PRUSSIA – PLATE – EARLY WAR – PATRIOTIC – SHOWS KAISER WILHELM II, KAISER FRANZ JOSEF OF AUSTRIA, AND GENERALFELDMARSCHALL VON HINDENBURG
This is a patriotic plate which dates from 1915. Its theme is the cooperation between Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria. But it also speaks to the military importance of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg.
At the top we see “Zur Erinnerung” which translates to “In Memory Of.” Below that we see a 1914 Iron Cross which shows signs of wear. Below and to the left there is a likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria and is dated 1914/15. Surrounding them are a series of Oak leaves with acorns. Around those Oak leaves are ribbons in the national colors of Austria and Germany. Finally at the bottom we see the coats of arms for Prussia and Austria. A Hohenzollern Eagle with one head for Germany and the two headed Hapsburg Eagle for Austria.
To the right of this montage there is a fine image of Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg. His image is circled with a half wreath of Laurel and Oak leaves. At the top of the wreath is an Iron Cross and at the bottom “Hindenburg.” He is dressed in a dress uniform with a handsome array of orders and medals.
At the bottom of the plate there is a wreath of Oak leaves which is tied at the bottom by a ribbon in the national colors of Germany. In the center of this wreath there is another larger Hohenzollern Eagle. At the bottom of the plate there is a motto which refers to the war years 1914-15. The final detail is a rim which circles the outside of the plate. These again are the national colors of Germany. This area shows the most age of the plate.
Looking at the reverse we see two holes have been drilled in a ridge. Strung though these holes is a very old piece of string which would have served as a hanger to mount on a wall for display. It is likely that this was the only purpose of this plate and not for use for eating.
This will make a fine display on YOUR wall.