Alfonso XII., King (1857-1885)
Rare cabinet photograph signed to the King of Serbia
King of Spain 1874-85. An attractive vintage signed cabinet photograph. Signed and inscribed to the King of Serbia Milan I. Obrenovic (1854-1901). In French: “Au roi Milan de Serbie, souvenir de son affectueux collègue Alphonse”. 4.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Gilt edges photo by T. H. Voigt of Homburg, the sepia image depicting the King standing in a full length pose, wearing his military uniform. Signed in bold black ink to the white lower border, over the photographer´s imprint. Photographer´s imprint also to the verso, bearing ''Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales - T.H. Voigt''. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Uncommon signed photograph from one King to another.
Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.190
Anne, Queen (1665-1714)
Document signed with rare countersignature
Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland between 1702 and 1707. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714. Document signed “Anne R” as Queen. 1 page (vellum), 16.25 x 12.0 inch, given at the Court at St. James's, 1708 (the day and month not stated). Signed in dark ink by the Queen at the head. The manuscript document is a military commission appointing Simon Parry to be a Captain of a Company in the Regiment of Portuguese Foot, led by Lieutenant Colonel Constantine de Magny, and “to take the said Company into your care and charge and duly to exercise as well the officers and soldiers thereof in arms and to use your best endeavours to keep them in good order and discipline”. Countersigned at the foot by Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1675-1722) English statesman who served as Secretary of State for the Southern Department 1706-10 and later as First Lord of the Treasury 1718-21. With remnants of the blind embossed paper seal. Some light staining and age wear and small areas of paper loss to the lower edge. Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, was one of the five Whigs, collectively called the Junto, who dominated the government from 1708-10. However, the Earl had many enemies and was disliked by Queen Anne who dismissed him in June 1710.
Price: $ 2,175 / € 1.750
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX. (1927-2016) & Sirikit, Queen (1932)
Vintage photograph signed by both
The ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty, titled Rama IX. Reigning since 9 June 1946, he was the world's longest-reigning current head of state from the death of Emperor Hirohito of Japan in 1989 until his own death in 2016. Sirikit is the Queen mother of Thailand. She was the queen consort of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is the mother of King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X.) Vintage signed photograph “Bhumibol R 1961” and “Sirikit”. 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p. (Bangkok), 1961. A fine black and white photograph signed by both in black ink. Accompanied by a letter of “His Majesty’s Private Secretariat, Bangkok” dated 31/8/2504 (Buddhist calendar) = 31.08.1961. “… His Majesty the King has the honour to send An Autographed Photograph of Their Majesties the King and Queen”. Original mailing envelope also included. Photograph in fine condition, letter and envelope with handling wear.
Price: $ 2,175 / € 1.750
Carlos, Juan (1938) & Sofia (1938)
Christmas card signed by both
King of Spain who ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of Francisco Franco and oversaw the troubled nation’s transition to a constitutional monarchy. Individually signed Christmas greetings card “Juan Carlos” + “Sofia” as Prince and Princess. 5.0 x 6.75 inch (folded), n.p., 1967. To the inside of the folding stiff white card, featuring a photograph of Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia outdoors with their two daughters, Elena and Cristina. Signed in bold dark ink beneath a printed greeting in Spanish. To the front card bearing a golden embossed crown. Fine condition.
Price: $ 480 / € 400
Carlos, Juan (1938) & Sofia (1938)
Christmas card signed by both
King of Spain who ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of Francisco Franco and oversaw the troubled nation’s transition to a constitutional monarchy. Individually signed Christmas greetings card “Juan Carlos” + “Sofia” as Prince and Princess. 6.75 x 4.75 inch (folded), n.p., 1974. To the inside of the folding stiff white card, featuring a color photograph of their three children, Elena, Cristina and Felipe, riding their bicycles at their home´s garden. Signed in bold black ink beneath a printed greeting in Spanish. To the front card bearing a golden embossed monogram with a coat of arms. Accompanied by the original envelope. Fine condition. Felipe VI. (1968) King of Spain since 2014 following the abdication of his father King Juan Carlos I.
Price: $ 480 / € 400
Charles VI. (1685-1740)
Holy Roman Emperor and ruler of the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy from 1711 until his death, succeeding his elder brother, Joseph I. He unsuccessfully claimed the throne of Spain following the death of his relative, Charles II. In 1708, he married Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, by whom he had his four children: Leopold Johann (who died in infancy), Maria Theresa (the last direct Habsburg sovereign), Maria Anna (Governess of the Austrian Netherlands), and Maria Amalia (who also died in infancy). Part of a document signed “Carl VI.” 1p., 7.5 x 11.25 inch, Vienna, 1719 October 11. In German, parts: “… bey Uns vorkommende Beschwärde deren Städte- und Märckt verursacht wurden/ ein anders Remedium vor Hand zunehmen…”. Countersigned by the Court Chancellor Ludwig Wenzel von Sinzendorf (1671-1742). Slightly uneven trimmed, else good condition.
Price: $ 985 / € 790
Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
Signed Christmas Card
Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Signed Christmas Card from 1987. 8.0 x 6.0 inch (folded), London, (1987). Signed in black ink “Marjorie - … and love from Charles and” in Charles’s hand and “Diana” in Diana’s hand. Inside fine original photo shows Charles and Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry. White card bearing gilt crests to upper board. Fine condition. Provenance: Marjorie Dawson RVM (1915-2019), dresser and maid to Princess Alexandra.
Price: $ 1,500 / € 1.250
Edward VII., King (1841-1910)
Signed photograph as King
King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death. Vintage signed sepia photograph “Edward R”. 8.0 x 10.25 inch, Cowes 1904. The image depicting the King standing in a three quarter length pose wearing his naval uniform and cap. Signed in bold, dark fountain pen ink to the lower photographer's mount and dated “Cowes – 1904” in his hand. Neatly trimmed to the edges of the photographer's mount and with some light discoloration, the image lightly faded, else good condition. Uncommon signed photo, especially as King.
Price: $ 690 / € 575
Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)
Signed photograph (famous Hugh Cecil photo)
King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Vintage signed photograph “Edward P 1925-“. 7.5 x 9.5 inch, n.p., 1925. Original photograph on photo cardboard by famous royal photographer Hugh Cecil with the original red label “Portrait by Hugh Cecil Number 7825.A” on verso. Handling wear, slightly wavy, surface scraped off on two places, minor silvering, else good condition with excellent dark signature.
Price: $ 900 / € 750
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926) and Philip, Prince (1921-2021)
Christmas Card signed
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Signed Christmas Card “Elizabeth” in Elizabeth’s hand and “+Philip” in Philip’s hand. 8.5 x 7.0 inch (folded), n.p. (London), 1949, with an embossed crown and green/ white ribbon on the front. Featuring inside a color photograph of Clarence House. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Princess Elizabeth’s hand to Miss Beryl Poignand. Card and envelope with stains, else good condition. Excellent provenance: Miss Beryl Poignand (1887-1965), who was H. M Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Governess during the First World War and who went on to become Her Majesty’s lifelong friend and confidante. Uncommon card - most Christmas Card envelopes are addressed by a secretary and not by the Princess himself.
Price: $ 1,725 / € 1.390
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)
Double signed document/ official letter of PM Douglas-Home to the Queen
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Very desirable Document signed “Appd ER" and "Alec Douglas-Home”. 1 page, bifolium, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, Prime Minster stationery, London, 1964 April 8. Official letter from the British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home (1903-1995) to the Queen of England. In full: "Sir Alec Douglas-Home, with his humble duty to The Queen, has the honour to submit the attached list of awards for Your Majesty's most gracious approval." Signed above in fountain pen by Queen Elizabeth II. and signed below in ink by Douglas-Home. In fine condition. A scarce dual-signed document that features two of Britain's most influential leaders. Anything signed by Douglas-Home during his brief tenure as Prime Minister is quite scarce.
Price: $ 1,450 / € 1.200
Eugen, Prince of Savoy (1663-1736)
Letter signed by the “noble knight”
General of the Imperial Army and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Archduchy of Austria. One of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. Letter signed “Eugenio von Savoy”. 2 pages, bifolium, 8.5 x 12.75 inch, Vienna, 1723 November 6. As “Hofkriegsratspräsident” to Count (Johann Reinhard III.) von Hanau, who in connection with the “unnumbered reparation of the Reichs Veste Kehl” complained that the Hanau-Lichtenberg offices of Lichtenau and Willstatt, located in Baden, were being subjected to excessive burdens. In German: „…Wie nun aber bekandtermasßen gen(annte) Veste Kehl ein gemainschäfftlicher Reichsgränitz Platz ist, und die respicirung desßelben des Herrn Herzogens zu Württemberg Lbden qua dortiger enden commadirenden FeldtMarschallen obgelegen ist, also stehet es weder bey mir, noch dem Löbl. Kay. Hof-Kriegs-Rath in einer derley gemainschäfftl. Reichs Vestungsangelegenheit ohnmittelbahr fürzugehen und zu disponiren …“ He also mentions Emperor Charles VI. (1685-1740). Edges worn, slightly discolored, text unaffected.
Price: $ 1,350 / € 1.090