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SG136. 1933 5/- Black and yellow. Choice superb fine well centre
SG136. 1933 5/- Black and yellow. Choice superb fine well centre
£1,500.00

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SG137. 1933 10/- Black and chestnut. A select superb fine used e
SG137. 1933 10/- Black and chestnut. A select superb fine used e
£1,150.00

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SG138. 1933 £1 Black and carmine. Superb fine well centred used
SG138. 1933 £1 Black and carmine. Superb fine well centred used
£3,500.00

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1840 1d Black. Plate 6. Lettered R-H. 'Orange M.X.' Superb fine
1840 1d Black. Plate 6. Lettered R-H. 'Orange M.X.' Superb fine
£450.00

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1840 1d Grey-black. Plate 1a. Lettered S-K. 'Black M.X.'. Brilli
1840 1d Grey-black. Plate 1a. Lettered S-K. 'Black M.X.'. Brilli
£750.00

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SG39. 1920 50r on 3k Carmine-red. 'Imperforate'. Superb fresh mi
SG39. 1920 50r on 3k Carmine-red. 'Imperforate'. Superb fresh mi
£450.00

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SG11dc. 1933 1d Grey-black and bright blue-green. 'Cleft Rock'..
SG11dc. 1933 1d Grey-black and bright blue-green. 'Cleft Rock'..
£900.00

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SG121ce. 1943 £1 Deep reddish purple and black/pale red. 'Broke
SG121ce. 1943 £1 Deep reddish purple and black/pale red. 'Broke
£1,500.00

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SG120ce. 1944 12/6 Grey and pale orange. 'Broken lower right scr
SG120ce. 1944 12/6 Grey and pale orange. 'Broken lower right scr
£1,500.00

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SG116bf. 1941 2/- Deep purple and ultramarine/grey-blue. 'Gash i
SG116bf. 1941 2/- Deep purple and ultramarine/grey-blue. 'Gash i
£1,375.00

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SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Superb fine used with excellent...
SG20. 1864 6d Bright mauve. Superb fine used with excellent...
£395.00

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SG163c. 1943 10/- Slate-blue and bright carmine (narrow). U/M mi
SG163c. 1943 10/- Slate-blue and bright carmine (narrow). U/M mi
£495.00

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SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Exceptional mint example...
SG B1. 1898 20pa Bright violet. Exceptional mint example...
£425.00

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SG6 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Very fine fresh mint...
SG6 1900 1d on 1/2d Vermilion. Very fine fresh mint...
£240.00

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SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Superb
SG15b. 1924 4d Grey-black and black/yellow. 'Torn Flag'. Superb
£340.00

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SG113. 1922 15/- Grey and purple/blue. Superb well centred U/M m
SG113. 1922 15/- Grey and purple/blue. Superb well centred U/M m
£850.00

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SG123. 1935 £1 Black and red. Choice well centred used pair...
SG123. 1935 £1 Black and red. Choice well centred used pair...
£525.00

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SG145. 1932 £1 Black and olive-grey. Choice superb fine used...
SG145. 1932 £1 Black and olive-grey. Choice superb fine used...
£110.00

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SG66. 1902 10/- Green and purple. Superb fresh well centred mint
SG66. 1902 10/- Green and purple. Superb fresh well centred mint
£125.00

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SG108s. 1925 £5 Violet and black. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant U/M min
SG108s. 1925 £5 Violet and black. 'SPECIMEN'. Brilliant U/M min
£825.00

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SG74. 1911 8/- Purple and green. Brilliant U/M mint...
SG74. 1911 8/- Purple and green. Brilliant U/M mint...
£320.00

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SG53. 1903 4/- Dull pirple and green. Superb mint with excellent
SG53. 1903 4/- Dull pirple and green. Superb mint with excellent
£80.00

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SG162a. 1946 $10 Deep bright lilac and blue. Brilliant U/M mint.
SG162a. 1946 $10 Deep bright lilac and blue. Brilliant U/M mint.
£225.00

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SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Superb fresh well centred
SG13. 1900 6d on 2d Green and carmine. Superb fresh well centred
£1,200.00

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SG11. 1900 1/- on 4d Green and purple-brown. Superb well centred
SG11. 1900 1/- on 4d Green and purple-brown. Superb well centred
£1,200.00

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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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£0.00

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£0.00

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£0.00

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£0.00

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£55,000.00

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£0.00

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