This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a large porcelain sign from a government office in Hesse-Darmstadt. [Hesse-Darmstadt was one of Imperial Germany’s two larger Grand Duchies. Along with Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt contributed the largest military contingents after Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony]. The impressive, slightly-vaulted sign measures 20” x 23.5.” Its center features a 12” x 8.75” bright-blue shield adorned with a red-and-white-striped, rampant, Hesse-Darmstadt Lion. The shield is topped by a golden, stylized Fleurs-de-Lis-peaked crown, and the entire image is displayed against a white background. The term “Der Landrat,” which loosely translates as “The District Administrator” (technically, a sub-prefect), appears at the sign’s bottom. Each of the sign’s four corners features a hole through which the sign was attached to the administration’s office building. The shield is in the center. The sign is quite handsome and in very fine condition, overall.
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