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    Empress of Russia Anna Ivanovna Manuscript Letter Signed in 1733 Anna Ivanovna (1693-1740), Romanov Empress of Russia (1730-1740), niece of Peter the Great. Elected Empress by the Supreme Privy Council, who viewed her as the most attractive candidate among the four other female claimants to the throne, due to her prior compliant behavior. After her formal entry to Moscow, Anna was approached by members of the nobility and Imperial Guards who, opposing the Privy Council, successfully convinced Anna that their interests reflected the desires of her subjects. Manuscript letter signed, "Anna," in Slavonic on watermarked stationery, one full page, folio, 1733. Docketed in the upper and lower margins. "There are Swedish cuirasses (armor) available. We consider them to be more reliable than those ones ordered from the foreign lands. To order the cuirasses for the two new cuirassier regiments will take much time and money. Besides they are much worse than the Swedish ones. So collect the Swedish cuirasses from the horse regiments in St. Petersburg and in other towns and use them for the new regiments. Do not order cuirasses from foreign lands. Anna." Letter signed by the Empress Anna during the War of the Polish Succession, when Russia backed its candidate to the Polish throne and defeated the restoration monarch elected by French interests. It is ironic that the restoration monarch had originally occupied the Polish throne (1707-1709) with the backing of Sweden. (PSA/DNA lacks sufficient comparable examples to render an opinion on this item. While we believe it to be authentic as described, it is thus sold without certification.)

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