JEWELRY BOX – REPRESENTING THE GARDE du CORPS
This is a jewelry box in the shape of an officer’s visor cap from the Regiment des Garde du Corps (GdC). [They were the Prussian Army’s leading cavalry regiment. When the Kaiser was out in public, a group of them always accompanied him. One generally saw an NCO in full-parade-gear (including the Hohenzollern-Eagle-topped helmet), standing near the Kaiser, brandishing the emperor’s personal standard]. This charming jewelry box is faithful in detail to its larger counterpart.
It sports a black visor, the wide, lower red trim band, and the narrow band of red piping encircling its top. The rest of the “cap” is white. The case’s top exhibits some soiling from age (it IS nearly 100-years-old). One kokarde is present. The spot for the second is filled by the button that opens the box.
Inside, the box’s bottom surface appears to be leather. The upper half sports a white silk liner, which has embossed on it in gold, “Zur Erinnerung an den Weltkrieg 1914 Gesetzl. Gesch.” The box’s top (the cap’s cover) measures 2 1/2″ in diameter. The entire box measures 1″ in height. This is a marvelous little item. Only your imagination will limit what you can do with it!