Germany – Postcard – Hans Von Koster – Autographed – Großadmirals Kaiserliche Marine
Hans von Köster (1844-1928) was one of the six Großadmirals of the Kaiserliche Marine and one of only two that held field commands the other being Prinz Heinrich the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Von Köster was a young officer of first the Prussian Navy and later the Kaiserliche Marine. He held several key commands and in 1887 he served on the Kaiserliche Admiralität. He served in a number of other roles before his retirement in 1906. He had been ennobled the previous year.
The postcard shows von Köster wearing the fore and aft cap of an Admiral. His tunic is bedecked with neck orders, a large and impressive medal bar, and three breast stars. His right shoulder board shows the aiguillette of an Admiral. Firmly grasped in his right hand is the baton of a Großadmiral which was similar to the Generalfeldmarschall baton used by the Army. He is in uniform which is set up for daily wear and not full dress.
As an aside, elsewhere on our site we offer the very fore and aft along with his epaulets which are the most stunning that we have ever seen. Both of these along with the cuff from one of hs tunics are enclosed in a special wooden transport case. Also included is a silver plate presented to him while he was the commander of the station at Kiel.
The postcard is boldly signed by him on the obverse in black ink. Should you be interested in purchasing this grouping (Alore, please put a link in) it will be our pleasure to include this autographed postcard as our gift to you.