Currently he is not considered to be one
of the better kings of this area, but he is known for several
1. Augustus's great physical strength earned him the nicknames "the
Strong," "the Saxon Hercules" and "Iron-Hand." He liked to show that he
lived up to his name by breaking horseshoes with his bare hands. His
ancestor Cymburgis of Masovia was also noted for her strength. He was
only about 5'9" tall, but that was above average for his time period.
There is a rare genetic condition called myostatin-related muscle
hypertrophy, or muscle enlargement. and it is likely that he inherited
this condition. He is also know for having a number of illegitimate
2. As Elector of Saxony, he is perhaps best remembered as a
patron of the arts and architecture. He established the Saxon capital
of Dresden as a major Baroque cultural centre, attracting artists and
musicians from across Europe to his court. Augustus also amassed an
impressive art collection and built fantastic baroque palaces at
Dresden and Warsaw. Dresden is still well known for impressive art and
architecture despite the fact that it was substantially destroyed by
Allied bombing during the second world war.
3. Being a "party animal" the King used every excuse to throw a
party: His lavish dance parties (balls), Venetian-style balli in
maschera, gatherings, games and garden festivities were numerous and
legendary. They are well documented by foreign princes, Saxon and
Polish courtiers, and historians. They gave his court a fabulous
reputation throughout Europe.
4. All of this lavish living culminated in diabetes which was a major
cause of his death.
I have included a ruler and a normal sized tea spoon so you can judge
A spoon of this huge size is truly a fitting way to remember this
larger than life King .
There are no identifying marks, but I suspect that this piece is made
of 800 silver and is probably from Hanau, Germany ca. 1900
The king is dressed in an extravagant
His right hand is holding a scroll and his left hand is resting on the
hilt of his sword.
The boots are the type used when riding a horse.
The back of the finial is also nicely finished
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