DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 02/21/1881 - HFSID 155181
Sale Price $432.00
GEORGE, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Military Appointment (16x12) of an artillery captain, signed in 1881
Military Appointment signed: "George" as Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, 1 page, 16x12. No place, 1881 February 21. Appointment of Lewis Edmund Coker as Captain of Land Forces, Artillery, effective February 27. Signed in the name of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. Paper seal affixed in upper left. Docketed on verso. George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), was the only son of King George III's seventh son, Adolphus Frederick. His sister, Mary Adelaide, was the mother of Queen Mary, mother of Kings George VI and Edward VIII. He commanded a division in the Crimean War (1854) and was present at all the major battles of that conflict with Russsia. The Duke of Cambridge was commander in chief of the British army for 39 years (1856-1895), longer than anyone else in history. In that position he consistently opposed innovation, and was said to promote officers on the basis of social standing rather than ability. In defiance of British law he married a commoner, actress Louisa Fairbrother. Three vertical folds chipped at edges. Soiled. Very light foxing at lower margin area. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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