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1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case
  • 1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case

1908 German Prince Schaumburg-Lippe Silver Cigarette Case

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£850.00


Product Description

A very nice quality German Enamelled Silver Cigarette Case that was presented to Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe by Ditmar Finkler in 1908, with an engraved dedication and the Coat of Arms of the Schaumburg-Lippe.

The Case is a combination of cigarette case, vesta and pencil holder. It is made of silver and hallmarked, but would have been a commissioned piece, given that the engraving is underneath the red enamel. The maker is Fr. (Friedrich) Van Hauten, of Bonn, better known for personalised luxury and fashion items, including ceramics and pewter. The case opens from the top and is gilded inside. On the side of the case is another small compartment for matches, the lid acting as a striker. There is a also a cylindrical hole to house the pencil, which is sadly missing. The engraving on the top has 2 armorial shields, with great helms above and coats of arms. On the underside, the dedication reads: ‘Seiner Durchlaucht dem Erbprinzen zu Schaumburg in Dankbarar Verehrung – Ditmar Finkler – Bonn Winter 1908’ (His Serene Highness the Prince of Schaumburg in gratitude Ditmar Finkler Bonn Winter 1908). The condition of the case is good with a little bit of wear and damage to the enamel.

Prince Frederick of Schaumburg-Lippe (1868 – 1945) was a German prince and head of the Náchod branch of the princely house of Schaumburg-Lippe. He was a son of Prince William of Schaumburg-Lippe by his wife, Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau.

Less is known about Ditmar Finkler. Research shows that he was born in 1885. In March 1909, soon after presenting the Prince with the case, he goes to Tenerife, Canary Islands, as a student. In 1914 he appears on the German WWI casualty lists as lightly wounded, whilst serving as an officer with the 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Cavalry (von Zeiten) Hussar Regiment. In 1934, he returns from New York, on board the White Star ship Aquitania and settles in England, rather than returning to Germany. The reason is probably due to the Nazism obtaining power, given that Finkler is a Jewish surname. In 1940, he is living in Putney, London.

Lovely item, with a great bit of history.

Size: 9.25 x 6 x 2 cm (3 5/8 x 2 3/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 197 g

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