PRUSSIA – PIPE AND FRAMED DOCUMENT – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS
Early during the Great War, Kronprinz Wilhelm commonly offered a Christmas gift to the soldiers under his command. In the past, we have sold part of this gift. What we offered was a pipe’s head that depicted a colored-likeness of the Kronprinz, wearing his death’s-head Husaren Attila and visor cap. On the back of the pipe was “5. Armee Weihnachten 1914.” I have offered perhaps two or three of these pipe heads.
Today we are offering the complete pipe, in the long style that German veterans purchased after the war, to display in which regiment they had served. The pipe has two sections.
The lower half is where the pipe head is attached. This measures 27″ in length.
The other piece is some 6 ½” long and attaches to the top, containing the mouthpiece. A problem exists in that an attachment piece (it would have been quite small) is missing. Thus, currently the two primary pieces cannot be mated together. This is still fine for display, as the two pieces can be laid together for this purpose. (If you are enterprising, you may be able to figure a way to make it work)!
Even more interesting is the framed certificate, which accompanied the pipe when it was initially given out by the Kronprinz. This certificate comes in a period wooden frame. The frame measures 13 ½” x 7 ½.” The certificate itself measures 11 ½” x 7 ½.” The message of the certificate is to the troops spending Christmas in France. He writes that his grandfather, Friedrich Wilhelm (later Kaiser Friedrich III), saluted his brave troops at Christmas while they were also fighting the French.
This is a very fine grouping that will display beautifully.