Kaiser Wilhelm II was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling both from 1888 until his abdication in 1918. He was the eldest grandson of the British Queen Victoria and was related to many of the monarchs and princes in Europe. In 1888, Wilhelm II dismissed Otto von Bismarck, the current Chancellor, and launched an overhaul of the Empire's foreign affairs, latter dubbed “the new course”. This shift in policies culminated in Wilhelm II’s support for Austria-Hungary during the July Crisis of 1914 and shortly after the First World War Kaiser Wilhelm II was known as an avid hunter and sportsman. According to his game book, he partook in thousands of hunts and killed a total of 78,300 game animals. In 1898 alone, he hunted 897 animals, including 48 red stag, 8 fallow deer, and 2 roe deer. Part of the Eulenburg Hunt/Liebenberg Circle Collection from Liebenberg, Germany. A red stag full cap European mount with 21 points measuring approximately 28 inches high and 39.5 inches wide mounted to a replacement hand carved gilded wooden plaque. The skull is marked (and reporedly taken by) "Emil Graf (Count) Schlitz, Eulenburg" and "1892" in black ink. Attached to the front is a Bavarian helmet plate. Hanging from the antlers is a Prussian gorget with applied Garde du Corps Other Ranks insignia with enlisted style chain. The plaque is approximately 26.5 x 14 inches. Emil Friedrich Franz Maximilian Count von Schlitz was a sculptor, Hessian nobleman, cultural policymaker and confidant of Kaiser Wilhelm II. These trophies have survived traversing the Atlantic, two World Wars, and the ravages of time. The Royal Hunt Collection has been curated over a period of 40 years through private collectors, auctions and individuals in Europe.
Very good with some separation of the seams of the skull bones due to age and mild handling marks overall. A set of steel pins and sockets has been installed allowing the antlers to be detached and remounted without tools.
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