Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Letter signed, in French, one page, 7,5 x 9 inch, n.p., 17.I. 1779, Ferdinand announces the birth of a daughter, signed in dark fountain pen "Ferdinand T.B." In full (translated): I hasten to announce to your Majesty the happy accouchement of the Queen, my dear wife, who this day, at five o`clock in the morning, gave birth to a Princess, who is baptised Marie Christine. I hope that your Majesty will share with me the joy of this agreeable event, and I flatter myself that you will believe in the sincerity of my wishes for your prosperity, and of the perfect esteem which I am..." Central horizontal and vertical fold, a few creases and edge dings, and a bit of light toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Ferdinand`s wife gave birth to two daughteres that day, Maria Christina, who would go on to serve as Queen of Sardinia, and Maria Christina Amelia, who would die of smallpox at the age of five.
|Profession||King of the Two Sicilies|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||7,5 x 9|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
|Expert comment||rare - Ferdinand proudly announces his wife, the Queen, "gave birth to a Princess" !|
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