Lot 4415

Otto Fürst von Bismarck (1815-98) – his personal rock crystal desk seal with the princely coat-of-arms since 1871

International Orders & Military Collectibles | A89m | Live auction | 454 Lots

Hammer price € 19,000

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Clear rock crystal with minimal inclusions, cut in the form of an obelisk, the square matrix with Otto von Bismarck’s coat of arms after he was elevated to the rank of prince in 1871. Height 11 cm.
With the imperial proclamation in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles on 18 January 1871 and the subsequent French capitulation, the Franco-German War of 1807/71 came to an end. Otto von Bismarck had achieved his goal to create a German empire under Prussian tutelage, thereby reaching the summit of his political career. Kaiser Wilhelm I expressed his appreciation by elevating Bismarck to the rank of prince, also awarding him Sachsenwald. Significant desk seal.

Provenance: ZAM- Zentrum für Außergewöhnliche Museen (Centre for Exceptional Museums), Munich. Displayed under inventory no. 14 in the special exhibition "Das Siegel in meiner Hand - Petschaften bedeutender Persönlichkeiten des 18., 19. und des frühen 20. Jhdts." (tr. "The seal in my hand - seals belonging to significant personalities of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century") from 23 July to 15 November 2001. Included is the former exhibition card and a copy of the press release for the exhibition, written by the director of the museum at the time.

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