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Between 1809 and 1917, the Grand Duchess of Finland was a part of the Russian Empire and the Life-Guards Finnish Rifles Battalion was one of the most privileged units of the Russian Imperial Army. Stationed in Saint Petersburg, the battalion was entrusted with guarding of the Royal palaces including the Winter Palace and Tsarskoe Selo.
Superbly preserved extremely rare example of the Life Guards Finnish battalion musician's helmet from the time of the Crimean War. Black leather skull surmounted by flaming grenade finial with red horse-hair parade plum (unique to musician's headgear). With large silvered brass front cockade in the shape of the "wings down" imperial eagle over a crescent shape cartouche with a flaming grenade in its center. Leather lined silvered brass scale chinstrap with all scales present. Front and back leather visors. Beige canvas liner.
Condition: Showing some wear, some loss of silver-plating on brass parts and some wear to liner, minor loss of laquer on the back visor as shown, but overall in well-preserved condition with all original parts. Of extreme rarity, especially in such superb condition.
Of museum rarity, missing even in the most advanced collections of this period's Russian uniforms. Only few examples survived even fewer in such incredible original condition.
Shipping: $35 within USA, $75 outside USA.
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Regimental helmet badge of the Life Guards Finnish Rifles Battalion:
Ca. 1854 painting depicting group of the Life Guards Finnish Rifles Battalion (Note the trumpeter on the far left):
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