Silk portrait image of Kronprinz Friedrick Wilhem
the image of this silk portrait kindly
donated by John Hartwig, USA

Kronprinz Friedrick Wilhelm

(future Friedrich III)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 260 not listed 107
Woven on silk:-

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

cm deep by cm wide

cm deep by cm wide

by Sprake:


by Godden:
Frederich III, the eldest son of Prince William of Prussia, the first German emperor, was born in Potsdam on 18 October 1831.
He visited England in 1851 on the occasion of the Great Exhibition; and he married Victoria, the Princess Royal, in London on 25 January 1858.
On the death of his father in March 1888, he succeeded to the German throne but enjoyed a reign of only 99 days before he died on 15 June 1888.

Frederick (or Friedrich) III was first depicted as 'Kronprinz Friedrick Wilhelm', to quote from the woven title on the example shown above.

A later silk shows Friedrich III after he had succeeded to the German throne in March 1888. This very rare subject is found on card-mount of type C [see so264].

The title FRIEDRICH III was first listed on label 23+27+2 of 1888, but the silk seems to have been made mainly for the continental market. It is included on the Franz Drahne German back-label.
Examples are now very rare.

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