This Shako was in good shape until someone with a large head was determined to wear it. The liner string is a modern boot lace. the leather is not especially weak, the person really had to push to do this damage. The slot at the top front is where a cockade goes. The very last photo is a Shako with the cockade. Original cockades are not very hard to find. Shako also has some mothing to the felt see the side shots for that.
---This is a different shako, posted to show the missing cockade---
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