A German silver cigar-lamp
Mark of Marten Heinrich Hansen, Kiel, dated 1912, 900 standard
Waisted cylindrical and with scroll handles, the interior with burner, the burner cover lacking, the rim with part chain, the body engraved with two inscriptions, marked on base
4in. (10,2cm.) high
10oz. (323gr.) gross
The inscriptions read 'UTOWANA 1912' and 'S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN'. James W. Gerard in his memoir, My Four Years in Germany, recalls that, 'In June, 1914, we went to Kiel as guests of Allison Armour of Chicago, on his yacht, the Utowana...(we) went with Armour to dine with the Emperor on board the Emperor's yacht, Hohenzollern.... In the harbour were a fair number of German yachts, mostly sailing yachts, taking part in the races.... A great British fleet, comprising some of the most powerful dreadnoughts, had also arrived.... After going on board the Utowana, Frederick W. Wile, the celebrated correspondent of the London Daily Mail, ranged up alongside in a small launch and informed us that the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife had been assassinated at Sarajevo. There was much rushing to and fro in fast launches, the Emperor himself being summoned from the race which was in progress.... The next morning the Emperor left early for Berlin, but expressly directed that the festivities and races at Kiel should be carried out as arranged....
On Tuesday Armour and I boarded the Emperor's sailing yacht, the new Meteor. The race was a beautiful run from Kiel to Eckernfjord and was won by the Meteor. As the Emperor was not on board, I did not get one of the souvenir scarf-pins always given to guests who sail with him on a winning race.'