Just came out of the estate of a collector. Absolutely stunning named (Georg Knapp) regimental Bavarian calvary unit from Franco Prussian War. Script on stein talks about "being under the trees of a beer garden, with a woman and drinking - how can that be so bad". I have looked over stein and do not see any cracks or chips or anything. Beautiful and extremely rare Raupenhelme lid in service of the mad king Ludwig II.On the thumb piece is the Bavarian flag and Lion for King Ludwig. Once in a lifetime piece. Maker marked "Karl Schmid Nurnberg". (Caterpillar helmet) can be traced back to 1800 when the "Kasket Muster 1800" was introduced. The Raupenhelme had a leather body with a large wool or hair comb on the top and was worn by all ranks from 1800 to 1886 undergoing numerous modifications. After that, Bavaria fell into line with the rest of the German Empire, and adopted its own version of the pickelhaube. This fine example of a Raupenhelme is a cavalry version, and bears the Royal Monogram of King Ludwig II.
King LUDWIG II of Bavaria, born 1845, was the son of King Maximilian II and Prussian Princess Marie. He was ignored by his parents and left to his own fantasies. In 1865 he became King but within two years Bavaria was taken over by the Prussians and he remained as King in name only. He is considered to have been quite mad and built extraordinary castles throughout his realm, including NEUSCHWANSTEIN, the model for the castle at DISNEY WORLD. He died under strange circumstances just two weeks after having been deposed as King for reasons of insanity.He was followed by King Otto. Here we have a King Ludwig II Cavalry Helmet of black leather with gilt brass fittings. The helmet comes with it's full maroon officer-style Silk liner and leather headband.
It still has the lovely wool "Caterpillar". Type wool comb on top, unique to the Raupenhelme, held on by the usual leather wedges through loops.
The leather chin strap is in good shape, and clips to two Lion's Head fittings on the side. The top of the helmet retains the adjustable vent holes, though they are currently frozen from age. In service for just 20 years. The item "Named German Calvary Military Regimental Beer Stein Tankard 1 Ltr Antique" is in sale since Sunday, July 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany".The seller is "sportspolooutlet" and is located in Minneapolis. This item can be shipped to United States.