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: $ 1,490 / € 1.150
Frederick III. (1831-1888)
Autograph letter signed
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. Autograph letter signed “Friedrich Wilhelm Prinz”. 3pp., (double page), written on page one, two and three inside, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, black border mourning stationery, blind embossed crest at the top. Wiesbaden, 1877 November 27. Condolence letter, also on behalf of Crown Princess Victoria, to a count who had lost his son in a war. In part (German): "... Nach Allem was Sie bereits im Lauf des Sommers an Gemüthsbewegungen durchmachen mußten, hatten wir gehofft daß der orientalische Kriegsschauplatz ihrem Sohn schöne Erfolge verschaffen, und ihn als einen geläuterten Charakter uns heimsenden würde. Gott beschloß es anders ...". Slightly discolored, mailing fold, else fine. Probably the young Count had participated in the Russia/ Turkey War (1877-1878).
Price: $ 845 / € 650
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: $ 890 / € 690
George III., King (1738-1820)
Signed document by the last “King of the United States”
King of Great Britain and Ireland who reigned from 1760 until his death. Document signed in ink “George R”. 1p., 16.0 x 11.5 inch, Court at Saint James, 1794 March 1. Appointment for Captain Benjamin Marlow of the artillery as Major. Countersigned by William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809). Expected folds, handling wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. The signature of George III. changed more than that of any other. Both, blind and insane, his signature became eccentric and ill-formed, this one is an uncommon fine example.
Price: $ 780 / € 625
George VI., King (1895-1952)
Letter of State to President of Cuba
King of Great Britain - reigned from 1936-1952. Letter of State signed “George R. I.”, as King. 2 pages, 8.0 x 12.5 inch, signed in dark black ink, Court at Saint James's, 1937 November 12. George VI. addressed this letter to the President of Cuba Federico Laredo Bru (1875-1946) regarding Cuban Envoy Extraordinary in UK Pedro Martinez Fraga. Slightly discolored, punch holes, paper clip impression, letter is professional silked for preservation.
Price: $ 525 / € 420
Grace of Monaco (1929-1982)
Autograph letter signed to Princess Margaret of Denmark
American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Autograph letter signed “Grace”. 2pp, recto and verso, 7.0 x 9.75 inch, written on a beautiful stationery and with ink in a same colour. Monaco (postmark), October 13, no year, postal mark of “Service de S.A.S. la Princess de Monaco”. Addressed to Princesse Margaret of Bourbon-Parme nee Princess Margaret of Denmark (1895-1992), daughter of Prince Valdemar of Denmark. The letter in English, in full: "Dear Meg - Many thanks for your lovely flowers that greeted us yesterday on our return from Caglieri - Rainier had to be there for several days of meetings - I have to be off to Paris & Marchais tomorrow & am sad to miss you now but hope to see you in a few weeks when we return - Hope you are well & will enjoy your stay - Much love Grace -" Accompanied by the original envelope, hand addressed by Grace. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Uncommon letter from one Princess to another.
Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.150
Grace of Monaco (1929-1982)
Fine content typed letter signed re: Olympic Games Munich 1972
American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Fine typed letter signed “Sincerely Grace de Monaco”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Palais de Monaco blind embossed stationery, 1972 July 25. Addressed to Mr. Dayton T. Mitchell. In full: “It was very nice to hear from you and we are delighted to know that things are going so well for you after a series of adventures! We are now in the midst and madness of Monte-Carlo in summer time but all children are with us and it is really quite fun. Ania Chervachidzé has taken an apartment here on the Rocher and is one of the most faithful supporters of our Symphonic Orchestra and regularly attends the concerts now being held in our Courtyard. We plan to take all three children to Munich for the Olympic Games and are eagerly looking forward to discovering for the first time this part of Europe. Next time you come to Monte-Carlo, please let us know.” Slightly discolored and stained, writing and signature dark and unaffected.
Price: $ 940 / € 725
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. Grace and Rainier together with their children. Fine condition.
Price: $ 850 / € 680
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: $ 1,275 / € 980
James II., King (1633-1701)
Letter signed as King “Kill and deliver a fat Buck”
James II. and VII was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII. from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He was the last Roman Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Outstanding letter signed “James R”. 1p., 7.0 x 9.5 inch, Whitehall, 1686 September 9. To the „Ranger or Keepers of Our Parkes at Woodstock“. In full: “Our Will and Pleasure is, that you kill and deliver unto this Bearer one Fat Buck of this Season, and for so doing this shall be your Warrant .“ Discolored and uneven edges, writing and signature dark.
Price: $ 1,185 / € 950
Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)
Rare handwritten telegram signed to Empress Sisi
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. Telegram signed “FrJ”. 1p., 6.25 x 9.0 inch, Budapest, 1887 March 19, afternoon, 4:25 h. Written in black ink in German. To Empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed Sisi (1837-1898). In full: “Der Kaiser an I(hre) M(ajestät) die Kaiserin in Wien. Habe soeben Carmen Silva und den König auf der Durchreise am Bahnhofe begrüßt und eine viertel Stunde angenehm verplauscht“. Translated: “The Emperor to H(er) M(ajesty), the Empress in Vienna. Have just welcomed Carmen Silva and the King in transit at the station and we had a pleasant conversation for a quarter of an hour.” In a different hand at the end a forwarding annotation “Exp. Budapest 19/3. 1887, NM 4.25”. Fine condition. Carmen Silva - Elisabeth of Wied (1843-1916) was the Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I., widely known by her literary name of Carmen Silva. Carol I. (1839-1914) was the monarch of Romania from 1866 to 1914.
Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350
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: $ 975 / € 750