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Historical Memorabilia

Signature Royale offers authentic historial memorabilia with superior craftsmanship. Our products make outstanding gifts for all of the history buffs in your life. 

Historical memorabilia is available in many forms. Although some items are for investment portfolios, many items are proudly displayed in the living rooms, dens, and offices of collectors, the world over. Collections are as eclectic as their owners. While one may collect specific items such as signed Presidential Military Commissions, another may collect shot classes from towns and cities visited.

Here in the United States, Americana is highly sort after. Many individual categories make up that broad term. Politics create the most buzz and historical signed letters, signed photos of politicians, members of the Supreme Court, and of course, Presidents of the United States of America, seem to command the most attention. Inaugural Medals and Invitations, posters, prints and broadsides, political flags and banners, business cards signed, and campaign buttons all are very desirable to the Americana collector both here in the USA and Overseas. Land Grants, many signed by Presidents and or, State Governors have a place here. Historical maps are high on a collectors list, especially if they notate geographical features, seen for the first time.

A 1 cent coin is just that; a 1 cent coin. Unless…..! it is a 1943 copper Penny or a 1944 Steel penny. There are others in this category that command a hefty premium over their issue price, but these top the bill. Coins and currency are collected and coveted by many collectors who all have a reason for their passion. Some want distinction of owning the best, the finest, the only one. Others enjoy the chase. That feeling of discovering something unusual or special. Some buy as an investment. Whatever their reason, coins and currency are a large segment of the collecting industry. Be it a silver or gold coin, be it an early bank issued paper bill, or a 1775, Continental Congress issued, hand numbered, and signed, one third of a dollar note; both paper and coins, as currency, are much in demand.

Newspapers & Magazines have such a place in the Historical collectibles section that the covers or front pages are reproduced upon request. Those amongst us who are old enough to remember Pearl Harbor will never forget the front page of that day’s newspaper. The day John F Kennedy was assassinated is a more recent memory, but the Dallas Morning News headline is part our Nation’s folk lore. Magazine Covers with similar historical events on the cover or sports milestones are also in demand. The first Playboy magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover; is the most collectible of its entire run. Time magazine covers with either political, or other notables are collected, especially if they are signed by the illustrated figure.

World Leaders whether they be villains, or the good guys, have always had a place in an historical collection. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, the Pope; all have contributed to the betterment of this world we live in. Others have not. Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Idi Amin and Augusto Pinochet are vilified, or lauded depending on ones’ point of view. Historical documents, and in some case letters and a photo proudly signed, are available occasionally to the historical collector.

The Monarchy… mostly just a figurehead in today’s society, is still a focus of modern collectibles. Europe has the greatest concentration of such families with the British Monarchy probably heading the list as most desirable. Other European Royal Families are Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish. The Middle East, Asia and Africa all have “Royalty” as heads of State. Signed Documents, Letters and photos have a prominent place in a collection of the world’s Royalty

Sir Edmund Hillary may have been the first to achieve the summit of Mt Everest, when he did so in 1953, but his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay deserves some of the credit also. Many explorers have been given the accolades while the support crew are in the background. Robert Falcon Scott was beaten to the South Pole by Raold Amunsden. Robert E Perry was credited as being the first to reach the North Pole. Shackelton’s journey to South Georgia could not have been achieved without the expertise of his navigator Frank Worsley. American Explorers who are revered include Lewis & Clark who opened the West allowing Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, and John C Fremont, to expand their findings. Henry Morton Stanley, who may be remembered for the line.. “Dr Livingstone I presume?” is also credited for his exploration of Central Africa. Aerial explorers achieved amazing feats. Charles Lindbergh took off in a single engine aircraft from Long island to Paris. Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic, then was lost while attempting to circumvent the globe. Chuck Yeager was first to break the sound barrier when he did so in 1947. The Oceans have been the recipient of many incredible voyages. Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic to the Americas, Magellan circumnavigated the globe, Captain James Cook explored the Pacific all the way south to the icepack. Documents and personal letter are much sought after. Older, 18th Century items, can be scarce.

Wyatt Earp was made famous by Eastern Newspaper reporters who idolized him in their reports and short stories. To this day his bigger than life image has been immortalized in legend and movies. He lived until 1928 so signed items are still available of this famous Western figure. The Wells Fargo Stage coach line was famous from its beginnings in 1852 till it was folded in 1918. Their six horse Stagecoaches rolled wherever the Rail Lines did not go. Letters carried on the stages, early Stock Certificates signed, advertising sheets and other paper paraphernalia all are most collectible. Antique guns, clothes, Horse tack, hat, scabbards, badges, spurs, belts, and saddles, all fit the description of Early Americana.


Historical Military items are very collectible. Many collections are limited to a specific conflict. The American Revolutionary war, The War Between the States, The Indian Wars, Spanish American war, the Philippine-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and recently the Iraqi-Afghan war against terror, all have their avid collectors. Medals knives, Firearms, clothing, unit patches, all are desirable. Letters to family, signed photos and documents of Generals and leaders on both sides are coveted as collectors’ items or for display.

Collections and the items collected are personal. What I am interested in and covet, you may not. The prized items on your wish list may read like a grocery list to one, or a master plan to another. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”….. may be true. To a collector the smallest item no matter how seemingly trivial may be that one piece needed complete a collection. Here at Signature Royale we are able to help you finish what you have started or even display your pieces in such a way as to allow others to visibly share in your passion. Look in our “You Name It We Frame It” section to see what we have done for other collectors and their collections There is a lot to said for taking something out a of a drawer and proudly displaying it for all to see.


Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.” Walter Benjamin


 

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