This is a very well made Küraßier Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5 unteroffizier’s tunic in fine condition. The Regiment was raised in 1717. The three Bataillons were garrisoned at Risenburg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Eylau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy or armored Kavallerie. They were unique to Kavallerie in that they wore a heavy metal küraß (breastplate) for protection from swords and lances. The men also wore metal helmets (as did members of Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments), with lobstertails (extended rear visors) to protect their wearers from sword slashes during combat. Most Küraßier-Regiments were created during the 17th and 18th Centuries. The last Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1815. By that time firearms had made Küraßiers obsolete, and no further regiments were formed.
This circa-1910 tunic is prewar dark-blue. It has the stand-up collar unique to Küraßier-Regiments. The collar, sleeves, and trim are rose red, a lighter shade of red than that used on other Küraßier tunics. [Please remember that the colors highlighting collars, sleeves, and trims are often repeated on their schirmützen and mützen]. A single row of eight gilt buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The collar and sleeves display gold bullion tape that identifies the tunic as an unteroffizier’s. Each sleeve shows two more gilt buttons. The shoulder straps are white, with no cypher or regimental number (as is correct). Each is sewn onto the tunic and secured by a small, unadorned gilt button. As we examine the right sleeve, we see a white Fechtwinkel Badge (an award for proficiency with a lance). This badge is more commonly found on Ulanen-Regiments tunics. The tunic’s reverse has a total of six gilt buttons in the vent flap area. Inside, the tunic sports a black silk officers-style liner. The liner is complete and in excellent condition. The tunic’s exterior is also in very fine condition. This is fine NCO’s tunic from an elite Kavallerie Regiment displaying the highly desirable Fechtwinkel Badge.