This is a dress Koller for the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg- Schwerin Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945). He was the brother of Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia who was married to the heir of the Prussian and German throne Wilhelm. Friedrich Franz IV like all members of German royalty abdicated in November 1918 with the end of WW I. This Koller in parade configuration is complete with a dress sash. As a parade Koller it comes complete with epaulets for the regiment in the rank of a General der Kavallerie (Two pips on the epaulets). Along with the tunic comes the storage box for the epaulets which identifies them as being for the Garde-Kürassier-Regiment.
The tunic is of ultra high quality dunkel blau (Dark blue) wool. The smoothness of the tunic’s material is far beyond what we see typically in officer’s uniforms. As a Kürassier Koller it has the unique collar that was only used by Kürassier-Regiments. There are seven silver toned buttons down the center. On the tunic itself we see horizontal sewn in loops for a ribbon or medal bar. There are six loops.
In addition we see four sets of sewn in loops for breast stars. Three of these each has three sets of loops. The fourth set of loops has two loops. For photographic purposes we have attached REPRODUCTION breast stars strictly to show what the dressed Koller looks like. They are not included. The rich embroidery that we see on the collar of the tunic extends to the cuffs where we see silver bullion and two silver toned buttons to each cuff.
The epaulets are of the General variety and each has the twin pips of a General der Kavallerie. Included is the storage box which while it does not have the name or cypher of Friedrich Franz IV clearly matches the epaulets.
The reverse of the Koller has six silver toned buttons in the vent area.
The final touch to the exterior of the Koller is a delightful parade sash. The inside of the Koller is finished in a sumptuous black silk. The overall condition of the Koller is EXCELLENT plus with no mothing or damage to the liner.
This is a historically important tunic and we are most pleased to share it with you and invite you to review the numerous photographs that we have provided.
This would be a major addition to the collection of an advanced collector which specializes in tunics from Prussia and Mecklenburg-Schwerin.