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Friedrich Wilhelm IV

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Ornate military appointment, with a magnificent Hohenzollern blind stamp,

in which the Prussian king promotes a soldier to Colonel

Friedrich Wilhelm IV, 17951861.  King of Prussia, 18401861.  Partially printed Document Signed, Friedrich Wilhelm R, three pages (including attached integral leaf), 8¾" x 14⅛", Charlottenburg, [Prussia], March 22, 1853.  In German.

Citing his bravery, his outstanding qualities, his military skills, and his prior good service, King Friedrich Wilhelm promotes Major Ernst Knorr to the rank of colonel in the 36th Infantry Regiment (4th Reserve Regiment).  The King has signed the document with a huge 6" signature.

This is a beautiful, ornate document.  It bears a magnificently detailed Hohenzollern seal blind stamped on the third page beneath the King's signature.  It comes from a descendant of the original recipient and has never been offered on the autograph market before. 

The document has two horizontal folds, one of which touches the Kingʼs signature.  A circular half-thaler revenue stamp is at the top left corner of the first page.  For the sake of completeness, we mention that there is one pinpoint hole where a horizontal fold crosses the integral leaf fold.  Overall the piece is in fine condition.


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