BRAUNSCHWEIG / PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – FELDARTELLERIE-REGIMENT NR 46 – DEPOT ISSUED
Extremely scarce kugelhelm for Niedersächisches Feldartellerie-Regiment Nr 46. This was essentially a Prussian Regiment but there was one Bataillone (Nr 2) from Braunschweig attached.
This Kugelhelm would be from Bataillone Nr 1, 4, 5, or 6. What is distinctive about the wappen is that it bears battle honors for the Peninsula campaign, Battle of Waterloo, and the Battle of Göhrde. Of course we know that having served in the Peninsula campaign, that was under the command of Wellington. Serving at Waterloo, it would have been under German command. There was also a Fahr. Bataillone (Nr 2) which bore the three battle honors above AND a battle honor for the battle of Colberg in 1807 which actually French forces besieged the German city of Colberg but the siege was not successful.
This helmet has a sound leather body. There is some spidering and mild cracking. The previous described wappen is brass and bears the three battle honors. It has brass chin scales and a very tall kugel due to the added officer pearl ring base. This is what distinguishes this helmet as a One Year Volunteer. The final detail to the outside of this helmet are the correct State and Reich kokarden.
Inside we see a full and complete liner. It is very dry and needs some applications of leather conditioner (Which we will begin). The draw string is also present. There are depot markings on the rear visor. While they are somewhat blurred it for either Bataillone Nr 4 or Nr 6. At some point this soldier added the officer pearl ring to show he was different from his fellow soldiers.
This is a very nice and historically important kugelhelm. It is all original and a fine addition to any collection.