Lot 10: King Edward VIII DS
9th August 2017
Rare partly-printed DS, signed “Edward RI,” one page, 18.5 x 13.5, October 8, 1936. Official document recognizing a German diplomat, in part: "Whereas Our Good Friend the Chancellor of the German Reich has by a Commission…appointed Mr. Harold Arthur Tassell to be Vice-Consul at King's Lynn." Signed in the upper left by the king and countersigned in the lower right by Anthony Eden. In fine condition, with a central vertical and horizontal folds, a few small stains, and light wrinkling. As Edward VIII reigned for only ten months before abdicating the throne, documents signed as king are quite uncommon. This is a particularly noteworthy document as "Our Good Friend the Chancellor of the German Reich" refers to Adolf Hitler, with whom King Edward was indeed friendly. In October 1937, the then-Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited Germany against the advice of the British government and met with Hitler, and they infamously exchanged Nazi salutes. The British government worked to suppress the cordial nature of their relationship throughout the war and in its aftermath.
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