This tureen engraved with the text: "Kaiser Wilhelm Dem Sieger in der gross. Hannov. Steeple Chase 6 august 1888" is one of the presents given to the last German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) from the House of Hohenzollern at the occasion of a sporting evenement.
Wilhelm II was crowned Emperor in the year 1888.
Although the tureen is not a part of the extensive collection of "Hochzeitssilber", a gift from the people of Prussia which was made on the occasion of the marriage of prins Wilhelm with the princess Augusta Viktoria zu Schleswigh-Holstein (1858-1921) in 1881, this tureen shows the same neo-rococo style and fits well to this wedding dinner set.
After the German defeat in 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II could not return from his warcover address in Belgium to Germany.
After a short stay in Huis Amerongen in Amerongen, he lived in Huis Doorn in Doorn in The Netherlands until his death in 1941.
It is not very likely that this tureen and the tankards were part of the furniture send by the German government to furnish Wilhelm's new residence. Unfortunately the inventory lists with objects from the castles in Potsdam and Berlin are not very detailed.
The House of Hohenzollern did loose many properties during the tumultuous and revolutionary period in Germany after World War I. In 1918 the Berlin Schloss of Wilhelm II was plundered and parts of the household such as silver and furniture was publicly sold in the streets of Berlin.
We can conclude that this silver tureen en the other specail presents, mentioned in this catlogue given to the last German Emperor Wilhelm II are remnants of a past period in European history.