~ 17th Brunswick Hussars Franco-Prussian War Era Mess Eagle ~
A great regimental black eagle from the mess room of the 17th Brunswick Hussars dating to the Franco-Prussian war era i.e. circa 1870.
This finely carved eagle is made of Black Forest oak and has white glass beads for its eyes.
The piece has two silver plated copper/tombac mounts which would have previously adorned an officers Busby.
One is of the hussars skull and crossbones with banner below reading ‘Peninsula’. The skull has red velvet detailing to the eyes and nose.
The other mount is a banner reading ‘Peninsula, Sicilien, Waterloo, Mars La Tour’, battles fought by the regiment. Below this is a semicircular plaque reading ‘Peninsula, Carzia, Hernandez’.
The eagle has green baize to the base.
~ Dimensions ~
The piece has a height of 18 inches (46cm), a width of 8 inches (20cm) and a depth of 5 ½ inches (14cm).
It weighs 3.970Kg
~ Condition ~
The piece has a couple of very small cracks to the wood to the reverse, a little rust to the pins holding the mounts and some general light wear.
Overall the piece is in great condition.