“FRITZ” Given by Her Imperial Highness by Rowland Ward
Rare Victorian hounds paw of Royal provenance, mounted by Rowland Ward & Co. Piccadilly London. The silver mounted inscription reads:
‘FRITZ, Born at Potsdam July 1875, Died at Aldershot April 7th 1884, The Gift of H.I.H. The Crown Princess of Germany’.
The paw was gifted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901) who became German Empress and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III. Frederick was also informally known as Fritz and shared a passion for Italian Greyhounds which spawned from his father Frederick II “The Great” who is buried with many of his beloved hounds at Potsdam. The mounted paw represents a fine Royal memento and the love between Frederick, his dogs and Victoria.
The paw is of considerable size, well furred and with claws intact. Mounted as a page turner with blade and silver collar bearing hallmarks for Charles Dalgleish, London 1884, Rowland Ward makers mark and inscription. Please note the ivory content has been approved by CITES under current EU law.
Black and white photographs 1 & 2 depict Victoria Princess of Germany with Frederick III and the 3rd shows Princess Victoria and Queen Victoria in mourning of Frederick in 1888.
Log: 158 Age: 1884 Dimensions: Length 40cm, Paw 14cm