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EUROPEAN HISTORICAL ITEMS 


1176 - THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present - day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: an Anglo-led Allied Army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt. We have a few musket balls available: British large caliber balls....................................................$35.00/each     a set of a British and French balls - have one set left.........................................$65.00

9512 - NAPOLEONIC WAR 13TH LIGHT DRAGOONS, BRITISH, WATERLOO REGIMENT, CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, New Item 19mm, small coat issue, no shank, clear "13 LD" on domed face. The 13th Light Dragoons was a cavalry regiment of the British Army whose battle honors include Waterloo and The Charge of the Light Brigade later in the 19th Century. Initially the brigade saw little action at Waterloo, however, when the French pushed forward with two columns of cavalry and infantry to force the British position, the cavalry brigade received orders to charge. The enemy broke and was pursued until other French cavalry on the left flank were detected. The brigade then retired behind the infantry until Lord Uxbridge and Lord Hill ordered the 13th forward again; this time against a square of French infantry. The enemy was completely routed, and dispersed. The late afternoon brought renewed French attacks with infantry and cavalry in a last effort to win the day. The brigade, along with Major-General Dornberg's 3rd Cavalry Brigade on the left, attacked a heavy column of French infantry. An officer of the 13th wrote: Our last and most brilliant charge, was at the moment that Lord Hill, perceiving the movement of the Prussian army, and finding the French Imperial Guard on the point of forcing a part of the British position, cried out, - "Drive them back, 13th!" such an order from such a man, could not be misconstrued, and it was paunctually obeyed. Although sustaining heavy fire, the attack was again successful and the enemy routed. In total the 13th Light Dragoons at Waterloo suffered 99 casualties with 113 horses lost. A button period to the Napoleonic War. Nice patina to surfaces........................................................$125.00


9212 - ROBERT BROWNING, POET
, wet plate albumen carte de visite, by Williams and Everett of Boston. Full standing pose. He was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, and in particular the dramatic monologue, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humor, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. The speakers in his poems are often musicians or painters whose work functions as a metaphor for poetry. In 1846, Browning married the older poet Elizabeth Barrett, who at the time was considerably better known than himself. So started one of history's most famous literary marriages. Choice condition........................
$79.00



9213 - ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
, wet plate albumen carte de visite by Anthony, knees up photograph. Wife of English Poet Robert Browning. She was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Elizabeth was brought up in a strongly religious household, and much of her work carries a Christian theme. Her work had a major influence on prominent writers of the day, including the American poets Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. She is remembered for such poems as "How Do I Love Thee?" (Sonnet 43, 1845) and Aurora Leigh (1856). Fine.........................................
$65.00


9214 - ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
, wet plate albumen carte de visite, no imprint, bust pose. Wife of English Poet Robert Browning. She was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Elizabeth was brought up in a strongly religious household, and much of her work carries a Christian theme. Her work had a major influence on prominent writers of the day, including the American poets Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. She is remembered for such poems as "How Do I Love Thee?" (Sonnet 43, 1845) and Aurora Leigh (1856). Fine.....................................................................
SOLD

9215 - ROSA BONHEUR, THE MOST FAMOUS FEMALE PAINTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY, wet plate albumen carte de visite, no imprint. A painting of Bonheur by Dubufe in 1857. She was a French animaliére, realist artist, and sculptor. As a painter she became famous primarily for two chief works: Ploughing in the Nivernais, which was first exhibited at the Salon of 1848, and is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, depicts a team of oxen ploughing a field while attended by peasants set against a vast pastoral landscape; and The Horse Fair (in French: Le marché aux chevaux,) which was exhibited at the Salon of 1853 (finished in 1855) and is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, Bonheur is widely considered to have been the most famous female painter of the nineteenth century. Very fine.................................................................$35.00

9216 - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, wet plate albumen carte de visite, no imprint, a photo of a fine painting of Napoleon. He was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for over a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly gaining control of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history. A nice quality image.....................................................$49.00




9217 - ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT
, wet plate albumen carte de visite by Brady. Bust pose taken by Brady, he was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of romantic philosophy. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical georgraphy laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Humboldt's advocacy of long-term systematic geophysical measurement laid the foundation for modern geomagnetic and meteorological monitoring. One of the foremost scientists of the early 19th century. Very fine...............................
SOLD





9217A - QUEEN VICTORIA
, wet plate albumen carte de visite, no imprint but from life. A very scarce pose of Queen Victoria as a young Queen during the Civil War period. Great standing pose. This image is much scarcer than the numerous ones available of her in her later reign. C. 1863. Choice condition...............................................................
$75.00





82314 - IMPERIAL GERMANY 1910
, 1000 Mark banknotes, issued April 21st, 1910. Red seal, ornate reverse, large sized note of Imperial Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II. Lot of 10 beautiful notes, extremely fine to crisp uncirculated, lot of 10.............................................$40.00

A COLLECTION OF GERMAN BANKNOTES FROM THE GERMAN EMPIRE, THE WEIMAREN REPUBLIC, THE NAZI ERA, AND ALLIED MILITARY CONTROL IN 1944 

82315 - A wonderful collection of German banknotes that date from 1908 to 1944 covering the history of Germany from the Imperial period to the occupation of Germany by Allied forces. All notes are fine to EF, they include the following: 1908 - 100 Marks, 1910 issues - 50 Marks, 100 Marks, 1000 Marks, 1914 - 50 Marks, 1919 - 50 Marks, 1920 - 1 Mark, 10 Marks, 100 Marks, 1922 - 1000 Marks, 500 Marks, 10,000 Marks, 50,000 Marks, 1923 - 100,000 Marks, 5 Million Marks, 10 Million Marks, 1937 - 1 Mark, 1944 - Allied Military script 1 Mark and 5 Marks. 18 total notes....................................................................$145.00

A COLLECTION OF GERMAN NOTGELD BANKNOTES FROM VARIOUS CITIES IN GERMANY 1920'S



82317
- A colorful selection of mostly uncirculated small denomination banknotes from various cities in Germany issued during the post World War I period of severe economic depression in Germany. 13 notes, all very colorful and for various Pfennig denominations to be used in small commerce in the cities. Included are notes from: Waldenburg, Weinstadt, Rohrbach, Stutzerbach, Ostseebad, Rostock, various denominations, 13 items.............................................................................
$75.00


40801 - LOUIS XIV KING OF FRANCE, Louis XIV (5 September 1638 - 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is one of the longest in French and European history. Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661 after the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. An adherent of the theory of the divine right of kings, which advocates the divine origin of monarchical rule, Louis continued his predecessors' work of creating a centralized state governed from the capital. He sought to eliminate the remnants of feudalism persisting in parts of France and, by compelling many members of the nobility to inhabit his lavish Palace of Versailles, succeeded in pacifying the aristocracy, many members of which had participated in the Fronde rebellion during Louis' minority. By these means, he became one of the most powerful French monarchs and consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution. During Louis' reign, France was the leading European power and fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. There were also two lesser conflicts: the War of Devolution and the War of the Reunions. Military Commission signed by Louis XIV and his Chief Minister Jean Baptiste Colbert, November 6th, 1676. 11" X 20" on vellum, framed in a large custom frame with a colored portrait of Louis XIV, overall 18.5" X 35", wooden Florentine gold frame, very tastefully framed..................................................$1,250.00

40802 - THE PORTRAIT OF FRANCESCO DELLE OPERE IS A PAINTING BY THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ARTIST PERUGINO, DATING TO 1494 AND HOUSED IN THE UFFIZI GALLERY, FLORENCE, Carte de Viste by Gesellshaft of Berlin, c. 1865. The first mention of the painting is in the inventory of Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici's artworks, as a work of "Second Manner Raphael." In the 19th Century, it was attributed to Perugino and Jacopo francia, and then again to Perugino by Antonio Ramirez de Montalvo, who discovered an inscription in the rear. This reads: "1494 DI LVGLIO PIETRO PERVGINO PINSE FRANC[ESC]O DEL LOPRE PEYNAGA." It was long considered a self-portrait, and from 1883 it was therefore exhibited in the gallery of self-portraits in the Vasarian Corridor. In 1881, the subject was finally identified as Francesco delle Opere (died 1516), a gem carver and a friend of Perugino Francesco delle Opere is portrayed from three-quarters, with a black beret and a mantle of the same color, a red blouse under which is a white shirt. His hands holds a cartouche with the words Timete Devm ("Beware of God"), the beginning of a famous preaching by Girolamo Savonarola. The hands lie on an invisible parapet which coincides with the painting's lower border, as in Flemish contemporary works such as Hans Memling's Man with a Letter. Aside from the attention to details (typical of contemporary Flemish art), the painting share with Memling's also the presence of a city with pointed towers on the left. The presence of small trees and a lake in the background landscape are typical of the Umbrian school of the period.................................................$49.00


61228 - WRITTEN IN THE REIGN OF HENRY VIII
, 1509 - 1547. 12" X 12.5" manuscript document with scalloped top, written on vellum in early English script, indenture or agreement to sell property written the 8th day of February in the 26th (XX6th) year of the reign of Henry the Eight (1535) refers to Norfolk and old Buckingham. A beautiful document to frame written during the period of the first exploration of the Americas. Condition is very fine, comes his portrait................................
$450.00

61229 - WRITTEN IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, (1558 - 1603), 7" X 16" vellum document written in old English script. Dated September 5th year one of the reign of Elizabeth thus the date written was September 6th, 1558. An indenture or legal obligation written between two parties. Hanging from this impressive document is a 1" square embossed red wax seal. During the reign of Elizabeth preliminary explorations of the Eastern coats of America took place including Raleigh's attempts to colonize Roanoke Island. Impressive to display with ELIZABETH'S name quite bold. Very fine, comes with a portrait of Elizabeth..........................................................SOLD

61230 - WRITTEN IN THE FIFTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH (1558 - 1603), manuscript indenture written in the 5th year of the reign of Elizabeth (1663) and dated January 6th. 9" X 19" with scalloped top, rather large name of Elizabeth on the top line, written in old English script, beautiful manuscript, on vellum, comes with a silver 6 Pence dated 1573 showing a portrait of Elizabeth (weak), date is strong...............................................SOLD

 

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