BACKGROUND: The Ulanen (Lancers) Tschapka with its distinctive square top first appeared in 1808 when Preußen introduced Ulanen (Lancer) Regiments to emulate the Polish lancers as did many nations; especially after the Polish Lancer's performance at Waterloo in 1815. The M1843 Tschapka was a tall helmet with a squared top which was secured with gilt chinscales. The neck of the upper flat portion on the Tschapka (called a "mortar board" by English collectors) was permanently covered with a colored cloth Paraderabatte (parade rabatte). The Paraderabatten colors were specific to each Regiment but were trimmed in white for Mannschaften (Other Ranks) and silver bullion for officers. The Fangschnur (securing cord) were attached to the top of the Tschapka with a toggle for Mannschaften and a hook for officer and private purchase.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Model 1894 Preußen Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Tschapka with Neusilber (nickel silver) fittings for Garde-Ulanen-Regt. Nr.1 (Potsdam) Garde-Korps. Nice original and correct Garde Ulanen pattern Wappen (restored to the helmet). Complete with original and correct rounded M94 chinscales. Leather chinstrap and buckle remain supple and fully intact. Reich's Kokarde and scarce Eigentumsstück (privately purchased) Feldzeichen made of looped cord over a wooden form, with a black velvet center and backing. Comes with original and rare white corded parade Rabbat. Correct Ulanen Tschapka pattern untouched liner is complete with all its fingers. Roughly a size 55. Nice Tschapka.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $

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