PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14.
Today we are offering a very special officer’s Tschapka from one of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Ulanen-Regiments. In fact, it is the MOST prestigious Tschapka we have ever presented on our website! It represents Prussia’s 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14, which was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen. Founded in 1805 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. While nominally a Prussian regiment, its roots stretched back to the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed into Prussia after it chose to align with the losing side during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Nevertheless, the Hanoverian tradition remained strong within all of its regiments after their assimilation into the Prussian Army.
The 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 Tschapka’s leather body is in very fine condition. A bit of scarring (just superficial marks that do NOT extend below its surface) and scuffing can be seen, but its overall appearance remains quite appealing. The silver wappen includes THREE separate bandeaux (battle honors) from the Napoleonic Wars: one each for “Waterloo,” “Peninsula,” and “Garza-Hernandez.” 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 had fought with distinction alongside British troops. These battle awards were restored (along with those of other Hanoverian regiments) by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1897, confirming its status as a VERY special regiment. As was correct, the Tschapka has brass chin scales and a single kokarde for Prussia on the wearer’s left side. The exterior’s final detail is an officer’s Prussian Feldzeichen.
The 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 Tschapka’s interior features a simply gorgeous, light-brown, leather sweatband. The sweatband features extremely handsome and decorative white stitching. A pristine green silk liner is attached to the sweatband. NO double holes appear under the liner where the wappen is attached to the helmet’s leather body. It is truly amazing Tschapka that is priced well under the current market cost, since we obtained it for a very reasonable price.