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Saxon Garde Reiter Officer M1907 Helmet with Lion

Saxon Officer helmet with tombac body, double-step front, and "lobster tail" rear visor trimmed in nickel silver. Obverse with large officer's silver star and gilt Saxon coat of arms. Helmet is surmounted with a highly detailed, silver-plated Lion of Meissen, with gilt monogram of Frederick Augustus Rex on shield, awarded to this unit only, in 1907, to be worn in place of spike for parades and state or gala occasions. Complete with national and state officer's large sized cockades, clover leafed rosettes, and leather-lined tombac chinscales. Officer's sweatband and brown head cloth lining, with no lining to front visor and evidence of black velvet to rear visor. Stamped with number 21 on lion's testicles and on reverse of monogram shield, and stamped 128 on the bottom, left rear paw.

The regiment began in Dresden in 1680 as the 1st Schweres Regiment and was the premier cavalry unit of the Saxon Army.

Condition:

The head lining is torn. There is a solder repair to the back of star. Patina and polish residue are consistent with age and wear. Extremely rare to find officer's version, in good condition.

Starting Price: $7,500
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
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