PRUSSIA – STATUETTE – KAISER FRIEDRICH III
Friedrich III was Germany’s second Kaiser. He lived a mere three months after he assumed his father Kaiser Wilhelm I’s throne. Friedrich III was an able military commander who competently handled the units under his command during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. He proved himself to be a mature and evenhanded administrator. Both of these virtues were NOT held by his son Wilhelm II. With Friedrich III’s untimely death in 1888, one has to wonder what history would have been like under his rule rather than Wilhelm II’s. It is, of course, one of those “what if” situations. Personally, I doubt that WW I would have developed under his rule.
The statuette is vividly painted in black, red, gold, brown and gray. Friedrich III stands erect in his uniform, with one hand on his sword’s hilt and the other grasping a document.
- He stands on a base that measures 1/2″ tall.
- The figure of Friedrich III stands 8 1/2″ tall.
- The combined height of the base and statuette is 9.”
The statuette’s back is flat, and contains two cutout areas. They may have allowed the statue to be hung on a wall or, at the very least, stand flat against one. Kaiser Friedrich III’s facial features are well done. It should also be remembered that statues of Friedrich III are seen far less frequently than Kaiser Wilhelm I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, or King Frederick the Great for that matter.