~ Mid To Late 19th Century Bavarian Cuirassiers Armour Set ~
Here we have the breastplate and helmet of a Bavarian heavy cavalryman.
This pattern appears to be introduced after 1815 or possibly the 1830’s and was worn as a dress uniform and as an active service uniform in the Franco Prussian war, one of the last ever conflicts where armour was used by soldiers in a combat role before firearms truly took over the battlefield.
This pattern of armour was common among the German states and was never truly uniform with many states, territories and regiments having its own distinct patterns.
This cuirass and helmet appear to be that of a trooper or possibly a ceremonial uniform of the late 18th to 19th century due to its embellishment.
The cuirass is made up of a breast and a back plate with leather and brass scale set of shoulder straps and a belt around the waist, there is a central plate with the image of a and eagle flying towards the sun and the motto ‘NON SOLI CEDIT’ which was introduced by Frederick William 1st of Prussia.
The central plate also displays the dates ‘1674’ and ‘1896’ at the base, this presumably is a commemorative plaque showing the dates of the raising and the dissolving of this particular regiment towards the beginning of the German Empire.
The monogram on the helmet is that of Ludwig the 1st of Bavaria dating it to before 1848.
The plate on the breast appears to have been added later. The motto and symbol used is Prussian from the 18th century but may have been awarded as an honour.
The helmet sports the cockade with the state colours of Bavaria.
The black horsehair plume is still full and in good condition.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 12 inches (30.5 cm) from back to peak.
The helmet is 15 inches ( 38 cm) from back to crest.
The helmet is 8 inches (20 cm) wide.
The cuirass is 12 inches (30.5 cm) deep.
The cuirass is 15 inches (38 cm) wide.
The cuirass is 20 inches (51 cm) high.
The set weighs 12 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The set is in a good condition with minimal wear to the metal or the leather.
There is some ageing to the steel and brass but has been kept in good condition.
All the rivets are original and present.
The helmet is missing its liner but has its original straps with the complete set of brass scales.
The leather on all the straps has had some fraying of the strings but is still supple and moves easy.
There is some wear to the inside of the breastplate.
Mid To Late 19th Century Bavarian Cuirassiers Armour Set