A selection of autograph letters, signed photographs, historical documents and manuscripts authentically signed by various Monarchs, Prime Ministers, Political Leaders and other Historical figures, which have previously come under the hammer with IAA. Many similar items are featured in our regular auctions and are available to bid on.
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CHURCHILL WINSTON S.: (1874-1965) British Prime Minister 1940-45, 1951-55. Nobel Prize winner for Literature, 1953. A.L.S., Winston S. Churchill, one page, 8vo, n.p., 27th May n.y. (c.1921/22), to Mrs. Alec Tweedie, on the blind embossed stationery of the Colonial Office and also unusually featuring the blind embossed emblem of the National Scheme for Disabled Men. Churchill politely writes, in full, 'I am so sorry we cannot lunch with you on Saturday week as we have people lunching with us…
CHARLES (1948- ) Prince of Wales & DIANA (1961-1997) Princess of Wales. Signed Christmas greetings card by both Prince Charles and Princess Diana individually, the stiff white oblong 8vo folding card featuring a colour photograph to the inside of the Royal couple in a half-length pose together with their baby son Prince William. Signed ('from Charles and') by Prince Charles in bold black fountain pen ink beneath a printed greeting and signed ('Diana') by the Princess in blue fountain pen…
THATCHER MARGARET: (1925-2013) British Prime Minister 1979-90. Book signed, a hardback edition of Statecraft, First Edition published by Harper Collins, London, 2002. Signed ('Margaret Thatcher') in bold blue ink by Thatcher with her name alone to the title page.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS: An excellent colour 8 x 10 photograph of the entrance to 10 Downing Street individually signed by six British Prime Ministers of the 20th century comprising Alec Douglas-Home (1963-64), Harold Wilson (1964-70, 1974), Edward Heath (1970-74), James Callaghan (1976-79), Margaret Thatcher (1979-90) and John Major (1990-97). All have signed with their names alone in blue or black inks to clear areas of the image
CHAMBERLAIN NEVILLE: (1869-1940) British Prime Minister 1937-40. T.L.S, N. Chamberlain, one page, 4to, Eaton Square, London, 2nd July 1934, to Lord Beaverbrook. Chamberlain thanks his correspondent for his letter and for '…enclosing your statement of the Constitutional position of the Crown Colonies in relation to a Customs Union. I will study this with the document you sent me before, as to which I shall want to have a talk with you when I can find time.'
GEORGE V: (1865-1936) King of the United Kingdom 1910-36. A very fine vintage signed 7.5 x 10.5 photograph, the image depicting the King in a formal half length pose wearing his military uniform and cap. Photograph by W & D Downey of London and bearing a blind embossed Royal Coat of Arms to the upper photographer's mount. Signed ('George R. I.') by the King in bold, dark fountain pen ink with his name alone to the lower photographer's mount.
ALEXANDRA OF DENMARK: (1844-1925) Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1901-10. A large, vintage signed 10.5 x 17.5 photograph of the Queen standing in a formal full length pose wearing her crown. Photograph by W & D Downey of London. Signed ('Alexandra') in fountain pen ink to the lower photographer's mount and dated Coronation Day, 9th August 1902 in her hand.
CHURCHILL WINSTON S.: (1874-1965) British Prime Minister 1940-45, 1951-55. Nobel Prize winner for Literature, 1953. Typed manuscript, unsigned, with holograph corrections, one page, 4to, n.p., n.d. (c.1934). The page of corrected proof is from Churchill's book Marlborough: His Life and Times and bears four ink corrections in Churchill's hand (the holograph corrections indicated in bold text), comprising, 'In this work we I have reprinted from Coxe only those documents which are essential…
DIANA, WILLIAM & HARRY: DIANA (1961-1997) Princess of Wales, WILLIAM (1982- ) Duke of Cambridge, elder son of Prince Charles & Princess Diana, & HARRY (1984- ) Prince Henry of Wales, younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. An extremely rare D.S., Diana, William and Harry, by all three members of the British Royal family individually, one page, oblong folio, n.p. (Buckmore Park, Chatham, Kent), n.d. (August 1992). The partially printed document, completed in ink by the two Princes.
[CHARLES]: (1948- ) Prince of Wales & [DIANA] (1961-1997) Princess of Wales. A presentation piece of wedding cake from the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, 29th July 1981. The piece of traditional wedding cake is contained in the original white and silver box printed with the initials of the Royal couple and the Prince of Wales feathers to the lid. The cake is wrapped in the original doyley. Signed by Charles Spencer (1964- ) Viscount Althorp, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.
[GEORGE VI]: (1895-1952) King of the United Kingdom 1936-52 & [QUEEN ELIZABETH] (1900-2002) Queen Consort, the Queen Mother. A presentation piece of wedding cake from the marriage of Prince Albert, the future King George VI, and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 26th April 1923. The piece of traditional wedding cake is contained in the original white and silver box printed with the initials of the Royal couple to the lid. The cake being neatly wrapped in the original grease proof paper.
EDWARD VIII: (1894-1972) King of the United Kingdom January - December 1936. Later Duke of Windsor. A rare D.S., Edward R I, as King, at the head, Court at Saint James's, 21st January 1936. The partially printed document is a military commission appointing George Gillam M.B.E. to be a Lieutenant in the Land Forces. Documents signed by Edward VIII whilst King are rare & desirable, & the present example is of particular interest being signed on the 2nd day of his historic & controversial…
GEORGE V: (1865-1936) King of the United Kingdom 1910-36. Vintage signed sepia carte-de-visite photograph, the image depicting the King, as a teenager, alongside his brother, sisters, and mother, in a family portrait. Photograph by W & D Downey of London. Signed ('George R. I') as King, in fountain pen ink to a light area at the base of the image, and dated 1935 in his hand. The King has also added the year 1879 beneath his signature, evidently an indication of when the photograph was taken
VICTORIA: (1868-1935) British Princess, fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark. Vintage signed sepia cabinet photograph, the image depicting Victoria in a three-quarter length pose dressed for cold weather with a hat, scarf and hand muffler. Photograph by W & D Downey, London. Signed ('Victoria of Wales') in bold black fountain pen ink to a clear area at the base of the image, and dated 1898 in her hand.
[VICTORIA]: (1819-1901) Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Vintage unsigned, printed broadside, one page, Truro, 26th June 1837, being a proclamation, declaring, in part, 'It is proposed to proclaim Her Majesty Queen Alexandrina Victoria, at Truro, on Monday next the 26th instant, at four o'clock in the afternoon. In which ceremony the Mayor invites the inhabitants to join to testify their loyalty and attachment to our new Sovereign'
GEORGE III: (1738-1820) King of Great Britain & Ireland 1760-1820. D.S., George R, as King, at the head, one page, oblong folio, Court at Saint James's, 18th June 1867. The partially printed document is a military commission appointing John Allen Bell to be a Lieutenant in the 89th Regiment of Foot commanded by Lieutenant General John Whitelocke. Countersigned at the foot by Robert Jenkinson (1770-1828) 2nd Earl of Liverpool, British Prime Minister 1812-27 and Home Secretary 1807-09.