Lot 572

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Late nineteenth century Mexican mounted Presidential Guard pickelhaube helmet, a most attractive piece of headgear. The nickel-plated body and spike stand 13 1/2" tall overall, with the rear of the helmet extending down 4 1/2" and flaring 2 1/2" from the body. The rear is adorned with eleven half-round brass rivets. The front bears a large, beautifully-detailed eagle grasping a snake in its beak as is stands upon a bed of cacti - the symbol of the Mexican republic. The highly polished scaled brass chinstrap, mounted to leather, terminate on either side in round radiant red, silver and green attachments, two of Mexico's colors. The top of the helmet bears a stamped nickel cloverleaf attached with four brass rivet, and it in turn supports the tall brass spike. The spike is loose within its support, and a hole has been purposely placed on either side - presumable for the addition of feathers, plumes, or other such decor. The interior of the helmet is painted in green, and a leather sweatband and cotton liner are present and intact. There are a couple of small dings on the left top side of the helmet, which is otherwise in very good condition.

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September 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Elkton, MD, US

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