Lot 4121

Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria – a magnificent Hungarian patent of nobility for Kiss Antal(t), dated 1912

International Orders & Military Collectibles | A89m | Live auction | 454 Lots


The six-page parchment certificate with exquisite, handwritten calligraphy, partially gilt, bearing the hand-drawn noble coat of arms in colour, protective silk paper sheets. Franz Joseph I hereby elevates "Ittebei Kiss Antalt" (Antalt Kiss from Srpski Itebej) to the rank of baron. At the bottom, the emperor's original signature in ink in Hungarian, together with the date "Bécs, 1912. évi márczius hó 22." (Vienna, 22 March 1912). In the original, elaborately designed folder (dimensions 39 x 30 x 4 cm), covered in light brown leather with metal fittings and a crowned Hungarian coat of arms in coloured enamel, the flyleaf in champagne-coloured, watered silk. Attached to round gold cord, the Hungarian wax seal (torn, the edge trimmed) in a partially gilt, metal capsule with lavish relief decoration (diameter 11 cm). Slightly damaged, signs of age. An extremely rare patent of nobility, written in Hungarian, and a fabulously designed, calligraphic masterpiece of inimitable quality.

Provenance: Collection of Christopher and Karin Ross.

Condition: II Questions about the lot?

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The auction includes 454 lots and starts on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 4001 - 4454. The pre-sale view will take place from 19 - 22 May, 25, 29 and 31 May 2021. However, the number of participants for both auction and viewing is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and requires an appointment. Prior to any visit please check our website - we'll up.