~ Prussian Garde Du Corps Enlisted Mans Helmet Jaeger Stamped ~
Here we have a helmet belonging to one of the enlisted troopers of the Prussian Imperial Life Guard with its parade mounted eagle.
To the front of the helmet, is fitted a silvered garde star front plate, with an enameled Black Eagle Order design to the centre. Above the eagle is the legend, ‘SUUM CUIQUE,’ (a Latin phrase often translated as “to each his own” or “may all get their due”) picked out in gilt metal, and beneath, a wreath of enameled laurel leaves.
The chinscales are convex and are fitted to the helmet with is state cockade. It has a black leather liner.
This particular helmet has retained its markings, there is ‘GKR 5E’ to the rear if the helmet and on the inner rim of the peak there is a ‘JAEGER 45’.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 13.2 inches (33.5 cm) tall by 11.7 inches (29.7 cm) deep and 8 inches (20.3 cm) wide. It weighs 1.44 Kg.
~ Condition ~
This helmet is in good condition for its age with little to no wear to show for it.
There are a few minor dents to the skull of the helmet and some wear to the silvered rim.
The leather liner has dried somewhat but is still supple and in good condition for a century old.
There are some minor cracks to the joins in the eagle as is common with these pieces.