Lot 3181

An extremely rare helmet appliqué in cuirass shape for generals and officers of the Russian 2nd Pskovsky Life Dragoons Regiment of Her Imperial Majesty Maria Feodorovna, circa 1910/1913

Orders & Military Collectibles until 1918 | A90m | Live auction | 521 Lots

Hammer price € 10,000

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Description

Brass, partially gilt, silver-plated, enamelled and engraved. An appliquéd silver guard star with the cipher of Empress Maria Feodorovna in the centre. Four screws and a label from the Evgeny Mollo collection with the number "55" on the back. Dimensions 13.9 x 11.7 cm. Extremely opulent finish, of superior quality. By all accounts, it was originally part of the Evgeny Mollo collection (1904-1985). Comes with extensive information material and description, including several photocopies of this helmet appliqué from the Mollo collection. To our knowledge, this is the only appliqué known to have survived. This very piece is described and illustrated in the Russian magazine "Zeughaus", no. 14 (02.2001), p. 37 (tr.): "In the last issue of 'Zeughaus', we talked about the pictures of cuirasses, which were introduced on 13 November 1910 by order no. 629 of the military division to replace the state coat of arms on the helmets of the 2nd Pskovsky Life Dragoons Regiment ... Unfortunately, after the drawings were published, we were unable to find any photographs of the shields. It was difficult even to imagine that some had survived. However, after the article was published, a genuine piece was fortunately found in a private collection. To round off the article, we are presenting a photograph of this unique specimen. A. Kibovsky". Cf.: The Russian Imperial Cavalry 1881-1917, Gerard Gorokhoff, Moscow, 2008, p. 116.; "Zeughaus" no. 13, 2001, p. 34.

Condition: II

Keywords: Russland, russisch, Russian, Russia, Russe, Russie, Petersburg, Moskau, Moscow, Questions about the lot?

General Information

The auction starts on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 3001 - 3522. The pre-sale view will take place from 15 - 20 Nov. 2021 in our auction rooms at Bretonischer Ring 3 in 85630 Grasbrunn / Munich from 11 am to 5 pm (CET).