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German military officer whose long distinguished career began in 1833 as a cadet in the 2nd Regiment Light Horse Brigade. In 1849 Faber became a 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant to General Heilbrannon, a post he would hold for six years. During the German unification wars (1864 - 1871) he rose in rank to become Commander of the distinguished 1st Regiment of Cavalry. Outstanding archive of over 70 items spanning Faber's entire military career, including: official military promotions signed by heads of state, manuscript and printed field orders, photographs in uniform, personal papers, A.L.S.'s and related ephemera, all dated 1838 - 1875. Highlights include seven of military promotions (1842 -1874) signed by the following German Heads of State: LUDWIG I, partly printed D.S, folio, 1842, on official letterhead with seal, affirming the appointment to the rank of Unterlieutenant; FREDERICH WILHELM THE FIRST, Partly printed D.S., folio, Jan.16, 1851, reaffirming Faber's appointment as Adjutant to Gen. Heilbrannon; FREDERICH AUGUSTUS II, Partly printed D.S., folio, Oct. 1, 1853, reaffirming Faber's military rank to the date of document; LUDWIG II , Very ornate partly printed D.S., on royal letterhead, Aug., 1867, granting a promotion to the rank of Major, 2nd Regiment, Ulams, coat of arms embossed seal still attached; FREDERICH WILHELM III, father of Kaiser Wilhelm, A.D.S., folio, Oct. 21, 1873, granting a promotion to the rank of Lt. Co. and Commander of the 1st Regiment, along with an almost identical document, Feb. 26, 1874, promoting Faber to the rank of Colonel and Commander of the 1st Regiment. Much of the balance of the material is untranslated, and appears to consist of official audits for the adjunct general's office, regimental strength reports and lengthy articulate ordnance account ledgers, most docketed by high ranking military officers. One document of importance is captioned "King's Regiment", which is crossed out and replaced with "Regiment, Kronprinze: Friedrich Wilhelm de deutschen Reiches und Prusser", folio, 1844, a listing of all staff officers assigned through seniority, updated to 1873. Faber's personal papers consist of invitations, merit certificates, eulogies and a small grouping of correspondence to a relative living in the United States. Two photographs of Faber are present: one CDV ca.1870, in full dress uniform, and a postcard image of a reproduction of a cabinet card image. This is just a small sampling of this extensive archive which for the most part remains untranslated and written in archaic old German script. Worthy of further research. Condition varies, but overall very good.
Estimate $ 800-1,000

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