Imperial German Presentation Statue by Bellair

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Imperial German Presentation Statue by Bellair-This is a very handsome statue of an imperial soldier wearing a period pickelhaube helmet, as well as all of his kit, including his rucksack, his mess kit, his canteen, etc. The details are amazing. The straps of the backpack still retain some of the gold gilting as does the spike of the helmet. This 10 1/2” high bronze statue sits on a black wooden base, making the total height 18”. The base itself contains a bronze wreath and a brass plaque that is inscribed with “To the outgoing Comrade Houpim Bessner/ The Officer Corps of the Nassau Infantry Regiment”, as well as the number #88. The 88th Infantry Division (German: 88. Infanterie-Division) was a major fighting formation of the German Army (Wehrmacht). It was created in December 1939, and first saw combat in the Battle of France, and was then posted to security duties. From December 1941, the division was shifted to the southern sector of the Eastern Front, where it fought until February 1944 when it was encircled near Cherkassy and virtually destroyed. This statue has a mark behind the soldier’s right foot, for the company ' R. Bellair & Co.' of 182 Friedrich Street in Berlin. They were known for producing or supplying works of art, especially bronze figurines, during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. The black painted wooden base has some damage to the edges, but the statue itself is in excellent condition, the bronze having a wonderful deep patina. Other statues of this type are dated 1896 but we are unsure of the exact date of this example. Truly a work of art!