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Title 63rd line regiment pickelhaube plate
Nationality Russian
Period c 1854

This is the classic Russian helmet plate from the Crimean War, worn on a leather helmet with a flame-shaped spike coming out of a brass cloverleaf mount. The helmet was styled on the Prussian 1848 pattern helmet. It also had a brass peak rail and brass chinscales, just like the Prussian pattern.

The slots on each side of the number are evidence of the common Russian practice of placing a small shield with superimposed numbers on top of an existing number to differentiate regiments, eg when a man was wounded and returned to a different combat unit.

The condition is excellent for its age: one small crack to the right hand wing of the shield. Now only two loops remain on the reverse of four, soldered in the usual manner.

These plates are now becoming a little scarce, as evidence of which they are now deemed worth faking!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Russian : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

I wanted to thank you for the perfect service that you did selling and packing the swords. Everything worked perfect. At the airport I had no troubles at all, the airline took the package without been astonished at all.

H S, Austria, 19.10.2007