PRINCE CHRISTIAN OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEN (DENMARK) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 23570
Sale Price $288.00
PRINCE CHRISTIAN OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
His signature and additional text clipped from a longer letter, accompanied by an envelope mailed (with stamp) to Saranac Lake, New York.
Autograph Letter Fragment signed: "Christian Sch-Hol", 2 pages, 5¼x3½. Portion present, in full: "Many thanks for your letter which I have sent to Col. [?] I am very sorry to .... be presented on his appointment. Believe me yours sincerely". Accompanied by envelope addressed in his hand to "Master Owen Small, /75 Riverside Drive/Saranac Lake/New York/USA", postmarked London, December 10, date illegible. The letter is stamped, not franked. Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (1831-1917), a member of the ancient House of Oldenberg, would have succeeded to the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein had not European politics dictated otherwise. The two duchies were tied to the Danish crown, but also part of the German Confederation. The great powers of Europe were preoccupied with the "Schleswig Holstein question" in the mid-19th century, with the territory losing its independence first to Denmark (1852), but ultimately being mostly absorbed by Germany (1864). In 1866, Prince Christian married Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria. This marriage, which risked offending both Germany and Denmark, also divided the British royal family, but Victoria supported it on condition that the couple agreed to reside in Britain. It proved a very happy marriage, with six children. Christian played little role in British public life. During World War I, following the example of Britain's King George V (who changed the dynastic name from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor), Christian dropped Schleswig-Holstein from his title. Light surface creases. Edges frayed and worn. Slightly soiled. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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