This is a simply wonderful bronze statue of a 9. Württembergisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 127 soldier striding forward. The regiment was founded in 1897. It was garrisoned at Ulm-Wiblingen and attached to Württemberg’s Armeekorps XIII. The regiment was the next to the last (the last being 10. Württembergisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 180, also founded in 1897) formed from the “old guard” before WW I’s buildup. I have had the opportunity to purchase other soldier statues in the past, but I always passed due to lack of uniqueness or quality, until this statue was offered to me. Its spirit and realistic appearance spoke to me.
Overall the statue’s height reaches 18 ½.” The statue’s base is made of marble, which measures 5″ tall and 6″ x 6″square. It weighs a total of 16 lbs, 2 ounces. A total of three small chips can be found on the marble. The statue itself is attached to a small bronze base. The base and the soldier measure 13 ½” in height, including his spike’s tip. A beautifully engraved plaque on the marble base displays a dedication from the regiment’s officers’ corps. The officers salute and dedicate this gift to a Hauptmann Gross (or Groso). The dedication mentions that the Hauptmann served in the regiment from 25 February 1904 through 21 July 1908. He probably was promoted to a major’s rank. [He may have been promoted in from another regiment, having been promoted from Oberleutnant to Hauptmann in 1904].
The pickelhaube-wearing soldier has a full assortment of field gear, including his Mauser rifle, his back pack, ammo pouches, bayonet, and etc. He is garbed as he would have been in real life. The statue’s attention to detail is what makes it special. Not only does the soldier himself appear life-like, his tunic’s shoulder straps (from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 127) are rendered with great precision and realistic detailing. I have not seen this quality on similar pieces.
This statue has lots of personality. It would make a worthy addition to your collection.