PRUSSIA – OFFICER’S TSCHAKO – ORIGINAL FELDZEICHEN.
The Feldzeichen sports a clip at its bottom that slips into an opening at the tschako’s top, just above its wappen. The Feldzeichen is an essential tschako component in that it serves to identify the state from which its wearer hailed. [Naturally, the tschako’s wappen also performs the same function. The combination of the two helps remove any doubts about the headdress’s home state].
Here, the Feldzeichen displays a black velvet center that identifies it as originating from the Kingdom of Prussia. Several rows of silver bullion surround the velvet center. These rows are widest at its edges, with each succeeding row becoming thinner. The silver bullion is what identifies the Feldzeichen as correct for an officer. An enlisted man/NCO’s Feldzeichen would sport cotton edging material. The Feldzeichen’s reverse is covered by a black velvet backing. If one looks quite closely, you can spot some very small moth nips on it.
This shows honest age and helps us to be more comfortable that this is the real deal.