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Item: Prussian Post 1897 Helmet Tschako Eagle
SKU: H-C-Tschako
Prussian Post 1897 Helmet Tschako Eagle
Price: $225.00

 

Pictured above is a full frontal view of the post 1897 pattern Imperial Prussian tschako eagle plate. While unattached at this time, this Tschako plate would normally be mounted on the front of a pre World War I era Prussian enlisted man's helmet.

Constructed out of an excellent quality brass, the eagle is five and one quarter (5 1/4" wide) at its widest point by four and three quarter inches (4 3/4" tall) at its highest point. While it has taken on a deep patina from age, the eagle is fully intact and could be immediately mounted on a helmet from the period with no difficulty.

While not visible in these photos, the eagle has a curved or concave shape indicating that it had probably been previously mounted on a helmet at some point in its history. Similarly demonstrated in this photo is the heavy patina on the high points and edges of this tschako plate, which is consistent with it being approximately one hundred years in age.

The photo above shows the deep coloration of the brass surface, as well as the excellent detail work found in the eagle's head and feathers. The crown on the eagle is of a one piece design, without any "see through" breaks or spaces commonly associated by many collectors with private purchase eagles.

To that end, this item complies in all ways with the published Prussian army specification applicable to the purchase and issue of helmet eagle plates to enlisted personel. In short, this is most probably a government purchased and issued enlisted man's helmet eagle. As an aside, many collectors have adopted an erroneous standard believing that a solid crown "always" means that a particular tschako eagle was a government issued item. They reciprocally believe that an eagle with an open spaced crown is always a private purchase item. Unfortunately, this convenient theory fails to take into account a number of common sense and practical real world facts.
 
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