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Commemorative Baton to Field Marshal Graf von Blumenthal

 

 

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General Field Marshal Graf von Blumenthal

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Slight opening from age

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Marshal Blumenthal is seen next to Bismarck

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Painting of German HQ at Versailles;
General Blumenthal is to the left

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The Prussian crown prince pays his last respects to slain French general Abel Douay after the German victory at Weissenburg. Graf v. Blumenthal is the short officer directly behind the prince.

Marvelous! Commemorative Baton to Field Marshal Graf von Blumenthal, one of the most famous Heroes of the Prussian Wars (Item SPECIAL SALES; KHISTORY 1-20; KSPEC 1-8)

DESCRIPTION: This was a special gift to Count Leonhard Graf von Blumenthal on his promotion to general field marshal on March 3, 1888. The baton was a presentation from his military staff that had served under him, but obviously it was not the official grand baton that would have been awarded to him personally by the Kaiser for the achievement of this important rank. One of the most prestigious and highly commendable deeds that this honorable soldier performed and had been recorded was when he curtailed a highly revengeful order by the German general staff in the Franco-Prussian War to burn Paris to the ground, and he fervently disobeyed this order and history recounts many more masterful military victories that are credited to this elderly, but noble Teutonic warrior. Although petite in stature, his immense fighting spirit was ever with him coupled with an almost unbelievable knowledge of winning with his remarkable battle strategies. He will always remain special in the annals of military history as one of the greatest wartime commanders of all time. Eisenhower was a GI potato peeler when compared to General Field Marshal (Count) von Blumenthal! (Be sure to look him up on the web–it’s a fascinating story about a great military genius.) The baton is very heavy and obviously is meant to be displayed, not carried. The center core is most likely solid brass and the finial and endcap are also brass which probably were gilded, but that has worn away leaving a lovely brass patina. The baton is approximately 21 inches in length and is capped at each end with a brass finial. The top finial features the full presentation, which is beautifully hand engraved with the legend, and at its top end is a large and gorgeous silver and enameled red crown of the Prussian Empire. On the lower finial is a miniature likeness of an 1870 Iron Cross. The main body of the baton is covered with a burgundy crushed velvet material with applied and alternating Prussian eagles and crowns in silver, and the crowns are partially enameled. There is some wear due to age and handling, and the seam in the cloth is very slightly separating at one point, but it really does not detract from the overall stark beauty of the piece. The general condition is very good. This is truly a one-of-a-kind gift from his faithful officers to their illustrious and famous commander. This without a doubt is one of the most important historical items we have proudly ever offered.

Price $10,000.00

 

 

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