same woven portrait with only the Kaiser's name printed on card mount
woven portrait with Kaiser's name and date he died printed on card mount
and Stevens name printed below silk
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Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
10.5cm deep by 6.4cm wide
Frederick (or Friedrich) III was first depicted as 'Kronprinz Friedrick Wilhelm', to quote from the woven title on the example shown on the image of the Stevens presentation volume [see so260].
This later silk shows Friedrich III after he had succeeded to the German throne in March 1888. This very rare subject is found on card-mount of type C.
The title FRIEDRICH III was first listed on label 23+27+2 of 1888, but the silk seems to have been made mainly for the continental market. It is included on the Franz Drahne German back-label.
Godden notes that most of the Friedrich silks were sold in the European market, and also notes that Frank Drahne included the title on the German back label.
Whilst the two woven silks are identical to the official Stevens mounted silk, the names printed on the card-mount are slightly different. The German mount has the Stevens title " FRIEDRICH III ", whist the Drahne card uses his title " KAISER FRIEDRICH ". It should also be noted that Sprake included an image of a mounted silk, and the title there was " FRIEDRICK III "
The title on Stevens back label first appears on label 23+27+2, of March or April 1888, as Friedrick III.