This is an enlisted man’s busby from Husaren-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II. Von Rußland (1. Westfälisches) Nr 8. The regiment was founded in 1815. It was garrisoned at Paderborn and Neuhaus, where it was attached to the VII. ArmeeKorps. The busby features a fine body covered with black bear fur. A few small spots exhibit fur-loss, but they are in no way detractive to the busby’s overall presentation. It displays a silver-toned wappen that states “Mit Gott Für König und Vaterland” (With God for King and Fatherland) and gilt chin scales. It has a light-blue kolpak and white cap lines. It also has the Kingdom of Prussia’s black and white Feldzeichen. Its right side boasts a red, white, and black enlisted man’s Reich’s kokarde. (A single Reich’s kokarde for post 1897 busbies is correct, so the lack of a Prussian kokarde is not a concern). The exterior’s overall condition is topnotch.
The interior shows a complete leather liner with all its tongues intact. The leather is quite pleasing. It remains supple with no signs of cracking or dryness. Furthermore, a leather sizing thong is strung through each of the seven tongues.
This is a fine, original and complete enlisted man’s busby from an elite Husaren-Regiment dating to Napoleonic War times.