BRAUNSCHWEIG – BUSBY – ENLISTED MAN – PRIVATE PURCHASE – PARADE – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17
This is a major prize for us. In the past we have been able to offer a similar example of an Enlisted Man busby for Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 from the Duchy of Braunschweig but never quite like this one. It is a private purchase example rather than depot issued Pelmmütze. Even more importantly it is to full parade to include a correct parade bush!
Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 was one of the most legendary cavalry regiments in the German army. This fabled regiment was founded in 1809. It was one of four regiments to wear the Totenkopf on it’s headdress. The other three were:
*1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 – Prussia
*2. Leib-Husaren Regiment Königin Victoria Nr 2 – Prussia
*Infanterie-Regiment Nr 2 – Braunschweig
It should be noted that the Totenkopfs worn by Prussia and Braunschweig were of a different pattern. I personally prefer the Braunschweig Totenkopf over the Prussian but that is a matter of personal taste. For what is worth I come across the Prussian busbies more often that I do the Braunschweig hussar.
This regiment served proudly in several campaigns and had the Bandeau to prove it. The regiment served in the Prussian X. Armeekorps after its service in the Napoleonic wars where it served under Wellington in the Peninsula campaign and at Waterloo. Prince William (Also known as the “Black Price) was killed leading his troops at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815 which preceded the actual Battle of Waterloo which took place on 18 June 1815.
As previously mentioned this is a privately purchased busby. The standard issue busby for troopers had seal skin as the basis for the covering of the busby over a bamboo frame. This example has a fine exterior of bear skin which was a major upgrade from the seal skin. I can’t stress too much how important this is and what it adds to the overall appearance and value of the busby. Aside from this, all of the other components are Enlisted Man. This includes the wappen, chinscales Many collectors are not aware that officer chinscales were different from Enlisted Man/NCO.), feldzeichen (Field Badge), etc.
As to the bandeau which was authorized in 1873 while Braunschweig was still under the administration of Prussia after the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 it carries the battle honors for:
*Peninsula – Napoleonic Wars
*Sicilien – Napoleonic Wars
*Waterloo – Napoleonic Wars
*Mars La Tour – Franco-Prussian War
The correct Reich kokarde is in place and the state kokarde was never used. There has been a small repair under the kokarde/chinscales to properly attach it to the bear skin body. This in NO way effects the display of the busby. The kolpak is red and the Fangschnurr (Spelling?) (Cap lines) is yellow. The final feature is the marvelous Enlisted Man parade busby is the plume/bush which is in black and white. (Which is correct??)
As we turn to the interior of the busby we see a fine officer style sweatband and silk liner. While the silk liner is complete, there is some minor shredding. This clearly shows that the busby is a private purchase example as it does not use the more common Enlisted Man liner with leather tongues. There are of course no depot markings which further confirms the private purchase status.
This is a well set up busby from one of the most elite cavalry regiments in the German army.