A model 1853 helmet for officers of the ducal infantry
International Orders and Military Collectibles | A80m | Live auction | 233 Lots
High skull and visors of black patent leather, fittings of gilt non-ferrous metal. Star with four silver-plated and four gilt rays, topped by a finely enamelled medallion of the Ernestine House Order with crossed swords, in the centre a five-pointed crown and motto "Fideliter et Constanter". Leather-backed, convex chinscales on lion head rosettes, on the right the cockade of silver thread and green cloth. Firmly fixed, smooth spike with ball finial, unscrewable for the parade bush, the base with bead-and-reel motif, original screw-mounted cruciform plate. Fine, excellently preserved lining with leather flaps, front visor lined in green, rear visor with red lining. Inside the skull the old handwritten inscription "23 1/2 B.". Slight traces of wear and age. Exceptionally well-preserved, early, high-ranking helmet of utmost rarity.