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US 19th Century, Lancer Style Militia Helmet

This item is listed for historical interest only. It was listed on our site previously but has been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Sold for: $295.00
Item #39710

Original era manufacture. An interesting, late 19th, early 20th Century, US militia or national guard ceremonial helmet, in the style of a Lancer Tschapka.

Molded wool felt crown, with a bound edge visor similar to what you will see on an Indian Wars era kepi. Stamped brass, multi-rayed backing plate with a brass American eagle helmet plate. Silver colored linked chinstrap, with matching color side buttons decorated with crossed sabers.   

There is a wide, 19th century style Moroccan leather sweatband, but the remainder of the helmet interior is unlined.

Very tall wool-felt mortar board with a red painted leather top, with a black cloth bound edge and a removable gray horsehair plume. The Tschapka needs some restoration in the form of tightening up the stitching on the visor, and the mortarboard is fairly loose, but regardless, it remains a very distinctive looking piece of headgear.  

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