ANTIQUE BRONZE BUST AUSTRIAN EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEPH

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 28,2009
  • Channel: Online Auction

FINE AND VERY RARE BRONZE / CAST IRON BUST OF AUSTRIAN EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEPH I , BORN 1830 DIED 21 NOV 1916 , THIS BUST DATES FROM ABOUT 1875 TO ABOUT 1880 , IN FINE SHAPE , BEAUTIFUL CASTING BEST I HAVE SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME . ON ORIGINAL BASE , STAMPED ON BACK E. G. ZIMMERMANN IN HANAU , AND THE LETTERS P . H. , THIS WAS MADE IN GERMANY , THE EMPEROR HAS A BEARD AND A MUSTACHE HE ALSO IS WEARING WHAT LOOKS LIKE A MILITARY CROSS MEDALLION , AND IRON CROSS ? , THE BUST MEASURES 8 INCHS HIGH FROM BASE TO TOP OF HEAD . VERY HEAVY , AGAIN THE DETAIL WORK IS INCREDIBLE , JUST A MAGNIFICENT WORK OF ART , WOULD LOOK GREAT IN ANY FINE COLLECTION OF MILITARY ITEMS OR A COLLECTION OF AUSTRIAN ROYAL FAMILY ITEMS , AGAIN I AM NOT 100% SURE THIS ITEM IS CAST IRON OR BRONZE , IT IS VERY HEAVY , HAS A BEAUTIFUL PATINA , THIS IS JUST INCREDIBLE . HOPE IT GOES TO A GOOD HOME . GOOD LUCK !!!!

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