Ref #: C-IG-19
EXTREMLY RARE OFFICRE’S PARDE MIRTE 1ST and 3RD BATTALLIONS OF THE 1ST GUARDE REGIMENT OF FOOT
This is an extremely rare piece of headgear, being an Officer's parade mitre, 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 1st Guard Regiment of Foot.
This was the elite unit in which many of the princes of the Prussian Royal House of Hohenzollern began their military careers.
For "regular" parades, a Pickelhaube with plume was worn, but on very special occasions such as the Easter Parade
this was replaced by the traditional grenadier mitre helmet.
Enlisted examples have survived in some numbers, but officer's specimens are exceedingly hard to find.
Apart from overall age and a light patina, the helmet is in remarkable un-altered condition,
with the only significant detraction being the loss of the leather chinstrap to one side of the scales.
The frontplate, although somewhat tarnished, retains almost all of its rich silver plating and much of the original frosting with burnished highlights.
The silver tresse lining the outer seams of the cloth body has also toned over time, but still remains bright where it disappears beneath the metal mounts.
Its original, lightly toned, silver bullion over wood field badge tops it off! Internally, there is a gorgeous,
top-quality calf skin band with inter-woven silk ribbon, and ribbed silk two piece head lining.
The cane stiffeners are present, but broken in a few places. The size is about a 55.