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Massive Silver Battleship Model of the Kaiser Friedrich III, 1903



M. Fadderjahn, Berlin A unique and monumental, 1:100 scale, Imperial silver model of the German battleship Kaiser Friedrich III, made to the finest detail in 1903. The model includes Imperial flags, geared masts, ship’s cannons and deck guns, with life boats and full propeller detailing, the gilt crest at the bow incorporates a bust of the German Emperor Friedrich III (1831-1888), the stern on both sides with gilt crowned 'W' monogram and bearing the ship’s name. On the carved hardwood base, in silver inlay to one side, the dedication ‘Jhrem Hochverehrten Geschwaderchef, Die Offiziere und Beamten des l. Geschwaders’ (In the Year of the Much Venerated Admiral from the Officers and Staff of the First Fleet), and to the other side the dates ‘1900-1903’, also inlaid in silver, the mouldings of the acanthus-carved ebony plinth entwined with silver plaques engraved with the names of the thirty-two ships of the first squadron of the Imperial German Navy fleet, and also bears a plaque engraved with the maker’s name, Fec. M. Fadderjahn Berlin.S. The model rests on a bespoke black hardwood display plinth with glass protective cover, which explains its remarkable condition. Length of model: 50 inches (127 cm) Length of display case: 53 inches (135 cm) Height of case: 30 inches (77 cm) Depth of case: 13 inches (33 cm) Notes: Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia (born Albert Wilhelm Heinrich, 1862-1929) was a younger brother of German Emperor Wilhelm II. Being a career naval officer, he held various commands in the Imperial German Navy and eventually rose to the rank of Grand Admiral. SMS KAISER FRIEDRICH III was the lead ship of the First Fleet, and was launched on 1st July 1896. After Vice Admiral Prince Heinrich of Prussia was appointed chief of the 1st squadron in September 1900 he made the SMS KAISER FRIEDRICH III his permanent flagship in November that year. The battleship held this position until the Prince was replaced by Admiral Hans von Koester in September, 1903. It is almost certainly on this occasion that this extraordinary model was presented to Prince Heinrich as a gift from the officers of his squadron. Additional information is available upon request.


  • Creator
    M. Fadderjahn 1 (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Width: 53.15 in. (135 cm)Depth: 13 in. (33 cm)
  • Style
    Other (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 59811stDibs: LU868021313912

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