RUSSIA – HELMET – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GARDE du CORPS
As a rule, we rarely stray from offering Imperial German artifacts on our website. BUT – This is one of those times when an item deserves to be shared with you.
Our offering is a Russian Empire Garde du Corps trooper’s (enlisted man/NCO’s) helmet.
As was the case with the Prussians, the Imperial Russian Garde du Corps (GdC) served as the Tsar’s personal guard. The Russian GduC consisted of two regiments: Preobrazhensky and Semonovsky. Their wappen was a silvered eight-pointed starburst that featured an enamel, double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle with the Cross of St. Andrew in its center, surrounded by a Russian inscription in gold Cyrillic lettering that translates as “For Faith and Loyalty.”
The helmet is topped by a large, crowned, silver-toned, House of Romanov (founded in 1613), double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle. The Eagle’s chest sports a shield bearing a depiction of St. George slaying a dragon.
This helmet-style was introduced in 1846 and saw service until 1914. [The lobster-tailed helmet is similar in appearance to the Prussian GdC’s gold-toned, Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets].
The helmet’s correct and original chin scales are present. The wearer’s right side sports a large gold, red, and blue kokarde that is similar in style to those used by Württemberg, Saxony, Hesse-Darmstadt, and Baden. It is far different from the Prussian pattern and, in my opinion, more elegant. The helmet’s exterior displays some minor dimpling in perhaps three or four places. These are in NO way detractive to the helmet’s overall appearance. The large detailed Eagle and crown are silver toned. While firmly seated, there is a bit of wiggle to the Eagle. The rear visor sports three different levels in the “Lobstertail” style also favored by the Imperial German GdC and Küraßier Regiments, originally intended to protect their wearers’ necks from sword slashes.
The helmet’s interior features a liner in the style typically used for Prussian enlisted men’s helmets, i.e., multiple leather tongues (ALL present) strung together by a leather thong that allowed its wearers to adjust the liner according to their head sizes and/or comfort-levels.
This helmet is extremely difficult-to-find. We are pleased to offer it here for your pleasure and consideration.
This is a consignment item.