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Title Infantry officer's shako
Nationality French
Period c 1830

This Louis Philippe period piece - the red, white and blue cockade (previously white) came in after Charles X vacated the throne in 1830 - may well be a Paris National Guard item on account of the silver colour of the lace, fittings and badge. The red pompom and grenade emblems all suggest a Grenadier company.

The body of the hat is beaver skin on card with a leather top. The top has suffered some damage and has an old repair. The black velvet band at the base of the shako is probably a replacement. The lining is somewhat distressed, but clearly original.

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

[Militaria : Headdress : French : 19th Century]


The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

Thank you for the receipt. It wasn't necessary so soon. I was happy to get it when we meet. You have a most excellent reputation and I trust you. It is a pleasure to do business with you and hope to do more.

A T, UK, 08.06.2006