Lot 411

Peter the Great 1717 DS Recruiting German Craftsmen, Notably Shipbuilders, Fascinating and Stunning!

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Peter the Great 1717 DS Recruiting German Craftsmen, Notably Shipbuilders, Fascinating and Stunning!

Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000

Current Bid: $4,250

(2 Bids)

June 26, 2024 10:00 AM EDT
Live Auction
Wilton, CT, US


Czar Peter I of Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia, December 17, 1717
Peter the Great 1717 DS Recruiting German Craftsmen, Notably Shipbuilders, Fascinating and Stunning!
Rare manuscript DS untranslated in Cyrillic, signed "Peter" at lower right. 1p, measuring 12.25" x 8", Saint Petersburg, dated December 17, 1717. Within, the Czar grants Artillery Major Johnson Henning permission to recruit craftsmen in Germany. With superb intact seal at lower middle, showing minor separation to paper section. Exhibits a few small separations along intersecting folds, with scattered toning and foxing; evidence of minor restoration verso. Overall, very good condition. Large and bold signature!

Peter I (1672-1725), known as Peter the Great, ruled as Russian czar between 1682 until his death. He is most known for being an instrumental force in the Westernization and expansion of Russia into a major European power. Peter, who spent a good deal of his early life studying abroad, notably embraced western European craftsmanship and methods, from shipbuilding in the Netherlands to urban planning in Manchester, England. Upon returning to Russia, he used all he learned to expand the Russian Navy and develop Saint Petersburg into a world class city. During his reign, Peter would also launch an effort to recruit skilled workers from abroad in order to train his own workforce, as seen in this particular document.

This lot comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


  • 12.25" x 8"
  • Artist Name:
  • Czar Peter I of Russia
  • Medium:
  • DS

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