French Republican Guard of the City of Paris Cuirassier Helmet. The body is silvered metal with the edges banded in gilt metal. The gilded comb is decorated on both sides with volutes and laurel leaves and the front bears the head of Medusa, above her a flaming grenade with red horsehair brush. A red horsehair tail hangs from the rear of the comb. The leather-backed flat chinstraps are attached to two large bosses. A gilded socket on the left side supports a small red feather plume. The seven-fingered brown leather liner is in very good condition and securely attached to the helmet. The helmet is stamped size “56” at the base of the comb and along with various property number marks. The horsehair tail is not securely fastened to the comb and needs professional restoration to repair it. The leather backing on the chinstrap also needs to be re-stitched at one end, otherwise the helmet is in very good condition.