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Prussian grenadiers being inspected by Frederick the Great during the Seven Years War.

Prussian grenadiers being inspected by Frederick the Great during the Seven Years War.

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Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

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Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia.    During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

Frederick II, the Great (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786): King of Prussia. During his 40-year reign, Frederick II vastly increased Prussia’s wealth, doubled its size, recast it into a hub of culture and learning, and made it a great military power.

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Frederick the Great (1712-1786) at the Castle of Lisbon on the evening of the battle of Leuthen in 1757. Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786) at the Castle of Lisbon on the evening of the battle of Leuthen in 1757. Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.

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Frederick the Great after the Battle of Kolin: picture by Julius Schrader
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Frederick the Great in the church at Elsnig during the Battle of Torgau

Frederick the Great in the church at Elsnig during the Battle of Torgau

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King Frederick the Great with his Grenadier Guard Battalion during the Seven Years War

King Frederick the Great with his Grenadier Guard Battalion during the Seven Years War

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One of eight green chrysoprase snuffboxes owned by Frederick the Great of Prussia, about 1755 - this one given to his brother Augustus Wilhelm.  From V website: "design is probably by Jean Guillaume George Kruger, a London trained designer who moved to Berlin in 1753 and designed a series of snuffboxes in the Prussian royal collection...  [These boxes were] set with diamonds, gold & hardstone scrolls, vines and flowers." The diamonds are backed with pink, green & yellow foil to reflect…

One of eight green chrysoprase snuffboxes owned by Frederick the Great of Prussia, about 1755 - this one given to his brother Augustus Wilhelm. From V website: "design is probably by Jean Guillaume George Kruger, a London trained designer who moved to Berlin in 1753 and designed a series of snuffboxes in the Prussian royal collection... [These boxes were] set with diamonds, gold & hardstone scrolls, vines and flowers." The diamonds are backed with pink, green & yellow foil to reflect…

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