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Kurhessisches Füsilier-Regiment 80

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Füsilier-Regiment von Gersdorff (Kurhessisches) Nr. 80
stationed in Wiesbaden / Bad Homburg, XVIII. Armee-Korps

Light blue shoulder straps bearing the monogram of Victoria, die Kaiserin Friedrich, with buttons of 8th company. Name tag inside collar "Stein". The tunic has seen very much wear and with service repairs, and notably has been used for training recruits after outbreak of war, as seen by the fieldgrey side-hooks, later added, due to shortage of fieldgrey uniforms, this was common practice, until the recruits were sent to the front. Lower hook and eye set on collar missing. The low collar and brandenburg cuffs bear a unique pattern of single Litzen, known as Altpreußische Litzen, but without centre stripe, as worn only by this regiment. Further regiments wore this pattern of litzen, but with a red centre stripe;  5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, and Garde-Grenadier-Regiment 5. The cuff patch is additionally piped on the three outward edges in yellow, indicating the Prussian Regiments within the Hessian XVIII. Korps.
The regiment wore the normal Prussian infantry helmet with the addition of a black parade plume.

Purchased by my father at a London arms fair about 1969.












The tradition of the regiment was Hessian until 1866. Re-raised 1866-67 for the Prussian Army.

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