3 December 2003
HENRY VII, King of England (1485-1509). Autograph signature ('Henricus R[ex]), on a strip of paper cut from the concluding part of a letter to King John of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, dated 'Ex Castello n[ost]ro Londoniae Die XI Novemb[ris] M.D.VI [11 November 1506], the signature in letters approximately 40 mm high, one page, 108 x 295 mm, papered seal bearing clear impression of the royal arms in left margin, addressed on verso (four small slits of which 2 through one letter of signature, traces of mounting and ownership stamp on verso).
In the course of his attempts to improve English trade in the Baltic, Henry VII concluded several commercial agreements with Denmark in the 1490s, procuring freedom of trade on favourable terms, and the right to fish in Icelandic waters and the letter from which this is taken may have concerned some such matter. John, King of Denmark, reigned from 1481 to 1513.
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