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Swiss Shako helmet made from leather and felt

$ 2,000
  • Description
    Swiss Shako helmet made from leather and felt
    Swiss, 19th Century
    Height 30cm, width 20cm, depth 26cm
     
    This fantastic piece is a 19th century Swiss military helmet, of the shako-type, and is filled with details that tell us about the country’s military history. The body of the shako is made from black felt and leather, with thick black leather visors at the front and back of the helmet to shield the soldier.
     
    In the centre of the silver rim is a pompon with a horse-hair aigrette, adding a touch of decoration which is often not preserved on these models. There is also embossed lion decoration on the sides of the shako. An eight-point star adorns the front of the helmet, surmounted by a Swiss Cross upon a wreath. The number 20 signifies the regiment of the Swiss army which the helmet’s owner would have been a part of.
     
    The shako became a common military headdress in Europe and America from the beginning of the 19th century onwards. Whilst previous helmets, such as the bicorne, were much lighter in design, the heavy materials of the shako meant that it provided greater protection and was able to better retain its shape, and the introduction of a shading visor protected the soldier’s eyes.
     
    An interesting piece of history in its own right, this well-preserved helmet would make an excellent and unusual gift for anyone interested in military history.
  • More Information
    Origin: Switzerland
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Felt, Leather, Metal.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 13333
    Incollect Reference #: 689667
  • Dimensions
    W. 7.87 in; H. 11.81 in; D. 10.24 in;
    W. 20 cm; H. 30 cm; D. 26 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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