ORIGINAL French (Exceedingly rare) trooper's helmet from the Napoleonic Wars CIRA 1806
France, ca. 1806. Exceedingly rare trooper's helmet from the Napoleonic Wars, of the type used by the prestigious soldiers. A complete helmet like this sold for $44,000 on Sep 22, 2016.
France, ca. 1806. Exceedingly rare trooper's helmet from the Napoleonic Wars, of the type used by the prestigious regiment ‘Dragons d’Imperatrice de la Garde Imperiale.' The regiment was created in April 1806 and disbanded in November 1815. This helmet is the 2nd type of helmet issued to the regiment and dates to the period 1806 to 1813, but no doubt remained in use until no longer serviceable. Only a small handful of complete helmets worn at Waterloo still exist, with those other known examples residing in museums in France.
Large crested helmet with leopard skin decoration, horse hair plume and tail (missing), brass chin scales with star bosses, crested front plate, leather inner turban Missing). The interior of the helmet is stamped and belonged to a trooper or private soldier. This helmet was worn at the great Napoleonic victories of the battles of Jena, Eylau, Friedland, Bayonne, and Wagram. Size: 10" L x 8" W x 15" H (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm x 38.1 cm)