|Carola of Vasa, the last Queen of Saxony (source)|
"Treasure from Airplane Was Saxon Crown Jewels"
(originally appeared in the New York Times on 12 Aug 1919)
|Queen Carola of Saxony wearing a tiara that belonged to her grandmother, Stephanie de Beauharnais (source)|
|Queen Carola of Saxony, ca. 1902 (source)|
1. Saxony, which is today a state in Germany, was ruled by a line of dukes, electors, and kings. The remaining Saxon crown jewels, including the famous "Saxon White" (a diamond weighing more than 49 carats), are held in the Grünes Gewölbe, a museum in Dresden.
2. Note the date of the article; the jewels were dropped from the airplane only a few months after the end of World War I, a time when Germany was forced to pay billions of dollars in reparations.