Original Polish 1st Uhlan Lancers High Quality Replica Czapka Helmet - November Uprising

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Original Item: Only One Available. Always considered one of the most romantic styles of Cavalry Helmets, is this, the Czapka. The word itself is Polish / Belorussian, and basically means "cap". This style is perhaps best known to English speakers as a word for the 19th-century Polish cavalry headgear, consisting of a high, four-pointed cap with regimental insignia on the front (full name in Polish: czapka rogatywka, initially: konfederatka) to which feathers or rosettes were sometimes added.

This was the standard helmet of the Polish Uhlan Cavalry and Lancer regiments during the time of the November Uprising, which lasted 29 November 1830 – 21 October 1831. Also known as the Polish–Russian War 1830–31 or the Cadet Revolution, this was was an armed rebellion in the heartland of partitioned Poland against the Russian Empire.

The uprising began on 29 November 1830 in Warsaw when the young Polish officers from the local Army of the Congress Poland's military academy revolted, led by lieutenant Piotr Wysocki. Large segments of the peoples of Lithuania, Belarus, and the Right-bank Ukraine soon joined the uprising. Although the insurgents achieved local successes, a numerically superior Imperial Russian Army under Ivan Paskevich eventually crushed the uprising. The Russian Emperor Nicholas I decreed that henceforth Russian-occupied Poland would lose its autonomy and become an integral part of the Russian Empire. With Warsaw little more than a military garrison, its university closed. After this, the Czapka helmet was no longer used, and Poland was completely taken over by the Russian Empire.

Items from the November Uprising era and prior are extremely rare, especially the highly desirable Czapka helmets. For this reason replicas have been made for decades, and this is one such high quality example. This helmet, built of hard leather, features a brass helmet plate on the front with the Polish Eagle on the top, and a number 1 underneath, for the Polish 1st Regular Uhlan Lancers. It has a lovely red square top, which is bordered with silver piping and has a Polish cross on the left hand side. Normally there would be a silver spherical cockade inserted under the cross, but this is unfortunately missing.

Condition is very nice, and this would make an excellent display piece, at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

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