PRUSSIA – BUSBY – (PELZMÜTZE) – OFFICER – PRE WAR – FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT – PRUSSIA.
Today we are offering a VERY advanced collector’s prewar Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Officer’s Busby that is in a full-parade configuration. The Busby (Pelzmütze in German)is one of Imperial Germany’s most elegant forms of headdress. The most well-known units that employed it were Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Prussia’s Leib-Husaren Regiment Nrs 1 and 2. While these were elite regiments (partially due to their use of the Totenkopf), none of them held Garde status. Only ONE regiment held Garde status in Imperial Germany, and it was from Prussia. That regiment was the Leib-GARDE-Husaren-Regiment. It was founded in 1815, garrisoned in Potsdam (the top Garde Regiments’ base) and, like all Garde Regiments, attached to the Garde-Korps. Too often this marvelous regiment is overlooked due to the other “Totenkopf” regiments. In spite of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and Krone Prinz Wilhelm’s attachment to 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1, the Leib-GARDE-Husaren-Regiment was closer to them geographically than the former (and its sister Regiment Nr 2), which were based in Danzig.
I want to begin my description of this Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Officer’s Busby by emphasizing that it comes from a VERY advanced collector who, like me, is a condition freak. It is as fine an example as can be found, and virtually impossible to upgrade. The Busby’s plain, dark-brown, otter fur exterior is absolutely superb. [In 1912, the fur officially designated for Busbies was changed from otter to opossum, which allows us to date OUR Busby to the years from 1900 to 1910]. The Busby’s red kolpak (a decorative woolen bag attached to the Busby’s crown to then drape over one side) has two tiny moth nips that are not detractive to its overall presentation.
Another of our Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Officer’s Busby’s most exciting details (which upgrades it to parade status) is its Fangschnur (Securing Cord). Originally attached to his tunic and intended to prevent its wearer from losing his headgear, after 1897 it became a merely decorative part of parade uniforms. It is ultra-rare and can cost upwards of $5,000 (sometimes closer to $7,000 when it is in prime condition like this), IF you can locate one. We also have the Officer’s Parade Bush, which is made from white and black heron feathers. [Those of you have seen heron feathers will agree that they are FAR superior to cock feathers]. The Parade Bush is on a metal attachment that slips down behind the Prussian Officer’s Feldzeichen.
The Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Officer’s Busby’s wappen is a very handsome, pale-gold-toned piece. Its center displays a gorgeous, unblemished Garde Star that features gold, black, and white enamel. Its center is a fabulous, black, Hohenzollern Eagle. The chin scales are made of arched brass. Its final detail is an officer’s Reich’s Kokarde on the Busby’s right side.
Our Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Officer’s Busby sports a very impressive interior. Its leather sweatband is in mint condition and features contrasting stitching. The base portion of its silk liner is a handsome shade of blue, while a second (also blue) section boasts a small imprint left by the officer’s head. This magnificent Busby is in full parade configuration, hails from a famous Garde-Regiment, and is in superb condition. You will find none better no matter how long you search!
This is a consignment item.