Many years ago I purchased this display bust of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The seller (a very trusted friend and colleague) told me then that it was one of two busts produced at Madame Tussauds™ London workshop for display in a museum or similar setting. It appears to have been cast from a mold and is made of a hard plastic-composite material. It presents an excellent likeness of Wilhelm II. Its eyes are hand painted and implanted with three-dimensional lashes. It also sports a luxurious mustache and a partial wiglet. Both are made of real human hair the same color as the Kaiser’s hair as a young man. Since the bust was designed to display headdresses appropriate for the Kaiser, it was unnecessary to fully cover his head with hair, which also saved the cost of a full wig. With a headdress in place, the hair can be combed down properly so that only the sides and back peek out from underneath.
I have owned the bust for at least ten years, during which I used it extensively for photographing high-end headdress items, including some that once belonged to Wilhelm II. It is now time for someone else to enjoy it. Its realism is spot on. I know when I put a pickelhaube on this bust, I feel as though the old boy is with me. I almost feel the need to stand to attention and click my heels!
If you have an important piece of headdress in your collection that you want to display in an absolutely first-rate manner, this is for you!