Prussia – Kugelhelm – Senior NCO – PRE-1897 – Feldartillerie Rgt NR 2/ NR 3 Parade
Very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an NCO from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional.
The kugelhelm boasts a delightful leather body. Its condition is excellent, particularly when one considers that it was produced prior to 1897 (more about the date later on). Its furniture is all brass, including the early-style chin scales, its base, pearl ring, wappen, trichter, kugel, and trim. [The wappen is what indicates which regiments and batteries the kugelhelm represents]. This wappen features the “folded-wing” style. A three-part bandeau (banner) flows across the eagle’s wings and chest. Those banners or proclaim “Mit Gott Für Koenig und Vaterland.” An oval shield with the royal cypher “FRW” appears below the word “Koenig” in the center of the eagle’s chest, with another bandeau proclaiming “Colberg. 1807” beneath it. The Battle/Siege of Colberg took place from March to July 1807, when Napoleon’s French forces laid siege to the city. The siege proved unsuccessful and was considered a Prussian victory during the Napoleonic Wars.
Since this is a pre 1897 helmet, the Prussian and Reich’s kokarden do NOT appear on either side. Instead, a Prussian officer’s kokarde is displayed on the wearer’s right side. This marvelous helmet’s final important detail is its handsome black parade bush, which is attached to a fine brass trichter. This helmet also comes with a non-dress kugel, so the new owner will be able to display the kugelhelm in either the parade or non-parade configuration. Having a parade bush and trichter in top condition is a real plus, but the addition of a kugel completes the presentation. [A small, but significant, detail is that the brass’s patina is very similar, meaning they have been in place for a long time].
The kugelhelm’s interior displays a dark-brown, leather sweatband in fine condition, with an amazing brown silk (smooth, NOT ribbed) liner attached to it. [In my experience, ribbed silk liners tend to be more common, so smooth ones clearly were an option that officers could specify for their privately-purchased helmets. While this was a matter of taste, smooth silk liners tended to be the popular choice among Imperial German royalty and nobility]. What is particularly important: NO double holes appear under the silk liner where the wappen is attached. Also, all of the hardware is 100% original to the helmet.
This desirable helmet would be most difficult to upgrade. Its parade bush and trichter set off the “Colberg. 1807″ quite attractively!