Kaiser Wilhelm II Cigarette Case Note: This item is currently in storage. The front exterior of this metal cigarette case displays a photo of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was the last King of Prussia. He reigned from 1888 to 1918. His great-uncle was Frederick Wilhelm IV, who in 1842 designed the pickelhaube, which became the helmet worn by the Prussian army. This cigarette case is approximately 3-5/8 inches high by 3-3/16 inches wide by 11/16 inches deep. Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker, America’s highest scoring ace of WWI, brought this Prussian cigarette case home as a wartime souvenir. It is unknown how he attained it. Donated by Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker. Click here to return to the Featured World War I Artifacts index. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker Prussian Cavalry Officer Helmet Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.