This is a consignment item. It is a fascinating, rare naval officer’s promotion patent (urkunde). Promotion patents were issued for both Army and Navy officers. Since Imperial Germany’s Navy was considerably smaller than its Army, its officers’ corps was also less plentiful. Prior to WW I, Kaiser Wilhelm II personally signed patents for Army officers above the rank of Hauptmann/Rittmeister, and above Kapitänleutnant in the Navy. Ranks below these were NOT signed. When fully opened, the document measures 28” x 17.” When folded in half, it measures 14” x 8 1/2.” As was the custom (for ease in mailing and/or presentation), the document has been folded two more times.
Two pages contain printed information, while the two other pages are blank. The front page features the officer’s name, along with some of the document’s basic “boiler plate” information. The officer’s name was Otto Oerter. Apparently, he was a Marine Engineer Candidate (similar to a Fähnrich, the term for an Army officer candidate) at a Hamburg candidate training school. His promotion made him a Marine Ingenieur der Reserve, which was equivalent to a Leutnant zur See der Reserve, the lowest naval officer’s rank. The second page features Oerter’s appointment date, 1911. It also repeats the information that he was promoted from an Engineer candidate to an Ingenieur der Reserve at that time. It is very likely that he served during WW I, probably aboard one of the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s beloved Kaiserliche Marine vessels.
The document is in excellent condition with no rips or tears.