PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46
This is an ultra-high-quality Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm that was correct for either of two regiments. The first was Feldartillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr 10, and the second was Niedersächsisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46 (Batteries 1, 4, 5, and 6). Both of them were superior regiments due to their extensive service during the Napoleonic Wars (as we will further detail below).
This very high-quality Kugelhelm’s body is made of fiber (a top-of-the-line precursor of fiberglass), rather than the more traditionally-used leather. It has an excellent surface, although two small chips appear on its right rear quadrant. The Prussian wappen is made of brass that is decorated across its top by three different bandeaux. From left to right we see:
The Peninsula Campaign and Waterloo were the two most important engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. The Duke of Wellington led British, Spanish, Portugal, and German forces in both of them. Below the Frederick Rex cypher on the Prussian Eagle’s chest is the silver Reserve Officer’s Cross, dated “1813.” The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s wappen is the star of the helmet and deserves this accolade. All of the other pieces of the furniture are rendered in handsome brass, including the chin scales, front visor trim, back strap trim, base, officers’ stars and kugel. The exterior’s final detail is the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden.
The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s interior features a used, brown, leather sweatband in decent condition. The attached beige, ribbed-silk liner is complete with no tears or rips. The correct hardware is evident under the Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s silk liner. Even more important, NO double holes appear where the wappen is attached.
This is a very important Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm in top condition. The Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm comes from the collection of a very experienced collector who (like me) puts condition and authenticity at the forefront.
The Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm is a consignment item.