c1850 Russian Officer's Helmet Plate 26th Belostok Infantry Regt


A very rare Crimean War period Russian Officer's helmet of the 26th Belostock infantry regiment (1848 pattern), with a fine convex version of the famous double headed eagle and shield, showing St. George slaying the dragon, above the front plaque, with an applied numeral 26.

It was worn on the spiked leather helmets, similar to the Prussian Picklehaubes. The helmet plate started life as a cut out numbered 23rd Infantry Regiment (c1833), but was converted to the 26th Regiment by the addition of an extra brass shield with the silver numbers 26. The multi-piece construction is held together by retaining wires that secure the looped lugs.

Condition is very good. There is a period repair at the base of the right wing, but it is not visible when seen from the front. Fine piece.

Size: 26 x 13 x 3 cm (10 ΒΌ x 5 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 130g