Original WWI French Model 1870 Enlisted Trooper’s Cuirassier Helmet with Horsehair Tail

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A fine example of a WWI period Model 1870 French Cuirassier Enlisted Trooper’s Helmet. The helmet is comprised of a steel body with brass fittings, black horsehair tail, red horsehair tuft on marmouset. The helmet is all original, and comes with correct red feather plume, which might possibly be a later addition. The original leather lining is intact, but shows signs of wear from honest use and storage over the decades.

The Helmet features a Tall Brass Cimier with the "Medusa head" emblem to the front. Period Black horse mane on top and back of the helmet. Red horse hair "Marmouset" on the front of the cimier. Two of the small screw that attach the cimier appear to be missing toward the back. The Helmet "bandeau" is the French Grenade surrounded by laurel leaves. Both original chinscales remain attached to the helmet by the standard bayonet type fixation.

The helmet is most likely from the First World War. The helmet does exhibit some slight wear to the exterior, with browned oxidation throughout on the exterior. The brass fittings have mellowed to a very pleasing patinaed coloration as well. It is however a good looking helmet and is complete and original in every area apart from the feather plume.

Whether it be from the Franco/Prussian War of 1870-71 period or the Great War of 1914/1918. Ready for display!

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