This is an unusual cap tally for an enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailor. The S.M.S. Schleswig-Holstein was a battleship that was launched in 1908. She was the last of the older-style battleship, made just before Germany started began building the “Big Gun” battleships. She was a part of the five-ship Deutschland Class. As an older ship she was not a part of the front-line battleship squadron. She was relegated to a lesser role instead, although she did serve in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). She survived WW I and the scrapping of German ships in the 1920’s. She saw some service in WW II, then was finally scrapped in 1947.
The black silk cap tally measures 49″ in length. “Reserve S.M.S. Schleswig=Holstein” is embossed in silver on the tally’s front. The tally is in excellent condition. This is the first time that we have offered a Reservist’s cap tally.