Lot 6723: A silver coin-set tankard bearing portraits of the kings and electors of the German Confederation 1815 - 1866
November 3, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Julius Herz, court jeweller, Wiesbaden 1905. Silver, the interior gilt. The high, six-sided, art nouveau tankard with handle, the hallmark "800" and "Julius Herz" stamped in the base. The body panels embellished with 32 silver coins in raised rocailles and leafy vines, with portraits on the front featuring Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austria, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, King Maximilian II of Bavaria, King George V of Hanover, King Frederick Augustus of Saxony and King William of Württemberg, flanked by the electors, grand dukes, dukes and landgraves of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Saxe-Meiningen, Saxe-Altenburg, Liechtenstein, Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, Schwarzburg, Baden, Hesse, Oldenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Nassau, Anhalt, Lippe, Schaumburg-Lippe, Reuss, Waldeck and Pyrmont, plus two coins from the Free Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Free City of Frankfurt. A coin commemorating the (tr.) "Congress of Electors in Frankfurt am Main in August 1863" mounted on the lid, continuous cartouches with the inscription (tr.) "The blessed German Confederation", flanked by the dates "1815" and "1866". The back engraved (tr.) "This tankard was commissioned by" - "Johann Kaspar Max Troost" (above an engraving of the 1870 Iron Cross) - "in 1905". The inside of the lid engraved (tr.) "To be bequeathed to the eldest son, if he be virtuous", another engraving in the base (tr.) "The coins issued by all the states of the German Federation, where they were minted. 1815 - 1866.". Height 38 cm, weight 2125 g. Comes with the wartime journal of Leutnant Johann Kaspar Troost (the son of the donor of the tankard) from World War I, (tr.) "Dictated by the author and written by Cläre Grundtmann. Wiesbaden, 11 November 1914", enclosed with the epilogue written in Troost's own hand. Troost served as Leutnant and captain of the telegraph patrol of the 11th Westphalian Hussar Regiment. In October 1914, he was taken ill with a (tr.) "pleurisy and inflammation of the chest" from which he never recovered. In his epilogue, the ardent patriot therefore writes about Germany's rise to world power or (tr.) "We too must make our way to England. William the 2nd Conqueror will march into London". A portrait photograph of Troost in uniform glued in at the end, together with a map of the battleground. In 1919, filled with bitterness, he succumbed to his illness. Includes another partial copy of the war journal, also written by Cläre, the red covers embossed in silver. His fiancée at the time, Cläre Grundtmann, went on to marry him in 1916 (large-format wedding photograph is included, with Troost in his Hussar's uniform and dedication from Cläre on the back) after his death, she fell in love with the later Generalleutnant Max Fremerey, whom she married on 7 January 1920. Cf. also the estate of her father, Major and battalion commander IR 132 Grundtmann in this catalogue (lots 6936 and 6937) plus the extensive estate of her second husband Gen. Lt. Fremerey in the "German Orders and Collectibles" catalogue.
Condition Report: I - II
Notes: Deutschland allgemein