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Leopold II., King (1835-1909)

Rare autograph letter signed

King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Born in Brussels as the second but eldest surviving son of Leopold I. and Louise of Orléans. He succeeded his father to the Belgian throne in 1865 and reigned until his death, the longest reign of any Belgian monarch. Leopold was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State. Leopold's administration of the Congo was characterized by murder, torture and notorious systematic brutality. Autograph letter signed “Leopold”. 4 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, bifolium, Château de Laeken, 1880 June 1. Addressed to: „Cher cousin, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ernest II. (Ernst August Karl Johann Leopold Alexander Eduard, 1818-1893). A fine handwritten letter regarding a wish of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. In French, in parts: “L’Archiduc Rodolphe Prince Impérial d’Autriche Hongrie désire très vivement…pour…Mr Karl Bohuslawek la petite croix en argent de chevalier de l’ordre de Famille. J’ai promis de vous faire part du vœu de mon futur gendre…” Translated: “The Archduke Rudolph, Prince Imperial of Austria Hungary, wishes the little cross in silver of knight of the order of Family for ... Mr. Karl Bohuslawek. I promised to share with you the wish of my future son-in-law…”. The original mailing envelope with a fine black wax seal is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889), was the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Elisabeth of Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the throne of Austria-Hungary from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Fine document signed by the Fairy tale King (Neuschwanstein)

Ludwig II. was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King and “der Märchenkönig” - the Fairy tale King. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. He succeeded to the throne aged only 18 and is famous for the construction of two lavish palaces and the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle. Partly printed document signed “Ludwig”. 1p. (double-page), 8.25 x 13.0 inch, fine paper seal, Linderhof, 1879 December 16. “Decret für den Rath der Kammer des Innern der Regierung von Mittelfranken Georg Wilhelm Fischer über dessen Ernennung zum Rath des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes“. Signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the secretary of the interior Sigmund von Pfeufer (1824-1894). Minor fold breaks expertly repaired inside, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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Mary of Teck, Queen (1867-1953)

Imperial cabinet photograph signed

Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India, as the wife of King George V. Brilliant vintage sepia matte-finish full-length portrait of Mary. Signed in fountain pen “Victoria Mary 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: $ 425 / € 325

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Mary of Teck, Queen (1867-1953)

Signed photograph and autographed note signed

Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India, as the wife of King George V. Signed photo-postcard “Victoria Mary”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Front of the card shows the children of King George and Mary. With an autographed note signed on verso. In full: "To dearest Helene (printed: with best wishes from) + warmest thanks for the charming book + calendar”. Silvering, slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 270 / € 210

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Mary of Teck, Queen (1867-1953)

Signed photograph

Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India, as the wife of King George V. Photo-postcard signed on verso “Victoria Mary Xmas 1909-”. Above Mary’s writing printed “With best wishes from”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, 1909. Front of the card shows Queen Mary with her sons. Silvering to the image, on the upper edge the surface scraped off, else good condition.

Price: $ 235 / € 180

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