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Kaiser Wilhelm II in Naval Uniform.

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A.  Pour le Mérite - Prussian's Blue Max; Imperial Germany's supreme distinction for bravery in the face of the enemy.  Presented only to officers, the Pour le Merite was never awarded posthumously. 

We are fortunate enough to be able to offer three distinct variants of th Pour le Mérite.  These fine pieces are all of post-1945 manufacture for the collectors' trade or for theatrical use.

1. Röthe & Neffe, Vienna - Pie Slice Suspension - One of the very few court jewellers to continue operation after WW2 was the Roethe company, of Vienna, Austria. The high quality workmanship and artistry of the House of Roethe is demonstrated in this fine example of the PLM.  The chasing and fine engraving of the lettering and crown are signature Roethe.  The other distinctive feature of this style is the pie slice suspension, which was the style prevailing prior to 1915 though this piece was likely produced for the collectors' trade or the theatre during the period between WW1 and WW2.

Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Godet & Sohn, obverse   Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Godet & Sohn, reverse

2.  Röthe & Neffe, Vienna - The two surviving Rothe sisters closed their shop in late-2006; these pieces were purchased from the final closing sale.  They are indicative of the very high standard of manufacture that Roethe was known for.

Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Rothe & Neffe, obverse   Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Rothe & Neffe, reverse
 

3.  Steinhauer & Lueck, Luedenscheid - S&L one of the few remaining German court jewellers still in operation, today.  It is best-known for the de-nazified decorations it produced in the late-1950's.  During that period they also produced a very distinctive variant of the Pour le Merite, primarily for the collectors' market. 

These pieces were beautifully finished rich, royal blue enamel and very fine detail to the eagles. If you examine the lettering of the word “Pour,” you will see that the seraphs of the “u” and “r” run together, diagnostic for an S & L Pour le Mérite.

 

Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Steinhauer & Lueck, obverse

  Imperial German / Prussian Pour le Merite, Steinhauer & Lueck, reverse
 
 

 

 

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