Frederick I. (1657-1713)
Rare autograph letter signed by the first King of Prussia
Was (as Frederick III.) Elector of Brandenburg (1688–1713) and Duke of Prussia in personal union (Brandenburg-Prussia). The latter function he upgraded to royalty, becoming the first King in Prussia (1701–1713). Rare autograph letter signed “Friedrich R.”. 1 page, bifolium, 10.0 x 8 inch (unfolded), no place, 1704 August 26. Addressed to “Chambellandt de Cameke”. In German, in full: Lieber Kameke (?), Es ist mir hertzlich leidt dass Unglück so Du gehabt hast, Ich wünsche dass dieses Schreiben Euch wieder völlig (?) besser finde, und ihret Dich dankbar hat (?) wieder bei mir zu kommen, der Ich im dessen lebenslang bin, derselbe ehrwürdige … König.“ Red wax seal intact. Mounted on cardboard, slightly discolored, verso with an old typed note regarding the letter, dated June 1949. Else good condition. Rare in autograph letter signed.
Price: $ 1,260 / € 1.050
Frederick III. (1831-1888)
Autograph note as Emperor during the 99 days
Frederick III. was German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, the Year of the Three Emperors. Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, known informally as Fritz, was the only son of Emperor William I. and was raised in his family's tradition of military service. Although celebrated as a young man for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars. One of the conversation slips of the terminally ill emperor, written during the 99 days. Autograph note unsigned „1 ½ Stunden nach Tisch fest eingeschlafen“. 1p., 4.5 x 4.0 inch, June 1888, written in pencil. Mounted on a thin sheet with information about the Emperor and the autograph. Uneven lower edge, small repaired tear, else good condition. Frederick III. autographs during the 99 days are exceedingly rare.
Price: $ 450 / € 375
George II., King (1683-1760)
Document signed as King with uncommon countersignature
King of Great Britain and Ireland 1727-60. Document signed “George R.” 2 pages, bifolium, written on first page and second page inside. 7.5 x 12.0 inch. Court at St. James, 1747 February 18. Demanding the collection of benevolences for the poor. Signed to the top left corner by King George II. and countersigned by Lord Chesterfield on the second page. Two small tears to the top, slightly discolored, else good condition. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was a British statesman, diplomat and a man of letters. Fine signature combination.
Price: $ 830 / € 690
George III., King (1738-1820)
Signed document by the last “King of the United States/ 1771”
King of Great Britain and Ireland who reigned from 1760 until his death. Document signed in ink “George R”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.25 inch, Saint James, London, 1771 November 1, with a fine intact red wax seal. Countersigned by Johann Friedrich Karl von Alvensleben (1714-1795). In German, to field marshal August Friedrich von Spörcken (1698-1776) regarding “a service regulation to be established for all of our troops”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. The document was opened without breaking the red wax seal, so a small part at the bottom of the address sheet is not torn out, but is attached to the seal at the top edge. Johann Friedrich Karl von Alvensleben was a British Hanoverian minister. In 1771 (the year of this document) King George III. appointed him as "Head of the German Chancellery" (Minister for Hanoverian Affairs) to London. He worked there until the end of his life. August Friedrich von Spörcken was a Hanoverian field marshal best known for his service in the Seven Years' War. He served as part of the Army of Observation between 1757-1762 leading the Hanoverian contingent at a number of major battles including Krefeld and Minden. Rare and the first George III. document I have for sale dated before the American Declaration of Independence.
Price: $ 1,045 / € 870
George IV., King (1762-1830)
Document signed as Prince Regent
King of Great Britain and Ireland 1820-1830 who became Prince Regent in 1811 when George III. became permanently deranged. Document signed “George PR.” 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Carlton House (London), 1818 October 9, with a fine intact paper seal and impressive large signature and countersigned. Uncommon document in German, patent for “Ober-Berg-Commissair Leonhard Schaake zu Celle”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 770 / € 640
George VI., King (1895-1952) & Chamberlain, Neville (1869-1940)
Document signed by both
George VI. was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. Neville Chamberlain was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Document signed "app'd GRI” and "N. Chamberlain". 1 page, bifolium, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, 10 Downing Street letterhead, 1937 November 15. Letter of recommendation to King George VI. In part: "Mr. Chamberlain, with his humble duty to the King, respectfully recommends to Your Majesty the appointment of the Reverend John Willie Davis, Vicar of St. Faith, Lincoln, to the Vicarage of St. Mary Magdalene, Gedney, vacant by the death of the Reverend Theodore Crombie Gobat, M.A." Signed at the head by King George VI. With a small filing hole to the upper left corner, else fine. Rare combination of signatures.
Price: $ 1,475 / € 1.230
Grace (1929-1982) and Rainier (1923-2005) of Monaco
Grace Kelly was an American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Rainier III. ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Signed color postcard photograph ”Grace de Monaco” and “Rainier Prince de Monaco”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Fine!
Price: $ 720 / € 600
Gustaf VI. Adolf, King (1882-1973)
Signed presentation photograph
King of Sweden from 29 October 1950 until his death. He was the eldest son of King Gustaf V. and his wife, Victoria of Baden, and had been Crown Prince of Sweden for the preceding 43 years in the reign of his father. Vintage signed presentation photograph “Gustaf Adolf 1938”. 6.5 x 8.5 inch visible, 9.25 x 11.5 overall. Showing Gustaf VI. Adolf in a formal half length pose wearing his uniform. Signed in fountain pen ink to the lower photographer's mount and dated 1938 in his hand. Additionally signed by the photographer in white fountain pen ink to the lower right corner of the image. Framed and glazed in the original red/ brown leather presentation frame by P.A. Norstedt in Stockholm and bearing a gilt stamped crown at the head. Handling wear to the frame, else good condition and excellent signed.
Price: $ 960 / € 800
Hirohito, Emperor (1901-1989) & Kojun, Empress (1903-2000)
Scarce oversized formal presentation photographs signed
Emperor of Japan from 1926 to his death in 1989. Following the devastating result of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in World War II, he renounced his divinity in favor of a democratic constitutional monarchy. Empress Kōjun, born Princess Nagako was a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the wife of Emperor Hirohito. Incredibly scarce set of vintage matte-finish three-quarter length photographs of Hirohito and Empress Nagako. 8.5 x 12.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1957), beautifully signed in thick black ink in Japanese by the emperor and empress. Inserted with photo corners in the original presentation folders, bearing an embossed gold Imperial Seal of Japan (called the Chrysanthemum Seal) on the front. Photographs in very fine condition, folders with minor handling and corner wear. Few Hirohito/ Kojun signed photographs are made available to the collecting public, particularly those of this quality and size. A wonderful pair and one of the finest you can hope to find.
Price: $ 11,550 / € 9.625
Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)
Autograph document signed re: death of Archduke Joseph
Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. Autograph document signed with paraph. 1p. (bifolium), 6.75 x 8.25 inch, n.p., 1905 June 16 (written in a different hand at the bottom). A fine handwritten document on the occasion of the death of Archduke Joseph, who died on June 13 in Fiume and was buried on June 19 in the Palatinus Crypt at Ofen. In addition to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the funeral ceremony was attended by Emperor Franz Joseph (as King of Hungary). In pencil, in German, in full: “Diese Anträge genehmigt. In Karlstadt, Agram und Kaposvár hat auch das Offizierscorps des stehenden Heeres auf dem Bahnhofe zu erscheinen.” At the bottom in a different hand „Fahrt der Leiche Ehz. Josef“. Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria (1833-1905) was a member of the Habsburg dynasty. He was the second son of Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (7th son of Leopold II., Holy Roman Emperor) and Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg. Slightly discolored from prior framing, else good condition.
Price: $ 780 / € 650