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Items Relating to Kaiser Wilhelm II

 

 

20-315 KAISER WILHELM II’S SINGLE GROßADMIRAL’S SHOULDER BOARD. This is a single Großadmiral’s shoulder board that once adorned Kaiser Wilhelm II’s uniform. Only six men achieved this exalted rank in the Imperial German Navy’s history. These men included:

 

 

 

 

1901 - Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 – 1941)
1901 - King Oskar II of Sweden (1829 – 1907)
28 June 1905 - Hans von Koester (1844 – 1928)
4 September 1909 - HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862 – 1929)
27 January 1911 - Alfred von Tirpitz (1849 – 1930)*

*[Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent, and thus NOT
authorized to wear his shoulder boards with the crossed batons
(the other five recipients could do so).]

31 May 1918 - Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919)

 

A Großadmiral’s rank in the Kaiserliche Marine was equivalent to that of a Generalfeldmarschall in the German Army, hence the use of crossed batons. The shoulder board is massive, measuring 2 ¼" x 5 ." It sports two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify it as a naval shoulder board, since the Navy was part of the Reich (Empire) [not even such a mighty Kingdom as Prussia had possessed a Navy]. A magnificent set of crossed 2 ¼" Großadmiral’s batons is installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to any man who achieved this rank, with the owner’s name noted on each one. Also please note: although the Großadmiral’s shoulder board batons have the same measurements as those on a Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder board, the similarity ends there]. The Großadmiral batons’ attention to detail is amazing. If you look closely, you can see Prussian Crowns AND fouled Navy anchors! Instead of being silver, they are painted in THREE colors. Their primary background color is dark copper enamel, although much of it has worn off to reveal the gold beneath. The Hohenzollern Eagles and anchors are painted/enameled gold. Each baton tip is also gold with a small band of white enamel just below it.
The sumptuous detailing just keeps on coming! Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher is laid over the batons, with a beautiful Prussian Crown directly above it. Both are rendered in subdued brass that blends attractively with the batons. The obverse’s final item is a gilt-toned naval button displaying a crowned, fouled anchor. The reverse features a fine, dark-blue felt underlay, which ALWAYS appears on any Navy officer’s shoulder board. Some very light mothing shows on the fabric. An unusual circular brass backing plate holds the naval button in place.
Although we have offered Kaiser Wilhelm II’s shoulder boards in the past, this may be our rarest example yet!
11,495.00 REDUCED TO $9,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-316 XKR KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF. This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny].
The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to the man who achieved the rank, with the owner’s name noted on each one]. Each miniature baton measures 2 ¼.” If you look closely, you can see Prussian Crowns and Hohenzollern Eagles.
The sumptuous detailing just keeps on coming! Laid over the batons is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher, with a beautiful Prussian Crown directly above it. The fire gilding is little changed from when these shoulder boards were manufactured more than one-hundred-years ago, which renders these two items particularly striking. They rivet your eyes to the shoulder boards’ centers like miniature beacons. Two different colors underlay the gold and silver bullion ropes. The first, on which the bullion is mounted, is yellow. In turn, the yellow is mounted on a slightly-larger red underlay. The color combination connects them to the 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, as yellow is its central coloring scheme (unlike the 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment and 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment). Their reverses reveal the strap attachments that allow each shoulder board to slip quite quickly onto the ulanka (tunic). I have seen countless Kaiser Wilhelm II shoulder boards. This pair’s condition is MINT, perhaps the best that I have ever offered. If you are looking for a pair of shoulder boards that can become the crown jewels of your collection, you need look no further. $16,995.00 
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20-317 J. GODET & SÖHNE "BON BON" JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT. Here is a simply stunning royal “Bon Bon” jar from Berlin’s fabled court jeweler J. Godet & Söhne’s workshops, which Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted to some fortunate recipient. Royal gifts from Kaiser Wilhelm II came in a wide variety of types. Any gift given by the Kaiser was significant. Highly-prized when initially given, they are even more avidly sought out by today’s collectors. The gifts range from jewelry (stickpins, cigarette cases, watches, brooches, etc.) to various other personal items. Today we are offering an unusual glass “Bon Bon” jar. In its time, the squat glass jar would have been a table or desk accessory. The jar measures 5 5/8” at its greatest width, 3 7/8” in diameter at the top, and 3 5/8” in diameter at the base. Its base displays a fine rayed design. Etched into the jar’s side we see “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen.” Fitted to the jar’s top is a fine-silver and leather-covered lid. Affixed to the center of the lid’s leather background is an ultra-high-quality silver Hohenzollern Eagle that measures 1 ½" x 2." Its side is hallmarked “J. Godet - .950.” [Berlin’s J. Godet & Söhne was one of the Kaiser and the royal family’s better-known court jewelers, among the likes of Gebrüder Friedlander, Wagner & Söhne, etc. These firms specialized in orders and decorations, as well as assorted silver and gold gifts]. The jar’s workmanship and overall condition is first-rate. Filled with any number of items, or displayed as is, it will make a striking addition to any collection. $2,995.00 REDUCED TO $2,550.00

 

 

 

 

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20-262 OFFICER SCHIRMÜTZE - PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II. Before we begin the formal description of this wonderful schirmütze, let us confirm to whom we are referring as Prinz/Kronprinz Wilhelm. We mean Germany’s third Kaiser, Wilhelm II (1859-1941), prior to 15 June 1888. Our officer’s visor cap dates from approximately 1880 to 1888. During that period, Wilhelm I was Kaiser, his son Friedrich Wilhelm was Kronprinz, and Friedrich’s son Wilhelm was the Prinz. Wilhelm I died in Berlin on 9 March 1888 and his son became Kaiser Friedrich III. Friedrich III served as Kaiser for only ninety-nine days, during which his son Wilhelm was elevated to Kronprinz. After Friedrich III’s death, Wilhelm II was crowned as Kaiser. Germany had three Kaisers during 1888. [At that point, Germans had no reason to suspect that Wilhelm II would be Germany’s final Kaiser, or that the monarchy would be abolished in 1918 by Wilhelm’s abdication and exile to the Netherlands, where he would remain until his death in 1941]. At first glance, this is a fairly standard, pre 1897 Prussian infantry officer’s schirmütze. It sports Prussia’s single kokarde, and the very short black front visor typical of the period’s caps. The cap’s cover is made of the highest quality dark-blue wool. Its wide red trim band measures 1" in width. An excellent Prussian Officer’s Kokarde is centered on the red trim band. The cap’s top sports a narrow red piping band. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition, considering its age. Inside the cap is a fine, brown leather sweatband. It is in near-mint condition and has seen little use. (Again this is especially pleasing since we are dealing with one hundred plus year-old leather). It displays a fine, gold silk liner. In the silk liner’s center is Prinz/Kronprinz Wilhelm’s gold, embossed, crowned cypher. The silk liner exhibits a small tear forward. Up inside the cap’s interior is a small piece of metal, which is the source of the silk’s damage. The metal is a part of the cap’s "folding system," which collapses so it takes less space. It is similar to the system used in top hats. (In Europe, this is referred to as a "Chapeau Claque"). Several years ago I offered a similar cap from Kaiser Wilhelm I. This is an unusual, early piece of Kaiser Wilhelm II memorabilia. It is in stunning condition and would make a welcome addition to any collection. $6,995.00

 

 

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20-134 TELESCOPE GIVEN AS GIFT BY KAISER WILHELM II. This is a fascinating, naval-style telescope. It probably was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to an admirer. It measures 13 3/4" unextended and 21 1/4" extended. It is leather-wrapped. I do not see a silver content on the exposed metal surfaces that are not leather wrapped. An interesting peg arrangement uncovers the eye piece and protects it from exposure or damage when the telescope is not in use. Also up near the eyepiece is a staggered trim that looks like four coiled ropes, further advancing the telescope’s naval motif. As previously mentioned, the leather wrapping provided a better grip of the telescope when in use. On the barrel’s exposed metal is a wonderful, jeweler-engraved cypher of Wilhelm II, along with a Hohenzollern Crown. This cypher is quite large, measuring 2 3/4" x 1." Also, on the barrel is an indication the telescope was made in France. It is entirely possible it was purchased from German sources on one of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s voyages, when she was away from her home port. At the front of the telescope is an interesting swing-away lens cover. An item like this shows the wide range of items given by the Kaiser to admirers, German and foreign dignitaries, and supporters. It is splendidly made. [Its one current defect is that the lens are cloudy, making it impossible to see through it (only light shows).  The new owner may disassemble the piece to clean the lens if he or she so desires].  It would make a fine addition to any royalty or naval collection. $5,995.00  

 

 

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20-311 PHOTO ALBUM: KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA ONBOARD VARIOUS NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN, S.M.S. KAISER WILHELM II, AND S.M.Y. IDUNA. This simply astonishing photo album covers a wide variety of topics, although most concern the Kaiserliche Marine. [The Imperial German Navy and its High Seas Fleet was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s pride and joy. Throughout his early reign as Kaiser, Wilhelm pushed Germany’s Navy to become the second most modern and powerful naval force after England’s Royal Navy. Although the Kaiser continually "upped the ante," Germany was never able to beat England’s ability to produce more ships]. The photo album contains a total of twenty-seven original photographs. Seven of them are large-format photographs that measure 7" x 9," while the other twenty are smaller photos that measure 3 3/4" x 6 ½." For the most part, the photographs are captioned, generally including the photograph’s subject and date. The large photographs include some of the topics listed below.

1) The Kaiser’s Racing Sloop, S.M.Y. Iduna. The sloop appears offshore in the midst of a regatta containing many sailboats.
 

2) 1904's Fleet Maneuvers. The High Seas Fleet participated in annual fleet maneuvers. The photograph shows three warships steaming in line during 1904's event.

3) The King of England Disembarking from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The photograph shows the King of England’s departure from a visit onboard Germany’s royal yacht. He is stepping down the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s stairs to board his own royal launch, which is flying the Union Jack. Several German officers look down from the Hohenzollern as the King departs. Such visits entailed a plethora of pomp and circumstance!

4) 1904 Fleet Maneuvers Off Helgoland Island Aboard S.M.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II. This is a very interesting photograph depicting a large number of officers on the S.M.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s deck. The Kaiser is readily apparent as part of a small group. At least thirty-to-fifty officers appear to be on the deck. The action took place during the 1904 Fleet Maneuvers. As all of the officers are wearing their white-topped schirmützen, the event took place during summertime, 1904.

5) Kaiser and Kaiserin Observing Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 on Parade. This fascinating photograph shows Küraßier-Regiment KÖNIGIN (Pommersches) Nr 2's officers and enlisted men drawn up during a parade in Altona (a modern-day Hamburg suburb. The royal pair are mounted. The Kaiser is in uniform, while the Kaiserin wears her unofficial regiment uniform. [Although one cannot see it due to the photo’s angle, the Kaiserin would have been wearing her modified regimental officer’s gorget. We currently have this amazing piece of history on offer, click here to see].

 

The small-format photographs concern some of the subjects listed below.

 

Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria reviewing Küraßier-Regiment Nr 2's troops.

 

Kaiser Wilhelm II reviewing various regiments’ troops.

 

The Kaiser’s 1904 visits to Messina, Mount Etna, and Malta.

 

Kaiser Wilhelm II and his son, Prinz Adalbert, walking together.

 

Photos of Saxony’s König Albert, and the King of Spain aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern.

 

Kaiser Wilhelm II aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, with several senior officers and his beloved Daschunds.

 

The elaborate photo album sports reproduction crocodile hide covers on its front and back. It was produced by a Kiel firm. The album measures 1 1/4" x 9 ½" x 13." $1,995.00

 

 

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20-206 ORIGINAL HAND COLORED PENCIL SKETCH - KAISER WILHELM II. This is an original pencil sketch of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It has been hand colored to show the Kaiser’s general officer’s kragenspiegel and a neck order. The Kaiser is wearing a general officer’s pickelhaube, with a canvas, foul-weather cover. The artist has signed his name, "L. Hirschmann." It measures 12 1/4" x 8 1/4." It is attractively done. The sketch is ready to frame and/or matte, or display as it is. $750.00

 

 

 

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20-237 DELUXE ALBUM - FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a very high-quality album commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II’s fifty-first (1910) birthday. The album boasts a fine, white-leather cover. The front displays a beautifully embossed Hohenzollern Crown and other assorted items, along with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Royal Cypher. The album measures 9 1/4" x 6." Each album leaf is shielded by a protective glassine page. (I will photograph each page for the pictures accompanying the description. However, to save space, I am not going to describe each one). The first page shows a Garde Star in high-relief. Numerous images of the Kaiser with reproduction signatures are included. It also has a menu from the Kaiser’s gala dinner and musicale on 27 January 1910. It is a captivating album. $725.00

 

 

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20-303 DINNER MENU FOR 1 NOVEMBER 1911 AT BERLIN’S NEUES PALAIS. This is a dinner menu for a function held at the Neues Palais (New Palace) in Potsdam. The Neues Palais was started in 1763 (European history still stuns me, when a palace built by Frederick the Great at the Seven Years War’s conclusion is referred to as "New")! The palace was built on grounds near Sanssouci. Frederick the Great still preferred Sanssouci (due to its French influences), but considered the construction of a new palace an opportunity to demonstrate Prussia’s power and grandeur. The Neues Palais had more than two hundred rooms. When Kaiser Frederick III came to power, he spent most of his ninety-nine-day-reign within its walls. Kaiser Frederick III’s son, Kaiser Wilhelm II, also preferred the Neues Palais after he assumed Germany’s throne. The larger palace enabled Wilhelm to entertain his guests in a far more lavish and grand manner.
The menu measures 5 ½" x 8 5/8." The event’s date, 1 November 1911, appears as its first line of information. It is handwritten, as is the evening’s actual bill of fare. A rather simple diagram is drawn on its back: a circle with positions noted on two opposing points. Each is identified, yet a clear reading is a bit difficult to come by. They may indicate the positions of the Kaiser and Kaiserin, or two other important dignitaries. When one envisions the plethora of dinnerware patterns Wilhelm II had at his disposal (not to mention the matching cutlery, glassware, and table decorations), then multiplies that by the multitude of guests possible for a grand event – the mind simply boggles! The identities portrayed in the diagram add to the mystery. Purchase this lovely menu and let your imagination conjure up all of its impressive possibilities. $195.00
 

 

 

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20-121 HAND PAINTED, FRAMED PORCELAIN OF KAISER WILHELM II. This is a stunning, hand painted, porcelain image of Kaiser Wilhelm II of the Regiments der Garde du Corps dress uniform. The framed presentation measures 12" x 9 ½," and the framed image measures 9" x 6 ½." The frame is quite ornate. The image shows the Kaiser in dress uniform (without helmet or supravest). He has on the dress shoulder boards of his rank and is holding his sword. The colors of the porcelain are quite vibrant. It is quite handsome. On his right sleeve is a small chip. It could be corrected easily with a bit of attention. It is not too noticeable, and blends in fairly well with the rest of the tunic. It is not detractive, in my opinion. This will look super on your wall! $795.00

 

 

 

 

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20-149 PHOTOGRAPH AND GLASS NEGATIVE - KAISER WILHELM II. This is an interesting original photograph and glass negative of Kaiser Wilhelm II. While I am not a photographic historian, I believe it was taken sometime around the turn of the 20th Century, when glass negatives gave way to film negatives. [Now that we have digital cameras, negatives themselves are becoming rarer]! The photograph shows the Kaiser in a German Army Generalfeldmarschall’s uniform. He is standing on an estate’s lawn with two older women, as well as a younger woman accompanied by two very young girls dressed in their Sunday finest. I believe one of the older women is the Empress. While I cannot be certain, I have a hunch from the Kaiser’s age that this photograph may have been taken at Haus Doorn, his exiled estate in the Netherlands. It is also possible that the photo was taken in Germany during WW I’s last year.
The photo and the glass negative both measure 4 ¼" x 6 ½." The negative has been cracked into two separate sections. It needs to be handled with great care.
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20-293 CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II. This is a fine ceramic wall tile featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II in high-relief profile. The tile measures 11" x 11." The background color is blue, while the Kaiser is in white. To his left, we see "Wilhelm II." Some VERY light chipping appears in one place on the left, which we will highlight in the photographs that accompany our description. A strong hanger is on the reverse. It is quite handsome. $175.00


 

 

 

 

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Kaiser Wilhelm II's Tableware/Personal Items

 

 

20-336 WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN. Today, we are offering you one of the most interesting items ever owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and offered to you here on Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is no secret that two of our favorite merchandise categories are items once owned by royals and those related to the Navy. Our offering today combines both types with an item attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm II and his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. This truly magnificent wine carafe was used daily aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to set a fine table for the Kaiser and his guests.
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Wilhelm II had strong feelings about the sea and its possibilities for Germany. He firmly supported expanding the Kaiserliche Marine under Secretary of the Imperial Navy Alfred von Tirpitz. As one of Queen Victoria of England’s grandsons, Wilhelm was exceedingly jealous of his British cousins. He was determined that Germany should have a Navy equal to Great Britain’s, as well as overseas colonies to produce wealth for Germany’s Empire as they did for Britain’s.
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Wilhelm II also greatly enjoyed his luxurious royal lifestyle on land AND sea. His royal yacht and aviso (royal dispatch boat) was the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. While onboard, he enjoyed every amenity that was available at his numerous German castles. He had special dishes and glassware created solely for use onboard the Hohenzollern that were just as fine as that at any of his castles. [Recently we offered and quickly sold one of the Hohenzollern’s salad cruets].
The best-known S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was the second to bear that name. It was placed in service in 1893, then used extensively until mid-1914. A third S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was under construction when war broke out in July 1914. WW I not only halted progress on the third yacht, but also ended Wilhelm’s use of the second. [In the nineteen years the second Hohenzollern was in service, Wilhelm spent the equivalent of FOUR full years on board]!
The Hohenzollern’s carafe is a glass flagon that is rounded at the bottom. It holds a total of 28 U.S. ounces (.83 liters). Its diameter at the top is 2 ½" and 3" in diameter at the base. The flagon’s bottom features a sunburst design. The title S. M. Y. Hohenzollern is etched into its glass side toward the base. The presentation’s true stars are featured at the carafe’s top and its handle, which are both rendered in .800 silver! The graceful handle flows down smoothly to the flagon’s mid line. It attaches to the top, where a close look reveals Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned royal cypher attached to the flip-up. A wreath encircles the cypher, then is joined at the top with the Hohenzollern Crown. The distinctively elegant presentation simply reeks of Imperial German noblesse oblige. The lid’s underside reveals the hallmarks "37230," a mark I cannot identify, and the royal silver fineness hallmarks: a half moon, a crown, and .800.
We are proud to offer such an exquisite carafe with its echoes of an epoch of Imperial grace and refinement.
$3,495.00
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20-320 LARGE SERVING PLATTER FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II DINNER SERVICE. This is an interesting, very rare, large, table platter for Kaiser Wilhelm II while he sailed with the German fleet aboard the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II, which served as his flagship while he was with his fleet.  Kaiser Wilhelm II was very intrigued by his Navy and his role within it.  Plans for the Imperial German Navy’s expansion were constantly brewing between the Kaiser and his alter-ego, Admiral von Tirpitz, at the Navy Ministry.  Naturally, as the German Empire’s Kaiser, Wilhelm was expected to live well, but he went FAR beyond that.  Wilhelm lived in virtually the same style on his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, as he did at any of his palaces on land, INCLUDING the specially-designed dishware.  The S. M. Y Hohenzollern carried special plates, saucers, etc., exclusively for use on that vessel.   Another vessel also carried exclusive tableware, the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II
The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a pre dreadnaught battleship. It was a part of the Kaiser Friedrich III (Wilhelm II’s father) Battleship Class, which included a total of five ships.  The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was commissioned and entered fleet service in 1900. It served as the Kaiser’s fleet flagship (as well as the High Seas Fleet’s Flagship) from 1900 into 1906. It remained in this role until it was replaced by the S. M. S. Deutschland, which served as the Fleet Flagship from 1906 into 1913. (Naturally, a similar set of dishes was commissioned for the S. M. S. Deutschland!).  The S. M. S. Friedrich der Grosse became Fleet Flagship in 1914.  (I am not sure if the Kaiser ever sailed with that vessel or if it had any of HIS dishware). The High Seas Fleet’s final flagship was the S. M. S. Baden in 1917.
When the Kaiser hoisted his flag aboard the S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II, he entertained officers from the fleet, as well as visiting foreign dignitaries. It was at these times that the Kaiser’s personal tableware was brought out to adorn the table.  The platter measures a massive 13 1/2" in diameter. [Please remember that a serving platter like this had far fewer examples within the exclusive tableware than a dinner plate or a salad/dessert plate]. The platter’s edge is trimmed with five smaller gold bands, one larger gold band, and one medium-size gold band.  The magnificent platter is in near-mint condition.  At its top, we see Kaiser Wilhelm’s flag crossed with his pennant.  A blue bandeau imprinted in gold with S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II appears beneath it.  The platter’s center features a multicolored Golden Kette of the Order of the Black Eagle. [The latter were a non military family of decorations in which each male member of the House of Hohenzollern was invested. At the King of Prussia’s (later the Kaiser’s) discretion, lower levels of the order could be awarded to worthy recipients].  The centerpiece is VERY striking, to say the least.
The platter’s reverse displays the KPM logo (the porcelain manufacturing firm that served all Prussian Kings and Kaisers from the time of Frederick the Great through that of  Wilhelm II).  It also displays that the platter was placed into service in 1902, two years after the S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II first sailed with the fleet.
This is one of our rarest examples of the Kaiser’s tableware. 
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20-343 KAISER WILHELM II - SOUP BOWL - S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN. The S.M.Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht. An earlier royal yacht by the same name was launched in 1878 and used by the House of Hohenzollern heads until 1892. It was then renamed the Kaiser Adler and later scrapped in 1912. The second, and most famous, S.M.Y. Hohenzollern was placed in service in 1894. It was used extensively by Kaiser Wilhelm II until just shortly before WW I began, when it was retired. [A bigger and even more opulent S.M.Y. Hohenzollern actually was launched in 1914, but it remained incomplete due to the war].
Wilhelm II spent the equivalent of five years (from 1894 through the first part of 1914) aboard the second Hohenzollern, primarily sailing around the Baltic, North, and Mediterranean Seas. Every summer, with the exception of 1906, Wilhelm’s favorite destination was Norway. The Hohenzollern, accompanied by at least one German cruiser anchored in a fjord, where the Kaiser exercised daily in the morning, sailed, and enjoyed visits ashore. He and his guests dined luxuriously from a table service specifically designed for use aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser maintained many different place settings at his various castles and estates. He even had a set designed for his use aboard the Kaiserliche Marine’s various flagships, as well as aboard his racing sloop. [Saying the Kaiser knew how to live it up in style is a gross understatement]. One tableware pattern that many Imperial German collectors prefer is that from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern’s table service.

 

Today we are offering you a very rare example of a soup bowl from that same pattern, measuring 10" in diameter. The bowl features a double-gold rim, one quite simple and the other more decorative. At the bowl’s top is the Kaiser Flag, which always accompanied Wilhelm wherever he went and was displayed when he was on the land with his army units. The flag usually was carried by a Regiment der Garde du Corps trooper (the ones who sported gilt metal helmets displaying the Hohenzollern Eagle). The letters "S.M.Y.," appear below the flag and sit above a blue banner displaying "Hohenzollern" written in gold. The bowl’s center displays an Order of the Black Eagle Kette (collar), which features Wilhelm II’s royal cypher in its center. [The Order of the Black Eagle was intended for members of the nobility and royalty rather than ordinary members of the military. All male House of Hohenzollern (HoH) members received some level of the order. Some celebrated individuals, such as Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen, also were awarded the decoration].

 

 

 

This soup bowl was produced by the porcelain manufacturing firm KPM. Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur’s history began in 1763, when Prussian König Friedrich der Große (1712-1786) purchased the firm from its original owners. From that point forward, KPM’s trademark included a cobalt-blue scepter along with the firm’s three initials. [A royal orb was added to the trademark beginning in 1803]. In addition, all HoH members began purchasing KPM’s tableware for their royal estates. [KPM continues to produce some of the world’s finest porcelain items today, along with other such Imperial German-era survivors as Saxony’s Meissen and Bavaria’s Rosenthal].

 

 

The bowl’s underside features the correct KPM trademark that includes the scepter and orb. Wilhelm II’s tableware commonly added a date to indicate when the piece was placed into service. Our soup bowl’s date is 1914, the year of the ship’s final July voyage prior to WW I’s start! This means it was one of the last items to be placed in service aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern.
Did Kaiser Wilhelm II eat from this bowl? We have no way of knowing. You, however, can feel like a royal when you purchase this very rare bowl!
$2,295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-323 SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S PERSONAL S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN TABLE SERVICE. Kaiser Wilhelm lived a life of luxury while he was Germany’s Emperor. He entertained lavishly and had many tableware patterns at his various palaces, hunting lodges, etc. Perhaps the rarest (since it had the fewest place settings) were the pieces that came from the Kaiser’s yacht, the S. M. Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern. Today we are offering a dessert or salad plate from the royal yacht.
The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was launched in 1892. From 1892 to 1914, she served as the Kaiser’s personal yacht. He enjoyed spending summers in Norway, and she sailed to Great Britain, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean. [In fact, he loved his ship so much he spent four years out
of that 24-year span aboard it]! The ship was 390 feet in length, and bristled with fifteen cannons and machine guns. She often was accompanied by one or more German warships. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern had a crew of 295. Naturally, the Hohenzollern’s crew far outnumbered other similar-sized ships due to the large number of cabin stewards, servants, cooks, etc. required to "properly" attend to the Kaiser and his guests. Many of the officers who served aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, including the Kaiser’s son Adalbert, went on to have distinguished Kaiserliche Marine careers. Several became Admiräle or other top naval commanders after catching Wilhelm’s eye onboard the Hohenzollern and joining the fast track to more important commands.
Our offering today is a dessert or salad plate from the royal yacht’s table service. The plate, which measures 8 ½" in diameter, features two golden trim bands around its outer edges. Two very important sets of marks appear on the plate. At the very top is the Kaiser’s Standard (flag), which is NOT a naval-themed flag, but the Kaiser’s personal flag that announced his presence. [When the Kaiser reviewed army regiments in the field, a Regiment der Gardes du Corps NCO was in close attendance, brandishing the Kaiser’s Standard. If the Kaiser was in his limousine, the same Standard flew from the vehicle’s front. We offer one of the latter limousine flags in our inventory. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne, he bestowed one of the limousine standards (and three other flags) upon a chauffeur.
We offer one of the latter limousine flags in our inventory. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne, he bestowed one of the limousine standards (and three other flags) upon a chauffeur. The flag group may be found by clicking here].
The letters "S. M. Y." are written in gold directly below the Kaiser’s Standard depiction. A bandeau appears below the letters, with the word "Hohenzollern" written across it. Below that, a crowned Kette (Collar) of the Order of the Black Eagle appears in the plate’s center. [Every prince of the House of Hohenzollern was invested with this order. Certain other favored individuals also received the same Order, or other levels within it. The Order of the Black Eagle was purely a royal/noble order. It was NOT a military award]. The Kette’s center features the Kaiser’s royal cypher. The Kette and the Kaiser’s Standard stand out on the plate, giving it an amazing design that is quite different from the Kaiser’s tableware aboard his other fleet flagships (also available in our inventory).
The plate’s reverse displays the KPM hallmark. KPM was the sole firm providing all of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s tableware (as well as that for other House of Hohenzollern members). Beginning with Frederick the Great, every King, Königin, Kaiser, Kaiserin, Prince and Princess ordered their personal tableware from KPM. This distinguished firm (which survived WW I AND WW II) proudly served Prussia and Germany’s royalty and nobility. In addition to the correct KPM hallmark, we see that the plate was placed into service during 1899. KPM assigned placed-in-service dates to all of Wilhelm II’s items.
The plate’s overall condition is good with one exception. Viewing the Black Eagle centerpiece as one would a clock, at the 2 o’clock point you will note a small chip. The chip is NOT recent. It is a pity that it happened, but S. M. Y. Hohenzollern tableware is so rare that I purchased it anyway. I have had no more than two or three plates from the royal yacht ever offered to me. It remains an excellent piece for any collection. We have cut our pricing to the bone in order to compensate for the fault. $795.00  

 

 

 

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20-325 UNUSED MENU CARD FROM ONE OF KAISER WILHELM II’s HUNTING LODGES/RURAL CASTLES. Any time Kaiser Wilhelm II entertained, it was customary to have a menu card at each place setting so that the guest could view the evening’s bill-of-fare. Kaiser Wilhelm greatly enjoyed hunting, as did most German royals and nobles. Since he also liked comfort, he had hunting lodges and even small schlosses in which to stay while on a hunt. This menu card from one such residence, measuring 6" x 9 ½," features hunting motifs. The first depicts a number of wild beasts in front of a hunting estate’s main gate. Another hunting scene features hunting dogs and a huntsman with a horn at the card’s bottom. A Hohenzollern Eagle on a shield with a Hohenzollern Crown above it appears in the upper left corner. $150.00  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-326 UNUSED MENU CARD FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s EXILE AT HAUS DOORN - THE NETHERLANDS. Any time Kaiser Wilhelm II entertained, it was customary to have a menu card at each place setting so that the guest could view the evening’s bill-of-fare. This particular menu card was from the time that he resided at Haus Doorn. [I have been told the Dutch government has closed Haus Doorn to the public. To the Dutch government, I say "SHAME!" This short-sighted view robs the public of viewing artifacts from a historic leader a highly-significant time]. The menu card was never used. It measures 6" x 9 ½." It features a photograph of the Kaiser at the top. Judging from his age shown in the photograph, I would say the menu card dates from the 1930's. It is a rare and unusual find. $125.00  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-328 DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC). Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a singe example of it. Also, Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 10" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique." The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, including Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc.
The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Below the burgee the K. Y. C.’s initials appear in gold above a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold. The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty. We also see "1907," the year that the plate was manufactured and entered into service aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna.
The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was by far the smallest of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes this a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to be able to share it with you today. $2,495.00  

 

 

 

 

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20-329 SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC). Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a singe example of it. Also, Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 8 ½" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique." The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, including Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc. The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Below the burgee the K. Y. C.’s initials appear in gold above a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold.
The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty. We also see "1906," the year that the plate was manufactured and entered into service aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. Also on the reverse is a sticker showing that the plate was sold at a 2002 Christie’s auction. I felt this was a part of the plate’s history and opted to leave it for its new owner.
The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was by far the smallest of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes this a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to be able to share it with you today.
[PLEASE NOTE: a very small chip appears on the plate’s edge. I did not notice it the first time I examined the plate. I only noticed it when I dragged my fingertip over the edge and felt the roughness of a chip. To be honest, you have to look closely to even find it. It is barely noticeable. The asking price of the plate reflects its flaw. Had it been perfect like the other plates we are offering from the S. M. Y. Iduna, the price would have been several hundred dollars more]. $1,250.00 

 

 

 

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20-330 BREAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC). Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a singe example of it. Also, Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 7" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique." The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, including Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc. The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Below the burgee the K. Y. C.’s initials appear in gold above a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold.
The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty. For some reason there is no date from when the plate was manufactured. That said, it is identical in every way to the other S. M. Y. Iduna plates.
The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was by far the smallest of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes this a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to be able to share it with you today. $1,395.00
  

 

 

 

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20-339 DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA. This is a very rare dinner plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a single example of it. Note also that Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He later rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 10" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique" (To each according to his own merits). The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, such as the Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and etc.
The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Just below the burgee, the KYC’s initials appear in gold over a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold. The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty.

 

The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was the smallest by far of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes it a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to share it with you today. $2,495.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-340 SALAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA. This is a very rare salad plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic salad plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a single example of it. Note also that Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He later rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 8 ½" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique" (To each according to his own merits). The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, such as the Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and etc.
The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Just below the burgee, the KYC’s initials appear in gold over a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold. The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty. We also see "1906," the year that the plate was manufactured and entered into service aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna.

 

The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was the smallest by far of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes it a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to share it with you today. $1,495.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-341 BREAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA. This is a very rare bread or dessert plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians].
In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day].
Today we are offering a fantastic bread or dessert plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a single example of it. Note also that Johannes von Karpf served as commander of both the S. M. Y. Iduna and the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. He later rose to the rank of Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine]. This magnificent plate measures 6 ½" in diameter. It has two different styles of gold trim bands around its edges. Its centerpiece is an Order of the Black Eagle Kette, whose center features the motto "Suum Cuique" (To each according to his own merits). The latter also appeared on the headdresses of Gardekorps Garde units, such as the Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and etc.
The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee (pennant) appears at the plate’s top. Just below the burgee, the KYC’s initials appear in gold over a blue bandeau displaying the name "Iduna" in gold. The plate’s reverse displays KPM of Berlin’s proper hallmarks. This notable firm, which still exists today, was the House of Hohenzollern’s official purveyor for all its royalty.

 

The plate comes from what may be the rarest tableware setting that Kaiser Wilhelm II owned. His naval tableware is much rarer than that featured at his various palaces, primarily because the ships’ smaller dining rooms accommodated far fewer guests. Since it was a racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna was the smallest by far of all the Kaiser’s vessels, rendering any surviving examples of its tableware quite rare. The inclusion of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s burgee makes it a very desirable piece. It is a pleasure to share it with you today. $1,395.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-264 DINNER PLATE - S. M. Y. IDUNA. In Imperial Germany, the primary royal yacht was the opulent S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. In fact, three Hohenzollerns were commissioned, although the third was never actually completed due to WW I’s beginning. That said, the royal "fleet" had other ships. One was the S. M. Y. Meteor, and the other was the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Meteor was a racing sloop that was used by Kaiser Wilhelm II in his role as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s Commodore. The S. M. Y. Iduna was a sailing vessel that was considered Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s official yacht. Today we are offering a colorful, interesting plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna. The plate is quite large, measuring 10 1/4" in diameter. It is trimmed around its edges in a green and red chevron design. In the plate’s center is a red shield that measures 5" x 4 1/4." A large white goose is displayed on the shield, with the Kaiserin’s crown hanging down around its neck. The reverse sports KPM’s hallmark. KPM produced Hohenzollern tableware going back to Frederick the Great’s time. We also note the initials "E. F." in black. The reverse’s final details are the holes that have been drilled into the base’s rim. This allows what appears to be modern fishing line to serve as a handy plate hanger. Thus, one has the option of hanging it on the wall or displaying it on a stand. The S. M. Y. Iduna’s table service was VERY limited compared that aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern or back on land, since it was a smaller vessel. Guests aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna came in much smaller numbers, so the place settings would have reflected a more intimate gathering with family and friends. $1,695.00

 

 

 

 

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20-267 ORIENTAL DAMASCUS-STYLE DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II. Kaiser Wilhelm II had a number of different patterns of tableware for use not only at his various palaces, but aboard his yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, and even when traveling with the fleet aboard the S. M. S. Deutschland. I have seen many of them, but today’s offering is new to me. Germany’s colonial expansion to China engendered a great interest in that ancient country’s art and culture. Our plate comes from the so-called "Damaskus Service" and shows an oriental influence. The plate displays fifteen magenta panels that imitate the wavy Damascus pattern found on ultra-high quality sword and dagger blades. [It is not known why this service, decorated in the Chinese manner, is called the "Damaskus Service." Some experts suggest that the Emperor was given a plate as a present while traveling to the Orient (he visited Damascus in 1898). This may have formed the basis of the Berlin service’s decorative style]. The plate measures 9 3/4" in diameter. The plate is edged in gold, with a further intricate gold design between it and the magenta panels. The plate’s center boasts exquisitely-etched gold arabesques and flowers, one of which looks like a lotus. On the reverse we see the royal Wilhelm Rex (King) cypher, the KPM manufacturer’s hallmark, and the date 1903, when the plate was manufactured and placed into service. This is a fine example of a very intricate and rare Kaiser Wilhelm II table setting. $1,695.00

 

 

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20-289 DINNER PLATE FROM THE PERSONAL SERVICE OF KAISER WILHELM II. This is a fine example of the Neuozier Pattern from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. To say that the Kaiser lived an opulent life style during his reign (1888-1918) is a DEFINITE understatement. He enjoyed a private yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, numerous castles, and entertained guests in a manner befitting his status. Part of the entertainment included the table he set. He had many tableware patterns at his disposal, which were used for specific occasions. I am not sure exactly how many different patterns existed (I am aware of at least five), but this pattern is one of my two favorites, (the other being the Damaskus pattern).
The Neuozier Pattern is a very intricate floral design. It is its unique coloring (the designs are pale and dark peach, while gold trim accents the plate’s edge) that sets it apart. The dinner plate is in excellent condition and measures 9 ½" in diameter. Its reverse boasts the KPM hallmark. (This Berlin firm served every Prussian King and German Kaiser of the Hohenzollern line stretching back to Frederick the Great). KPM’s attention to quality and detail is amazing. We are thrilled to share this plate with you today. $1,095.00

 

 

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20-266 TEAPOT - PERSONAL SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a gorgeous teapot from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. It is unusually striking. Its primary color is a shade of royal purple. The pot’s upper half is the aforementioned purple, followed by a gold accent band, then its lower half is white. A series of white and gray bows are strung together across the purple section. The handle and spout are white, with a gold design. The teapot’s lid is once more purple, with the bow design extending around it. Instead of a conventional handle to remove the lid to add tea, a beautiful, delicate, white and gold rose with two leaves serves the purpose. Inside, the lid is dated 1912. Along with the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher on the pot’s bottom is the date 1911, which means these are NOT matching pieces. The pot’s circumference is 5 1/2." The diameter of the lid is 2 1/2." The diameter at its base is 2 1/2." The tea pot’s overall height is 5 1/4." A very small chip appears at the spout’s tip. One must look carefully to notice it. It is a fine example of a personal item from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s table service. $1,095.00

 

 

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20-205 KPM 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE - FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX. Premiere porcelain firm KPM began serving Prussia’s royal houses in 1763, when they provided King Friedrich the Great’s tableware. The illustrious firm remains in business today, still producing some of the finest porcelain pieces in the world. KPM observed their 150th anniversary of service to the Prussian Crown (including six Kings and three Kaisers) in 1913 by issuing this commemorative plate. The eight-sided plate is made of bisque porcelain. It measures 7" x 6 3/4" x 3/4." The central motif gracing the plate’s obverse is the high-relief images of Friedrich the Great and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The words Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin are featured around the plate’s edges. Below the two rulers’ images the years 1763 and 1913 appear, with the KPM logo in-between them. The plate’s reverse displays all the KPM markings, along with the dates. The plate is housed in a deluxe leatherette presentation case measuring 8" x 7 1/2." The case is fitted to house the plate. It is lined with handsome, green, silk material. It is an absolutely gorgeous display item that is nearly 100 years old itself! $795.00

 

 

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20-203 PILLOWCASES - KAISER WILHELM II's ROYAL YACHT S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN. I am constantly looking for items pertaining to German royal families. I also am always on the lookout for items relating to Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. When we discover items from both categories at once, it is our day for celebration! Today we are offering pillowcases from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. These are like no pillowcases that you ever seen, my friends. They are different sizes. One measures 24" x 25," while the other measures 17 1/2" x 25 1/2." It is not their sizes that make them so different. Instead, it is each pillowcase’s buttons (five and three, respectively), which secured it on the pillow once the cases were laundered and pressed. Each case sports Kaiser Wilhelm II’s embroidered cypher, along with a number 1 and 2 below the cypher. The red embroidery looks very striking against the pillowcase’s whiteness. The pillowcase’s material is an unbelievably high-quality cotton, or, a fine linen. It is extremely soft. The pillow cases are offered at $195.00 each (your choice) or $350.00 for the pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-11 CADINEN ASHTRAY. I have long wanted to offer an example of the Cadinen art form on these pages. Cadinen was known for its clean lines and simple but classic workmanship. This was a firm that was owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II (or so I’ve been told) and whose items bear his marks. The pieces produced included bookends, animals, and even ashtrays. $275.00.

 

 

 

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20-278 KAISER WILHELM II BELL - STAND. I have occasionally seen a "Kaiser Bell" like this example over the years. Known as "Gloriosa," it is a replica of the "Emperor Bell" from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5" tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½" at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16" in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8." Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, "Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer." (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor's honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm Lange's European Hand Bells, 1981, p. 252 and with the base in L. E. Springer's The Collector's Book of Bells, 1972, p. 100.The hexagonal (six-sided) stand measures 5" across, and stands 1 3/8" tall. When the bell is placed on the stand, its height is 6 3/8" tall overall. The portion that the bell rests on is quite ornate, with a gothic-style breakthrough window in the center adorned with fleurs-de-lis. More stylized fleurs-de-lis and other floral patterns decorate its sides. The bell and stand are quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds and 7 ounces.  $725.00

 

 

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20-52 KAISER WILHELM II PLAQUE. A unique wooden and metal plaque featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II. This plaque shows him in profile and wearing a Garde du corps helmet complete with the large Hohenzollern Eagle mounted at the top. The wooden plaque measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". The metal oval portion which shows the Kaiser measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". The back of the plaque has a metal easel so that you may place it on a desk or a book case. Very fine condition and a nice item for you Wilhelm II collectors. We actually have two of these if you are interested. $250.00

 

 

 

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20-25 WILHELM II LEATHER NOTEBOOK. A very fine leather notebook that measures 6 3/4" x 5 3/4" and is made of brown leather. Embossed in the center measuring 3 1/4" in diameter is a profile likeness of Wilhelm II. This is very highly detailed. We can see that Wilhelm II is in full dress uniform and that he is even wearing a Black Eagle Collar. Over his head we see "Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser." Inside there is a single sheet of paper from the original pad of paper under a cover. It is a lovely item for your desk.$225.00lbAug16lywy

 

 

 

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20-199 GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP - S.M.Y. IDUNA. This is a fine goblet that appears to be made from zinc. It stands 5 1/2" tall. It measures 3" in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4" in diameter at the base. It sports three decorative panels. The first shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in naval uniform. The second shows his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The third panel shows König Carl I. von Rumänien’s crowned cypher. (König Carl I. was also the Regimental Chef of Dragoner-Regiment Nr 9). The cup is finely made. It sports a manufacturer’s hallmark on the bottom. Material from any of the Kaiser’s yachts is difficult-to-find. The S.M.Y. Iduna is one of the Kaiser’s lesser-known vessels that was used for yachting competitions of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. $250.00 

 

 

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20-229 CAR PENNANT - ROYAL HUNTSMEN - KAISERLICHE HUNTING PRESERVE. This is a car pennant that measures 12 1/4" x 7 1/2." It is stiffly mounted, so that it would extend outward when mounted on an automobile’s fender. It was used on the royal huntsmen’s car at a hunting estate owned by Kaiser Wilhelm. The pennant’s edge is black. The pennant itself is green, with a gold device in the center indicating it is for a royal hunting preserve. A rope lanyard with a brass clip at one end secures it. The pennant shows enough wear to confirm its age. It is an unusual item for any collection. $595.00

 

 

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20-250 KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB CAP BADGE. This is a cap badge as worn by members of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the club’s head, and participated in many club activities. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 2" x 1 ½." It is made of embroidered bullion. It is in very fine condition. It is a slightly different variation than another Kaiserlicher Yacht Club cap badge we are currently offering. [Buy both to receive a handsome discount]! $450.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-304 KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB SOUP SPOONS. Have you ever dreamed that you were an important yacht club member? Or have you ever wished you were a member of a yacht club filled with Europe’s best known royals? Well, we cannot exactly help you gain entry, but we CAN help you eat LIKE a Kaiserlicher Yacht Club royal. It was founded in 1887 as a yacht club, then Kaiser Wilhelm II became its Kommodore in 1891 and its name was changed to the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. Many of Germany’s royals, nobles, and captains of industry, including Alfred Krupp, were members. Members of the club were included in both Germany’s Army and Navy, and more than 400 of them died during WW I. 
Our offering is two fairly large soup spoons. The club’s logo appears on their handles. On the reverse are two hallmarks for their manufacturer. I see no silver hallmarks. That said, the spoons have a marvelous patina. I am almost tempted to enjoy a steaming cup of tomato soup with one! We can offer you one spoon for $95.00 or both for $175.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-223 CANDLE HOLDER - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB. This is an interesting candle holder, displaying the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s flag. Its reverse presents another flag, the Reischsdienstflagge der Kaiserliche Marine. The flag was instituted in 1891 and used until 1918. It was formally abolished in 1922. Insert a candle and you will have an elegantly handsome display. $295.00

 

 

 

 

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20-254 CADINEN CIGARETTE HOLDER - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a cigarette holder from Cadinen, the Prussian Royal House’s tableware and personal paraphernalia manufacturer. The cigarette holder is made of Cadinen’s signature dark-red glazed porcelain. It measures 1 3/4" in length. The point where the cigarette or small cigar is inserted measures 1/4" in diameter. The name Cadinen, accompanied by a Hohenzollern Crown, is emblazoned on the side. Items from Cadinen are greatly-prized. This is a modestly-priced example. $225.00

 

 

 

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20-334 SWISS RESTAURANT'S PROGRAM AND MENU HONORING KAISER WILHELM II'S 35th BIRTHDAY. This is a combination entertainment program and menu honoring Kaiser Wilhelm II’s birthday on 27 January 1894 at a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland. The menu measures 4 ¼" x 7 ¼" unopened, and 7 ¼" x 8 ¾" opened, the latter act revealing it consists of four pages. The cover announces the Bill-of-Fare for the day. The event was held at the Kurhaus Davos-Platz in central Switzerland. The cover has a floral theme with its binding in Germany’s national colors: red, black, and white.  [The Kaiser later visited Davos in 1913. This menu is NOT from that occasion].
When opened, the menu reveals the evening’s food on the left and its beverages on the right. The back cover lists the evening’s entertainment, which included musical selections from Weber, Wagner and Strauß.  The menu program has been folded, but remains in pretty good condition at more than one-hundred-twenty years of age.
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Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria

 

20-211 KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS REGIMENTAL CHEF - PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. Today we are offering Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s ringkragen (gorget) as Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria (1858-1921) was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany’s wife. She was born in Schleswig-Holstein. She married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881. She bore him an heir in 1882, who was also to be a Kronprinz Wilhelm. This lad never achieved Germany’s throne, since the monarchy fell in 1918. He instead became a "Pretender," when his father died in 1941. Auguste Viktoria gave the Kaiser a total of six sons and one daughter. She worshiped her husband and he adored her. They were very close. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne in 1918, she joined him in exile to the Netherlands at Haus Doorn (Huis Doorn). This is where she died in 1921. Her body was returned to Germany, where it was buried at Berlin’s Neues Palais (New Palace). The Kaiser was not afforded the same privilege. When he died in 1941, he was buried at Haus Doorn, where he remains today in a special crypt on the grounds of the estate not far from where many of his beloved Dachshunds are also buried.
It was customary in Imperial Germany for certain elite regiments to be honored with a royal patron who assumed the position of its honorary oberst and Regimental Chef. The Kaiserin was the Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1717. It was garrisoned at Pasewalk, where it was attached to the II. ArmeeKorps. This very special regiment was considered one of the leading Küraßier-Regiments. The regiment played a major role in the Battle of Hohenfriedberg, which took place on 4 June 1745. The Prussian Army was led by Frederick II himself. It faced a combined force of Austrians and Saxons in a decisive battle for Silesia (in today’s Poland). As a result of the battle, Frederick II was acknowledged as "Frederick the Great." Also, Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was granted the right to wear a bandeau on their headdress proclaiming "Hohenfriedberg 4 Juni 1745." This was quite an honor. Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was the Prussian Army’s only cavalry or infantry regiment to be so honored. Most headdresses that carry bandeaux come from the former Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig. Not only did Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria serve as Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2's Regimental Chef, but her son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served in that regiment as an Oberst à la Suite. (We recently sold the Kronprinz’s personal helmet from the regiment). Having a woman as the Regimental Chef presented a number of interesting "problems," especially for a regiment like Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. When a Regimental Chef rode with "his" regiment, he normally assumed the regiment’s complete uniform, including the tunic, trousers, headdress, etc. Since it was a Küraßier-Regiment, Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 members naturally wore küraßes for parades. [With Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2, this was a gilt küraß similar to the Regiment der Garde du Corps, "the Kaiser’s Own." Kaiser Wilhelm II was the Regiment der Garde du Corps’ Regimental Chef].
Anatomically, it was awkward for a woman to wear a küraß (breast plate). This problem was sidestepped by allowing the Kaiserin to wear only the regiment’s ringkragen. The Kaiserin also wore a tricorn hat with feathers rather than a spiked helmet when she rode with her regiment--as seen in an image of her from a painting where she is actually wearing the gorget that we offer today. Along with the küraß the regiment’s officers wore a ringkragen, a shield-like plate suspended from a chain. It was an important accessory of an officer’s dress uniform. They are quite rare. In Germany, an example from this regiment easily fetches $12,000+ when in fine condition. It is a simply amazing piece. Without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting German royalty items we have ever offered.
The ringkragen, as previously mentioned, is shaped like a shield. It measures 5 1/2" x 5" at its widest point. Its edge is trimmed in brass. It has a mirror-like surface of polished, silver-toned metal. In the center is a beautifully hand painted, black and gold Hohenzollern Eagle on a red background. Two to three very small stress fractures appear. I cannot tell if this is in the enamel, or if it is a glass covering that has the cracks. [I will try to highlight them as best as I can in the accompanying photographs. They are NOT detractive to the overall presentation]. The Eagle is framed with green enamel leaves on the sides. Coming from the right and left sides are what appear to be furled flags. The flags are made of silver. The tips of the banners are gold-toned. Beneath this are four crossed cannons and the date "1745." It is just stunning. The detail is breathtaking.
The gorget’s reverse is sumptuously lined in a luxuriant, superior-quality, purple velvet. Naturally, the color indicates the wearer is a member of royalty. [No regular officer from the regiment would have his gorget lined with the same material! Instead, officer's gorgets were lined with carmine (red) material that is vastly different from this color]. Four brass nuts with washers secure the gorget’s front portion to the reverse. The bottom sports an upward-swept clip that allows it to be attached to a garment. Most interesting of all is a horizontal pin, which measures 2 3/4." This pin is GOLD. [In the photographs accompanying the description you will see photos of a "normal" regimental officer’s gorget. Please note the varied differences, including the horizontal pin on the Kaiserin’s version, and the difference in the backing material].
We are also including a photograph of a period oil painting showing the Kaiserin riding with her regiment. She is wearing the ringkragen. You will now understand why the horizontal pin is present on her gorget. Since she did not wear a küraß, the ringkragen is pinned to her "tunic." The tunic is also different from what the regiment wore, since it was for a woman (and a royal one at that). She is riding a horse sidesaddle. The tunic almost appears to be more like a blouse, but it is very similar to the regiment’s tunic in overall construction and design. The chain accompanying the gorget is also quite amazing. It measures 18 1/2" in length. It is far different from an officer’s version, as you will note from the photographs. The chain is linked and intertwined. The connecting hardware is similar to what you might see on a high-quality neck chain. Its ends are undoubtedly GOLD. I am still unsure if the chain is GOLD or brass. The chain’s backing is made of the same high quality purple velvet as is found on the ringkragen’s back. The gorget and all of its supporting materials are made of the highest quality materials. No expense was spared.
The ensemble is in sparkling condition. It comes in a fitted box that has helped preserve its condition for more than one-hundred-years. The box measures 5 3/4" x 5 1/4." It is made of black leatherette. The box is structurally sound, although normal wear can be seen on it. Inside, we see a pink silk liner on the upper half, and a matching, pale-rose, flocked velvet on the lower half. Pasted on the pale rose material of the box’s lower half is "C. E. Juncker, Berlin Sw., Alte Jacobstrasse 13. Militair-Effecten-Fabrik." Many people think that C. E. Juncker produced only flight badges. Nothing could have been further from the truth. While they did produce the finest flight badges, they also produced a wide variety of items including metal helmets, uniform items, etc. When this fine firm was commissioned to produce the ringkragen, they went all out to ensure that the Kaiserin received the best, regardless of cost.
One final detail is a small piece of paper that measures 6" x 5 1/8," and has been folded in half. Written in black ink is the simple declaration that the item was the property of her majesty, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria. It was pierced and held in place by the GOLD pin on the ringkragen’s reverse. I removed it for the photographs, and have returned it to the state in which I received it. While Kaiser Wilhelm II had closets of uniforms and the effects that went with them, items that are military-related for women are very rare. This is a true piece of history. We are delighted to share it with you.
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20-338 METAL WALL PLAQUE DEPICTING HEAVY CRUISER KAISERIN AUGUSTA’S 1893 GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW YORK. This is an interesting multicolored metal wall plaque depicting the Heavy Cruiser Kaiserin Augusta’s goodwill visit to New York City. The Augusta was accompanied by the three-masted windjammer Seeadler to participate in a belated celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage across the Atlantic.
The plaque measures 8" x 12" and features four corner holes by which it can be attached to a flat surface. The plaque itself is slightly vaulted in its center. Several ships, a buoy and the ocean waves are rendered in high-relief. The picture is actually a reproduction of an 1895 chromolithograph by Carl Saltzmann (1847–1923) of the event. [Saltzmann was a Berlin-born marine and landscape painter who completed several paintings of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his brother, Prinz Heinrich, on board their ships]. It depicts the white Kaiserin Augusta steaming out of New York Harbor. The kriegsflagge is visible at her stern. Another kriegsflagge and the Kaiserstandarte appear in the plaque’s upper right corner. A number of vessels, including a paddlewheel steamer, appear on her starboard side, including what looks like the Seeadler’s silhouette further in the background. The Statue of Liberty resplendently brandishes her torch to the
Augusta’s stern, also on the ship’s starboard side. A large buoy bobs in the water at the ship’s port side. The caption "Kaiserin Augusta verläßt Neuyork" (Kaiserin Augusta leaves New York) appears at the plaque’s top.
I want to stress that this is a modern-day reproduction of the period painting, not a period piece. I picked it up on a recent trip to Germany. It is colorful and well made, and beautifully presents a marine painting from the Imperial German era.
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Kaiser Wilhelm I

 

31-62 FRAMED COLLAGE - GERMANY’S THREE EMPERORS. This is a very handsome, period-framed collage of the three German emperors. The images are very high-quality, colorized, "cabinet" photographs. [Cabinet photographs were popular in the latter half of the 19th Century. Measuring approximately 4 ½" by 6 ½," they were similar to Cartes des Viste in general format]. In the center is a large image (measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/4") of Prinz Wilhelm von Preussen. This was the young, future-Kaiser Wilhelm II. To his left is an image (measuring 6 1/2" x 4 1/4") of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. At the photo’s bottom is Wilhelm I’s death date. To the right of Wilhelm II is an image (measuring 6 1/4" x 4 1/8") of his father, Kaiser Friedrich III. Below Friedrich III, is a facsimile of his signature.  It is all housed in a frame that measures 14 3/4" x 19 1/2." It has been tastefully assembled, and looks great on my wall. I will continue to admire it until the new owner claims it! [Extra shipping will be required for this item due to its size]. $295.00  

 

 

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20-143 FRAMED COLLAGE - KAISER WILHELM I. This is a fascinating framed collage of artifacts relating to Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888). To begin, the framed collage measures 26" x 29 1/2." The framing is very high-quality but modern-day, not period. The frame displays a beautiful gilded molding that sets off the items within the frame quite handsomely. At the frame’s bottom is a brass plaque that states "Kaiser Wilhelm I 1797-1888." Within the frame are three different windows that have been created to house three items. Each of the windows is double-matted to set off the contents even more attractively. To the far left is a front page newspaper dated 13 March 1888. The newspaper measures 20 1/4" x 15," and is from Bremen. It carries the story of the Kaiser’s death, along with key points of his life. On display at the top right is a high-quality, printed notice of a memorial service for the Kaiser by the "Deutschen Vereinen Londons (Germans United in/with London) on 24 March 1888. This measures 9 1/4" x 7." Finally, on the bottom right is Kaiser Wilhelm I’s formal portrait, measuring 7" x 4 3/4." It also displays his distinctive signature in black ink. This magnificent presentation deserves a special place in your home or office. [As this is a very large presentation, professional packing will be required to ensure safe delivery to its new owner. Shipping charges are dependent on the buyer’s location]. $1,195.00

 

 

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20-110 KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTATION DOCUMENT SET FROM KAISER WILHELM I'S ERA - PRUSSIA. This is the formal presentation set awarded to men who were elevated to Prussian knighthood. This very elaborate set consists of a hand carved wooden box for the Adelsbrief. This was the formal document recognizing the newly-elevated knight. The ornately hand carved storage box depicts the Hohenzollern Eagle on its outer lid. The box is secured by a lock and key. This is the first such relic I have owned that still has its key. The box measures 17 ½" x 14" x 5." Even on its own, this box is most impressive! In addition to the intricately carved Hohenzollern Eagle on the lid, elaborate carving decorates all the box’s surfaces. Inside, a floral silk insert graces the upper lid. A sumptuous red, leather, bound folio, measuring 14 ½ " x 11," encases the formal knighthood document. Again, the Hohenzollern Eagle is seen embossed in gilt on the folio’s cover. Each of the document’s eight pages is made of the finest heavy velum that could be obtained at the time, (or today, for that matter). The text is rendered by a master calligrapher. The basic information is listed for Franz Albert Philipp Wittcke. His name is mentioned in that manner on several occasions until we finally see Franz Albert Philipp von Wittcke. Von Wittcke was a retired hauptmann in the Landwehr Bataillon. The full-color coat-of-arms, which was created exclusively for the von Wittcke family, is the central theme within the folio. The hand painting on the velum remains vibrant even after 130+ years. It is truly a work of art. This document hails from around 1873, when many officers retiring from the army were awarded for their faithful service to the crown, especially in light of the recently completed Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The bold signature of Kaiser Wilhelm I appears on the final page of the document. Also appearing is the signature of Graf Schulenburg, an official of the court. The final piece of this presentation set is a silver canister, measuring 6" in diameter. This canister displays Wilhelm I’s crowned cypher, along with the Latin motto "Suum Cuique". Further, we see "Gott Mit Uns." Inside should be a red wax seal displaying the House of Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms. Although the red wax device is present, it shows no evidence of the Hohenzollern Coat-of-Arms! This is just a minor quirk. These sets are amazingly difficult-to-find. This is one of the most display-worthy examples that I have ever offered. $6,495.00

 

 

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20-305 KAISER WILHELM I PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME. This is a very high-quality, silver-toned, patriotic frame in the shape of an Iron Cross. The frame measures 5 3/4" x 6 1/4." Among the Iron Cross’s arms are laurel leaves on one side, with oak leaves and acorns on the other. An oval-shaped inset in the center measures 2" x 2 3/4." It allows a photograph to be displayed within the oval. A crown appears directly over the oval space’s top.
The reverse sports two means of displaying the frame. First a small easel appears, which when set in place, allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. An eyelet at its top means it could be hung from the wall using a nail or picture hanger. A vertical attachment is also present whereby you can insert a photograph for display. The easel device is mounted to its reverse.
The subject shown here comes from a Kaiser Wilhelm I postcard. He is seen in his full dress uniform and wears the Orden pour le Mérite at his neck, Hohenzollern House Order Kollar, and a large medal bar that includes the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Two breast stars are on his left breast.
While this is how the frame came to us, of course you may insert most any postcard (some trimming will be necessary), other original photograph, or CdV. The frame is in very fine condition. $175.00

 

 

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20-297 FULL-COLOR GLASS PATRIOTIC PIECE - KAISER WILHELM I. I have examined this item for several minutes trying to categorize it for you. The best that I can determine is that it is a patriotic display item commemorating Germany’s first Kaiser, Wilhelm I (1797-1888). In addition to being Kaiser, he was also Prussia’s King from 1861 until his death in 1888. He assumed Prussia’s throne in 1861 when his older brother, König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861), died. Friedrich Wilhelm IV was paralyzed and mentally incapacitated by a stroke in 1857. In 1858, Wilhelm I assumed the position of Regent for his older brother and remained in this position until the King’s death in 1861.
Wilhelm I continued his brother’s policy of German unification, which was largely completed with the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Through all this, and for the balance of his rule until his 1888 death, his closest advisor and political ally was none other than "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). While Wilhelm I remained King of Prussia, the other German states deferred to Prussian rule. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War’s end, he was formally recognized as Emperor of Germany, as well as King of Prussia. Wilhelm I remained the political and moral head of Germany, and was much beloved by his people.
Upon his death in March 1888, he was succeeded for ninety-nine days by his son, Germany’s second Kaiser, Friedrich III. Friedrich III was in ill health and died of cancer in June 1888. Germany’s third (and final) Kaiser was Wilhelm II, Friedrich III’s son and Wilhelm I’s grandson. He ruled Germany from June 1888 until November 1918. As part of the German surrender following WW I’s end, Wilhelm II agreed to be exiled to the Netherlands. The House of Hohenzollern, which extended back to Frederick the Great’s time, no longer ruled Germany.
Returning to our offering, this is a circular piece that measures 1 ½" in diameter. Its gold-toned frame might be brass, or some other non magnetic material. What I believe is a glass panel sits inside the frame. A full-color likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm I is painted on the panel. He is wearing a full-dress uniform complete with a Generalfeldmarschall’s epaulettes. His uniform’s chest sports a large medal bar with numerous decorations. He is wearing the Golden Kette of the Order of the Black Eagle around his neck, along with the Orden Pour le Mérite. [The Kette was a large, elaborate, gold collar/neck device. It was the highest chivalric order bestowed by the Kingdom of Prussia, dating back to 1701. It could be considered the ultimate expression of being a House of Hohenzollern Prinz. Princes were invested with it, and it could only be worn by a born-of-the-blood Prince on state occasions. Certain other decorations from the "Black Eagle" decoration family were awarded to very favored individuals at the pleasure of the House of Hohenzollern’s head member. The Black Eagle was prominently displayed on General Officers’ headdresses and served as a central theme on the headdresses of other officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men from the various Garde-Regiments, the General Staff, and so on].
This patriotic item is two-sided, so that the image may be viewed from both sides. The image is somewhat faded, and certainly a bit less splendid than when it was created more than one-hundred-years ago. Scratches and discolorations of the glass itself are evident. Its overall impression is one of showing honest age. I have never seen anything quite like it. I do not know how to classify it as anything other than a patriotic piece. One might possibly consider it to be a table medal, but even that misses the mark.
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King Frederick II (The Great)

 

20-220 SEAL - FRIEDRICH THE GREAT. This is a metal seal bearing Frederick II’s (1712-1786) likeness. Frederick II is more commonly known as "Frederick the Great." He was Prussia’s third King, who began Prussia’s march toward a position of prominence in Europe. (His grandson, Friedrich Wilhelm III, led Prussia though the Napoleonic Wars and instituted the Iron Cross in 1813). The seal reproduces a profile view of Germany’s first great King. The seal stands 1 1/8" tall. The actual seal is 1" in diameter. The seal dates from approximately 1800, not too long after Frederick the Great’s death. Frederick the Great was also known for founding the Orden Pour le Mérite and building the historic palace Sanssoucci. His fondness for French over the German language is evident in both of these names. Included with the seal is a piece of paper whereupon the seal was stamped, producing seals as they would have appeared TWO centuries ago. It is a most interesting display item. $650.00

 

 

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20-288 "CAMEO" OF FREDERICK THE GREAT. This is a very high-quality cameo of König Frederick the Great. It measures 2 1/4" x 1 3/4." Frederick is seen in high-relief profile. A hanger is at the top. The "cameo" is made of ivory! It is in very fine condition. $295.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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King Friedrich Wilhelm IV

 

20-233 FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA. This is a recessed dinner plate from König Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia’s personal dinner service. It dates from about 1850. It sports a multicolored floral pattern, with vibrant green leaves flanking green and purple grapes. The reverse has hallmarking for KPM, the firm that provided tableware for all the Kings and Kaisers of Prussia from Frederick the Great through Kaiser Wilhelm II. In addition to KPM’s hallmarking, we also see the Prussian King’s cypher. It is a fine example. $995.00

 

 

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31-33 GENERALMAJOR'S PROMOTION PATENT FROM THE TIME OF KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA. This is the oldest promotion patent that we have ever offered. It is for an Oberst who was being promoted to Generalmajor. His name was Ludwig von Gersdorff. He was the commander of Infanterie-Brigade Nr 32 and á la Suite Infanterie-Regiment Nr 27. This document measures 14 1/4" x 8 3/4." It unfolds into three separate pages with various information. The document is dated 22 May 1858 and signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. It has been folded, with some tearing and foxing at certain points. That said, the document is complete, and generally in good condition. It is very difficult to find promotion patents for generals. It is nothing short of astounding to find one that is nearly 150 years-old! King Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s signature is on the final page. $595.00 

 

 

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19-122 DOCUMENT FOR A YOUNG LEUTNANT - SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA. This is an ORIGINAL letter signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861). Friedrich Wilhelm IV was King of Prussia (1840-1850). He was removed from the throne after he went insane. The letter was written in the castle at Charlottenburg on 30 December 1847. This dealt with the promotion of a young Portopeefähnrich to Second Lieutenant. The officer in question was Graf zu Stolberg Wernigerode. This action was taken by Friedrich Wilhelm IV as the head of the Gardekorps. The young officer was attached to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füsilier. It is a fine early promotion patent to a young nobleman. The format is different from what was used by both Kaiser Wilhelm I and II. $450.00

 

 

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Kaiser Friedrich III

 

19-129 KAISER FRIEDRICH III (1831-1888)- SIGNATURE - PRUSSIA. Friedrich III was Germany’s second Kaiser. He succeeded his father, Wilhelm I, who died in 1888. Sadly, Friedrich III, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s father, sat on the throne for just three months. In Germany he is often referred to as the "100 Day Kaiser." During 1888, Germany had three Kaisers in little more than three months! Friedrich III was an able military commander who played an important role in Germany’s victory in the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. This appears to be a large envelope which has been unfolded. It measures 15 1/4" x 11." It is addressed to a Major Goltz. In the lower left corner Friedrich III’s bold and distinctive signature appears in black ink. $195.00 

 

 

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20-306 KAISER FRIEDRICH III PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME. This is a very high-quality, silver-toned, patriotic frame in the shape of an Iron Cross. The frame measures 5 3/4" x 6 1/4." Among the Iron Cross’s arms are laurel leaves on one side, with oak leaves and acorns on the other. An oval-shaped inset in the center measures 2" x 2 3/4." It allows a photograph to be displayed within the oval. A crown appears directly over the oval space’s top. The reverse sports two means of displaying the frame. First a small easel appears that, when set in place, allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. An eyelet at its top means it could be hung from the wall using a nail or picture hanger. A vertical attachment is also present whereby you can insert a photograph for display. The easel device is mounted to its reverse. 
The subject shown here comes from a Kaiser Friedrich III postcard. He is in a general’s uniform and wears the Orden pour le Mérite at his neck, and a large medal bar that includes numerous high-level decorations.  While this is how the frame came to us, of course you may insert most any postcard (some trimming will be necessary), other original photograph, or CdV. The frame is in very fine condition. $175.00

 

 

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Kronprinz Wilhelm

 

20-331 KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH. Members of Imperial Germany royalty often presented special gifts to favored followers. These gifts included stickpins, cigarette cases, brooches, etc. One of the most highly prized gifts was the royal’s autographed photograph in a custom-made, officially-presented photo frame. The superior quality and special attention given to these frames was nothing short of amazing. Today we are offering a first for Der Rittmeister Militaria: a top-of-the-line silver presentation photograph frame from Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951), the man destined to be Germany’s fourth Kaiser who instead went to his grave as the throne’s Pretender.
As Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s eldest child, Kronprinz Wilhelm had many other responsibilities besides being the royal heir. He groomed for a military career. At WW I’s outbreak he commanded the V. Armee. In 1915, he assumed command of Armeegruppe Kronprinz. Wilhelm participated in many of WW I’s major battles, including Verdun where his three-army Armeegruppe had some success.
The Kronprinz was best known for wearing 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1's uniform. His father, the Kaiser, was its Regimental Chef and Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen frequently and proudly wore the regiment’s attila and busby.
The magnificent frame measures 9 ½" x 11." The frame’s top displays the Kronprinz’s high-relief, crowned royal cypher, which measures 1" x 1 ¼." At its bottom, the frame is engraved with a sentiment and dedication to its fortunate recipient, with Wilhelm’s engraved signature as a part of it. The frame’s bottom edge features the manufacturer’s hallmark, Schleissner, as well as a silver hallmark (.800). The manufacturer’s hallmark is preceded by the half moon and crown, which indicates the frame meets the silver fitness standards mandated in 1885 by Kaiser Wilhelm I. The frame holds an autographed photograph of the Kronprinz seated on his horse. He is gently patting his horse’s neck as they stand in profile. His bold black ink signature is clearly visible at the photograph’s bottom. The photograph measures a generous 6 ¼" x 8." The crown prince wears the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1's tunic and busby. The frame’s surface boasts a magnificent silver patina that has clearly NOT been cleaned in decades.
The frame’s reverse is lined in a magnificent purple velvet. An easel lined in the same purple velvet allows the frame to be set upon a flat surface. Three silver pegs hold the frame’s two pieces in place. This is an ultra-rare example of a marvelous royal gift. It is a historic, very important frame and photograph from Germany’s Kronprinz.
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20-342 XKR POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM. This is a consignment item. This is a superb example of a pocket flask and is attributed to Kronprinz Wilhelm of Germany. Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) was Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s (1858-1921) eldest son, and the heir to the German Empire’s throne. He became, instead, the "Kaiser who never was." Kronprinz Wilhelm married Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Duchess Cecilie (1886-1954) in 1905. As she was a beautiful woman, and the Kronprinz was an attractive man, the young pair was rivaled only by the younger Wilhelm’s parents as Imperial Germany’s most popular couple. Dozens of postcards were issued that featured them individually and together, many with their ever-growing family. [On a sad note, their eldest son, also a Wilhelm (1906-1940), was killed in France during WW II. His death caused the German military to pull all royals from front-line service. He had renounced his title when his Grandfather Wilhelm II tried to influence whom he could marry]. As were so many royals, young Kronprinz Wilhelm was trained for the military. In spite of the (presumed) circumspection such training might have encouraged, Kronprinz Wilhelm was a notorious womanizer. He and his wife eventually lived separate lives.
In August 1914 Kronprinz Wilhelm assumed command of the V. Armee, the principal army that eventually became involved in the Battle of Verdun. Both Germany and France committed about 1,250,000 troops to the battle, which officially ran from 21 February through 18 December 1916. French casualties ranged from 315,000 to 542,000 wounded, along with about 160,000 dead. German casualties ran from 281,000 to 434,000 wounded, with 143,000 battle deaths. [The carnage from this incredible ten-month bloodbath boggles the mind, particularly when multiplied by the hundreds of similar battles during WW I’s four grinding years]. Crown Prince Wilhelm eventually became commander of Army Group German Crown Prince in August 1916, but his service at the front took its toll. As the war progressed, Wilhelm became more vocal about the war’s senselessness. He served with the army through the war’s end in a reduced capacity. At the war’s end, Kronprinz Wilhelm signed letters of abdication along with his father. Both men then went into exile in the Netherlands. While the Kronprinz returned to Germany in 1923, his Father remained in the Netherlands until his 1941 death. Although the Kronprinz was hopeful that the monarchy might resume, he eventually realized that his dream would not come to pass. He withdrew to private life in the late 1930's, living out his days to die quietly in 1951.
Today we are offering a rather unique pocket/hip flask attributed to the Kronprinz. Although Kaiser Wilhelm II was known for his generosity in giving out personal gifts, those from the Kronprinz were not as common. My personal theory is that this flask was NOT a gift, but one used personally by the Kronprinz. His gifts to others tended to be more modest than those given out by Wilhelm II. [Although we do offer one of the young Kronprinz’s more lavish gifts: a marvelous silver frame (see immediately below this entry)].

 

I would like to emphasize that Kronprinz Wilhelm’s personal ownership of the flask is JUST a theory. If it was not his personal possession, it was a magnificent gift to a very favored man. It definitely was a man’s gift as it is quite large and impressive. The flask certainly was NOT dainty enough to have been used by a lady. It measures 6 ¼" in length and 4 ½" in width. Its back is slightly curved, so it could snuggle up against the owner’s hip. A further indication of its size shows that it holds 12 ounces of liquid. It would have been perfect for storing either brandy or schnapps, both of which were equally prized by Imperial German males.
Its obverse features the Kronprinz’s large (a substantial 1 ¼" x 2 ¼") royal cypher in its center beneath a Hohenzollern Crown. The cypher itself is made of high-quality cobalt-blue enamel overlaying an intricate silver scrollwork design accented by several stylized leaves.  The flask’s reverse sports an unadorned, mirrored surface.
A unique flip-off stopper at the flask’s top swings away to allow one access to its contents. A series of hallmarks appears under the swing away stopper. The crown and half moon (mandated in 1885 by Kaiser Wilhelm I for silver content) appears on one panel, along with a boxed .800. Another box to the .800's right features a castle, followed by "R 9795" and "22" on that same panel. Another panel features an additional "22."
This is a surprisingly well made, high-quality flask that might have belonged to Kronprinz Wilhelm.
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18-412 DEMITASSE CUP AND SAUCER COMMEMORATING KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA AND GERMANY. Today we are offering you a delicate demitasse cup and saucer that highlight Kronprinz Wilhelm, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son. The small cup is an absolute work of art. It stands 2 ½" tall. It measures 3" in diameter at the rim and 1 ¾" in diameter at the base. The rim features a handsome golden wreath of leaves. An intricate design of red and gold dominates the cup’s center, with an oval image of Kronprinz Wilhelm in a general officer’s uniform appearing in its middle. The bottom of the cup sports a manufacturer’s hallmark, "C. T. Altwasser Silesia." The cup handle is a dazzling gold. The 5 ½" in diameter saucer has the same designs and colors as the cup. It also displays the manufacturer’s hallmark. Both the cup and saucer are in excellent condition and all of the colors remain vibrant. $425.00

 

 

 

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20-196 SOUP BOWL - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1905. KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a soup bowl, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 9 1/2" in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was produced in 1905, the year Wilhelm married Cecilie. I expect it was done as a result of the marriage, and for the greater amount of dinners that he and his wife would soon host. The reverse of the bowl is hallmarked for KPM and 1905. $1,550.00

 

 

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20-197 BREAD/DESSERT PLATE - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1916. KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a bread or dessert plate, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 7" in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was set produced in 1916. It is still of very high quality for having been produced during the middle of WW I. The bowl’s reverse is hallmarked for KPM and 1916. A very small chip appears on the reverse. It cannot be seen from the obverse. $1,295.00

 

 

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Prinz Heinrich

 

20-284 DINNER PLATE - PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA’S PERSONAL SERVICE. Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929) was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. They were both sons of Kaiser Friedrich III and grandsons of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Heinrich established a career in the Kaiserliche Marine. He became a cadet in 1877 and advanced through the ranks, commanding several German Navy ships. He commanded the royal yacht S. M. Y. Hohenzollern from 1889 through 1890. Next, he commanded several large ships, then was promoted to Konteradmiral in 1899, commanding the East Asia Squadron. In 1909 he was promoted to the rank of Großadmiral. The only six men to achieve the rank were:

Kaiser Wilhelm II
King Gustav of Sweden
Hans von Koester
Prinz Heinrich
Alfred von Tirpitz
Henning von Holtzendorff

Wilhelm II and Gustav of Sweden were symbolic appointments, while the other four men held true administrative/command positions. In the case of Prinz Heinrich, he was Commander in Chief of the Baltic Fleet beginning in 1914, commanding that fleet until the end of the war with Russia in 1917. Nevertheless, he was successful and his modest fleet gave the Russians a good run for their money. When the war with Russia ended, Heinrich retired from the naval service. In his old age his interests turned to aviation (he was one of Germany’s first pilots at the turn of the century), motorsports, and sailing. He died in 1929 from cancer of the throat, as had his father.
Today we offer a dinner plate from Prinz Heinrich’s personal service. The plate measures 9 1/4" in diameter. Around the plate’s edge is a light-blue and gold trim. In the center we see Prince Heinrich’s crowned cypher. Please examine our accompanying photos carefully to see the wear on his cypher’s gold arms. It clearly comes from years of cleaning, washing, and stacking the plates in pantries. This accounts for the wear visible today. The plate’s bottom is hallmarked for KPM of Berlin. The firm first began producing tableware for members of the House of Hohenzollern during König Friedrich der Große’s reign. This included the manufacture of pieces for the princes and princesses of the house, not just the ruling head. Aside from the noted wear to the cypher, the plate is in very good condition. $350.00

 

 

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19-92 AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA. This is an original letter written by Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929). Heinrich was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Heinrich served as the head of the Kaiserliche Marine in the rank of Großadmiral. He served in that capacity until he disagreed with Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Heinrich lost out on that power play when his older brother backed von Tirpitz. Interestingly, this handwritten letter is on an 8 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of paper that has been folded in half and bears the embossed seal of the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. She was his niece by marriage, a princess from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the wife of his nephew, Kronprinz Wilhelm, the heir to the Hohenzollern throne and the man who never became Kaiser after the monarchy fell in 1918. This letter was written 22 April 1922 in black ink. A partial description of the letter in German is included. $175.00

 

 

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Prinz Eitel Friedrich - Prussia

 

20-271 COFFEE CUP - SAUCER - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH - PRUSSIA. Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia was the second of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s six sons. He married the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s former Grand Duchess Sophia Charlotte in 1905. They had no children, then their marriage ended in 1926. Like all House of Hohenzollern princes, he was enlisted in Germany’s most elite infantry regiment, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (Foot). During WW I, he was a legitimate military commander, commanding this regiment on the Western Front, where he was wounded. After recovering from his wound, he resumed the regiment’s command. He later commanded a Guard Troop Brigade on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was involved in a number of groups, including the Stahlhelm Bund. He died in 1942, one year after his father, the former Kaiser. Each of the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s seven children had their own personal table service, just like their parents. Of course, their dishware’s variety and breadth were quite limited compared to that of Kaiser Wilhelm II. We do not often see examples of the items owned by the princes. Therefore, we are quite excited to be offering you a coffee cup and saucer set from Prince Eitel Friedrich’s personal table service.  Like all House of Hohenzollern dishware, the item was manufactured by Berlin’s KPM. It was their official purveyor, and had been from König Friedrich der Große’s time. At first glance, the white design looks deceptively simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is etched with a subtle trace work of lines and a basket weave. The cup stands 3 3/8" tall, measures 3 ½" in diameter at the rim, and 1 3/4" in diameter at the base. A delicate gold trim band encircles the rim. Its handle features gold designs against the white porcelain. A floral motif extends from the handle’s top and bottom. On the cup’s side is Eitel Friedrich’s royal cypher in gold. Over the cypher we see a multicolored Hohenzollern Crown. The cup’s bottom displays the KPM hallmark and 1908, the year the cup was manufactured. The saucer is similar in design, although it is somewhat deeper than those following. It is 6 1/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" deep. It is trimmed in gold at the rim and where the cup’s base rests in the center. Eitel Friedrich’s same design appears on the saucer. Its bottom also displays the KPM hallmark and 1908. Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition. This is a truly wonderful example of a Prussian prince’s tableware. $1,395.00

 

 

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20-274 COFFEE/TEA CREAMER - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH - PRUSSIA. Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia was the second of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s six sons. He married the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s former Grand Duchess Sophia Charlotte in 1905. They had no children, then their marriage ended in 1926. Like all House of Hohenzollern princes, he was enlisted in Germany’s most elite infantry regiment, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (Foot). During WW I, he was a legitimate military commander, commanding this regiment on the Western Front, where he was wounded. After recovering from his wound, he resumed the regiment’s command. He later commanded a Guard Troop Brigade on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was involved in a number of groups, including the Stahlhelm Bund. He died in 1942, one year after his father, the former Kaiser. Each of the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s seven children had their own personal table service, just like their parents. Of course, their dishware’s variety and breadth were quite limited compared to that of Kaiser Wilhelm II. We do not often see examples of the items owned by the princes. Thus, we are excited to be offering you a coffee/tea creamer from Prince Eitel Friedrich’s personal table service. Like all House of Hohenzollern dishware, the item was manufactured by Berlin’s KPM. It was their official purveyor, and had been from König Friedrich der Große’s time. At first glance, the white design looks deceptively simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is etched with a subtle trace work of lines and a basket weave. The creamer stands 3 3/4" tall, measures 2 ½" in diameter at the rim, and 2 1/8" in diameter at the base. A delicate gold trim band encircles the rim. Its handle features gold designs against the white porcelain. A floral motif extends from the handle’s top and bottom. On the cup’s side is Eitel Friedrich’s royal cypher in gold. Over the cypher we see a multicolored Hohenzollern Crown. The cup’s bottom displays the KPM hallmark and 1924, the year the creamer was manufactured, as well as an Iron Cross. It is interesting to see a royal’s personal item such as this AFTER the empire’s fall. (My theory is it was a replacement for a broken piece). The creamer’s condition is excellent. It is a truly wonderful example of a Prussian prince’s tableware. $895.00

 

 

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Prinz Adalbert - Prussia

 

20-210 WINE GOBLET - PRINZ ADALBERT - PRUSSIA. This is a high quality wine goblet that once was the property of Prinz Adalbert von Preußen (1884-1948). Adalbert was Kaiser Wilhelm II's (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s third son. He was the only one of the Kaiser’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. He served in several naval positions during WW I. The wine glass is finely etched in the front with a crowned "A." The glass’s stem is quite ornate. The glass stands 7" in height, measures 2 1/2" in diameter at the rim, and is 3" in diameter at the base. It is in excellent condition. $895.00

 

 

 

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20-257 PRESENTATION CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN. Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. [The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander]. This unusual wooden cigarette case sports Prinz Adalbert’s royal cypher, and measures 3 3/4" x 3 1/4." The wood (it might be cedar, judging from its grain) has a burled finish. It shows some scratching, but one must search carefully to discover it. Prinz Adalbert’s crowned "A" cypher appears in GOLD on the obverse. The case has a silver frame that secures its wooden sections. The case’s side is hallmarked with .925 silver, a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. To the right is the manufacturer’s hallmark, a triangle, which appears within a circle, along with two more circles and marks in the triangle’s three corners. I am not familiar with this manufacturer (readers?). This is a terrific cigarette case, either owned by a royal, or given by one as a gift to a lucky recipient. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time I have had anything from any of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s other sons. The simple reason is that there were not near as many gifts from the sons. Especially from the sons other than the Kronprinz. $2,995.00

 

 

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20-258 PRESENTATION CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN. Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm II's six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. (The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander). This large (far larger than most I have seen) cigarette case is silver-toned. It measures 3 1/4" x 5 1/4." The case’s dimple-patterned exterior rather resembles silver snake-skin. Its interior, which measures 6" x 5 1/4" when fully opened, is covered with a gold wash finish. Engraved in the interior’s left half is Prinz Adalbert’s reproduced signature, along with a personalized dedication to the "Kommandeur I/M. B./R 4." The dedication concludes "In dankbarer Kameradshaft Treuerden 1916" (In grateful, dearest comradeship, 1916). [One speculates that Prinz Adalbert gave cigarette cases like it to several men who served with him in this unit].
The elastic strap that held the cigarettes in place is long gone. The case’s side catch is hallmarked underneath for .800 silver and its manufacturer, and sports a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. It is a high-quality cigarette case, given by a member of the royal family. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time I have had anything from any of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s other sons. The simple reason is that there were not near as many gifts from the sons. Especially from the sons other than the Kronprinz. $1,995.00

 

 

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Prinz Sigismund - Prussia

 

20-176 NAVAL STANDARD FOR HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN PRINZ. This is an incredible standard/banner that was used on Kaiserliche Marine vessels. The banner proclaimed the presence of a Prinz of the House of Hohenzollern on board. Three Hohenzollern Princes are the most likely to have had this particular flag flown for them. The senior of the three was Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich (1862-1929). He was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) younger brother. The second was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son, Prinz Adalbert (1884-1948). The final prince was Prinz Heinrich’s son, Prinz Waldemar (1889-1945). That said, if ANY Hohenzollern Prinz were visiting a ship (even if he served in the Army), this flag would have correctly flown to honor and recognize him. The standard measures a whopping 6’ 11"(83") x 6’ 6"(78.") The banner’s center sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle within a shield. Below that is an important symbol of Prussian royalty, the Black Eagle Collar. [An excellent representative of the Collar resides at Haus Doorn, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s residence-in-exile, in the Netherlands. The last example I saw on the market, which had belonged to the King of Bulgaria, sold with its presentation case for more than $100,000!] Above it all sits a red and gold Hohenzollern Crown. The entire arrangement is superimposed on a large Iron Cross measuring 5' 11" (71") x 6' 6"(78.") Two more smaller Hohenzollern Crowns appear to the right of the shield. The upper left and lower right corners feature smaller Hohenzollern Eagles. Two repair patches show in the upper and lower right corners. No tearing or rips are apparent, although substantial fading has occurred from exposure to the elements. The standard’s right side displays a lanyard and other fittings by which it can be attached to a ship’s halyard. Normally, members of the royal house only visited battleships and battle cruisers, so typically one would not see this banner on a small vessel. The flag is somewhat similar to the Kaiser’s Standard, but some differences exist. Its overall condition is average, or a bit better. This is not an unused, or mint flag. It has seen service. It exhibits the expected wear a cotton item such as this experiences when exposed to salt air, salt water, smoke, etc. It is a great item for any royal or naval collection. $3,495.00 

 

 

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20-214 PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG - PRUSSIAN PRINCE - SMALL VESSEL - GERMAN LAKE. The pageantry afforded to House of Hohenzollern members was on par with other royal European houses. As with England, the naval tradition was very important to Wilhelm II. He spent lavishly on his fleet in an effort to match the British Royal Navy. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, as was his brother, Prinz Heinrich. Both men had a son who served in the Navy (Prinz Adalbert and Prinz Waldemar, respectively). Traditionally, when a prinz was aboard a vessel, the ship raised a special flag signifying his presence. We currently are offering a large banner that was flown aboard battleships when a prinz was aboard. Today we are offering something even more unusual. It is a pairing of a photograph, and a flag that was flown from a small pleasure craft on the Wannsee in Berlin. The photograph comes from a photographic studio in Berlin. It measures 6" x 7 3/4." It depicts a small pleasure craft, which I estimate to be 45' to 55' in length. Flying from its stern is the very flag we are offering today! It measures 59 1/2" x 39." In its center is a Hohenzollern Eagle. An Iron Cross is in the corner. The flag is swallow-tailed. It is made of a light-cotton material that is gauzy in appearance. Some light mothing shows in a few places, but the flag remains in very good condition. $3,850.00

 

 

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Baden

 

20-318 XKR H. J. WILM-MADE DELUXE COVERED PRIVATE CHALICE/CEREMONIAL CUP ONCE OWNED BY BADEN’S GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.  This is a consignment item. It is a covered silver chalice or ceremonial drinking cup housed in a very ornate presentation case, once owned by Großherzog (Grand Duke) Friedrich II (1857-1928), the Grand Duchy of Baden’s final ruler. He ruled from his father Friedrich’s death in 1907 until the German Empire’s 1918 demise. The cup was produced in Berlin by one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, H. J. Wilm. Its overall height is 9 1/4." The diameter at the rim is 2 1/4," while its diameter at the bottom is 2 7/8." [While we use the term “chalice,” we do not feel its use was necessarily religious].
The vessel sports a fitted top, whose handle is graphically depicted as rising flames. It lifts off to reveal a polished, gilt-toned inner bowl. The lid’s underside is also gold-toned. The bowl is quite small (from the standpoint of a liquid-holding vessel). It would hold no more than 3-4 ounces of liquid. The bowl’s exterior displays the central emblem from 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 officer’s wappen. [This was the Grand Duchy’s most elite infantry regiment. It was founded in 1803 and garrisoned at the capital city of Karlsruhe. The regiment was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. It fought extensively in the Napoleonic Wars. It ranked with other kingdoms’ elite regiments, such as Prussia’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, Saxony’s 1 Sächs. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100, Hesse-Darmstadt’s Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Grossherzog. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Württemberg's Grenadier-Regiment (1. Württembergisches) Königin Olga]. The emblem consists of a sunburst with a red, enamel cross in its center. (In my opinion, this regiment’s wappen is one of Imperial Germany’s most beautiful).
The chalice’s opposite side features Baden’s crowned Coat-of-Arms. The Coat-of-Arms’ trim and its crown are rose gold. A three-dimensional griffin’s head serves as the chalice’s stem. The mythical creature symbolized Baden, just as a black eagle did Prussia and rampant lions did Bavaria. It was displayed on Infanterie and Dragoner pickelhauben, as well as on Artillerie kugelhelme. The griffin is beautifully executed, with its beak, ears, and feathers richly detailed. Baden’s royal crown sits atop the griffin’s head, cradling the bowl’s base. (I missed this crown the first time that I looked at the chalice). Its details are truly magnificent. The griffin stem rests upon a simple, sculpted metal base. The base’s bottom displays six square pointed metal designs that resemble pointed studs. The hallmark for Berlin’s H. J. Wilm firm appears between two of the “studs,” along with a .800 silver hallmark, as well as the half moon and the Hohenzollern Crown specified by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885 when he Germany’s silver and gold standards. This magnificent chalice comes housed in a deluxe presentation/storage case. It measures 8 1/4" x 4" x 3 ½.” The finely constructed case is made of leatherette. It sports an unusual swing away catch to lock it. Inside the case we see a royal purple silk upper half. In the silk liner’s center, embossed in gold, is the inscription written below. “H. J. Wilm Königl. Hof Juwelier Berlin” A crown appears above the H. J. Wilm and a small design just below the attribution’s last line. The case’s bottom is lined in matching purple velvet. The base is fitted to accommodate the chalice and its top.

 

This is an amazing personality piece for Grand Duke Friedrich of Baden. The quality is superb. It would most certainly become the centerpiece of any collection. 
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Bavaria

 

King Maximilian II

 

31-42 OFFICER PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KING MAXIMILIAN II - BAVARIA. Maximilian II (1811-1864) was Bavaria’s third king after Napoleon created a new royal house for it. Maximilian ruled from 1848-1864. He was followed by his son Ludwig II (a. k. a., Mad Ludwig). This mini grouping includes a black and white lithograph of Maximilian II, along with his basic vital information. The second item in our mini grouping is an Oberlieutenant’s (yes, this is the correct term!) Promotion Patent. His name is Friedrich Braun. The promotion took place in 1849, the second year of Maximilian II’s reign. Along with the various signatures is the King’s very elaborate and ornate seal. It measures 4" in diameter. It has been affixed to a separate piece of paper, which has in turn been affixed to the promotion document. The document measures 13 ½" x 8." It is in marvelous condition for being almost 160-years-old. $350.00

 

 

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King Ludwig III

 

20-207 SALAD/DESSERT PLATE - SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG - KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA. We are thrilled to offer a dessert/salad plate from König Ludwig III of Bavaria’s royal table service. This plate was produced from 1900 through 1912, while Ludwig II was still Bavaria’s Prinz Regent. Schloß Nymphenburg was the Bavarian royal household’s summer castle. Located in what is today suburban Munich, it was first built in 1664. The Schloß and its grounds cover more than 200 acres. Interestingly, the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics dressage (equestrian) events were held on the castle grounds. The plate is twelve-sided, and measures 8 1/8" in diameter. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful, elaborately hand painted royal plate of the many we have offered. Two shades of blue and a royal gold are featured. An ornate pattern is displayed throughout. The plate’s central theme is a house on a lake or river. It is very striking, and would make a fine addition to any collection. $1,195.00

 

 

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20-139 BISQUE PORCELAIN PLAQUE COMMEMORATING CHRISTMAS 1917 AND KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA. This is an oval-shaped plaque made of white, bisque porcelain. It measures 7" x 5 1/4." Its subject is the King of Bavaria, Ludwig III. The plaque’s edges (frame) feature an enchanting design. A high-relief profile of Ludwig III with his title dominates the plaque’s center. Two different notations on the reverse mention this was for Christmas (Weihnachten) 1917. A serial number also advises that this is a limited edition piece. At its top, a small blue and white (the Bavarian colors) string hanger is handy for wall-mounting. This piece is in excellent condition. $395.00

 

 

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Prinzregent Luitpold

 

20-234 SILVER/GOLD OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE. Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him. Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. It is an oval-shaped, silver and gold example. It measures 2” x 1,” using the crown as its top point. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Both the wreath and crown are GOLD. Four small rubies appear at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. In addition, the crown circlet features two small emeralds and a pearl. This, in fact, forms a complete frame, which we will see as we examine the reverse. Another elongated pearl hangs down at the frame’s bottom on the obverse. Looking at the back of the crown, we see that it serves as a holder to mount the medallion on a chain or any other item of the wearer’s choice. The medallion’s reverse is encased in the GOLD frame. Inscribed on the reverse in Latin is information about Prinzregent Luitpold. It lists his birth information (12 March 1821) and his death date (12 December 1912). These medallions were issued to favored people after his death by members of the Wittelsbach family, including König Ludwig III, who succeeded Luitpold in 1913. It is obviously a much higher level of gift. It would have been given to a lady of much greater importance than one who received the silver example. These medallions were created by Professor W. von Hildebrand (1847-1921), who crafted many items of this nature for the Wittelsbachs. It is a beautiful memento of Prinzregent Luitpold, who was held in the deepest esteem by his subjects. $2,495.00

 

 

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20-235 SILVER OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE. Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him. Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. Our offering today is an oval-shaped silver example. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Inscribed on the reverse in Latin is information about Prinzregent Luitpold. It lists his birth information (12 March 1821) and his death date (12 December 1912). These medallions were issued to favored people after his death by members of the Wittelsbach family, including König Ludwig III, who succeeded Luitpold in 1913. These medallions were created by Professor W. von Hildebrand (1847-1921), who crafted many items of this nature for the Wittelsbachs. It is a beautiful memento of Prinzregent Luitpold, who was held in the deepest esteem by his subjects. It measures 1 1/2" X 1". $1,395.00

 

 

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Kronprinz Rupprecht

 

20-99 BAVARIA'S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT GIFT TO OFFICER . This is a most interesting presentation gift which came from Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria. The gift was given to officers for an occasion that I have been unable to identify. Besides being a member of the Bavarian Royal Family and the heir to the throne after his father King Ludwig III, Rupprecht was a most able military commander and Generalfeldmarschall. He achieved the rank of generalfeldmarschall based on his ability, not just his royal birth. This gift consists of a custom-designed presentation case that also acted as a display case. This was done by lifting a section of the interior and converting it to an easel. It locks into a 45-degree position for easy viewing. The case measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/4." The easel holds an oval-shaped medallion of Prinz Rupprecht, which measures 1 3/4" x 2." The outer lid of the case is quite decorative and bears the Bavarian checkerboard design. The obverse of the medallion has a high-relief profile of the Prinz. The reverse of the medallion bears the hallmark of the jeweler who produced it, and the silver content (.900). To have received an item like this was a real honor. It would have been a prized possession of the original owner. $595.00

 

 

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20-291 BIOGRAPHY - BAVARIA’S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT. This is a German-language, soft-cover biography of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Rupprecht (1869-1955). He was the eldest son of final king of Bavaria’s, König Ludwig III (1845-1921). Rupprecht was a very able commander. At WW I’s outbreak, he held the rank of Generaloberst. He commanded the VI. Armee in France until August 1916. He had received his promotion to Generalfeldmarschall one month earlier, and was then given command of Heeresgruppe Rupprecht (Army Group Rupprecht), which was made up of multiple armies. Rupprecht is considered by many historians to be one of Germany’s best military commanders. He began the war commanding a single army due to his royal position, but received his promotion and greater responsibility based on his performance and ability. Both he and Prinz Leopold (also from Bavaria) were among Germany’s best military commanders. With his father’s death in 1921, Rupprecht became head of Bavaria’s Royal Wittelsbachs until his death in 1955. He led the efforts to reestablish Bavaria’s Kingship. He was anti Nazi, which forced him to leave Germany in 1939. His family was captured and sent to a concentration camp. The book has two hundred plus pages. I believe it was written in 1918. It features eighty-two, high-quality, black and white photographs that deal with the Bavarian royal family, as well as Kronprinz Rupprecht. It is a splendid book. $75.00 

 

 

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Prinz Alfons

 

Prinz Alfons of Bavaria was born 24 January 1862. He was the son of Prinz Adalbert and his uncles included the King of Bavaria Maximilian II, Prinzregent Luitpold, and King Otto of Greece. When he was a young man, as with many of his class he began a career in the Army. He was commissioned as a Leutnant in an Infanterie Regiment in 1880. In 1884 he was promoted to Rittmeister in 1. Schweren-Reiter-Regiment. Alfons later commanded this regiment in 1892. His first appointment as a General officer came on 17 December 1899 when he was promoted to Generalmajor. Further appointments to Generalleutnant came on 18 January 1901 and to General der Kavallerie on 23 March 1905. In 1909 he was appointed as the Chef of 7 K. B. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons.

 

20-192 PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES - 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT - IN THE RANK OF MAJOR - BAVARIA. Once again our old friend Prinz Alfons (1862-1933) of Bavaria makes an appearance on the pages of Der Rittmeister Militaria. Prinz Alfons was Prinz Adalbert of Bavaria’s second son. Although a House of Wittelsbach member, Prinz Alfons was well down on the Bavarian throne’s successor list. After serving as Prinz Regent for years, Ludwig III was elevated to König (when "Mad" Ludwig II died). This meant Kronprinz Rupprecht became the Bavarian heir apparent. Of course, he never became king because the empire fell in 1918. Prinz Alfons joined the Army in 1891 as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. The regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in the capital of Munich, where it was assigned to the 1. Bavarian Armeekorps. In 1892 Prinz Alfons became the commander and oberst of 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. Ultimately, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie, and served as the 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons’s Inhaber (Regimental Chef). This regiment was established in 1905 and named for Prinz Alfons. It was based at Straubing, where it was attached to the III. Bavarian Armeekorps. Prinz Alfons was never a front-line military commander, but as a royal he served in an à la Suite capacity. He held no official command during WW I. This pair of epaulettes belonged to Prinz Alfons when he served as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. They are clearly for this regiment. We can tell by the epaulettes’ silver moons. While the epaulettes are similar to those of its sister regiment, 2. Schweres Reiter-Regiment Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este (founded in 1815 and garrisoned at Landshut), ITS moons are gilt. The material on the obverse is red. The rank of major is confirmed by the dangling silver trim hanging from its edges, (which was used for the three ranks of major, oberstleutnant, and oberst). Blue thread in the bullion trim also confirms them as Bavarian. These are some of the small details necessary for identifying shoulder boards/epaulettes’ regiments, especially when cyphers or regimental designations are not present. The epaulettes’ backing is a matching red. Overall, they are in very fine condition. The shoulder boards are housed in their original storage carton. The carton is quite large in order to properly accommodate these large epaulettes. A pedestal in its interior is where they are mounted and secured when they are not in use. The lid of the box has a white label on which is neatly penned "No II - 19 April 1891." This is the date of either the entrance into the regiment, or when they were acquired. The designation "No II" was for Prinz Alfons’ valet, to make sure that he assembled the correct regalia for a given uniform. The inside lid of the carton has "Prinz Alfons von Bayern," along with a Wittelsbach Crown and Stole over his name. A large white tag inside the lid proclaims that they come from the Christian Block workshops of Munich. Block (as noted on the label) was an official provider to the royal house. This is a great set in top condition. It would make a fine addition to any collection. $1,895.00  

 

 

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20-106 PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA. Often we feel like Prinz Alfons is an "old friend" of ours. Over time we have been pleased to offer a number of his personal items on our pages. Among these items have been his General der Kavallerie pickelhaube complete with the dress parade feathers, as well as the storage boxes for his helmet and the parade feathers. We have also had a few offbeat items, such as one of his ultra-well-made, high-quality, leather valises, which came from a luggage merchant in Switzerland. Alfons was born on 24 January 1862 and died on 8 January 1933. Although he was a general in the Bavarian cavalry, he was not a true front-line commander, as were some members of German royalty. He was actually better-known in the field of science and mathematics. He was honored in 1905 by being named the Regimental Chef and patron of 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. This was a great tribute to him by the Prinz Regent and the War Ministry. Today we are offering a superb, high-grade silver note book and pad that was presented to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. This would have been 24 January 1932, which was a little less than a year before he passed away. This magnificent desk piece was presented to him by the officers, medical staff and veterinarians of "his" regiment. The case, which measures 6 3/8" x 4 1/4," is engraved at the case top with his Royal Cypher. Below reads the following dedication: "Ihrem Durchlauchitigsten Regimentsinhaber ZUM 70. Geburtstage In Alter Unwandelbarer Treue Und Verehrung Die Offiziere, Sanitäts, Und Veterinäroffiziere Des K. B. Chevaulegers - Regiments "Prinz Alfons." This piece is both jeweler and .925 silver hallmarked. Opening up the cover of the note pad, we see that virtually the entire pad of original paper is in place! I do not know the circumstances of Alfons’ health at the time. It is entirely possible that with less than one more year to live, he had little occasion to use this magnificent presentation piece. As one would expect, the caliber of this piece is stunning. Even nearly fifteen years after the war’s end [the monarchy’s end as well(!)], Alfons’ former officers still respected him enough to want to buy the best. Until you claim this item, it will reside on my desk. I can tell you that it looks splendid sitting near my computer monitor. I am sure it would look equally as appealing next to yours. Perhaps you can find some refills for the paper pads, and YOU can work like a Prince! $1,550.00

 

 

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20-218 BAVARIAN PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE - HONORARY PRESIDENT - DILLINGEN ARTILLERIE VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION. Over the years I have tried to bring you many different types of royalty items. While I have offered many items from Kaiser Wilhelm II and other key members of German royalty, I have always had a soft place in my heart for Prinz Alfons of Bavaria. I will not task you here with his history, since it is well-chronicled elsewhere on this website. I will say that Prinz Alfons served as regimental chef to several regiments. Today we are offering a unique urkunde (award document). This document was issued to Prinz Alfons in September 1924. The document made him the  Ehrenpräsident (honorary President) of the Artillerie-Vereinigung des Bezirks Dillingen. As I understand it, this was a veteran’s organization for former members of Artillerie-Regiments. I cannot stress too strongly this urkunde’s exquisite beauty. The document (actually, two documents) is housed in a sumptuous, dark-blue leather folio. The folio measures 13 1/2" x 10 1/4." The folio’s front is trimmed and embellished in gold. Pasted onto its center is a hand painted, full-color profile of a cannon, with its barrel elevated and ready to fire. Some shells are stacked around it. The cannon’s image is enclosed within a hand-painted border of blue and gold, embellished with blue oak and laurel leaves. Stylized "nails" decorate the four corners in Bavaria’s and Germany’s national colors. The small painting is then set within a gold-trimmed frame on the folio’s front. As one opens the folio, the two parts of the document are revealed. Each part is made of a high-quality velum. The left-hand document measures 13" x 9 1/2." The first thing that appears is a hand painted or a water-colored image of a watch tower within a small city. Below that, in the most beautiful calligraphy, is the first part of the award document. It has been executed in black ink. Below that in regal red is the name "S. K. H. Prinz Alfons v. Bayern." Not only is it done in red ink, but each of the letters is painstakingly trimmed in gold. This portion of the document is dated 28 September 1924. The right-hand document displays another hand painted or water-colored image, this one of a castle in the moonlight. Beneath the picture the urkunde’s text continues in black ink. Prinz Alfons and his title of Ehrenpräsident are again listed in red ink trimmed with gold. This side of the document is dated 21 December 1924. It bears the signatures of several officials of either the group and/or the city. Finally, a black rubber stamp has been applied that shows the organization’s name. For being nearly eighty-five-years-old, the leather folio and the two documents are in amazing condition. Even if documents are not your primary interest, please take a few moments to look at the attached photos and see the quality and workmanship that went into this set. $1,495.00

 

 

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20-19 URKUNDE TO PRINZ ALFONS. This is a very ornate urkunde to Prinz Alfons of Bavaria by "The Geographische Gesellschaft München" (Geographic Society in Munich). This document measures 20 ½" x 16" matted. The document within the matte measures 11" x 14". The document is dated 26 May 1900 and is signed by two officials from the organization saluting Alfons’ efforts on behalf of the society. A very fine red wax seal is also applied at the bottom of the document. The document is wrapped in plastic, is well preserved, and in excellent condition. $395.00

 

 

 

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Prinz Franz

 

20-226 PRINZ FRANZ OF BAVARIA’S EPAULETTES  AS BAVARIAN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2'S COMMANDER & OBERST WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE. Prinz Franz (1875-1957) of Bavaria was Kronprinz Rupprecht's (1869-1955) younger brother. Their father was König Ludwig III (1845-1921) of Bavaria. Like his older brother Prinz Rupprecht, Prinz Franz had a military career, although it was less distinguished. Both brothers commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz at different times. This very proud regiment was founded in 1682, making it one of the Bavarian Army’s two oldest infantry regiments. It was garrisoned in München and attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. Prinz Rupprecht commanded the regiment in 1899, until he was promoted to generalmajor and assumed other responsibilities. Ultimately, Prinz Rupprecht achieved the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. I do not have the exact dates when Prinz Franz commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz. It was from before WW I to slightly before or after WW I erupted. He then was promoted to generalmajor and commanded an infantry brigade throughout the war.
Each epaulette is framed by a gilt "moon." Its background is red (wool) felt. Mounted on the background is the regiment’s massive crowned cypher. It is so large it spills over the gilt "moon frame’s" edges. Flanking the cypher are two pips indicating an oberst’s rank. Silver ringlets hang down from the frame. This adornment was used only on a major’s, oberstleutnant’s, or oberst’s epaulettes. Whether for a lower or higher rank, all other epaulettes were significantly different. The epaulette’s "tongue" sports silver bullion tape embedded with blue, further confirming the epaulette is Bavarian. Each epaulette features a plain, gold-toned button. When one turns them over, they display the typical Bavarian washer and cotter pin securing them to the tunic.
The reverse sports the same red material as is present on the obverse. These beautiful epaulettes come in their original storage case. No marks whatsoever appear for Prinz Franz either on or in the case. Inside is a pedestal on which they sit. A nifty little ribbon secures them with a little bow. I really like these epaulettes. They hail from a less well known Wittelsbach prince. When his older brother, Kronprinz Albrecht, died in 1955, Prinz Franz became the Bavarian throne’s pretender until his death in 1957. Included with the epaulettes is a copy from the Rangliste that shows Prinz Franz as Oberst and commander of 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz. Interestingly, his older brother, Kronprinz Rupprecht, was the regiment’s Inhaber (its honorary Oberst and patron)! $2,895.00

 

 

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20-321 IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC.  The Bavarian Yacht Club was founded in 1888.  It received its current name in 1909 through the cooperation of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s ruling family during the Imperial Period. [The Wittelsbachs are still very much involved in Germany today, with varied commercial interests].  The Bavarian Yacht Club was formed at the same time as the Hohenzollern Yacht Club. Even though Bavaria is landlocked, its many lakes have long supported a large sailing tradition. Several House of Wittelsbach princes remain active in sailing today. Today we are offering a Bavarian Yacht Club dress tunic.  It is similar to a Navy dress tunic (lower-dress, not the more elaborate high-dress).  The tunic resembles a waistcoat.  It is made of high-quality, navy-blue wool.  A double row (five per side) of gilt-toned buttons runs down  the tunic’s center.  Another pair of buttons in the center serves as an extender that the wearer would have used to secure the tunic, rather than the five on view.  Each tunic sleeve displays five smaller buttons. [Please note that EVERY one of these buttons (twenty-two total) displays a fouled anchor with the Wittelsbach Crown over it.  Flanking the anchor we see a “B” and a “Y.”  A “C” is centered over the anchor itself].  The tunic has very wide lapels. The tunic’s interior sports a very impressive black mint-condition silk liner.  Two inside pockets are present. When we turn one of them out,  we reveal a label with the original owner’s name, “Dr. Wilhelm Recknager.”  Also included is the batch number “15452,” as well as the date it was purchased and delivered to its new owner, “27 June 1925.”   Clearly, it is a post WW I garment, giving further proof that the Yacht Club survived the Great War. A tailor label is present in the neck area and contains the information listed below.    

“ABTEILUNG
HERRENSCHNEIDERI
Bamberger & Hertz  
München”

The tunic’s overall condition is excellent.  It has been worn very little, and looks most impressive with its gilt-toned buttons against its navy-blue surface. $725.00

 

 

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Braunschweig

 

20-172 ADELSBRIEF - DUCHY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG. The Adelsbrief was one of the most important documents to come from Imperial Germany. It was a document granting knighthood to a man by the head of state. No greater honor could be granted. The man and all his descendants would wear the coveted "von" attached to their name. While their formats differed slightly, the basic information and general presentation were quite similar regardless of the state. We currently have Adelsbrief available from both Prussia and Bavaria. Today we are offering a most interesting Adelsbrief from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Braunschweig was a part of the Kingdom of Hannover. The House of Hannover has a direct tie to Great Britain. King George III was King of Hannover and Great Britain and Ireland. This is the same George III who ruled during the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig both suffered a terrible fate in 1866. In the final war consolidating Germany, the Prussians and several other Northern States battled it out with Austria and several of the Southern German States. Unfortunately for them, Hannover and Braunschweig allied themselves with the Austrians. When the war ended in a resounding Prussian victory, both Hannover and Braunschweig were annexed into Prussia. This included their military. Hannover, and her vassal state Braunschweig, had one of the finest armies in Germany. Braunschweig was administered by Prussian princes from 1866 until 1913, when Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, Viktoria Louise. Wilhelm II returned nominal control of Braunschweig to Ernst August, although a Prussian hand remained firmly in place behind him. The Adelsbrief we are offering today was awarded to Dr. Jur. Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Albert von Otto. Von Otto (1836-1921) was the Staatsminister (State’s Minister) from Braunschweig. The Prinz Regent for Braunschweig in 1898 was Prinz Albrecht von Preußen. He was the member of the Prussian royal family who was given authority to oversee the administration of Braunschweig, and was thus its acting Duke. The award was formally made on 19 April 1898 in San Remo. In addition to the actual Adelsbrief, a transmittal document from Prinz Albrecht to von Otto is enclosed, which bears the Prinz Regent’s signature. This document is housed in a stiff envelope to protect it and was sealed with the House of Hohenzollern’s red wax seal (which remains intact). The envelope was opened by cutting a slit at the top so as not to damage the seal. The Adelsbrief is housed in a high quality carton, measuring 20 3/4" x 12." The carton has a flap that lays down and allows the Adelsbrief to easily slide from the carton. A second compartment houses the cased seal separately from the Adelsbrief. The Adelsbrief is very large and impressive, measuring 15 3/4" x 10 15/16." The Adelsbrief body is enclosed in a top-flight, leather folio. The attractive, brown leather features three, ornate, gold sections. In the center is "Adelsbrief." Both the front and back covers are beautifully lined in watermarked silk. Inside the front cover is the name of the Braunschweig firm that created the folio. It held "House" status, which means it served Braunschweig’s royal family. As the folio is opened, the recipient’s name, von Otto, and position appear, rendered in exquisite, multicolored calligraphy. Next, his birth year (1836) and other personal information again are depicted in the most elaborate and colorful calligraphy imaginable. The following page bears the date and signature of Prinz Albrecht von Preußen. Next comes the exclusive coat-of-arms created for the von Otto family, which they could use from that point in perpetuity. Attached to the folio by a yellow and blue cord is a circular brass container measuring 4 1/8" in diameter. Attached to the brass container are two small yellow and blue "portépées." When separated, the two container halves (they are threaded and open by unscrewing) reveal a white wax seal, measuring 3 13/16" in diameter. It is the House of Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms (not the former House of Hannover). This is a very rare example from royalty and nobility. Far fewer men were knighted from a small Duchy like Braunschweig than from any of the four kingdoms. $5,495.00  

 

 

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Duke (Herzog) Ernst August

 

20-145 FELDGRAU UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 - FOR DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This week we are offering one of the most significant uniform groups we have ever had. It is from Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, which was founded in 1809. The regiment was garrisoned in the capital city of Braunschweig, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 possessed a fabled history. Among the battles and campaigns in which it participated were, the Peninsula Campaign (Spain and Portugal) with Wellington, Waterloo (again with Wellington), and Mars La Tour, during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. This regiment, along with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, and a single artillery Bataillon, constituted the Duchy of Braunschweig’s entire military. Braunschweig once was part of the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia after they found themselves on the losing side of the 1866 war between Prussia and Austria. This status continued until 1912, when Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but very much remained a Prussian vassal state. 
Our offering today is that very Duke’s feldgrau tunic (attila) and trousers for Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. This is an important and exciting group on a number of levels. First, attilas are highly-prized by collectors, especially when found in feldgrau. Second, to find one in a general officer’s rank that once belonged to a German HEAD-OF-STATE (the Kaiser’s son-in-law, no-less) is extra-special. The tunic is made of ultra-high-grade gabardine wool in the highly-desirable feldgrau. Its tresses are silver with black chevrons interwoven throughout. The rosette and barrel buttons are cloth rather than prewar metal. Two slash pockets decorate the tunic’s front. The collar is trimmed in the same fabric as the tresses. The tunic’s shoulders feature a Prussian Generalmajor’s shoulder boards with crowned buttons. Many sewn-in loops for orders, decorations and ribbon bars dot the tunic’s front left chest area. The one for the ribbon bar is 6" long from end to end. Approximately TEN different sets of loops appear to accommodate all of the other awards worn by Ernst August. In fact, an Ernst August War Service Cross 1st Class is attached to one of the sets!  Three moth nips appear on the tunic’s obverse. (We will detail them in our accompanying photos). Two small nips also show on each of the tunic’s sleeves.
The tunic’s reverse repeats the same tresses motif, as well as the cloth rosette buttons. It is in exquisite condition. Inside, the tunic boasts a sumptuous silk liner that excels what other officers commissioned from a tailor (the perks of royalty)! Two pockets show up inside the tunic.  Its collar is quite unusual. A white collar liner is affixed to the tunic’s collar by three snaps. "L/M F. A.. III 4708" is stenciled in black on the white attached inner collar. About three to four inches immediately below that, "R IV" is embroidered in red thread. This is no doubt a clothing numbering system to assist a valet with knowing which tunic to pull for his master on a given day. We see such a system with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s tunics (especially helpful for his valet, since he had more than 200 from which he could draw!) [These occasionally appear on the market]. 
Although the tunic is quite interesting, I find the trousers that go with it very appealing. They are the classic riding breeches favored by Hussars. They are quite wide at the hip and thigh area, then narrow down substantially on the leg and ankle. They sport a button-front (no zippers in German uniforms at this time!), with five buttons at the front and two in the rear. They also have a buckle adjustment at the rear. Three buttons at each ankle complete the blousing effect. Finally, a single, narrow, red stripe down the outside of each pant leg confirms the general officer’s status. This is a lovely, historic group. If a visor cap or busby were added to the display (even if they were not the Duke’s) it would make the uniform group even more striking.
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20-170 DINNER PLATE - HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S PERSONAL SERVICE - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a dinner plate from Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig. It is in the pattern that was used after his marriage to Princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1913. The plate measures 9" in diameter. It features a wide red band, and Ernst August’s crowned royal cypher in gold. The plate is manufacturer hallmarked for KPM on the reverse. It is in very fine condition. $1,250.00  

 

 

 

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32-111 PATRIOTIC PIN FEATURING HERZOG ERNST AUGUST AND HERZOGIN VIKTORIA LUISE - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This patriotic pin commemorates the 1913 wedding of Braunschweig’s Duke Ernst August (1887-1953) to Prussia’s Princess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980). "Vikki Lu," as she was known in Germany, was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. The marriage resolved some long-standing resentment that hailed back to when Prussia "absorbed" Hannover and Braunschweig after the latter’s defeat during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. After the young couple's marriage, control of Braunschweig was returned to Ernst August. He and his young bride then repaired to Braunschweig, where she was much beloved by the people. According to all accounts, theirs was a happy marriage, and far more successful for the young princess than many of her brothers marriages.
The pin, which measures 1 1/4" in diameter, is silver-toned. The obverse shows the royal couple in high-relief. He appears in his Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 uniform. Their names are listed on the obverse. The reverse displays a crown with rays of light emanating from it, shining down on "Zum Andenken An Die Thronbesteigung Des Herzogpaares 1913" (To commemorate the accession of the Duke and Duchess 1913). A pin and catch also are attached to the reverse. The patriotic pin is in excellent condition for being nearly one-hundred-years old. $250.00

 

 

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Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

Grand Duke Friedrich August III

Oldenburg

 

Grand Duke Friedrich August

 

20-260 DINNER PLATE - DINNER SERVICE - ROYAL HOUSE - OLDENBURG. This is a enchanting dinner plate from the royal house of Oldenburg’s dinnerware service. Oldenburg was a Grand Duchy that was quite small in size. It fielded a limited military and had close ties to Prussia. The Grand Duke of Oldenburg married his daughter to one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons. The plate measures 9" in diameter. It has a sunken area in the center that I find quite interesting. The plate’s edge is rimmed in gold. Within that is a much thinner gold band. The gold trim on the plate’s edge shows substantial wear. The plate’s top presents Oldenburg’s very ornate Coat-of-Arms. Five or more colors are used in its display. The plate’s center features an interesting gold device, perhaps it is feathers. It also shows substantial wear. The reverse has no manufacturer’s markings, etc. While the plate is not in the best condition, its origins in a small state make it more of a rarity. It is a charming piece for you to contemplate. $695.00

 

 

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Saxe-Altenburg

 

Herzog Ernst I

20-314 SAXE-ALTENBURG’S HERZOG ERNST 1st’s FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH. This is a presentation-framed photograph of Herzog (Duke) Ernst I of Saxe-Altenburg. Saxe-Altenburg was one of the small Saxon duchies. It was associated with the Saxe-Ernestine line, which was directly connected with the Kingdom of Saxony’s ruling House of Wettin. Ernst I (1826-1908) served as the Duke of Saxe-Altenburg from 1853 into 1908, after succeeding his father, Georg. Ernst I’s son, Ernst II, followed him, serving as the Duchy’s final Duke from 1908 until the Empire fell in 1918.
The signed portrait of Ernst I comes in an official frame that was given to favored subjects, fellow royals, etc. The photograph depicts Ernst I in a general officer’s uniform. It is very likely that the uniform is for 8. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 153. [As Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy, it was the only full regiment that Saxe-Altenburg fielded]! He is wearing a very large medal bar that sports an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Twenty-Five year Oak Leaves and the
1897 Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. This dates the photograph from 1897 to 1908. At the photograph’s bottom, we can see Ernst I’s scrawling, black ink signature. The photograph within the frame measures 5 7/8" x 3 13/16."
The frame is made of high-quality leather. At its top is a large brass crown that signifies Saxe-Altenburg’s royal crown. The frame measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4." A foldaway easel appears on the reverse that allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. At the top is a note from a modern-day German collector containing some of Ernst I’s basic information. The frame shows some wear on the reverse, but it remains a great royalty item for a state from which we seldom see material.
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Saxony

 

King Friedrich August III

 

18-301 MEISSEN PLATE FOR KÖNIG FRIEDRICH AUGUST III'S CORONATION - SAXONY. This is a fine porcelain plate from the noted manufacturer, Meissen. It was created to commemorate Friedrich August III’s assumption of the Kingdom of Saxony’s throne in 1904. Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was Saxony’s final king. The plate measures 10" in diameter. It has a sunken center. Its edge is trimmed in gold. The plate is ornately hand painted in blue. Near the gilt trim on the edge is a band of oak leaves and acorns. Inside on the sunken portion of the plate, more oak leaves serve as a wreath around the King’s Cypher, "AR" (Augustus Rex) and Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. Below it is the date, 15 Okt. 1904, when Friedrich August III ascended to the throne after his father, König Georg (1832-1904) died. The plate’s reverse is attractively hallmarked for Meissen with the firm’s crossed swords. It is a fetching porcelain item, and a tribute to the King of Saxony, who led his kingdom during WW I. $495.00

 

 

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König/Kronprinz Georg

 

20-186 KRONPRINZ GEORG'S M-1872 GENERALOBERST TUNIC - SAXONY. Kronprinz Georg (1832-1904) assumed the throne of Saxony in 1902. He became König when his brother, König Albert, died in 1902. König Georg ruled for a short, two-year-period. Upon his death he was succeeded to the throne by his son, Friedrich August III (1865-1932). [Friedrich August III was Saxony’s final König, until he and all other German royalty abdicated in November 1918]. During the Franco-Prussian War, Prinz Georg (who then was not yet Kronprinz) commanded the XII. Armeekorps, which was primarily a Saxon Armeekorps. He had also commanded troops in the War of 1866 against Prussia. (Saxony had been Bavaria and Austria’s ally in that conflict). In his command of the XII. ArmeeKorps, Prinz Georg was a Generaloberst. He remained in this rank until his promotion to Generalfeldmarschall on 15 March 1888. Since today ‘s offering is an M-1872 tunic, we can date our tunic to the period from 1872 to 1888. It seems logical that Kronprinz Georg would have stopped wearing this tunic in 1888, and acquired others with the correct rank to which he had been promoted. The tunic is in wonderful condition for being 125+-years-old.
The tunic’s body is a rich and lustrous wool, colored in the classic dunkel-blau (dark-blue). TWELVE gilt Saxon general’s buttons run down the tunic’s center. These highly ornate buttons are unique to the Saxon general’s tunics. Two more of these buttons adorn each sleeve. Both the collar and the sleeves are heavily embroidered with a Prussian general’s style of gold bullion acorns and oak leaves against a red base. In my opinion, it is the handsomest and most impressive bullion embroidery that can be seen on ANY tunic. The left breast sports a set of loops for a medal or ribbon bar. The loops measure 5" from end to end, and would accommodate a very large bar. Below this are four more sets of sewn-in loops to accommodate Breast Stars and other decorations. The shoulder boards display an interesting arrangement typical of Saxon general’s tunics from the period. The wearer’s left shoulder sports a coiled spiral of bullion that serves as the shoulder board. The right shoulder displays a very elegant, contrasting combination. First is a Generaloberst’s shoulder board, with three frosted silver pips. Attached to its end is a complete Saxon general’s aiguillette. This very ornate, exquisitely beautiful accouterment extends down from the shoulder board and flows onto the tunic’s right chest. Its bullion ropes are massive. Attached to the aiguillette’s tips are gorgeous, crowned extensions. The entire aiguillette is then attached to the tunic’s second button. It is simply stunning. It sets off the tunic and adds to its special overall look.
As handsome as is the tunic’s obverse, it is just as delightful on the reverse. The same embroidered bullion from the collar and sleeves has been worked onto both sides of the vent area! The same ornate Saxon general’s buttons appear on both sides of the flap. They number six in all. The tunic’s interior is equally impressive. All the detail one would expect for a Kronprinz is equally lavished on the interior. I have never seen a liner quite like this. It is made from a heavy, quilted, satin (another variation of silk). The interior is complete and virtually trouble free. Some sweat staining shows in the arm pits, so it definitely was worn. The tunic’s neck displays a number "3" sewn in place. This was to help Georg’s valet lay out the proper uniform when so instructed by his master. From a master list bearing this number, the man pulled the correct, corresponding headdress, boots, decorations, belt, etc. It is a stunning tunic, and clearly the most historically important army tunic we have ever offered. Please look closely at the many photographs that accompany our description of a tunic for a man who would become King. $15,995.00
 

 

 

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20-187 DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG GEORG - SAXONY. This is a simply gorgeous example of a dinner plate from the personal service of Saxony’s König Georg (1832-1904). Georg served as the Kronprinz under his brother König Albert. Georg held the throne of Saxony from 1902 until his death in 1904. The dinner plate measures 9 1/5" in diameter. The plate features a scalloped trim on its edge. Red and gold trim goes around its edges and further in toward its center. His crowned royal cypher sits at the plate’s top. The plate’s reverse carries a hallmark for the noted firm Meissen. $695.00

 

 

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Württemberg

 

König Wilhelm II

 

20-374 WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG WILHELM II’S PERSONAL BIBLE. This is an amazing royalty item that once belonged to the Kingdom of Württemberg’s König Wilhelm II (1848-1921). Wilhelm II (not to be confused with Kaiser Wilhelm II) was the last King of Württemberg (one of Imperial Germany’s four major kingdoms along with Prussia, Bavaria, and Saxony). [Today, Baden-Württemberg is a state within Germany’s federal government]. König Wilhelm II was a very popular king with Württemberg’s citizens. He advanced many progressive ideas and was often seen in parks in Stuttgart walking his dogs without benefit of bodyguards. Since Wilhelm had no male heir, his cousin, Herzog Albrecht, would have been Württemberg’s next king. [Albrecht was considered one of Germany’s finest royal military commanders during WW I]. However, the war’s end required Wilhelm to abdicate on 30 November 1918 with the rest of Germany’s royalty. Wilhelm II was Württemberg’s final king, reigning from 1891 until 1918.
Today we are offering a significant bible that was once König Wilhelm II’s personal property.  It measures
 1" x 3 ¾" x 5 ½" The bible is bound in high-quality leather, with leather outside covers whose edges are trimmed in gold. A gold Württemberg Crown appears on its cover. All its pages are trimmed in gold, which adds a sumptuous note to the exterior’s appearance. A large shield immediately inside the front cover states that the bible came from König Wilhelm II’s personal library. The title page reads "Die Bibel," with a circular rubber-stamped image that again proclaims it comes from König Wilhelm’s personal library. It also mentions that it is the edition originally prepared by Martin Luther. [Like most of Southern Germany, Württemberg was primarily Roman Catholic]. Its old and new testaments are printed in the old Fraktur script commonly used in Imperial Germany. The book is compact, which allowed Wilhelm II to carry it in his coat or military tunic pocket. It is in MINT condition and shows little wear. $1,895.00 

 

 

 

 

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Austria

 

Erzherzog Franz Carl

 

20-228 DELUXE FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT PROMOTION PATENT FOR AUSTRIA’S ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE. If you think Imperial Germany produced ornate manuscripts (especially promotion patents), wait until you see the Austrian Empire’s documents! This week we are presenting THE most ornate and elaborate document we have ever offered. It is a promotion patent for Austria’s Erzherzog Franz Carl (1802-1878), one of Franz I’s sons. Franz I (1768-1835) served as Austria’s emperor from 1804 until his death in 1835, when he was succeeded by his eldest son, Ferdinand (1793-1875). Franz Carl was Emperor Ferdinand’s younger brother. Ferdinand abdicated during Austria’s 1848 revolts. In the normal course of events, he would have been replaced by Franz Carl. Ferdinand suffered from poor health (epileptic seizures), and often has been portrayed as feeble-minded (which is debatable). Franz Carl was convinced to lay aside his claim to the throne in favor of his eldest son, Franz Joseph I (1830-1916). Franz Joseph served as Emperor of Austria from 1848 until his 1916 death.
[Erzherzog Franz Carl had yet another famous son who became an emperor, none other than Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico (1832-1867)! Franz Carl was also the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), Emperor Franz Joseph’s intended heir, whose 1914 assassination in Sarajevo led to WWI].
Franz Carl was not a major player in the Austrian government, although he did serve on the Council that actually ruled Austria from 1835 through 1848. Franz Carl’s military career was not particularly distinguished, either. He served as a Hungarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 52 Generalmajor and Inhaber (honorary commander). He was promoted to the rank of Feldmarschallieutenant in 1844, via this document. [Please remember that the document was issued in September 1844, making it 170-years-old]!!!
Prussian promotion patents are decorative, but not nearly as ornate or impressive as our Austrian example. It is prepared on vellum, an ultra-high-quality material used for VERY important documents. [Made for centuries, parchment is a general term for an animal skin (usually calf, goat, or sheep) that has been carefully prepared for writing or printing. The term vellum (from the French: veau) refers to a parchment made from calfskin. Modern imitation ("paper") vellum (made from plasticized cotton), first came into use in the late 1800's]. The vellum’s feel is amazing. It is crisp and exquisite.
The document has been folded into six sections. When it is fully extended, it measures 22" x 30½." Its calligraphy is absolutely gorgeous. The document begins with a lengthy description of Kaiser Ferdinand’s titles and rights, followed by the date and Archduke Franz Carl’s name. His association with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 52 and his previous Generalmajor’s rank are also mentioned. It is boldly signed by Kaiser Ferdinand. Attached to the document by a gold bullion cord is a circular cased canister made of very high-quality brass with a high-gloss finish. The canister measures 3 3/4" in diameter and is 3/4" thick. One side displays a beautiful, double-headed Austrian Eagle topped by a Hapsburg Crown. The canister's other side features a fine military motif of flags, cannon, rifles, swords, and a küraß. The canister’s interior cradles an intact mint-condition red wax seal with Kaiser Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary’s Coat-of-Arms. [Similar canisters were attached to Prussian documents granting royalty or nobility].
The document and canister set is housed in a deluxe fitted case. It has a cutout space for the document and another space for the canister. The presentation case’s upper lid (measuring 11 ½" x 16 3/4" x 2 ½") is lined with sumptuous black silk. The case’s lower fitted half is lined in black velvet. The case’s exterior is made of hand-tooled red Moroccan leather. The upper lid displays an ornate gold-embossed design. The exterior shows some signs of wear, with some scuffing and limited areas where the leather is patchy. Twin latches secure the case. Some evidence remains of a lock but, alas, no key. The case’s side features a 1 3/4" x 4" paper tag that appears to be from a museum. It displays what I believe is an old control number, along with a typed description. This is a fantastic set. It is a magnificent document from and to members of royalty one hundred seventy years-ago.
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Archduke Eugen

WW I Decorations

 

We are offering you a special selection of German decorations from World War I that once belonged to Archduke Eugen of Austria. As was common during the period, decorations were shared among the various German states and their allies who were members of the Central Powers. The decorations that are listed below were all the property of Archduke Eugen Ferdinand Pius Bernhard Felix Maria of Austria-Teschen (1863-1954). He began his military career in 1877. During his early military career he served in the Tyrolean Kaiserjäger-Regiment and in a Husaren-Regiment. After a rigid military education, he was posted to the Austrian General staff. Then he was posted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 13, first as a Bataillon Commander, and then as the Regimental Commander. From this, he was promoted to a Brigade, and later, Division Commander. In 1900, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie (equal to a U.S. Lieutenant General) of the Austrian XIV. ArmeeKorps. Some say that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was increasingly jealous of him. He retired from the army in 1911, at the age of forty-eight.
After the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and the beginning of WW I, Eugen returned to the army. He was in command of the 5. Armee. In May 1915, he was promoted to Generaloberst and commanded all troops from the Swiss boarder to the Adriatic. In March 1916, he was officially placed in charge of an Armeegruppe known as Herresgruppen-Kommando Erzherzog Eugen. In the Spring of 1916, he assumed command of the 3. Armee and 11. Armee. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in November 1916. [Please remember that the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in both the German and Austrian Armies were not given out lightly or in any great numbers. In the Austrian army a total of eight GFM’s were created during WW I. Four of these were pure military commanders who were of noble birth, three were royals who commanded troops in the field, and the eighth was the head of the Austrian General Staff. By comparison, the German Army had eight GFM’s of noble birth who were true military commanders, three of royal birth who were military commanders in the field, four kings, and a Sultan who were made GFM’s].
Archduke Eugen was released from active duty in December 1917 at the behest of Kaiser Karl. After the armistice with Russia, less territory was in need of military commanders on the Western Front. He lived a quiet life after WW I, spending a great deal of time in Switzerland. He died in Austria at the age of ninety-one, a very popular man. During WW I he received more than seven high-level Austrian decorations. He also received more than twenty decorations from Austria’s allies. Among them was the Orden Pour le Mérite in 1916, and the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in 1917.
What we offer individually today are several of his CASED German decorations from World War I. They are from the various German states that were Austria’s allies. What makes each of them so interesting is that all of the cased decorations come from Austrian firms, most notably Roethe & Neffe. Also, where ribbons are attached to the decorations, they are in the Austrian trifold style.
Although we will sell each of these individually, we will also offer a substantial discount should one person take them all. We will also offer an appealing discount for the purchase of multiple decorations. Each will come with a detailed biography of Archduke Eugen.  Every purchase of a cased decoration will be shipped with a high-quality period postcard copy and the previously-mentioned biography, as well as a copy of this historical description. Our descriptions follow. Enjoy!

 

 

08-437 FREE STATES HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN'S HANSEATIC CROSSES WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AWARDED TO AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN. Here are THREE Hanseatic Crosses from the Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen in the original presentation case. They were Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 4" x 7 1/2" x 1." The words "Hanseaten Kreuze Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck" are embossed in gold on the outer lid. (My research does not show when these decorations were awarded). Opening the case, the three crosses are lined up from left to right: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Each is in a fitted section that accommodates the cross and its trifold ribbon. That said, only the Lübeck cross has a ribbon attached. It has a very interesting feature. Attached on the upper white silk lid above each decoration is the correct ribbon.
While the name Rothe & Neffe does NOT appear on the case’s upper lid, all its features are identical to that of the Roethe & Neffe Oldenburg Friedrich August Crosses case. It has an all-red leatherette exterior, with the exception of the black bottom. It is a very handsome set of three decorations. $3,495.00

 

 

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08-441 LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS FOR TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS AWARDED TO ARCHDUKE EUGEN - AUSTRIA. This is the Principality of Lippe-Detmold’s Cross for True Service 2nd Class in the original presentation case. It was Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 3/4." Embossed in gold on the outer lid is "Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe’sches Kreuz für Treue Dienste 1914." (My research does not show when this decoration was awarded). Upon opening the case, the cross is revealed. It is NOT mounted on its white and blue trifold ribbon. A stretched piece of the correct blue and white ribbon appears on the case’s inner lid. The name of Rothe & Neffe, the Austrian Kaiser’s official court jeweler, appears on the upper lid. It is a very fine decoration, in excellent condition.$1,350.00

 

 

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20-236 ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG - USED ON ADELSBRIEF. In both Germany and Austria, the Adelsbrief was an important document that extended knighthood and nobility to men who had previously been well-respected commoners. They could have been men in the military, government service, men of commerce, or public renown. The documents were often presented in deluxe boxes. The book-like document contained the text and circumstances of the knighthood, including its date and the ruler’s signature. A special coat-of-arms that had been created for the family was included within the document, and remained theirs ever after. A metal canister containing the ruler’s seal was usually attached to the book. In this case, the canister was attached to an Austrian Adelsbrief (which was removed at some point) and thereby the now unknown person was elevated to knighthood. The canister measures 3 3/4” in diameter and is 1 1/4” thick. It is a two-piece device that opens to reveal its contents. The canister’s basic material is silver-toned. Attached to the top is a brass rendition of the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms. It clearly displays the House of Hapsburg’s two-headed eagle, which was used by Kaiser Franz Josef and his predecessors. Extending from the canister are four small sashes made of red, black, gold, and silver bullion. When one removes the canister's upper half, the House of Hapsburg’s red wax seal is revealed, displaying the royal family’s coat-of-arms. The wax seal is completely intact and in excellent condition. I cannot accurately date this. I feel quite confident that it comes from the 19th Century, however, and is more than one-hundred-years-old. $2,195.00

 

 

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Misc. Royalty - Nobility

 

20-290 OVERSIZED SERVING PLATTER - GRAF von HOCHSTAEDT. This is a large serving platter that measures 14 1/8"(!) in diameter. It comes from the Graf von Hochstaedt’s personal table service. He was the Fürst von Pless auf Schloss Furstenstein bei Waldenburg, Schlesien. The platter sports a golden rim highlighted by blue trim. A typed information label affixed to the platter’s reverse specifies the year 1854. This dates the platter to before our Civil War, making it nearly one-hundred-fifty years-old! Also on the reverse is the KPM hallmark from the noted Berlin firm. While the platter shows some age and usage, it is in very fine condition. This is an opportunity to own a German royal’s tableware piece that was produced in much smaller quantities, especially when compared to Kaiser Wilhelm II and other Imperial family members. $375.00

 

 

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15-32 ALBUM BELONGING TO MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN'S GREAT AUNT. Clara von Richthofen was the paternal great-aunt of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. She was the sister of Julius Georg Ludwig, the father of Albrecht von Richthofen, who was the father of Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen. Clara was born in 1829 and died in Berlin 1909. This album which was presented to her in 1845 by a favorite uncle (a von Berenhorst). There are numerous entries mostly from the 1840's and 1850's. There is at least one item as late as the 1870's. She married Guido von Busse in 1850, and although they were married for 38 years, she had no children; which is why this album would have passed down into the Red Baron’s family. This very high quality album, in which Clara made entries for many years, is the journal and art album of a young Prussian noblewoman starting at the age of sixteen. On the opposite page from the dedication by her Uncle is her autograph, "Clara von Richthofen." As the album develops we see the art and writings of a romantic young woman. There are lithographs (colored and black and white) of places that she visited and people that she admired. Many of these images have captions which due to their age are somewhat faded. There are several poems sprinkled through the album. As you go through the album there are also several examples of pressed flowers and leaves which are surprisingly nice for being one hundred and fifty years old. There are also at least two concert programs from concerts which she attended in the 1850's and 1870's. There are also several original sketches done by Clara and while I am far from an art expert, she seemed quite talented to me. Many of these sketches are in pencil but there is one that she sketched and then colored. Speaking of colored sketches there that she did of an "Uncle Richthofen" that is quite spirited and the old gentleman has a very prominent nose. The album has fifty-seven pages of information in it and it is an excellent study of a young Prussian noblewoman of the mid 19th Century. Overall it is in surprisingly good condition. $1,595.00

 

 

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20-268 DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE. This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2" in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a "B" and an "I" centered over a "2." The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]! $195.00

 

 

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20-269 DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE. This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2" in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a "B" and an "I" centered over a "2." The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]! $195.00

 

 

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20-69 SILVER NAPKIN RING TO A BARONESS. This very fine napkin ring was once used as a part of the table settings of Baroness (Freifrau) von Bodin of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. This is of prewar quality and bears the cypher "B" with a crown over it with seven tips which would be correct for a Baron or Baroness. The napkin ring is silver hallmarked for .800 silver and for manufacturer. While I have not done extensive research on this small fact, the Baroness was apparently a functionary at the court of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. $295.00

 

 

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