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#1 daniel griffin

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:42 PM

Some years ago I received a call from a great Pennsylvania picker tipping me off to an item at Kenny's Auction in Chambersburg Pa. The auctioneer had gone on a house-call at a local estate, he spotted an odd hat and asked the owner what she knew about it, she replied that it was a Revolutionary War "Hessian Helmet". I attended the auction and bought the pictured hat. In the Battle of Trenton the Hessian force of 1,400 was surprised and virtually destroyed by the Continentals, with about 20 killed, 100 wounded, and 1,000 captured as prisoners. General George Washington's Continental Army had crossed the Delaware River to make a surprise attack on the Hessian's on the early morning of December 26 1776. The captured Hessian's were paraded through Philadelphia, marched through Lancaster, York, Carlisle and down to Chambersburg.

 

 

 

 

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#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:52 PM

Cool to see that: my 5th great-grandfather was a Hessian, a member of the Hessen-Hanau Erbprinz Regiment, and was taken POW  after the decisive American victory at the Battle of Saratoga.
 
His group was being marched to Charlottesville, Virginia when he escaped in Maryland, married the daughter of an immigrant from Alsace, and went on to co-found the town of Claysburg PA, where a log house he built in about 1802 is still being used as a rental.
 
He would not have worn a helmet like that, but I have to say it would be a thrill to own anything Hessian from the Revolution.


#3 uberguido

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:54 PM

That is a great find dan, as a PA boy its even cooler, its amazing to see it thanks!



#4 trenchbuff

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:05 PM

Fantastic piece Dan!



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:17 PM

Now that is an amazing find!



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:18 PM

That's my area of PA they marched through...nice pick



#7 knd643

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:19 PM

Thats really cool. Great find.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:21 PM

Great Helmet.Robert

#9 Patriot

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:30 PM

Excellent find! Don Troiani hasn't by any chance seen this, has he? You should contact him...



#10 sundance

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:11 PM

Pretty darn nice. What is on the inside? Any type of liner? I suppose anything that's not metal is long gone.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:24 PM

A sensational piece; thank you for posting.  I think that many Americans today would be surprised to find out that their relative may have been British or Hessian soldiers who stayed here after the Revolution, like that which was mentioned from Mr. Hudson earlier. 

 

Here in the south, especially in western North Carolina, there is a good chance that some of your Revolutionary kin were "Tories" and Loyalists.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:28 PM

Outstanding piece!



#13 Terry K.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:53 PM

Outstanding piece!

 

My Great, Great, Great Grandfather was there with Washington on that cold day.



#14 KurtA

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:12 PM

Probably the rarest item ever to be posted on the Forum.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:15 PM

Probably the rarest item ever to be posted on the Forum.

 

And it isn't a 'painted' helmet either. ;)



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:30 PM

Fantastic piece!

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:53 PM

Amazing! Now this is a helmet that I think is really nice! :)

 

...Kat



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:58 PM

Great find.  Trenton was an important battle during our first war of independence.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:02 AM

Daniel

 

    Excellent Score ! Just remarkable :D Congratulations.

 

Tony



#20 KurtA

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 05:00 AM

 

And it isn't a 'painted' helmet either. ;)

 

 

haha.  (And if one ever shows up on Ebay, it will probably have a Medic Red Cross painted on it with D- Bail Airborne chinstraps. )



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 05:56 AM

in a word "STUNNING"!



#22 mdk0911

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:28 AM

man that is a cool piece of history - excellent find!!



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 07:09 AM

WOW! That is one fine piece of American history!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Bobgee

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:47 PM

WOW! Speechless. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:49 PM

A sensational piece; thank you for posting.  I think that many Americans today would be surprised to find out that their relative may have been British or Hessian soldiers who stayed here after the Revolution, like that which was mentioned from Mr. Hudson earlier. 

 

Here in the south, especially in western North Carolina, there is a good chance that some of your Revolutionary kin were "Tories" and Loyalists.

Yep I have no doubt. some of my family were from the Piedmont area, Harpe/Harp, and fought for the british.

 

Mike




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