PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ
While Ersatz Pickelhauben are frequently seen, Ersatz Tschakos seldom come up, particularly in such good condition. Our offering today is an excellent Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako that is correct for Prussian Bataillon Nrs 3 through 9 and Nr 11. The exterior’s felt material is near-mint. The wappen is prewar brass. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s Feldzeichen is correct for Prussia. A PERIOD leather chin strap is present, complete with the brass buckles. Although some of the chin strap’s leather is cracking, it is good to see a correct period chin strap. [Some leather conditioner will do a lot to restore its freshness. We will apply the first coating. PLEASE remember to do this once a year]. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is definitely pre war or early war quality. Its final detail is the correct Reich’s kokarde on the left side.
The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s interior features a stone-mint leather liner, complete with its sizing thong. The Tschako is a size 58 (an unusually large size for an enlisted man), and is so-marked on the leather liner. [PLEASE NOTE: larger headdresses like this Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako are more common for more-senior, older officers. This chap must have been the brightest fellow in his unit – destined to become a general]! Some minor mothing is visible on the interior’s front and rear visors.
This Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is amazing. It is NOT an example that could be upgraded. The Tschako comes to us from the collection of a very advanced collector who has always offered us premium pieces. It is a consignment item.