King Alphonso XI of Castile and Leon [1312-1350]. Royal Charter, one page, 32 inches by 24 inches, on vellum, Royal Chancery, Segovia, September 29, 1344. Written in Castilian vernacular with the royal names, the opening device and the King’s seal painted in red, green, blue and beige. Fine condition. An important and exceptionally attractive document … [ Read More ]
Collectible Autographs from Royalty
Royalty autographs, signatures, collectibles and memorabilia– almost always signed documents – vary in availability in accordance with how important the person was. Generally, significant reigns were not brief, and the leading figures in royalty had long periods of time during which to realize great accomplishments; accordingly, these royal figures signed many official documents. Except for countries where official documents were not saved, or were deliberately destroyed, such as Russia or, again as in the case of Russia, there was no commercial process by which the documents could be sold, availability for collectors today will depend upon how long the person was monarch. Age is not as big a determining factor of rarity as one might think.
Queen Isabella I of Spain, the patron of Columbus, can be obtained in signed documents because a group of several hundred payment orders was discovered some years ago and came onto the market. Documents signed by King Henry VIII of England can be found, though they are very rare. Queen Elizabeth I is very rare in signed documents and extremely rare in signed letters. King George III had a long reign and signed a large number of official documents, many of which survive, and he is readily available to collectors today. Queen Victoria is much more in demand than George III, but signed many official documents during her long reign and, therefore, can be found by collectors.
One of the most important monarchs of the Renaissance, Francis I of France, can be obtained in signed documents, though they are not common, and King Louis XIV and King Louis XVI, both important monarchs, can also be found in signed documents. Queen Marie Antoinette is rare in signed documents and very rare in signed letters. Surprisingly available are signed letters by Frederick the Great of Prussia, whose detailed involvement in military affairs provided opportunity for him to sign many letters. Catherine the Great has been in much greater demand since the emergence of Russia in the Western world and the growing interest of Russians in collecting their own history. She must have signed many documents as Czarina, but they are rare.
Complete collections of royalty autographs, signatures and signed pieces of monarchs of different countries are extremely difficult to achieve because, in each country, there have been monarchs with extremely brief reigns who held no previous positions that caused them to sign documents or sign letters.
Please browse our selection of royalty autographs, signatures, collectibles and memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically, by name or by category.
Queen of England. Letter Signed, Good cousin and friend / and good sister, cousin,/ and friend / AnnaR, two and two-thirds pages, tall quarto, Given at Our Palace at Windsor, July 3, 1709. Countersigned by H. Boyle. To Franz Ludwig, Count Palatine, Bishop of Worms, and Johann Wilhelm, Count Palatine on the Rhine, Elector of … [ Read More ]
Czarina of Russia. Document Signed, Yekaterina, one page, folio, October 11, 1762, Tsarskoe Selo. In Russian. From the Main court chancery, a release to the administrator Udalov of Tsarskoe Selo, of three thousand roubles for the digging of ponds, if the said revenues are not sufficient, then from the Total of the Main court Chancery, … [ Read More ]
EDWARD VI. King of England. Signature and top portion of a document, 21-1/2 by 2 inches, on vellum. Edward VI, the long-awaited male heir of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, was a delicate child who ascended the throne at the age of ten and ruled through a regency until his death … [ Read More ]
FREDERICK II the Great; King of Prussia. Letter Signed, Frederic, one quarter page, quarto, Potsdam, February 24, 1749. With the integral blank leaf attached. In French. “The King having received the presentation of the [Berlin] bookseller Neaulme of the 18th of this month regarding a bill for books he purports to have delivered to … [ Read More ]
King of England. Letter Signed, three-quarters page, quarto, Queens House March 24, 1783. To My Lord. Fine condition. “As I shall be extremely glad to see You this morning as early as it may Suit You, I shall not detain You now by a long Epistle. After every sort of Chicanery from the Coalition, to … [ Read More ]
GEORGE III PROVIDES FUNDS TO SEND FREED BLACK SLAVES IN BRITAIN TO WEST AFRICA GEORGE III. King of England. Document Signed, one page, oblong quarto, undated [between July and November 1791]. With two tax revenue stamps, in blind, in the left margin. The document, canceled with an “X,” is complete in its text and its … [ Read More ]
Queen of Castile; joint sovereign with Ferdinand V; patron of Columbus. Document Signed, yo la Reyna, [I the Queen], one page, legal folio, May 17, 1501. The Queen orders her chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes, to pay the sum of 530 maravedis, or two florins, to a silversmith named Anton de Carrion for work on a … [ Read More ]
“TO PREVENT FOREIGN MOORS, ENEMIES OF THE FAITH, FROM CAUSING THE DAMAGE, LOSS AND ROBBERIES THEY HAVE BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO DO” JOANNA LA LOCA. Queen Joanna of Castile; daughter of Ferdinand V and Isabella I. An official royal document, signed in the name of the Queen by the Councillors of Castile, one page folio, (15 … [ Read More ]
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, 17 by … [ Read More ]
LOUIS XVI. King of France; executed during the Revolution. Document Signed, Louis, at the conclusion, forty-three pages, large folio, Versailles, November 19, 1782. The document is a record of the activities of the Royal Treasury as reported to the Royal Council. Deposits representing tax payments from the various French towns and provinces are listed, with … [ Read More ]
MARIA THERESA. Arch-Duchess of Austria; Queen of Hungary and Bohemia. Mother of Marie Antoinette. Document Signed Maria Theresa, one page, large folio, [171/2 by 21-3/4 inches], n.d. With the Queen’s large paper and wax seal. An ornate document commending Don Francesca de Magan “for his long-rendered service and steadiness and bravery in wartime,” and … [ Read More ]
“…WE SAW WITH SPECIAL SATISFACTION…OUR ILLUSTRIOUS BROTHER…WAS DELIVERED OF A CHILD” Peter the Great. Russian Czar. Letter Signed, Pyotr, one page, legal folio, Astrachan, October 2, 1722. In Russian. To the Illustrious Sovereign King / Dearest Brother, Cousin, and Friend. “From the letter of Your Royal Majesty, which you sent Us so kindly and … [ Read More ]
Signed Books. “Life of the Prince Consort”. Set of five volumes. Signed by Queen Victoria in volume I and in volume III. Inscribed in volume I on a front blank page, “To The Hon: Mary Pitt from VR & I Windsor Castle Jan.17, 1877”. Inscribed in volume III on a front blank page, “To The … [ Read More ]