Silk portrait in Stevens official card mount
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Woven on silk:-
"WIR DEUTSCHE FÜRCHTEN GOTT
SONST NIEMAND IN DER WELT"
together with Bismarck's signature
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
19.0cm deep by 14.0cm wide
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: