Original Prussian M1867 Cuirassier Metal Cavalry Helmet from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Prussian M1867 Kürassier Metalhelme, or Cuirassier Metal Helmet. It differed from the earlier Model of 1862 in that it has a metal strip connecting the front and rear visor, though in this example the right side piece has been knocked off. Cuirassiers were a type of Heavy Cavalry, equipped with armor and firearms, and the Prussian groups wore all metal spiked helmets such as this one. The early examples from the Franco Prussian War of 1870/71 had "stepped" front peak. The helmet itself is nickel plated steel with mounts of brass.

This helmet features a brass front plate (wappen) with the Prussian state eagle clutching a scepter and crown, over the King's motto, "Mit Gott Für Koenig und Vaterland" (With God for King and Country, i.e. Prussia). The crown of this leather helmet displays a vented removable nickel-plated spike. The spike is in excellent condition, and is easily removable. The helmet is also fitted with upper grade brass chin scales backed with leather, perhaps he was an N.C.O. The leather helmet liner is unfortunately absent. There are Maker's and possibly Unit markings impressed into the helmet body over each ear, which we unfortunately were not able to decypher.

On August 16th. 1870. Major General Friedrich Von Bedlow led his 600 Cavalrymen in a charge against 30,000 Frenchmen including 3,100 French Cavalry. Panic spread through the French lines and they broke in what turned out to be a complete rout. This action became known as:-


With Germany then losing TWO World Wars, this great charge is now all but forgotten.

A fine Franco-Prussian War Cavalry Spiked Helmet, Ready to display
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