Catalog No. 600
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid (shown with pewter lid figurine).
Exists with music box in base (add 20%).
“Deutschland, Duetschland ü. alles, über alles in der Welt,
wenn es stets, zu Schutz u. Trutze, brüderlich zuzammen hält.”
(Germany, Germany above all, above all in the world,
when always, for protection and defense, brothers stand together.)
Wilhelm II (1859-1941) succeeded his father, Friedrich III, and was crowned Emperor (Kaiser) of Germany in 1888. During his reign, Wilhelm II built up the German military machine and a naval fleet to rival that of Great Britain. He was forced to abdicate under the terms of the armistice ending World War I.
Text is taken from the first stanza of “Das Lied der Deutschen” (The Song of the Germans), written in 1841 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and sung to a melody composed in 1797 by Joseph Haydn for the birthday of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II.