PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – HOHENZOLLERN PARADE EAGLE – LEIB-GENDARMERIE
While it is often thought that the Regiment des Garde du Corps was the Kaiser’s unit of protection, it was in fact the Leib-Gendarmerie that was the King of Prussia’s personal guard and later to Germany’s three Kaisers.
The Leib-Gendarmerie was formed in 1820 during the reign of König Friedrich Wilhelm III who guided Prussia through the Napoleonic wars. The unit consisted of one hundred men (All experienced senior NCO’s) and had only one officer. They were organized into two zugs and were stationed in both Berlin and Potsdam. The 1st zug protected the King/Kaiser and the 2nd zug protected the Queen/Kaiserin.
This helmet is in overall fine condition. The body of the helmet is silver toned as opposed to the Garde du Corps which was gold covered. The front visor is gold as are the massive chin scales. The large correct officer kokarden are secured under the chin scales. The wappen is also most impressive. It is what one would expect for any officer in a Garde unit. It is finely detailed with impressive enamel work.
The final detail to the exterior is the impressive Hohenzollern Eagle. It is also silver toned but the crown atop the Eagle’s head is gold toned. Even though I have tightened the securing bolt in the interior the Eagle remains loose and care should be given when handling it. I am not sure if an adjustment or repair can be accomplished but I am loathe to undertake it.
Turning to the interior of the helmet we see a well-used silk liner which is secured by an equally well used brown leather sweatband. As we part the silk liner, we see the aforementioned securing device. Looking at the platform from the inside it appears that some of the screws/nuts are loose. This may be the problem.
This is a consignment item.