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A RARE AUSTRIAN OFFICER'S HELM OF THE K.u.K. LEIBGARDE-INFANTERIEKOMPANIE AND THE LEIBGARDE-REITERESKADRON, CIRCA 1905-06 with tall leather skull, rounded peak with green-lacquered inner face, neck-guard, gilt-brass mounts and helmet plate, leather-backed chinscales moving on lions' mask bosses and formed of plates each cast in the form of clusters of laurel leaves, removable black buffalo hair parade bush.
The Company was established in 1849. The 100 men strong elite company was directly linked to the 1st General Aid to the Emperor and was renamed to LEIBGARDE-REITERESKADRON in 1869.
Despite some lacquer chipping a exceedingly rare helmet. Very decorative.