QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH NOTE - HFSID 251355
Sale Price $637.50
The Queen writes request for a copy of the draft for the Peace between Austria and Sadinia
Third Person Autograph Note signed: "The Queen" in brown ink. 1 page, 4¼x6¾. Osborne House, Isle of Wight, England. On her personal stationery with embossed crown in upper left corner. Engraving of Osborne House (b/w, 2½x2¾) at top center. In full: "The Queen would wish to have a copy of the Draft & Law [phrase illegible] the Peace between Austria & Sardinia". The Kingdom of Sardinia, ruled by the House of Savoy (which became the royal family of Italy) fought three wars against Austria between 1848 and 1866, aided by other Italian states and movements and by France (in the second war) and Prussia (in the third). These wars resulted in the unification of Italy and the loss by Austria of its major holdings in Italy. Despite the impressive size of his own family, with the death of King George III, the crown passed through his children in quick succession, first to his eldest son George IV (1820-1830), than to his third son William IV (1830-1837), and eventually to one of his more unlikely heirs, his granddaughter by his fourth son, Princess Victoria. QUEEN VICTORIA of the United Kingdom and the Empress of India (1819-1901) ascended the throne at the young age of 18, beginning the longest reign in British history and ruling over a time soon to be known as the Victorian Era. This time period was remembered for its industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change within the United Kingdom with massive growth of the British Empire. More of a national icon rather than a direct political power, Victoria's name was synonymous with strict standards of personal morality. Her great affection for her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, remains a renowned love story in her history; they had nine children together, all married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "Grandmother of Europe". Her reign lasted sixty-three years and seven months, and with her death so ended the House of Hanover in the British monarchy, and her legacy of her detailed correspondence and journals have displayed her previously unknown political straight-talking which was emotional, obstinate, and honest. Toned. Light surface creases. Left edge frayed. Lightly soiled in blank areas near right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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