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FROM THE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS HERMINE VON SCHÖNAICH-CAROLATH, HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY THE DOWAGER GERMAN EMPRESS

Natural pearl and diamond pendant, late 19th century
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FROM THE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS HERMINE VON SCHÖNAICH-CAROLATH, HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY THE DOWAGER GERMAN EMPRESS

Natural pearl and diamond pendant, late 19th century
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Natural pearl and diamond pendant, late 19th century
The slightly baroque drop-shaped natural pearl measuring approximately 18.75 x 13.10 x 10.45mm, the cap and pendent loop set with rose diamonds, surmounted with a cushion-shaped stone.
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Accompanied by SSEF report no. 73604, stating that the pearl was found to be natural, saltwater.

Provenance

Princess Hermine von Schoenaich-Carolath, Her Imperial Majesty The Dowager German Empress, thence by descent.

Literature

On the 5th of November 1922, exiled German Emperor Wilhelm II (b.1859-d.1941) married Princess Hermine von Schönaich-Carolath, née Princess Hermine Reuss of Greiz (b. 1887-d.1947). Less than a year earlier, the widowed Princess’ thirteen year old son, Prince Georg Wilhelm, had written the Emperor expressing his sympathy for the recent loss of the Emperor’s wife. The young boy’s letter was answered by a handwritten letter from the Emperor, complete with an invitation for the young Prince, his siblings and his mother to his estate in Doorn. Both recently widowed, the Emperor and Princess Hermine greatly enjoyed one anothers’ company and soon decided to marry. Together, the family lived in a castle in the Netherlands until the Emperor’s death in 1941 when she returned to her home, in Silesia. Her eldest son Prince Hans Georg died at the Russian front in August 1943. Fleeing from the advancing Red Army in Silesia, The Dowager German Empress escaped to Schloss Rossla in Saxony-Anhalt, her sister’s home. She was accompanied by her just widowed daughter-in-law and her two small grandchildren, aged 2 and 3. This pearl is one of the very few precious items The Dowager Empress was able to carry with her and pass on to following generations. Russian occupation officers subsequently held her under house arrest in a small apartment in Frankfurt (Oder) where she died in 1947.

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