Overall very good condition. Genuine "out of the woodwork" helmet. Rare helmet from the Franco-Prussian War era.
Franco-Prussian War helmet. Bavarian Jäger Battalion Raupenhelm for Enlisted Man Model 1868. Originally found in an estate sale of an old militaria collector in Austin, Texas. Unaltered and untouched piece. Heavy black leather body has a large black wool "Raupe" on the top and brass trim. This helmet type, with numerous modifications was worn from the early 1800's to 1886. This pattern of the Raupenhelm was worn by any one of the 10 Bayerisches Jäger Battalions. Visors are sewn to the shell under the impressed edge after which the entire helmet was lacquered. The lack of visible sewing on the exterior for the visors gives the appearance that the helmet is one piece. Inside has full early EM style leather helmet liner. Bavarian colored cockade on left hand side of helmet. Above cockade is the green wool pom pom for Jaeger the Jaeger Battalions. Leather chinstrap on Lion Head side posts is still supple. Untouched and uncleaned helmet. Overall very good condition. Genuine "out of the woodwork" helmet. Rare helmet from the Franco-Prussian War era.
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