This is an interesting patriotic item that comes from the year 1889. During the previous year, Germany had three Kaisers sit upon its throne. The first was Wilhelm I. Upon his death, his son Friedrich III assumed the throne. Friedrich III held the throne for less than 100 days, since he was already stricken with terminal cancer. (He frequently is referred to as “The 100-Day-Kaiser” in Germany). Friedrich was followed by his son, Wilhelm II.
These three men appear at the calendar’s top, (this item appears to be a fan). A Kaiser Crown appears above Wilhelm I’s head, who is in the middle. All three men are dressed in military uniforms. Between them we see the young Kronprinz Wilhelm, who would have been Germany’s fourth Kaiser, had his father, Kaiser Wilhelm II, not abdicated Germany’s throne in 1918. Below the young prince is a German Eagle.
The entire fan measures 11 ½”” x 8″(at its widest point). At the bottom (what could be the fan’s handle) a complete 12-month 1889 calendar is attached. The calendar itself measures 3 3/16″ x 2 5/16.” When I first looked at the calendar, I felt something was not quite right. That was when I noticed that it was in English rather than German! My theory is that it was produced in the U.S. for use by German-Americans.
The entire presentation is quite elaborate and very colorful. I count at least six different colors. A small hole above the crown at the top will allow one to hang this fan/calendar on the wall.