G006181 M1915 PRUSSIAN JÄGER EM/NCO'S SHAKO. (Tshacko)

BACKGROUND: The origins of the distinctive Shako has been somewhat shrouded with the passing of time with some military historians accrediting the French with its development in the 1780's, based on the design of the civilian top hat, while others acclaim that it was based on the Austro-Hungarian or Bavarian Casquette headgear that was introduced at roughly the same time. It is known, however, that the Shako was originally adopted by the Prussian army as a experimental model in 1801 and was the standard headgear utilized by Jäger and Schützen personnel during the Napoleonic Wars. The 1801 pattern shako went through numerous modifications and in March 1854 a new pattern was officially adopted by Jäger and Schnelle Truppen, (Light Infantry and Mobile Troops), personnel. Further minor modifications to the Shako occurred in 1860, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1897, and 1915. The Shako continued in use with additional modifications for the German police through the post-war Weimar era and on into the Third Reich period.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1915 pattern, blackened lacquered leather construction Jäger EM/NCO's Shako with grey washed, magnetic sheet metal fittings. The chinstrap and field badge are replacement (copies) while the cockade is an original. Complete original liner. Roughly a size 55-56. Well worn and period used example.

GRADE *** 3/4                                                         PRICE $495.00 (Or Best Offer)

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