~ Extremely Rare 1806–1808 Kingdom Of Naples And Sicily Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte Shako ~
This can be described as the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Napoleonic wars head gear.
This is a shako dating back between 30 March 1806 – 6 June 1808 when Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, the brother of Napoléon Bonaparte was King of Naples and Sicily.
After 1808 he was named king of Spain and Joachim Murat becomes the King of Naples and Sicily.
This shako was used by his troops during his short reign and it is very possible that this is one of the last surviving examples.
We believe that it is an infantry shako but is very difficult to guess the regiment as the plume is missing and we were unable to find any records or pictures of similar pieces.
The shako has a black leather top and a suede body and the double headed eagle crown on the front.
The lining is made of hessian fabric attached to a soft brown leather sweatband.
~ Dimensions ~
The shako stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 13 inches (33 cm) wide and 11.25 inches (29 cm) deep.
The inner diameter is 7 ½ inches (29 cm), can be considered size ‘Small’.
The top diameter is 11.25 inches (29 cm).
It weighs 370 grams.
~ Condition ~
The shako is excellent for its age.
There are some cracks on the leather, minor loss of paint, minor punctures in the main body and minimal burns on the visor.
The lining and the sweatband remain free of serious damage with signs of wear and ageing.
As said above the plume is missing.
1806–1808 Kingdom Of Naples And Sicily Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte Shako