WWI Kaiser's Shooting Award of the Royal Infantry School
WWI Kaiser's Shooting Award of the Royal Infantry School for Non-Commissioned Officers, to 5th Company Klehm, 6th Regiment Spandau, 1900, Cased; This pocket watch is silver-cased, non-functional, weighing 78 grams. The white enamelled face has bold hour numerals in black, each five minute interval also marked, gold hour and minute hands, each minute position marked with black rules, the "6" hour position replaced by an inset second hand clock with a gold secondhand, the glass crystal remaining contact free and intact. The front and back exterior covers are hinged along the bottom edge, the back cover with the engraved cypher of Wilhelm II. The inside back cover is engraved "Kaiserpreis der Kgl. Inf. Schiefsschule für den Unteroffizier Klehm 5. Comp. Reg. 106. Spandau d. 19.10.00." (October 19, 1900), hallmarked with a bird, maker marked "GM", marked "0,800" (silver) in a capsuled outline and number stamped "8223". Inside, the cover protecting the workings of the watch has a right-facing bust of Wilhelm II affixed in the centre, framed by a wreath of laurel leaves at the left and oak leaves at the right, the Imperial crown with ribbon banners linking the tops of the wreath, the entire image of which is turned ninety degrees to the left, the underside of the cover is dual bird hallmarked, maker marked "GM", marked "0,800" (silver) in a capsuled outline, hallmarked with the Reichsmark crescent moon and crown and number stamped "8223". One support bar in the workings cabinet is marked in French "AVANCE" (Advance) and "RETARD" (Delay). It also comes with a reeded ball finial stem and a ring suspension, hallmarked on the stem post, measuring 48.3 mm x 61.3 mm x 14.5 mm. Accompanied by its original multi-link, braided, stretchy embroidered brown cord, with a clip at one end and a ring with sliding release at the other, for placement upon the watch. Extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, the inside cover with a pocket and lined in deep pink satin, a raised ring placed in the centre of the maroon felt medal bed to house the watch, its outer edge trimmed in a deep pink embroidered band, push release, scuffed exterior, fabric loss on the inside hinged area, case better than fine. Footnote: In 1884, a law was enacted making .800 the minimum national standard for silver in Germany. In 1886, the use of individual city marks was abolished and replaced by the national mark (Reichsmark) of a crescent moon and crown mark (Halbmond und Krone) representing the entire German state. These marks became compulsory by 1888. The crown and crescent moon are used in conjunction with a maker's mark and a decimal silver standard mark.