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  • King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document
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    King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document

    £27,500.00

    King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document

    For Sale: £27,500.00

    • Clearly signed "HR" by King Henry VII - the first monarch of the House of Tudor
    • Dated 1499 and addressed to Sir Robert Lytton, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe
    • Very good condition for age - document is over 500 years old

    Henry VII

    Henry VII became King of England and Lord of Ireland on August 22, 1485, after he defeated King Richard III at the famed Battle of Bosworth Field. He is the last English king to win his throne on the battlefield.

    Uniting the House of Plantagenet's rival houses, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, he founded the Tudor dynasty, which would rule over England until 1603.

    His reign is characterised by the restoration of stablitity to the English monarchy after the upheavals of the War of the Roses and before, the Hundred Years War.

    However, his final years were marked by financial scandal that left many in England indebted to the throne, a scandal which was only revealed after his death in 1509.

    After a 23 year reign, the throne was passed to his son - the charismatic Henry VIII.

    Description

    This extremely rare signed document features Henry VII's clear and flourishing "H R" autograph. It is addressed to Sir Robert Lytton, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe.

    The document orders Sir Lytton to deliver to Denys Bonde: "thre brode yerds and an half of tawney for a gowne, and asmoche blak bogee as wol suffice to furre the same. and thre yerds of blak sattyn for a doblet".

    The piece, which measures 7.7" x 3.5", is accompanied by a full translation of the letter which reads as follows:

    "We wol and charge you that vato our Welbeloued seruant denys Bonde ye deliuer or doe (cause - omitted) to bee deliuered thre brode yerds and an half of tawney for a gowne, and asmoche blak bogee as wol suffice to furre the same, and thre yerds of blak sattyn for a doblet and these our letteres shalbe your suffisuant Warraunt in this behalue. yeuen vader oure signet at our manor of Grenewiche the viith day of ffebruary The xiiiith yere of our Reigne.

    To our trusty and welbeloued knight

    and counsaillour sir Robert Litton

    keper of our great warderobe"

    The Great Wardrobe employed a range of craftsmen who lived and worked in the city. The holders of the key posts, such as the king’s tailor and the king’s skinner, were often leading members of their respective livery companies and they were at the centre of a network of other tailors, embroiderers, skinners and tapestry weavers who were employed on a more adhoc basis.

    Condition

    As is common of documents from this time, the page contains a small area of paper loss towards the bottom left corner and slight stain to the lower edge, however, this does not affect the text or the signature.

    Rarity

    Few documents have survived the 500+ years since Henry VII's reign and it is incredibly rare to find one in such good condition.

    A highly desirable piece, well preserved documents from England's early monarchs are scarce on the market, with most now housed in institutional collection.

  • King Henry VIII Autographed Document
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    King Henry VIII Autographed Document

    £65,000.00

    King Henry VIII Autographed Historical Document

    For Sale: £65,000.00

    • Bold, clear signature from Henry VIII - one of England's most iconic monarchs
    • Exceptional content relating to Sir Richard Gresham, financier to the crown and an extremely influential figure
    • Provenance from Sir Thomas Phillipps, who was renowned for the largest collection of manuscripts in the 19th century
    • Vellum document in superb condition dated 1513 - the year Henry VIII invaded France

    King Henry VIII

    Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.

    Historically, he is well remembered for his 6 wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr.

    His life and times have been widely studied, as one of the most intriguing kings in English history.

    The king's role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is still felt around the world today.

    His struggles with Rome lead to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

    Henry VIII is also remembered as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the throne of England", as well as a keen patron of the arts, himself being an author and composer.


    Description & history

    The signed document is addressed to John Heron, the Treasurer of the Chamber. In it King Henry VIII informs him:

    "Richard Gresham of oure Citie of London with other stonde bounde by obligacion for the payment to oure use of the somme of Sixe hundred thirty seven poundes and ten shillynges at a certayn daie expired".

    Henry VIII orders that "for certayne consideracions us movyng" and informs Heron that the payment of this sum should be delayed for two years upon existing sureties from Gresham, and that Heron should retain Gresham's bond.

    The sum of money involved is considerable: £637 10s, which equates to £3,940,000 today, based on the average earnings index.

    At the time of the loan, the 29 year old Richard Gresham was a major English cloth merchant trading in Antwerp. He served as the Lord Mayor of London, a Member of Parliament and was a major financier to the crown - an extremely influential figure.

    The loan from Henry VIII allowed Gresham to found the House of Gresham, one of the most celebrated mercantile and financial houses of the 16th Century.

    His son, Sir Thomas Gresham, further increased the family fortune and founded the Royal Exchange in the City of London, and Gresham College, an independently funded educational institution in central London.

    As this document describes the loan that helped Gresham found his empire, it is of the utmost importance. Gresham's influence on London is still felt to this day.

    Provenance

    The document once formed part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, a British Baronet who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th Century. His chief collecting rival was the British Library - a testament to the value of his collection.

    Rarity

    Henry VIII is recognised globally due to his role in the historically important changes to the Catholic Church and his somewhat unorthodox approach to marriage. It is thus not surprising that items related to him are highly sought after by collectors of both historical and royal memorabilia.

    It is not surprising that only a limited number of documents have survived the 460+ years since Henry VIII's reign and documents of this quality are exceptionally rare.

    Due to Henry VIII's historical significance, many items related to his reign are kept in institutions such as British Library, The National Archives and the British Museum, and are unlikley to reappear on the collectors' market.

    Exceptional content - a highly desirable piece.

     

  • King Henry VIII Autographed Petition
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    King Henry VIII Signed Petition

    £90,000.00

    King Henry VIII Autographed Petition

    For Sale: £90,000.00

    • Rare document signed "Henry R" by one of England's most iconic monarchs
    • Pristine condition
    • Clear signature at head of page
    • Exceptionally large - large oblong folio on vellum
    • Stored in the Crown Office

    King Henry VIII

    Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.

    Historically, he is well remembered for his 6 wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr.

    His life and times have been widely studied, as one of the most intriguing kings in English history.

    The king's role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is still felt around the world today.

    His struggles with Rome lead to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

    Henry VIII is also remembered as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the throne of England", as well as a keen patron of the arts, himself being an author and composer.

    Description

    King Henry VIII's bold, clear signature is prominently featured on this exceptionally large document, measuring 20" x 11.5".

    Of the utmost quality, this piece is in pristine condition, a truly remarkable feat considering its age. There are few comparables on the open market.

    A rare petition from John and Dorothy Wingfield to King Henry VIII requesting the right to rent of the priory of Woodbridge and Haspeley, the rectory of Woodbridge, and the possessions of the priory in Woodbridge, Martlesham, Great Bealings, Hasketon, Grymmesborough, Haspeley and Brandeston.

    Four lines at the head of the document read:

    "To the king o[u]r Soveraigne Lorde, Please it your hieghnes[s] of your mooste noble and abundant grace to gruante your mooste gracious, L[ett]ers patente under your grete Seale of England in due and sufficient fourme to, be made according to the teno[u]r herafter ensuing."

    The document has been signed "Henry" by the king, suggesting that it was signed following the Reformation. Prior to this, he signed documents "Henri".

    The signature is followed by a large R signifying the words, Rex Omnibus, meaning "king of all" in latin.

    In the upper left corner is a small notation reading, "Given me 8th June 1797 by Mr. Betts of Colchester" - presumably an addition from one of its early owners after it left the Crown Office.

    Following the addition of the King's signature, indicating that the Great Seal could now be attached, petitions such as this would have been passed on to the Chancery, where it would be formally copied and passed under the Great Seal.

    This final copied document would then be passed to the petitioner and would not usually feature the king's signature.

    The original, signed document - such as the example offered - would have been kept in the Crown Office.

    This patent was successful and can be seen on the Patent Rolls dated Westminster, 6th March 1542.

    Rarity

    It is very rare for a document such as this one to leave the Crown Office.

    Unsurprisingly, few documents have survived the 460+ years since Henry's death.

    Those that have withstood the tests of time are currently held in institutions such as the British Library, The National Archives and the British Museum, leaving very few in private hands

    This is a rare opportunity to own an example of King Henry VIII's signature on such a large document in pristine condition.

  • King Edward VII Authentic Strand of Hair
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    King Edward VII Authentic Strand of Hair

    £399.00

    Edward VII was King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India from 1901 to 1910.

    The Edwardian era, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including powered flight, the rise of socialism and the Labour movement.

    King Edward VII fostered good relations between Great Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called "Peacemaker", but his relationship with his nephew, Wilhelm II of Germany, was poor. This is often cited as one of the background causes of the First World War.

    This is a unique Royal memento.

    This approx. HALF INCH piece of King Edward VII hair is presented on a display card perfect for framing*.

    * Please note the frame is not included in the sale price.

  • King George III Authentic Strand of Hair
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    King George III Authentic Strand of Hair

    £399.00

    King George III reigned for just under 60 years between 1760 to 1820, surpassed in length only by his grand-daughter Queen Victoria. The reign was marked by huge change in Great Britain, including success and loss abroad and the formation of the United Kingdom.

    Early in his reign, France was defeated in the Seven Years' War, becoming the dominant European power in North America and India. However, many of its American colonies were soon lost in the American War of Independence, which led to the establishment of the USA. A series of wars against revolutionary and Napoleonic France, over a 20-year period, finally concluded in the defeat of Napoleon in 1815.

    George was a keen patron of Science and Agriculture, later being portrayed as a man of the people, in contrast to his flamboyant successor and son George IV.

    He notably suffered a period of madness during his rule, with his son and heir taking control as regent.

    This approx ½" piece of King George III hair is presented on a display card perfect for framing*.

    Superb provenance; the hair originates from the famed collection of Margaretta Pierrepont, wife of President Ulysses S Grant’s Attorney General.

    * Please note the frame is not included in the sale price.

  • Prince John Signed Photograph
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    Prince John Signed Photograph

    £4,950.00

    Prince John Signed Photograph

    For Sale: £4,950.00

    • Rare photograph of "The Lost Prince", Prince John
    • Clear, bold and rare example of his autograph

    Prince John (1905-1919) was the youngest son of Queen Mary and King George V. John suffered from severe epilepsy, and due to his illness he was hidden from the public eye. He died on 18 January 1919, at only 13 years-old, following a severe seizure.

    His life is portrayed in an award-winning miniseries entitled The Lost Prince. This has attracted a new wave of collectors to his memorabilia, which remains extremely rare due to his short and secretive life.

    This exceptional item is a rare vintage photographic postcard of John with his favourite dog. The photograph, which features some slight wear to the edges but is otherwise in very good condition, is signed "Johnny 1918" in black fountain pen ink in the lower right hand corner.

    This wonderful photograph, which shows John's autograph clearly, is a very rare piece of royal history.
  • Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographed Greetings Card
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    Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographed Greetings Card

    £1,950.00

    Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographed Greetings Card

    For Sale: £1,950.00

    • Signed by Prince Charles and Prince Diana in 1989
    • Showing the couple with the young Prince William, the future King of England, and Prince Harry.

    Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married on July 29, 1981, in what was billed as the "Wedding of the Century". Sadly, their marriage was an unhappy one and the couple split in 1992, divorcing in 1996. Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.

    Royal memorabilia is highly collectible, with Prince Charles and Princess Diana memorabilia some of the most valuable. With her early death, any item of Princess Diana memorabilia is placed at a premium by collectors.

    A 1989 Christmas greetings card with a colour photograph of the Prince and Princess standing behind a gate with Princess Diana holding Prince William and Prince Harry. The card has been signed and inscribed by Diana:

    "To you both... & lots of love from Diana and" Prince Charles has then added his signature alongside.The card features two gold embossed crests on the front.A fine piece of Royal memorabilia.

  • Charles and Diana autographed HMS Britannia photograph
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    Charles and Diana autographed HMS Britannia photograph

    £2,500.00

    Charles and Diana signed HMS Britannia photograph

     

    For Sale: £2,500

     

    The Prince & Princess of Wales, Prince Charles (1948-) and Princess Diana (1961-1997)

    A rare autographed photograph signed by both the Prince, and Princess of Wales. The photograph shows the Royal couple sitting on the deck of HM Yacht Britannia during the Royal tour to Canada in 1983, in a group portrait with staff and crew.

    The photograph was presented to a member of staff as a commemorative gift. The photo measures approx 11” x 8.5”. It is accompanied by an information booklet from the HM Yacht Britannia ‘for members, officials and staff of the Royal Household’.

    Also included is a letter of provenance from the original owner explaining how the item was gifted to her as she left the Royal service.

    A very rare item

  • Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographs on Christmas Card
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    Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographs on Christmas Card

    £1,950.00

    Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographs on Christmas Card

    For Sale: £1,950.00

    • Signed by Prince Charles and Prince Diana in 1982
    • Showing the couple with the young Prince William

    Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married on July 29, 1981, in what was billed as the "Wedding of the Century". Sadly, their marriage was an unhappy one and the couple split in 1992, divorcing in 1996. Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.

    Royal memorabilia is highly collectible, with Prince Charles and Princess Diana memorabilia some of the most valuable. With her early death, any item of Princess Diana memorabilia is placed at a premium by collectors.

    This stiff white greeting card measures 6" x 7" and is embossed with two gold crests. This autographed card features a colour photograph of the Prince of Wales, dressed in a crisp white shirt. A baby Prince William sits on Diana's lap.

    The 1982 card is addressed to Mrs. Williams and reads "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year" in strong black lettering. Underneath this printed greeting, Charles has signed in black fountain pen "and for the racing season! From Charles and ", Diana finishes simply with her autograph in blue ink alongside. The flourish of their black and blue fountain pens finishes with underlined emphasis under their names.

    The autographs are in excellent condition. Some wear to the cover due to previous mounting, signatures are unaffected.