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Title KuK dragoon NCO's helmet
Nationality Austrian
Period 1905-18

These helmets were worn by the Austrian heavy cavalry in various forms from the late 18th century onwards. This good example is of the ultimate form, as used in World War 1 and in the annexation of Bosnia in 1908. The body of the helmet is leather and the base of the comb is polished brass, indicating NCO status.

The helmet plate would appear to be electro-form zinc with a gilt finish. This does not indicate a modern replacement, but rather the individual fancy of the NCO for a more elaborate plate. The screw threads at the back of the plate are brass and hand cut, indicating period construction. There is overall evidence of service wear (see dent to left-hand comb, minor crushing of front peak of comb, retouching of paintwork to front and back peaks and sides of comb, as one would expect on a helmet of this age).

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[Militaria : Headdress : Austrian : 20th Century]



M H, UK, 20.02.2008

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006