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    Kaiser Wilhelm II Rose Gold Royal Presentation Cigarette Case
    Circa 1895

    The sleek square case of polished rose gold with rounded corners, overall decorated with a pebbled design, the upper left corner inset with diamond initial W for Wilhelm (William) II, Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia (r. 1888-1918) below a sapphire and diamond-set Imperial crown, fitted with cabochon sapphire pushpiece, the interior stamped JOHN WAGNER & SOHN 585, the inscription reads To General F(?) Marshall from His Majesty, the Emperor of Germany, August 1895-3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.

    William II (Kaiser) (1859-1941)


    Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia from 1888 through 1918, William eschewed the careful diplomacy that had taken his realm to prominence in European affairs under the "Iron Chancellor" Prince Otto von Bismarck. While William did not seek war, his aggressive policies helped launch the calamitous Great War, which ultimately consumed four Imperial dynasties, including his own.

    Provenance:
    Given by Kaiser Frederick William Victor Albert of Hohenzollern to Lieutenant General Marshall in 1895.
    Purchased from Sheldon Shapiro, London


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    24th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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