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. We currently are offering a that once belonged to him. 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!