WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

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WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by 5thlancers » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:58 am

Hi Folks,
Could someone confirm that this chinstrap/scales is correct for this enlisted mans shako please, I would have expected to see just a leather chinstrap.
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Re: WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by jimturinetti » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:07 pm

The EM in 1.Telegraph Battalion and the Flieger Battalions all took a flat brass chin scale. The Jaeger battalions took a leather chin strap.

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Post by 5thlancers » Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:37 am

That really helps, thanks very much for the info.
Are Telegraph Battalions and the Flieger Battalions rarer.
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Post by joerookery » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:28 am

rarer. and more desirable.
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Re: WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by 5thlancers » Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:00 am

Cheers Joe, much obliged.

Kev.

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Re: WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by WWI Collector » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:36 am

jimturinetti wrote:The EM in 1.Telegraph Battalion and the Flieger Battalions all took a flat brass chin scale. The Jaeger battalions took a leather chin strap.
That is incorrect. Period pre war photos show men of Telegraph Battalions and Flieger Battalions in the pre-war uniforms wearing leather chinstraps.

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Re: WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by 5thlancers » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:01 pm

I think this one is supposed to be Flieger Battalion.

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Re: WWI Prussian Guard Shako, chin scales

Post by jimturinetti » Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:38 pm

It was common for the EM to wear leather chin straps in the field, and if authorized, metal chin scales in garrison.
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