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Kaiser Wilhelm II Cigarette Case

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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