The attractively penned manuscript document is addressed to the King of Naples and informs him that, following the death of Count Skavronsky, the Empress has appointed Count Fyodor Golovin as the Minister Plenipotentiary to Naples, continuing ‘We ask you kindly to allow him favourably for an audience and give him complete faith in all that he from time to time, in Our name, will have the honour to offer you and always give him your supportive and mutually congruent answers with friendship between us; in fact We have instructed him to assure Your Majesty in Our true friendship and respect to You…’ Countersigned at the foot by Ivan Ostermann. With blank integral leaf. Accompanied by the original envelope bearing a large blind embossed paper seal. Some extremely light, very minor age wear.
Made for the nuptials of Miss Patricia Carin Hirschhorn and Mr. Charles Schine which took place in September 1960, this ensemble represents wedding attire on the grandest of scales. The ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The style, proportions and details of the gown, including the lengthy train and 19th century rosepoint lace, would have been appropriate to the grandeur of the occasion and the formality of the venue. The dress is similar in decoration and shape to that created by MGM designer Helen Rose for Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier on April 18, 1956, an event that made headlines around the world and influenced bridal fashions long after the royal wedding day.