Posted 4 years ago
I am hoping to determine the maker and purpose of this replica. For the most part, it is of good quality construction, but has some major errors in configuration (cross-base for the spike/trichter, fluted trichter, erroneous Latin motto on the red-enameled house order on the Griffin's breast, incorrect state cockade, squared visor). These errors lead me to believe this helmet was not constructed in order to fool collectors. I was told that it might have been produced by a company in Germany called "Karl Voss" some 40-plus years past, but have not been able to verify that. The interior is fashioned as the originals, other than that, the stitching of the silk to the leather is not precise, and the leather sweatband is far too thick and lumpy. The shell interior is ink-stamped "XVII" and "1881", which are the only markings. There is an extra set of holes behind the frontplate, which should have a larger wing span for the particular unit. Info is appreciated.