Prussian Guard Tschapska

Francisque

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Hi,
I've just find this tschapska & I need opinion about it please. Is it 100% original?
What is the price range of this one?
Thanks a lot.

JC
 

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Francisque

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911car

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This is the 1867/68 model for GUR1 and GUR3 enlisted men. It looks all good and genuine to me, although there is one particularity. The reinforcement leather piece at the back of the shell, which was still present on the 1864 model, had normally disappeared from this one. Hence, this may be an intermediate variant, which does not compromise authenticity (JL Larcade shows a picture of an officer Tschapka with the same characteristics). As of value... these older Tschapkas used to fetch much lower prices than the more sought after 1895 model. These may have partially caught up though. Around 1500 euro?...
 

b.loree

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Bruno is more expert on these than I but I totally support his comments. The piece is in excellent condition from what I can see.
 

coert65

Active member
And I agree too. I had my doubts about the reinforcement leather piece, but for me, the tschapka looks perfectly good.
And now, with Bruno's knowledge about these, I support it too.
 

Francisque

Member
Thanks a lot guy!
Good news.
What is the correct way to tie the white knot?
 
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911car

Well-known member
The white knot? Do you mean the Fangschnurr, the white cord? It should not be worn without a Rabatte.
 

Francisque

Member
Yes the Fangschnurr...sorry for my bad english...what is a Rabatte? Is the Fangschnurr correctly attached to the helmet?
 

911car

Well-known member
The Rabatte is a removable piece of material that is applied on the sides of the mortarboard. On your helmet it should be white or yellow. It will be difficult to find a Rabatte for a 1867 Tschapka, which is larger.L1050819_zpsmluwomsj.jpg The Fangschnurr is retained as shown on your pictures on the top of the mortarboard, then through a loop that belongs to the Rabatte.
 

911car

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Do not worry too much about the Rabatte though. You may find later period photographs where the Fangschnurr is worn without a Rabatte or Haarbusch (plume). In fact, in 1900 was described the way to wear a Fangschnurr in the field: one turn around the neck of the mortarboard, then hanging in the back. A Fangschnurr was even worn sometimes on Tschapkas covered with the feldgrau camo Uberzug.
 
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