PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT .
Officer’s busby from the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. The regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Potsdam along with all the VERY elite Prussian Garde-Regiments such as the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde-Korps.
The busby’s body is made of sumptuous opossum fur. It is ever-so-soft to the touch and of the highest quality. Its wappen is a gorgeous Garde Star. A bandeau that states “Mitt Gott fur König und Vaterland 1860” is behind a silver-toned sunburst. The actual Garde Star is in the sunburst’s center. The Star features the Garde-Regiments’ rendered in very striking multicolored enamel that remains in superb condition. [This is Figure 12.0 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide]. The exterior’s other features include gold-toned chin scales that are pinned up behind the wappen, and which also support the correct Prussian officer’s Feldzeichen. The Feldzeichen consists of silver bullion with a black velvet center. Its kolpak is red. It also sports the correct Prussian cap lines that helped to secure the busby in addition to the chin scales when the officer was at the gallop. The final detail is the correct, single, Reich officer’s kokarde on the busby’s right side.
The busby’s interior sports a gently-used, light-brown, leather sweatband. Attached to the sweatband is a very high-quality silk liner. It is not a whole liner, but instead was made without a center. Busbies featured a wide variety of silk liners, of which this was one variation.
This is very high-quality busby from an elite Husaren-Regiment. Although it is often overshadowed by the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1’s and 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 2’s headdresses, this remains a VERY rare busby! It was worn by only 0.1% of the Imperial German Army’s officers on the eve of WWI.
This is a consignment item.