Friday, April 29, 2016

Alexandra of Denmark Queen Alexandra of England Autograph CoA

Queen Alexandra of England Carte de Visite with Autograph CoA

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Queen Alexandra of England born Princess of Denmark carte de visit. Hand signed by Queen Alexandra.

The Autograph comes with a Certificte of Authenticity.

Alexandra of Denmark (Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia; 1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress consort of India as the wife of King-Emperor Edward VII.

Her family had been relatively obscure until her father, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg, was chosen with the consent of the great powers to succeed his distant cousin, Frederick VII, to the Danish throne. At the age of sixteen, she was chosen as the future wife of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent of Queen Victoria.

They married eighteen months later in 1863, the same year her father became king of Denmark as Christian IX and her brother was appointed to the vacant Greek throne as George I. She was Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1901, the longest anyone has ever held that title, and became generally popular; her style of dress and bearing were copied by fashion-conscious women.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Summer Palace in Peking Photo from 1902

The Summer Palace in Peking. Old large Photo from 1902

The Summer Palace in Peking photo 

China, Bejing: Authentic old photograph depicting the old Summer Palace in Peking. The photo is from 1902. from a German counsel. 

Hand writing at the back „ Sommerpalast Peking Mittel-Pagode“.

Size: ca. 10 x 7 inches (25,1 x 18,4 cm), good condition.

The Summer Palace has a long history. The origins of the Summer Palace date back to the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty in 1153. In 1860, the British and French destroyed parts of the Summer Palace at the end of the Second Opium War while looting and burning down the nearby Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan).

The destruction of the palaces was ordered by Lord Elgin, the British High Commissioner to China, and was undertaken in response to the torture and killing of two British envoys, a journalist for The Times, and their escorts.

The destruction of large parts of the Summer Palace still evokes strong emotions among some people in China. Between 1884–95, during the reign of the Guangxu Emperor (r. 1875–1908), Empress Dowager Cixi ordered three million silver taels, originally designated for upgrading the Qing navy (the Beiyang Fleet), to be used for reconstructing and enlarging the Summer Palace to celebrate her 60th birthday.

In 1900, towards the end of the Boxer Rebellion, the Summer Palace suffered damage again when the forces of the Eight-Nation Alliance destroyed the imperial gardens and seized many artifacts stored in the palace. The palace was restored two years later.

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Old Chinese postcard with Torpedo Officers

Old Chinese postcard with Torpedo Officers

Chinese Torpedo Officers Vintage Postcard
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Old Chinese postcard (printed in Germany) “Chinesische Torpedo-Officiere”.

The postcard depicts four officers in traditional uniform. Used in Berlin in 1902, good condition.

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