Tony, you are correct: this Tschapka retains traits of the 62 model, i.e the leather reinforcement at the back and the non-detachable Rabatte. However, I wrote this is a 1867 model because Saxon Ulanen regiements (17 and 18) were created in 1867 and hence they adopted the Prussian 1867 Tschapka, modified with the saxon plate.John the Tschapka is an M1862 and that separately attached piece at the back of the skull is a leftover feature of the M1808. It served no purpose and was removed when the M1867 Tschapka was introduced.
You are correct, Tony: JL Larcade shows, on p. 30, such a "hybrid" Prussian officer Tschapka. It is a 1868 model that still retains a fixed Rabatte and leather reinforcement piece at the back. Larcade describes it as a "fantasy" model, to be worn only in parade.Bruno yes to all what you wrote, I stand corrected. What makes it confusing is that yes, Saxony adopted the Tschapka in 1867 but they retained the back neck flap and non removable cane and cloth neck but with the Wappen on the front of the shell, until 1888. As shown by the example in this thread. So it was a ‘hybrid’ of sorts. P. 507, Herr, Nguyen, The German Cavalry. I would have loved to have found an issued Prussian M1862 with the Wappen on the neck but it never happened.