Rare Prussian Grenadier Miter Hat Helmet'Guard Regiment of Foot' Pre-WWI 1896. This listing features a Rare Prussian Grenadier Miter Helmet circa 1896.
Parade miter of the First and Second Battalions of the Guard Regiment of Foot (1896 model) for enlisted ranks. Helmet features the scaled chinstrap accouterment introduced in 1896.
The Prussian eagle in the central design has a banner with "Pro Gloria Et Patria" - "For Glory and Fatherland". Soft cloth cap, inner leather support, ornate metal front plate and cloth pom pom on top. In fantastic condition with only slight discoloring. As clean and original as you will ever see.Measures approximately 14" X 7 1/2". Grenadiers were the elite soldiers who were originally a specialized assault group for siege operations, first established with a distinct rule in the mid-to-late 17th century. Grenadiers were soldiers who threw grenades and stormed breaches leading the forefront of such a breakthrough. Five regiments of the Prussian Guard were designated as guard grenadiers and there were an additional fourteen regiments among the line infantry of the German empire. The miter cap, whether in stiffened cloth or metal, became the distinguishing feature of the grenadier in the armies of Britain, Russia, Prussia, and most of the German states during the 18th century. By 1914, the miter survived in three regiments of the Prussian and Russian Imperial Guards. In the case of Prussia it was the First, Second, and Third Battalions of the Regiment of Foot.
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