Historical Militaria & Autographs

Lot 65:

1908 OLYMPICS COMPETITOR CARD NILS VON KANTZOW

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Start price: $260

Estimated price: $500 - $700

Auction house commission: 25%

Nils Gustav von Kantzow (1885-1967) Swedish gymnast who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics and first husband of Carin von Fock, better known as the first wife of German Reichsmarschall and Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe Hermann Goering. Von Kantzow was a member of the Swedish team that won the all-around gold medal. He was born in a noble family and reached the rank of captain in the Swedish Army in 1916. Excellent group of thirteen (13) pieces including Nils von Kantzow’s official 1908 Olympic Games of London Competitor Card bearing his name and registration number ‘1244 Kantzow N. Sweden’, stamped by the British Olympic Council, 1108 Victoria Street London S.W., and facsimile signature of Robert de Courcy Laffan, Honorary Secretary. The card is 4.5 x 8 inches, with a 1-inch tear at the top, left corners folded and bumped as pictured. Also included is Kantzow’s personal calling card bearing his title ‘lieutenant du genie suedois’ (Swedish engineer lieutenant). Further included is a handwritten letter from Kantzow to John Brigg at the House of Commons, a dinner invitation from Brigg, an Empire Theater program for July 7th, 1908, an envelope from the British Olympic Association addressed to Kantzow, two official daily programs for the fourth and tenth day of the Olympic Games, two directories of participating Swedish athletes, an announcement for the Swedish athletes, a small guide to Swedish Gymnastics, and a special Olympic Edition of the magazine Health & Strength, July 25, 1908. Thirteen pieces. Very good.

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