Price: $875 Atomic Bomb. Photograph of the atomic explosion at Hiroshima, Signed by Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He signs, “Paul W. Tibbets/Pilot – Enola Gay,” in blue pen in the upper right portion of the photograph. The black and white photograph measures 8 inches wide … [ Read More ]
Signatures of Famous Military Leaders
Military leaders normally had careers during which they signed many letters and documents, and the most famous and popular were asked for their autograph signatures. Beginning with Frederick the Great, who is surprisingly available in signed letters, military leaders were required to address the details of their armies and navies, and to give approval to numerous transactions. Napoleon Bonaparte, whose signed letters are frequently offered, personally, was aware of almost every detail of the French army. The British admiral who defeated Napoleon's navy, Horatio Nelson, is rare in signed letters and signed documents due of his early death at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, lived a long life, was Prime Minister of England after his military career, and was perhaps the most famous and popular person in England in the early 19th century. He signed letters concerning all types of affairs, and though his autograph signature is difficult to read, his signed letters were preserved and are available today. Few American or British generals during the American Revolution are available in signed letters or signed documents, as this area of military autographs has been very aggressively collected by institutional libraries for decades. The American Civil War is a much more fertile area for collectors. Generals, and particularly Union generals, had long careers after the war and were asked for their autograph signature very frequently, which they were happy to give on cards. The principal Union generals, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, William Tecumseh Sherman, and others, were all famous enough to be saved by succeeding generations. The Confederate generals are much scarcer, mainly because they did not have careers after the war, with a few exceptions. The scarcest of Civil War autograph signatures are of those who were killed during the war, notably, Stonewall Jackson.
World War II military leaders are very popular with today's collectors. As with the Civil War, both generals and admirals signed many documents and letters. George S. Patton, who was killed in 1945, is the rarest; he did not like to write his autograph signature, and gave his autograph only in person to soldiers who asked him to sign whatever they happened to have with them. The most popular American piece of World War II is a photograph of the Japanese surrender that has been autographed by one of the principal American figures, namely Admiral Nimitz or Douglas MacArthur. On the British side, Bernard Montgomery lived a long life after the war. His autograph signature is very clearly written and he was very well-known; he was very happy to give his autograph signature to those requesting it, and he is very available to today's collectors. The Russian General Zhukov is very rare in signed letters or any other autograph form. The Japanese military leaders are virtually uncollectible, with the rare exception of an autograph signature of Tojo, who might turn up every few years on a souvenir piece signed at some event.
For many decades, the World War II German military leaders have been avidly collected in the form of military autographs, signatures, signed letters, and signed documents. Evil has a fascination for people, and Nazi Germany has certainly provided sufficient examples of evil personalities to collect. Rarity in this field is determined by life span, with only a few surviving the war, Hitler's purge after July 20, and the Nuremberg war trials.
Please browse our selection of military autographs, signatures and signed memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically, by name or by category.
Price: $12,500 Union general in the Civil War and Indian fighter; killed at the battle of Little Big Horn. Autograph Letter Signed, G.A. Custer, full page, quarto, West Point Barracks, [New York], September 20, 1857. As a cadet of the U.S. Military Academy, to Cha[rle]s C. Wil[l]son. “In my conversation with you on the cars … [ Read More ]
Price: $17,500 Union general in the Civil War and Indian fighter; killed at the battle of Little Big Horn. Autograph Document Signed, G.A. Custer, one page, oblong octavo, Boonsboro, Maryland, July 10, 1863. In pencil. “Recd from William Miller (2) two tons of hay for the war of the United States.” Appointed Brigadier General on … [ Read More ]
Price: $5,500 French Army officer, convicted of treason and imprisoned; conviction later set aside largely due to the efforts of Emile Zola. Bust-length postcard portrait photograph of Alfred Dreyfus in formal military attire, Signed on the mount below, A Dreyfus, undated. The black and white image measures 3 * wide by 4 * inches high. … [ Read More ]
Price: $1,750 American admiral; served extensively in the Civil War. Autograph Letter Signed, D.G. Farragut, two full pages, quarto, U.S. Ship Brooklyn Pensacola N[aval] Yard, July 19, 1859. To Ed. G. Tilton, with the integral blank leaf attached and the original envelope. Together with Tilton’s letter to T. Carroll’s father informing him of David Farragut’s … [ Read More ]
Price: $1,750 A printed image of the most iconic photograph in military history, Joe Rosenthal’s Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, signed in the clear sky to the right of the outstretched hands of the Marines by John H. Bradley, whose son wrote “Flags of our Fathers.” Signed “John H. Bradley Ph(armacist) M(ate) 2/C”. The black … [ Read More ]
Price: $8,500 AP photographer. Rosenthal’s famous photograph showing the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima, Signed and dated in the right center portion of the photograph, “Joe Rosenthal / Mt. Suribachi / Iwo Jima / Feb. 23, 1945”. The unusually large black and white photograph measures 10 inches wide by 12 1/2 inches high. … [ Read More ]
Price: $27,500 Confederate General, accidentally killed by his own troops at Chancellorsville in 1863. Autograph Note Signed, one page, no date but circa May/June 1862, on lightly lined paper measuring 7 5/8 inches wide by 2 7/8 inches high, to an unidentified recipient. “My information is that Fremonts troops or (15000 ) of them have … [ Read More ]
Price: $47,500 THE ‘DA VINCI CODE’ AND THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR FOURTEENTH CENTURY CONFIRMATION OF THE ROYAL CHARTERS TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS Confirmation of the Royal Charters to the Knights Templars by King Charles IV of France, July 1326, officially transcribed by the Garde de la Prevoste de Paris, Hugues Aubirot, February 20, 1372. On vellum, … [ Read More ]
Price: $9,500 Lawrence of Arabia. British archaeologist, soldier and writer. Document Signed, T.E. Shaw A/c, two pages, quarto, September 6, 1933. A Royal Air Force engine test form, recording data concerning oil pressure, water and oil temperature, and fuel consumption. The sheets were used in the testing of marine engines that powered dinghies used to … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 Confederate general. Carte-de-visite photograph of the General, facing right, wearing a suit, vest and tie, Signed, “R E Lee.” The sepia tone photograph measures 2 3/8 inches wide by 4 inches high. Stamped below the signature, “Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1866, by A. Gardner, in the Clerk’s Office … [ Read More ]
Price: $15,000 American General in World War II. MACARTHUR PRAISES THE MEN OF THE PT BOATS FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE NEW GUINEA CAMPAIGN. Autograph Letter Signed, MacA, one page, quarto, undated . In pencil, to Admiral [Thomas C.] Kinkaid. Douglas MacArthur praises the men of the PT boats for what they are doing in … [ Read More ]
Price: $8,500 American general in World War II. Typewritten Letter Signed Douglas MacArthur, one page, quarto, New York, May 18, 1961. To Raymond S. Richmond of San Francisco. With the original envelope. “Thank you so much for your inspiring letter of May 12th. It was thoughtful, indeed, of you and I appreciate it. The only … [ Read More ]
Price: $8,750 First Duke of Marlborough; English military commander, noted for numerous successes against the French during the War of Spanish Succession; virtually regent of England during the reign of Queen Anne. Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, March 3, 1718/9. To the Earl of Cadogan. “I cannot refuse the request of Col. Symonds to recommend … [ Read More ]
Price: $7,500 English military commander, noted for numerous successes against the French during the War of Spanish Succession; virtually regent of England during the reign of Queen Anne. Autograph Letter Signed, with his paraph, two-thirds page, quarto, Hague, March 19, 1709. To the Right Honorable Coningsbey. With the integral address leaf attached, and with a … [ Read More ]
Price: $1,250 WWIIs most decorated GI, the recipient of 24 decorations; actor. Half-length portrait photograph of Murphy, wearing a suit and tie, signed in the lower left portion All the best, Audie Murphy. A Universal Pictures publicity photo, measuring 10 by 8 inches, dating from 1953. A fine example. This item is associated with these … [ Read More ]
Price: $10,000 Emperor of France. “…THE STEPS BEING TAKEN ARE WEAK…THE STUDENTS AND INHABITANTS OF UTRECHT WHO JEERED AT THE PATROLS BE ARRESTED AT ONCE AND TRIED BY A MILITARY COMMISSION.” Letter Signed, Np, one page, quarto, Paris, March 18, 1811. To the minister of war [General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke], the Duke of Feltre. … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 Emperor of France. Letter Signed, one page quarto, Paris, May 15, 1815. To his longtime ally, Hugues Maret, then the Duc de Bassano. Napoleon had abdicated at Fontainebleau April 6, 1814 and was exiled to Elba. He escaped from Elba the end of February, 1815, and arrived in Paris on March 20 and … [ Read More ]
Price: $5,750 American general. Autograph Letter Signed, George S Patton Jr, one and one-half pages, quarto, [Fort Bliss, Texas], May 12 . To Dear Mama, with the original envelope. “I am sorry that I did not get back before you left but from the present outlook I guess you would have had to have waited … [ Read More ]
Price: $25,000 George S Patton. American general in World War II. A book from his library, The Ordeal of Civilization, a sketch of the development in world wide diffusion of our present-day institutions and ideas, by James H. Robinson. Signed and dated by George S Patton, January 31, 1928 on the flyleaf. A very important … [ Read More ]
Price: $3,500 South American statesman. Letter Signed, Jose de Sn. Martin, one page, legal folio, Santo Headquarters, June 6, 1817. Notated in the left margin, Visit to the Fiscal Ministry. With the response of three officers on two additional pages. “The Printer’s property brought by the Andes Army that Your Honor is asking me about … [ Read More ]
Price: $650 British general; defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Address panel from a letter addressed and free franked by the Duke of Wellington, “Deal May twenty third / 1831 / Algernon Greville by / No. 31 George Street / Free Wellington Hanover Square / London.” This item is associated with the following category in our inventory: … [ Read More ]
Price: $1,750 British Army commander during the Napoleonic Wars; defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; later Prime Minister. Autograph Letter Signed, Wn, (Duke of Wellington) three pages, quarto, London, February 23, 1829. From the Duke of Wellington. To Betsy. “You are in good health and moreover you are a reasonable woman; and I therefore select you as … [ Read More ]
Price: $25,000 British general; killed at Quebec in battle against the French under Montcalm, thereby winning Canada for England. Document Signed, Jam: Wolfe, one page, narrow oblong quarto, Glasgow, June 27, 1752. A check, addressed to William Adair, Pall Mall, London, authorizing payment of £30 “eight days after Sight…to the order of Robert Finlay…for value … [ Read More ]