Revolutionary War French Soldier Brass Helmet From "POITOU A St CALAIS " c 1700s For Sale
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Revolutionary War French Soldier Brass Helmet From "POITOU A St CALAIS " c 1700s:
Brass military French soldiers helmet with what looks like copper rivets, 16 brass tacks on the leather straps, missing some. Engraved on the front of the helmet is "POITU A St CALAIS. There is what looks like a bullet or other object that made a dent in the helmet and possibly saved the soldiers life. Brass is approx 4 inches high in the center and 1/1/2 at both ends. extending about 11 inches around on brass and from front to back about 11 inches.
I acquired this helmet in the 70s and the owner thought it was a French Soldiers helmet used during the American Revolutionary war. The previous owner was an antique dealer in Saylorsburg Pa. He ran a odds and ends junk type shop, this helmet was his claim to fame,The helmet is lined with leather and one strap that holds the helmet on is missing approximately 3 inches, The 2nd strap is approx 8.5 inches. See photo.I am selling it without any more knowledge but feel it is extremely rare.If you have any adds info please let me know.Free shipping to U S.