The body of the shako consists of a cardboard wrapped in fine felt 22 cm high. It is covered by a cap of waxed cowhide leather with a diameter of 26 cm turned on the felt on a height of 2 cm, in this upper part of the shako a black silk braid of 2.5 cm high comes to cover the and a part of the felt. This ribbon characterizes the lower officers. At the bottom of the felt, is sewn a bourdalou (or bourdaloue) in black velvet of 2.7 cm of width. Round visor in black cowhide leather trimmed with a foliage frieze printed in relief, sewn to the front of the shako, width 6 cm; it is waxed green on the inside and black on its outside edge over a width of 1 cm. Brass plate model 1812 carved and stamped in relief of a crowned imperial eagle holding in its talons the spindle of Jupiter placed on a base called "shield", the central part of the shield is smooth, browned with agate stone and decorated of the figure "65" cut out of brass sanded and gilded (each number being stapled to the plate by means of small brass staples) and, in the lower part, an oak branch and a laurel branch, shield represents a lion's head. H of the plate 12.9 cm, width 10.5 cm. Roundel woven in silver trim and scarlet silk and blue-silver on the outside, blue inside- diameter 7,5 cm. Gilded brass jugulars composed of a rosette and a chin guard. Rosette of round shape (diameter 4 cm) stamped in relief of a star with five branches on sanded bottom and edged with a protruding molding. Soft leather chin guard with black velvet covered with a series of 15 scales embossed in relief and cut out of four scallops. Interior cap composed of a headband of 14 cm high in black waxed basan, finished at the top by a lace intended for fitting. Scarlet wool spherical pompom (diameter 6.5 cm) topped with a blue and white woolen flame 6 cm high. H total shako 27 cm, total H with the flame pompon 37,5 cm. Very good condition, upper strip slightly rubbed, tiny friction and discoloration with felt. Inner stretch worn, never cleaned and very well preserved. La France. First Empire. NOTE: Officers shakos are particularly rare to find; this copy is very representative of the second part of the First Empire. The cockade is mounted original and has never been replaced. The front plate was obviously replaced when the officer's regiment was changed; this plate is of very good quality, it is fixed to the barrel by small laces of wool. HISTORY: The 65th Line Infantry Regiment was created in 1803. From 1810 to 1813, he was assigned to the Army of Spain and Portugal, engaged in the battles of: Astorga, Sobral, Rio-Mayor, Fuentes de Onoro , Salamanca, Castro, Vitoria. He joined the Grande Armée in 1813, he was engaged in Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden and Leipzig. In 1814, he participated in the campaign of France and the operations in the Pyrenees and in the south of France. He fought in Bayonne, Orthez and Toulouse. In 1815, he participated in operations in Vendée and then campaigned in Belgium; he is present at the battle of Namur.
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