Waldeck-Pyrmont – Schrimutze – Officer – PRE 1897 Officer – Infantry-Regiment Nr 83 – Battalion Nr III
The principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont was quite small. It fielded a single Bataillon in Infanterie von Wittich (3. Kurhessisches) Nr 83. Their Bataillon was Nr III, which was garrisoned at Arolsen. (The regiment’s other two Bataillons were housed at Kassel). The regiment was founded in 1813 and attached to the XI. ArmeeKorps. Today we are offering a pre 1897 officer’s schirmütze for this single Bataillon. The cap has a short visor. Its body is dark-blue. It sports a wide red trim band that measures 1″ in width. A single narrow red piping band encircles the cap’s top. On the wide band is Waldeck-Pyrmont’s single kokarde. (After 1897, it would display this kokarde AND the Reich’s kokarde). The kokarde is gold, red, and black. The cap’s exterior is in fine overall condition, especially when considering that it is more than one-hundred-ten years-old. Inside the cap is a well-used leather sweat band and a very well used silk liner, which shows some shredding. A circular tag appears with the letter and numbers “H 1388,” which I presume is a museum control number.
This is a very rare schirmütze.