SG204c. 1921 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Superb w
SG204c. 1921 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Superb w
£70.00

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SG204d. 1922 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Brillian
SG204d. 1922 10r Green and red on emerald/emerald back. Brillian
£40.00

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SG22. 1916 5/- Bright carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
SG22. 1916 5/- Bright carmine. Choice superb fresh mint...
£60.00

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SG13. 1917 1/2a on 10pa Green. Superb fine used...
SG13. 1917 1/2a on 10pa Green. Superb fine used...
£425.00

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SG18. 1900 1d Deep blue/blue. Superb fine well centred used...
SG18. 1900 1d Deep blue/blue. Superb fine well centred used...
£250.00

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SG1-4. 1899 Set of 4. All superb fine used on piece, signed...
SG1-4. 1899 Set of 4. All superb fine used on piece, signed...
£825.00

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SG1. 1900 1d on 1/2d Green. Very fine used...
SG1. 1900 1d on 1/2d Green. Very fine used...
£50.00

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SG3. 1900 3d on 1d Carmine. Superb used...
SG3. 1900 3d on 1d Carmine. Superb used...
£40.00

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SG9. 1900 6d on 3d Purple/yellow. Brilliant fine used on piece..
SG9. 1900 6d on 3d Purple/yellow. Brilliant fine used on piece..
£395.00

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SG16. 1900 2s on 1s Green. Very fine used on piece...
SG16. 1900 2s on 1s Green. Very fine used on piece...
£325.00

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SG17. 1900 1d Pale blue/blue. ;Cracked Plate' Variety. Superb fi
SG17. 1900 1d Pale blue/blue. ;Cracked Plate' Variety. Superb fi
£350.00

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SG19. 1900 3d Pale blue/blue. Brilliant fine well centred used o
SG19. 1900 3d Pale blue/blue. Brilliant fine well centred used o
£450.00

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SG20. 1900 3d Deep blue/blue. Superb fine used on piece...
SG20. 1900 3d Deep blue/blue. Superb fine used on piece...
£350.00

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SG22. 1900 3d Deep blue/blue. Brilliant fine well centred used o
SG22. 1900 3d Deep blue/blue. Brilliant fine well centred used o
£1,200.00

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SG11. 1900 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
SG11. 1900 1/2d green. Superb fine used...
£1,400.00

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SG12. 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Superb fine used on piece...
SG12. 1900 1d Rose-red and green. Superb fine used on piece...
£4,750.00

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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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SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
SG35a. 1908 2 1/2d on 4d Brown and blue. 'SURCHARGE DOUBLE'...
£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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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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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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SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
SG85a. 1920 1/- Orange-yellow and red-orange. 'FRAME INVERTED'.
£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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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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SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
SG M22a. 1915 12 1/2h Drab. 'Pair, One Without Handstamp'. Super
£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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SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
SG24. 1856 4c Black/magenta. THE WORLDS FINEST EXAMPLE...
£0.00

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SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE 'INITIAL STATE'...
SG37 VARIETY. 1859 2d Blue. "Lapirot". UNIQUE 'INITIAL STATE'...
£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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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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SG108. 1925 £5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
SG108. 1925 £5 Violet and black. Superb fine well centred...
£0.00

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SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
SG40 & 27. 1859. 'SHERWIN' Combination Cover...
£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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SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
SG96. 1919 10/- Black. "THE HOLY GRAIL". A brilliant...
£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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