German silver model battleship to make up to $156,000?

A German imperial silver model of the battleship Kaiser Friedrich III is estimated at £60,000-100,000 ($93,786-156,310).

The lot is one of a large collection of items from royal European households that will cross the block at Sotheby's in London on February 24.

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The silver battleship belonged to Prince Heinrich of Prussia

It was presented to Prince Heinrich of Prussia, who served as grand admiral of the German fleet between 1909 and 1918.

The actual ship was launched in 1898 and was a flagship for a brief time but was ultimately scrapped in 1920.

Sotheby's comments: "Elaborate silver ship models like the present one were very popular as prestigious gifts for the high nobility and for the high military command; (positions, which in imperial Germany were normally combined in the same person).

"For instance Emperor Wilhelm II's own ship's model collection in the 'Sternsaal' of the Berlin imperial residence (Berliner Stadtschloss… consisted of fifteen comparable silver ship's models, all also prestigious gifts from various sources."

An 18th century German neoclassical cherry wood bureau-cabinet by Theodor Commer is valued at £50,000-80,000 ($78,155-125,048).

It features inlaid wax figures by Caspar Bernhard Hardy, a sculptor best known for his wax tableaux. 

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