Frederick William IV., King (1795-1861)
The eldest son and successor of Frederick William III. of Prussia, reigned as King of Prussia from 1840 to 1861. Also referred to as the "romanticist on the throne", he is best remembered for numerous buildings he had erected in Berlin and Potsdam, as well as for sponsoring the completion of the gothic Cologne cathedral. Letter signed “Friedrich Wilhelm”, 1p., black bordered, 8.5 x 10.25 inch. Sans-souci, 1840 July 9. Addressed to the historian, captain Leopold von Ledebur (1799-1877), Director of the Royal art-chamber in Berlin. A short thank you letter for a small scripture he had received from Ledebur. Mailing folds, else fine condition.
Price: $ 190 / € 160
Frederick III. (1831-1888)
Autographed 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. Autographed 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 III., King (1738-1820)
Autographed letter signed by the last “King of the United States”
King of Great Britain and Ireland who reigned from 1760 until his death. Autographed letter signed as King “G.R.”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, 1783 March 6, letter written from the "Queen's House". In part: "Lord Sidney must approve of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's proposal of adding a Prelate to the Order of St. Patrick…I perfectly approve of the E of Arran being appointed one of the original Knights of the Order on the E of Antrim being declined it. Ld. Sidney will make out a proper Warrant for the E. of Antrim as one of the Knights on the first Establishment." In fine condition. Arthur Gore, 2nd Earl of Arran, was invested as one of the original sixteen Knights of the Order of St. Patrick in 1783, after Randal MacDonnell, Earl of Antrim, declined to join the order because he was already a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath, and it was not permitted to hold both knighthoods.
Price: $ 815 / € 625
George V., King (1865-1936)
Imperial cabinet photograph signed
King of Great Britain and Ireland – reigned from 1910-1936. Brilliant vintage sepia matte-finish full-length portrait of King George V. Signed in fountain pen “George Singapore 1901”. 6.75 x 10.75 inch, Singapore 1901. Affixed to a same-size studio mount. In overall very good to fine condition, with light fading and foxing to the images, and slight chipping along the edges. Uncommon in this size.
Price: $ 750 / € 580
George V., King (1865-1936)
Autographed letter signed “…our Xmas was certainly a sad…”
King of Great Britain and Ireland – reigned from 1910-1936. Autographed letter signed “George”. 2p (two adjoining sheets) written on page one and two. 4.5 x 7.25 inch, Sandringham, Norfolk 1892 December 27. Embossed Sandringham mourning letterhead. Addressed to his comptroller Sir de Winton regarding the death of his brother Prince Albert Duke of Clarence. In full: "My dear de Winton, Many thanks for yr kind letter, our Xmas was certainly a sad + I missed him terribly. I am afraid I can't tell you of any lady that I know for the dinner, I will leave it entirely to you to ask whoever you like. We have been skating all day today + the ice was excellent. Believe me yrs very sincerely" Mailing folds, else fine condition. Prince Albert Duke of Clarence died 14 January 1892.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
George V., King (1865-1936)
Signed photo and autographed letter signed
King of Great Britain and Ireland – reigned from 1910-1936. Signed photo-postcard “George”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., circa 1906, a full-length portrait of George with his dog, signed in the lower border. With an autographed letter signed on verso. In part: "Many thanks for so kindly sending me that charming book “The Life of the Duke of Cambridge’" and signed again “George”. Slightly discolored, else fine condition.
Price: $ 675 / € 525
Hermine, Princess (1887-1947)
Signed portrait received from the Emperor
Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz widowed Princess von Schoenaich-Carolath. The second wife of Wilhelm II., they were married in 1922, four years after he had abdicated as German Emperor and King of Prussia. Signed portrait “Hermine”, 3.5 x 5.5 inch. Alfred Schwarz 1925, signed in the typical purple pen which was also often used by Kaiser Wilhelm II. On verso written by the recipient: “ Im Hause Doorn, Ostern 1926, mir vom Kaiser persönlich überreicht Jenni Krafft“. Fine condition.
Price: $ 225 / € 175
Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)
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. Letter signed “Franz Joseph”. 1p. (bifolium), 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Vienna, 1869 March 2, attractive blind embossed seal to the upper left corner. To Count of Wrbna, in German. The letter being a report sent from the Emperor to the Count of Wrbna, informing him of the appointment of Franz Ritter von Streicher, promoting him to be a Royal Counselor, and explaining the salaries he will have to receive from now and that the salaries will have to be attended to by the Count. Slightly discolored, small residue of tape, but not affecting text or signature.
Price: $ 875 / € 675