Schiller’s profane relics in the Marbach archive

DLike most other papers, Schiller’s estate was not handed over in its entirety, it was split up, and that in two respects. If Schiller’s daughter left the poet’s remains in the archive in Weimar, the last place where Schiller lived and died, then in Marbach, his place of birth, they gradually collected a considerable stock of letters, manuscripts and testimonials, in other words fragments of the estate , so that today you have two large Schiller collections in two different places.

But there was also fragmentation on another level. Caroline von Wolhaben, Schiller’s sister-in-law and estate administrator, cut up several of the master’s sparsely preserved manuscripts in order to freely distribute the autograph snippets to Schiller admirers. Whoever brings a lot will bring something to everyone, and so the folk poet Schiller was actually brought to the people in the nineteenth century. Business-minded antiquarians took advantage of this situation and resold the snippets at prices that might have been justified for the entire manuscript – sometimes the sum of the parts is more than the whole. Some of Schiller’s fragmentary manuscripts, for example, resemble a puzzle, the components of which are here and there, but preferably in Marbach and Weimar. Another curious chapter needs to be added to the history of this division of Germany.

The sweat may have curdled hot from his forehead, the brave worker who had to put a badge on Schiller’s bed in his house in Weimar – now a museum – in 1886, and one suspects that perhaps the carpenter has been axed had been replaced in the house and brute strength exercised pointlessly, because during the work some splinters of wood came off Schiller’s bed; where there is planing, chips fall. But splinters from Schiller’s bed are by no means mundane garbage, an interested party was immediately found, and so that everything was in order, he also received an official certificate:

Mrs. Bertha Lobe, Castellanin in the Schillerhaus Weimar, June 23, 1886

When a brass plate was placed on Schiller’s bedside, the splinters of wood fell off, which I gave to Mr. Hartmann. This certifies (that they are not cut off improper whites) dO

This handwritten business card, as well as the splinters of wood itself, has been put in a form with the name “Ed. Lobe’s Wwe. Castellanin Schillerhaus Weimar ”received a printed envelope. It is to be hoped that Ms. Bertha Lobe (1831 to 1890), the widow of the painter, art dealer and first supervisor in the Weimar Schiller House Eduard Lobe (1799 to 1873), who also sold postcards and Schiller travel souvenirs, would not have such envelopes with the corresponding wood splinters has brought to the man several times – the history of the reliquary certainly knows such a miraculous increase in wood splinters. However, the fact that such Schiller splinters have never appeared before speaks for the authenticity of the present one, which has been piously kept in family ownership for over 130 years. In between, in 1929, a descendant of Mr. Hartmann made sure on site that it was probably authentic, as evidenced by a note on a postcard from Schiller’s house that was also enclosed – perhaps over time a slight doubt about faith arose.

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