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Lot 6636: A uniform for a member of the "Guardia Nobile" from the pontificate of Pius XII (1939 – 1958)
02 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Helmet with nickel-silver skull, black fur band and gilt comb sculpted in fine relief, with lion's head and long black horsehair plume. On the obverse silver star with applied, gilt papal emblem and medallion "Pio XII". Gilt chinscales finely decorated in relief, backed by black velvet and attached to rosettes, a black and white feather plume on the side. Red artificial silk lining with gold-embossed papal insignia, broad leather sweatband. Comes with a helmet case. Further, a uniform tunic of red woollen cloth with blue cuffs, silver-gilt braid (darkened) and gold buttons in relief, inscribed "Guardia Nobile", gilt epaulettes with applied silver star and fringes (one shoulder loop missing), white silk lining (stitched). Also, a red leather bandolier, overlaid with gold braid interwoven with blue, thereon the metal application "GNP" ("Guardia Nobile Pontificia"). Around the waist a belt decorated en suite, with gilt buckle. Complete with white leather gloves. Slightly damaged in places, traces of wear and age. Beautifully preserved, rare uniform ensemble.
Condition Report: II