Prague: 1880. Original document. Hardcover. Elephant Folio (16 1/2 x 12 1/2"). Six leaves with gilt edges. Original cream leather with massive, raised ornamental mounted decorative "E" (Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 1837–1898) underneath an intricate crown, both gold plated. These placed in the center atop a floral metal decor, within a partly gold-plated additional floral decor and four enamel, gilt framed badges with silver motifs of lion and drums with flags at top and bottom, the dates 18. August and 1880 at left and right. Decorative gilt-stamped beveled edges and four gilt resting posts attached to back cover. Inside covers with gilt-stamped dentelles and elaborate cream and blue leather doublures with two intricate metal Austrian-Hungarian coats of arms inlaid with black and red leather, gold and silver motifs and framing cut into the center with decorative gilt-stamped framing. The block held by a string bound into the covers and fixed with a narrow linen at gutters. Housed in a black paper-covered box with white silk-lined cushion.
The title page addressing the Queen is finely designed in chromolithography, with decorative frame and the Habsburg double eagle at top, Athena at bottom. The following two leaves in original cursive manuscript, partly heightened in gold with hand-colored initials, contain a thank you to the Queen for accepting the patronage for the ceremony to consecrate the flag of the Infantry Corps in Prague on August 18, 1880, and for the appointment Countess Anna zu Lobkowitz as her proxy. The second leaf addresses the other guests of the ceremony and contains a pledge of faithfulness to the crown. It is signed by a representative of the corps, Prague, August 18, 1880. Both leaves with decorative colored framing. This accompanied by three additional gilt-framed leaves containing fifty-six original signatures of the members of the infantry corps.
Box somewhat rubbed and scuffed, with small sticker at top edge, split corners but frame itself intact. Offsetting to pages opposite to inside covers, more pronounced at rear on blank page. Document in overall very good to near fine condition. vg. Item #43890