Original German WWI Imperial German Guards Bronze Shako Desk Ornament With Marble Base

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Guards Corps/GK was a corps level command of the Prussian and then the Imperial German Armies from the 19th century to World War I.

The Corps was headquartered in Berlin, with its units garrisoned in the city and nearby towns (Potsdam, Jüterbog, Döberitz). Unlike all other Corps of the Imperial German Army, the Guards Corps did not recruit from a specific area, but from throughout Prussia and the "Imperial Lands" of Alsace-Lorraine.

The Corps served in the Austro-Prussian War. During the Franco-Prussian War it was assigned to the 2nd Army.

In peacetime the Corps was assigned to the II Army Inspectorate but joined the 2nd Army at the start of the First World War. It was still in existence at the end of the war in the 4th Army, Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht, on the Western Front. The Corps was disbanded with the demobilization of the German Army after World War I.

This is a lovely desktop ornament which appears to have had some sort of plaque on the front of it, indicating that this was more than likely presented to someone. The shako itself is hollow and unfortunately appears to have been dropped, leaving a dent on the back side and breaking off the front plume which is now missing. Other than those two discrepancies, this is a very lovely example with a completely intact marble base. The ornament stands at 4” tall with a 4” x 4” base that has a width of 1 ½”.

Comes more than ready for display!

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