|Frederick III in 1875|
|6" high, 13" long, Collection of the Science Museum London|
The coat of arms carved on the front of the bowl is the Order of the Garter in England, an honour Frederick received at the time of his marriage.
The shield bears an inscription in French "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" (Evil to him who evil thinks) and the banner reads "Dieu et Mon Droit" ( God and My Right). The shield is supported by the English Lion to the left and the Scottish Licorne to the right.
It seems appropriate at this point to introduce two exceptional pipe finely decorated with a carving of the Order of the Garter,
|First Half of XIXth century|
Late XIXth century. Courtesy The Antique Pipe Co.
Unfortunately Emperor Frederick III died the day after his daughter Princess Sophie's birthday less than four months after his coronation...
|German Emperor Friedrich III of Germany - The End Of A Brave Life, published around 1888 in Puck (magazine), USA|
The premature death of a progressive and anglophile leader who, as the Crown Prince, often opposed the conservative Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, has been considered by many historians as a turning point in German history.