ITEM# 02062011-3
Description  French First Empire M1812 Shako, Infantry of the Young Guard
Price $ 385.00
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Crafted in the mid-1980s by a noted French practitioner, this substantial shako is a good representation of an 1812-bodied shako with transitional insignia. Shako shell is constructed of untreated fullerís board covered with black felt. Both crown and peak are of appropriately molded leather, with a nice perimeter ridge around the crown and good, but shallow figuring on the visor. Shako interior is of the typical Napoleonic sweatband-and-headnet construction, with the hempen monkís cloth of the net showing some nice handstitching. Size is approximately an American 7 (European 56). Minor size adjustment is possible at rear via a brass-plated buckle with leather chape and billet arrangement. Trimmings include the M1812 Transitional frontplate, often employed by the Young Guard; leather roundel enameled in the tricolor; star sidebuttons; brass chinscales; and powder blue-and-white woolen disc pompon. The solid brass frontplate is an excellent vintage stamping with a handsome antiqued finish. The scale chinstraps have enough tarnish--with some polish residue between the scales and some age fading to the leather backings--that they look original. I would be remiss if I failed to observe that the standard of materials and craftsmanship exhibited by this reproduction does not meet our standards, but then, thereís no way we could beat the price!