This is a metal seal bearing Frederick II’s (1712-1786) likeness. Frederick II is more commonly known as “Frederick the Great.” He was Prussia’s third King, who began Prussia’s march toward a position of prominence in Europe. (His grandson, Friedrich Wilhelm III, led Prussia though the Napoleonic Wars and instituted the Iron Cross in 1813). The seal reproduces a profile view of Germany’s first great King. The seal stands 1 1/8″ tall. The actual seal is 1″ in diameter. The seal dates from approximately 1800, not too long after Frederick the Great’s death. Frederick the Great was also known for founding the Orden Pour le Mérite and building the historic palace Sanssoucci. His fondness for French over the German language is evident in both of these names. Included with the seal is a piece of paper whereupon the seal was stamped, producing seals as they would have appeared TWO centuries ago. It is a most interesting display item.