Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

This type I never saw before! The cover of the passport booklet looks like the standard German Empire travel documents but it’s not! The wording and layout of the pages are different and the first page has a “REISE-PASS” blind stamp at the lower margin. Also page three shows a very nice blind stamp “K.S. REISEPASSINSAUSLAND “and coat of arms. Quite unusual. A first draft or specimen of the later upcoming standardized German Empire passport books?

As you can see the document, even if 148 years old, the document is in fantastic fresh condition beside it was used for travel in 1866 to the Government of Poltava which belonged to the Russian Empire from 1802-1925 (see visa on page 4 and purpose of travel). On page 5 you see a visa of the Consulate General, Kingdom of Saxony in Warsaw from 1868.

A fantastic and unusual collectible when it comes to travel documents. Happy to have it now in my collection.

Saxony1866booklet

Saxony1866booklet

Saxony1866booklet

I am missing only a couple of German Empire passport types to complete the whole Empire, but those missing are of course the most rare ones to find. In fact in 15+ years of research and collecting I never saw them. Now I am in doubt if they even exist. But they have to…

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  1. The Saxon Passport is not unusually. It was issued in 1866, four years before foundation of the German Reich, so it looks like an German-Empire-Passport, but is isn`t one, because the Kingdom of Saxony was in 1866 a sovereign state. From 1870 onwards German passports in this style were issued under the unified state name “Deutsches Reich” and the issuing state authority, for example Kingdom of Prussia, Kingdom of Saxony, Duchy of Anhalt, Principality of Lippe or Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and so on (there were 26 “Bundesstaaten” or Federal States).

    1. Hi Marcus, thx for your opinion, but I suggest you only comment about this topic (in this way) when you understand passport history! An 1866 Saxony booklet is a fine rarity and not comparable with the German Empire booklets. Cheers, Tom

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