PRUSSIA – SHAKO – OFFICER – LUFTSCHIFFER OR TELEGRAPH BATTALION
This is top quality officer shako which would have been correct for a Luftschiffer or Telegraph Battalion. The front plate (Wappen) on this shako is the basic line Eagle, pictured here with a flowing single curl banner across its wings and chest, and the initials FR in the center. The plate is silver toned. This plate is named the basic line Eagle because it is the eagle worn by the majority of the line units of the army and thus is the most frequently encountered headgear device. Having said that we see brass plates more commonly then we see silver/ It has a regal appearance with its raised wings and crowned head looking to the eagle’s right. On the top of the crown is a small cross. On the chest of the Eagle are the initials FR for Frederick Rex (King Frederick) and across the eagle’s chest and wings is a flowing banner with the words ” MIT GOTT FUR KOENIG UND VATERLAND” (With God For King And Fatherland). In the eagle’s left talon is an orb with a cross on the top and in the Eagle’s right talon is a scepter with a miniature line eagle at the top.
It was worn with a Reich Kokarde on the right side with no Kokarde on the left and a Prussian Feldzeichen (Field Badge). Having said how often this helmet plate is seen, seeing it in this size, in SILVER and on a shako is a pretty rare occurrence, This combination of silver eagle/brass chin scales/silver rosettes on a shako was only seen Luftschiffer and Telegraph battalion
This is a consignment item.