Silk portrait in Stevens official card mount
Image of Prince Bismark

Prince Bismarck


Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 100 STG110 89
 
Words:
Woven on silk:-
"WIR DEUTSCHE FÜRCHTEN GOTT
SONST NIEMAND IN DER WELT"

together with Bismarck's signature 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY
 
FÜRST V. BISMARCK.

Size:
Card-mount:
19.0cm deep by 14.0cm wide

silk:
9.8cm deep by 6.0cm wide

Comments:
by Sprake:
 

by Godden:
Otto Bismarck was born on 1 April 1815, the son of a retired captain in the Prussian army. He was to become a fearless politician, uniting the German states after defeating France in the Franco-Prussian War. He became Chancellor of the German Empire in 1871. But after working for the greater part of his life for his fatherland, Prince Bismarck was forced to resign from his office of Head of State in March 1890. He died on 28 July 1898.

The title PRINCE BISMARK was first listed in label 23+34a of 1888. The name on known titled examples is in the German spelling 'Prinz V. Bismarck', but the silk also occurs on untitled English-style card-mounts of type D2.

The subject appears on the Franz Drahne German back-label with the date 6 February 1888 added after the motto which is woven below the portrait. The date is that on which Bismarck made the quotation "Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, aber sonst nichts in der Welt." ('We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.') - found woven in modified form under the portrait - when speaking in the Reichstag, arousing nationalistic sentiment in order to gain support for increasing the size of the army.

Other comments:
Many of the German silks attributed to Stevens
manufacture have a destinctive border printed on the card mount:

 
 
 
Image of Prince Bismark  
 
Stevens silk portraits were also mounted in other card mounts,
of which these are typical examples:

 
 
Image of Prince Bismark
 
 
Image of Prince Bismark
 
 
 
 


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This page was created on 13 April 2004
new colour image added 29 June 2008, and smaller image added 29 August 2009
offical Stevens card mount image added 18 November 2012
other small image added 29 October 2015. Official Stevens card mount image replaced 16 October 2017 © Peter Daws
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