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  • Baden - Officer's  - Pionier-Bataillon Pickelhaube NR 14 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    Baden – Officer’s – Pionier-Bataillon Pickelhaube NR 14

    SKU: 04-576

    $4,695.00

    Very clean officer’s pickelhaube from Badisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 14. The unit was raised in 1850. It was garrisoned at Kehl and attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. The leather body is complete and in very good condition, overall. Portions of the leather show some signs of age. The wappen, spike base, pearl ring, spike and trim are silver-toned. The chin scales and officer’s stars are gilt. The officer’s red and gold kokarde is rendered in the style used by Baden, Württemberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, and Saxony. I find this kokardestyle very elegant. The Reich’s kokarde is in the Prussian style. The spiked helmet’s interior has a black leather sweatband that has seen moderate use. The silk liner’s red color is quite unusual. All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner. The helmet’s leather body reveals no double holes. Only one Bataillon wore this helmet. Our example, although clearly worn, has a lot of character and “honest age” to it. It is only the second Baden Pionier’s Pickelhaube I have offered. It is in far better condition than the first.

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  • Baden - Officer's - Infanterie  Pickelhaube - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    Baden – Officer’s – Infanterie Pickelhaube

    SKU: 04-645

    $1,795.00

    This is a line infantry regiment officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy of Baden had a large military presence. Together with the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, it was exceeded only by the Kingdoms of Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Bavaria. The Baden contingent was divided equally among Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, engineering (Pionier), and train regiments.  Baden’s leading Infanterie regiment, 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109, was one of the German Army’s most elite. Baden had eight other Infanterie regiments that were created by 1897. They were considered “line-regiments,” having been in existence prior to WW I’s buildup. Their pickelhauben were similar with no major distinctions among them as existed with 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. Our offering today is a spiked helmet for an officer from one of these line-regiments. [ONE CAVEAT: Although it is a good helmet in terms of condition, it is NOT a great one. In spite of this flaw, you will see that its very interesting price justifies our offer]! Its leather body has extensive spidering. The spidering is apparent in every area, except for its front and rear visors. Some slight settling also is apparent in the crown. All of the furniture is (correctly) gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, and etc. The helmet displays the correct state and Reich’s kokarden. Inside the helmet is a brown, leather sweatband. Attached to that is a green silk liner. Under the liner, we see that the wappen is attached with the two normal…

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL

    SKU: 04-723

    $4,295.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL. If you read the title for this item, you are probably scratching your head. How can one have an Artillerie Regiment pickelhaube, shouldn’t it be a kugelhelm? [We should note, however, that Bavaria’s Artillerie Regiments did not convert to kugelhelme from pickelhauben until about 1913, and had delayed converting pickelhauben until about 1886 – the last German state to do so. This helmet is a different exception, and the facts behind it are even more obscure than the Bavarian situation, as you will learn]. This pickelhaube is for a doctor, a veterinarian who served in the 4. Badisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 66. The regiment was raised in 1899 and garrisoned at Lahr. Like all Baden regiments, it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. Its leather body is in average condition with some areas of distress, especially on the right side. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, spike, trim, officer stars, and so on. Its chin scales reveal why this artillery officer is wearing a pickelhaube! An Infanterie pickelhaube’s chin scales are flat. The chin scales on THIS helmet are vaulted, like those on Kavallerie helmets. The helmet’s original owner was a veterinarian (needed for cavalry units’ and field artillery units’ horses), so his chin scales were vaulted. It is also an identified helmet. Tucked into the silk liner we find a calling card for one Dr. Siebert that also identifies the regiment. The exterior’s final…

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE INFANTERIE OFFICER’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE INFANTERIE OFFICER’S

    SKU: 04-755

    $4,495.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE INFANTERIE OFFICER’S The Grand Duchy of Baden is one of our favorite states for pickelhauben and kugelhelme, partially due to their handsome wappens that feature the Duchy’s emblematic griffin. Their gorgeous state’s kokarden also is spectacular, as we will detail further along in this description. Our offering today is a Baden Reserve Infanterie Officer’s spiked helmet. Its leather body is in exceptional condition, with a buttery-smooth surface. It is virtually flawless, which is amazing in a more than one-hundred-year-old leather helmet. All of this marvelous helmet’s furniture is gilt-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, officers’ stars, spike-base, pearl ring, spike, front and rear visor trim and its back strap. The only silver-toned piece is the Reserve Officer’s Cross that sits high on the Baden Griffin’s chest, displaying the motto “Mit Gott für Fürst und Vaterland” (With God for the First [their leader’s title] and the Fatherland). The wappen itself sports an extremely gorgeous, frosted and fire-gilded facade. It is absolutely amazing, ranking among the finest Baden wappens that I have encountered. The pickelhaube’s spike is removable. Both the state’s and the Reich’s kokarden are present. The Baden kokarde displays a style employed by Baden, Württemberg, Saxony, and Hesse Darmstadt, while the Reich’s kokarde’s follows the more commonly-used pattern employed by Prussia. Baden’s very elegant kokarde resembles a round fan that has been painted red and gold. The Reich’s kokarde is missing some paint. The helmet’s interior features a high-quality, gently-used, leather sweatband that is very…

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER’S - CHEVAULEGERS OR SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER’S – CHEVAULEGERS OR SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-752 XKA

    $4,995.00

    This is a fine Bavarian Reserve Officer’s pickelhaube from a Chevaulegers or Schweres-Reiter-Regiment. The helmet would have been correct for any of the regiments listed below. 2. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nickolaus con Rußland 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog von Österreich 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons Each of these five regiments used gold-toned furniture. As these Chevaulegers-Regiments were all “odd-numbered” regiments, their even-numbered counterparts (Chevaulegers-Regiment Nrs 2, 4, 6, and 8) used silver-toned furniture. The 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment also used silver-toned furniture. The helmet’s leather body is in fine condition, generally. Some small imperfections and shrinkages in the front and rear visors are present. The quite typical settling of the leather where the large cruciform is attached is not as pronounced on the leather body’s top. All in all, it is a lovely leather body. Like all Bavarian officers’ pickelhauben, it has a squared-front visor rather than the Prussian-style rounded front visor (except for Prussian Dragoner-Regiments and General officers’ spiked helmets). All of its furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, cruciform, officer’s stars, trim and tall, fluted spike (capable of being dismounted for the attachment of a trichter and horsehair bush) are made of brass. The wappen features a pair of rampant Bavarian Lions holding between their paws a shield on which the reserve officer cross appears. While the shield is brass, the oversized cross is silver-toned. Mounted on the cross’s center is a smaller shield displaying the Bavarian state flag’s checkerboard design. The chin scales are convex, differentiating…

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  • OFFICER PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN – BAVARIA

    SKU: 04-658

    $195.00

    This is a prewar brass wappen for a Bavarian pickelhaube. It has a fine brass finish that displays a handsome patina. On the reverse, it features its original attachment clips.

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  • OFFICER'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 PICKELHAUBE - SAXE-WEIMAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 PICKELHAUBE – SAXE-WEIMAR

    SKU: 04-179

    $4,495.00

    This is a very rare officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. This duchy raised only one Infanterie Regiment, which was officially designated as Infanterie Großherzog von Sachsen (5. Thüringisches) Nr 94. The regiment was raised in 1762, making it one of the older regiments in the German army. This helmet, in addition to being very scarce, is also in fine condition. The helmet’s leather is in very good shape and retains a good finish. While the wappen and chin scales are gilt, the other fittings (with the exception of the gilt officers stars) are silver. The spike exhibits a lot of tarnish. The wappen appears to be a standard Prussian officer’s, until you look in the center of the eagle’s chest and you see the device of Saxe-Weimar. The original state and Reich’s kokarden are both in place. The interior of the helmet shows very light wear to the leather sweatband and has a very unusual silk liner. We can also see under the liner that this is size “57” (a bit larger than normal) helmet. Overall, it is a very delightful example of this uncommon spiked helmet.

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  • OFFICER'S LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN – SAXONY

    SKU: 04-606

    $425.00

    This two-piece wappen is suitable for an officer’s spiked helmet in a Saxon line-infantry regiment. The wappen measures 4 ½” x 4 ½.” It features a gilt sunburst with the Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms in its center. Please note the open or voided crown that is indicative of an officer. No nuts exist for the posts that are on the reverse and which are placed through the leather body’s holes. The wappen’s overall condition is excellent.

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  • OFFICER’S CANVAS PICKELHAUBE COVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S CANVAS PICKELHAUBE COVER

    SKU: 04-652

    $275.00

    The canvas covers worn on pickelhauben were pre WW I items that initially were used on helmets to protect them from foul weather in the field. As the war progressed, they were used not only to protect the helmets from foul weather, but to hide the pickelhauben’s bright and shiny state wappens, which provided excellent targets for enemy snipers. As the army expanded and more soldiers entered the field, the M-1915 pickelhaube came into use. Their wappens were subdued (more gray in color) to solve the problem. In 1916, the first of the M-1916 stahlhelme were introduced. The pickelhaube was removed from field service and were only worn at home for parades, etc. Today we are offering an interesting officer’s foul-weather canvas cover for a spiked helmet. Its exterior is the normal gray. When one looks inside, however, one spies a red stripe encircling it. This indicated it was worn by an officer who was acting as an umpire during Field Maneuvers. Along its inside rim, a manufacturer’s stamping is visible, although it is very faint. This type of cover is actually quite scarce, and it is in very solid condition.

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  • One-Year-Volunteer Grenadier-Regiment w/FRW Wappen Pickelhaube - Prussia - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    One-Year-Volunteer Grenadier-Regiment w/FRW Wappen Pickelhaube – Prussia

    SKU: 04-557

    $5,995.00

    This is a One-Year-Volunteer Pickelhaube for a line-Grenadier-Regiment that displayed the FRW wappen. A total of eight Grenadier-Regiments could have worn a wappen similar to this at various times up to 1913. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr’s 2, Nr 3, Nr 5, Nr 6, Nr 8, Nr 10, Nr 11, and Nr 12. As this pickelhaube has state and Reich’s kokarden, rather than the single state kokarde used prior to 1897, we can eliminate Grenadier-Regiment Nr’s 2 and 8. They shifted to the newer style Grenadier wappen prior to 1897. Historically, we can reduce the number of regiments that wore this to SIX. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3 (founded in 1685), Nr 5 (founded in 1689), Nr 6 (founded in 1772), Nr 10 (founded in 1808), Nr 11 (founded in 1808), and Nr 12 (founded in 1813). Whew! As you can see, these were very old and elite regiments. All fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian War under Prussian leadership. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with only minor scuffing. All of the furniture is gilt, including the chin scales, wappen, spike, trim, etc. As this is a One-Year-Volunteer’s Pickelhaube, many of the features are pure officers quality. This includes the early Grenadier-style wappen with the FRW center. The older-style Grenadier wappens also have an eagle with folded wings, rather than the later style where the eagle had outspread wings. The pearl ring, trim, and spike are all officers-level items. Only the lack of officers stars and the…

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  • ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S LINE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S LINE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 04-696

    $1,695.00

    This is an exceptional privately-purchased One-Year-Volunteer’s Line Infanterie-Regiment pickelhaube. As frequent visitors to our website are aware, the normal enlistment period in the Imperial German Army was for two years. After that, soldiers were assigned to the Landwehr, which involved a yearly call up to duty (very similar to the USA’s National Guard). In addition to the required two-year enlistment, a one year enlistment program was available, whose soldiers were referred to as One-Year-Volunteers (OYV’s). Many differences existed between the two programs, with certain requirements and expectations for OYV’s. Whereas men serving under the two-year program were issued all their uniform items from the Army depots (including their headgear), were provided with barracks to sleep in, and ate their meals at the Army’s mess halls, an OYV was expected to entirely pay his own way. He purchased his own uniforms and personal gear, was expected to pay for all his other expenses. Consequently, men who opted for this program often came from families that could afford the required expenses. Typically, they also were better educated, often having attended universities. When they completed their one year’s service, they entered the reserves. They often attained NCO status very early, or even more often were given officer’s status and promoted to Leutnants der Reserve. During WW I, many young OYV’s were thrust into platoon and company commander positions due to the great attrition of soldiers serving at this level with their troops at the front. A One-Year-Volunteer’s pickelhaube is quite a find because…

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  • PIONIER-BATAILLON LINE-OFFICER PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PIONIER-BATAILLON LINE-OFFICER PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 04-621

    $4,295.00

    This is a first-rate Prussian Pionier (Engineer) Line-Bataillon officer’s pickelhaube. The helmet would be correct for Bataillon Nr’s 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 20, or 30. [Prussian Bataillon Nr’s 1, 3, and 10 displayed a slightly different wappen]. (One Garde-Pionier-Bataillon also existed). For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Pionier,” these men were the German Army’s engineers. Their primary function was building bridges and other forms of military construction. Inquiring minds want to know, “How does one distinguish a Pionier Pickelhaube from, say, an Infanterie Pickelhaube?” That is an excellent question! To answer, one starts with a rounded front visor, the same as that found on an Infanterie helmet. Next, the wappen, cruciform, trim, and the spike are silver-toned. The chin scales (they are flat, as are Infanterie scales) and officer’s stars are gilt. An Infanterie Pickelhaube has all gilt furniture. So, the silver wappen, spike, and trim are major giveaways. We can safely identify our helmet as belonging to a engineer rather than an infantryman. I want to point out that the helmet’s condition is exceptional. Its leather body is just gorgeous. All of the furniture, whether silver or gilt, is magnificent. As a matter of fact, pay special attention to the wappen and the hardware’s other silver pieces. All have a marvelous patina. The toning is first-rate. The correct Prussian and Reich’s kokarden are present. The helmet has been well cared…

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  • PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN – SAXONY

    SKU: 04-603

    $225.00

    This is a fine pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s brass wappen from a line-infantry or artillery regiment. The wappen’s sunburst is gilt. The Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms is silver-toned. On the reverse are the simple loops that passed through a pickelhaube or kugelhelm’s holes. A small bit of leather was then be inserted through the loop to keep it in place. It was simple, yet effecti

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  • PRE WW I ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S PIONIER-Bataillon PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S PIONIER-Bataillon PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 04-601

    $275.00

    This is an enlisted men/NCO’s silver-toned wappen from a Prussian Pionier-Bataillon. This would have been correct for a spiked helmet. It is a very handsome pre war example. Both screw posts are attached to the wappen’s rear.

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  • PRE WW I OFFICER LINE-INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I OFFICER LINE-INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 04-600

    $325.00

    This is an officer’s wappen from a pre WW I Prussian Infanterie or Artillerie Regiment. The wappen has a fine brass finish, along with the open or voided crown indicating it is an officer’s wappen. Both screw posts are attached to the wappen’s rear.

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  • PREWAR ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S WAPPEN - INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PREWAR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S WAPPEN – INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-598

    $275.00

    This is a fine pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s brass wappen. It was used on a Prussian Regiment’s pickelhaube or kugelhelm. Please note that it has a closed crown, which confirms its non officers’ status. Both screw posts are present. It is a very fine example.

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  • PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LINE-INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LINE-INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE – SAXONY

    SKU: 04-695

    $1,695.00

    This is a very fine Line-Infanterie Regiment pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Saxony. In addition its excellent condition, the helmet was privately-purchased rather than issued by a military depot. Its leather body is in absolutely remarkable condition: smooth, supple, essentially problem-free. All of the helmet’s furniture is made of brass, except for the silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms. It is mounted on a brass starburst to form the helmet’s wappen. [Please note: the helmet’s spike is permanently attached]. A brass and leather chinstrap is connected, as are the correct (green and white) Saxon and Reich’s (red, black, and white) kokarden. The helmet’s interior is equally attractive. The back visor displays NO depot marks, confirming that it was privately-purchased. Although we have described it as an enlisted man/NCO’s pickelhaube, its private-purchase status suggests an outside possibility that it belonged to a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV). Its superior condition could be attributed to the situation wherein an OYV’s promotion to the rank of Leutnant der Reserve required that he purchase an officer’s pickelhaube, effectively “retiring” this helmet. It is doubtful that our offering spent much (if any) time in the trenches, so my supposition could account for its fantastic condition. The interior also boasts the typical enlisted man/NCO’s leather liner. Nine leather tongues are attached to the outside liner. Each tongue has holes punched in it, allowing a leather thong to be strung through all nine to “size” the liner to fit its wearer. Not only are all nine tongues complete…

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  • PRUSSIA - HELMET - M-1915 KÜRAßIER ENLISTED MAN'S  - XIV. ARMEEKORPS PROTOTYPE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – HELMET – M-1915 KÜRAßIER ENLISTED MAN’S – XIV. ARMEEKORPS PROTOTYPE

    SKU: 04-529

    $5,095.00

    This is an interesting helmet that presents a bit of a puzzle. As we examine it, we can see that it is an M-1915 Küraßier’s helmet, suitable for Küraßier-Regiment von Seydlitz (Magdeburgisches) Nr 7 or Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8. These are the only two Küraßier-Regiments sporting silver-toned helmets with a darkened brass or bronze finish on their wappens. Essentially, this helmet is unissued. It shows the wear of years on its surface. I would venture that it has not been cleaned in decades, if ever. It features the large Küraßier’s kokarden for state and Reich. It also has an original, leather chinstrap. The spike is painted gray. It is removable. Inside the helmet is a green-painted front visor and a black-painted rear visor. The standard, enlisted men’s, leather-tongue liner is in place. All of the tongues are in place, but the sizing thong is missing. The inside of the helmet is marked “C. E. Juncker 1915.” The wappen is held in place by two small pieces of leather, which was very typical for enlisted helmets. Now comes the mystery. Attached on the helmet’s right side is a tag measuring 2 1/2″ x 2″ It marks the helmet as a prototype. I have seen these tags before. Usually, they have been for the War Ministry. This one is stamped “Kriegs-Bekleidungsamt des XIV. Armeekorps.” The tag is dated 25 August 1915. What is even more curious — neither of these regiments were assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps prior to the…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN’S  - REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS - IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN’S – REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS – IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION

    SKU: 04-717

    $9,495.00 $7,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the enlisted man’s helmet for the Regiment der Gardes du Corps. Its owner tells me it is a Model 1866 or 1867 that was updated through the Garde Depot. By looking at the helmet, we can also see that it is pre-1897, when the addition of the Reich’s Kokarde was mandated. This helmet has only the white and black (state colors) Prussia’s State Kokarde. Kokarden for Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde metal helmets sport a much larger kokarde than Infanterie, Kavallerie, or Artillerie helmets. I estimate that the Küraßier Kokarde is about 50% larger than the Army’s other divisions. All enlisted men were offered the opportunity to receive their uniforms, their dress headdresses and daily wear from the Army Depot. (Some soldiers opted to purchase their own). When a soldier completed his enlistment with his regiment, he returned the gear to the Depot. It then inspected the items to determine what it would take to make them suitable for issuance to the next soldier. Such may have been the case with this helmet, since it was easier to upgrade or repair metal helmets than leather pickelhauben. The helmet’s exterior displays substantial age and patina. [Please note that the helmet exhibits a gold tone]. It possesses an extended rear visor that was often referred to as a “Lobster Tail.” Küraßier-Regiments were considered “heavy” cavalry, having originated when those soldiers and their mounts wore heavy armor. By the 19th Century, the Küraßier’s armor had devolved…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL’S  - IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION WITH TRICHTER, PARADE FEATHERS, DAILY SERVICE SPIKE AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL’S – IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION WITH TRICHTER, PARADE FEATHERS, DAILY SERVICE SPIKE AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 04-719 XRH

    $14,995.00

    This is a consignment item for a Prussian Army General Officer, most likely a General der Infanterie. One thing about a spiked helmet such as this, any rank of General from Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall would have worn this helmet. What I find particularly exciting about this helmet is that it not only comes with its daily service spike, but the full trichter with its parade feathers for a parade/formal setting. Most of the time we find helmets with one of these two components, not both. The pickelhaube’s leather body is in excellent condition. We treated it with a fine leather conditioner, and its overall appearance is astonishing. The leather is extremely smooth and supple. The helmet also sports a squared front visor, which is a key requirement for a General’s pickelhaube. All of the helmet’s furniture is gold-toned, including the chin scales, the helmet base, officers’ stars, the cruciform base, the pearl ring, the VERY tall, fluted spike, as well as the front visor’s and the back strap’s trim. The wappen’s eagle has its wings spread so wide that they reach back to the two kokarden on either side. The one area that is silver-toned is the sunburst in the center of the eagle’s chest, which serves as the background to the helmet’s Garde-Star. The Garde Star is in excellent condition, sporting green, white, gold, and black enamel. Its Black Eagle is so beautifully formed and the enamel’s application is so perfect that it takes one’s breath away. [The Black…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - NCO - GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT OR GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED NOT DEPOT-ISSUED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – NCO – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT OR GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED NOT DEPOT-ISSUED

    SKU: 04-743

    $2,995.00

    PRUSSIAN – PICKELHAUBE – NCO – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT OR GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED NOT DEPOT-ISSUED. This is a high-quality, privately-purchased NCO’S pickelhaube from either a Garde-Grenadier or Garde zu Fuß-Regiment, which include the regiments listed below. 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß Kaiser Alexander Grade-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2 Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3 Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment 4 Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 As you can see, these are very elite regiments. Officers’ examples for these regiments can be quite expensive (we currently have one lovely example available for purchase). As a rule, I do not offer enlisted men/NCO’s pickelhauben unless they come from smaller states. I am quite pleased, however, to share this fine helmet with you. The helmet’s leather body is exceptional, or even beyond that. It is smooth and amazingly clean and clear, not marred by damage due to age or other circumstances. Its condition far exceeds what we often see on officers’ helmets. The rear visor shows signs of shrinkage, which is common in a one-hundred-plus year-old helmet’s leather body. The helmet’s furniture presents a lovely Garde wappen. Its brass eagle features ultra-wide, outspread wings. They are so wide, in fact, that each wingtip extends to the respective Reich’s and state’s kokarden center points. A silver Garde Star provides a fine contrast against the brass eagle’s chest. The remaining furniture is also brass, including the flat chin scales (remember, Infanterie pickelhauben should have flat rather than convex chin scales), the cruciform, the detachable spike, as well as…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - BEAMTE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – BEAMTE

    SKU: 04-672

    $2,195.00

    This is a Beamte (a military or non military official) officer’s pickelhaube. The helmet has a leather body that exhibits some wear in the form of limited cracking. Also, some settling of the pickelhaube’s crown can be seen in the accompanying photographs. All of the helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, cruciform, trim, and spike, is silver. Only the officers’ stars are gold. It is interesting to note that the spike is fixed to the cruciform, and is not removable (usually it CAN be removed). Also please note that the chin scales are vaulted, which often signifies a cavalry regiment rather than an infantry regiment’s flat chin scales. The silver, Prussian wappen features a gold-toned Beamte Eagle directly below the “FR.”. (The Eagle confirms that the officer was a Beamte). The exterior’s final details are the officer’s state and reich’s kokarden in place behind the posts that also secure the chin scales. The interior presents a brown, leather sweatband secured to a rust-colored, silk liner. The liner exhibits some wear in the form of minor shredding, which is quite common on many pickelhauben that have been worn. All of the original hardware is present under the silk liner, with no double holes, meaning the wappen is original to the helmet. Finally, the size, “56 3/4” is marked on the leather liner. [It is on the large side for a pickelhaube. We generally see them in the “54-55” range. Anything above 56 is uncommon]. This is an attractive, original helmet…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER'S -1. GARDE REGIMENT zu FUß - ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ ADALBERT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S -1. GARDE REGIMENT zu FUß – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ ADALBERT.

    SKU: 04-715

    $14,995.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S -1. GARDE REGIMENT zu FUß – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ ADALBERT. This is a simply delicious 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß officer’s spiked helmet. The regiment was the most elite among Prussia’s and Germany’s Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned in Potsdam with its Kavallerie Regiment counterpart, the Regiment der Garde du Corps. The regiment was loaded with denizens of Imperial Germany’s highest royal and noble families. Every Hohenzollern Prinz was invested in it, including all of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons, just as the Kaiser himself had been as a young man. The Kaiser also served as its Regimental Chef. The latter was a ceremonial post since every regiment that possessed a royal patron actually was run on a daily basis by its true commander, typically an Oberst or Oberstleutnant. [Please remember that the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß also was notable as one of only two Prussian Infanterie Regiments to retain the Mitre as its headdress for high dress occasions. The Mitre had been the Infanterie’s preferred headdress prior to the pickelhaube’s introduction in 1842. After that date, all the other regiments switched to a combination of pickelhauben, schirmmützen and mützen for their headgear]. This particular 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß officer’s pickelhaube once belonged to Prinz Adalbert, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. These six sons (and one daughter) were Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882 1951), Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883 1942), Prinz Adalbert (1884 1948), Prinz August Wilhelm (1887 1949), Prinz Oskar (1888 1958), Prinz Joachim…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER’S - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 7 - WITH PARADE BUSH

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 7 – WITH PARADE BUSH

    SKU: 04-747 XKA

    $6,995.00

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria: an officer’s pickelhaube from the very elite Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7, with its parade bush. The regiment was founded in 1797. It was garrisoned at Liegnitz (now Legnica, Poland) and attached to Prussia’s V. Armeekorps. Its Regimental Chef was none other than Prussia’s König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I. [The regiment was founded the same year, 1797, as Wilhelm I was born, the importance of which we will share with you shortly]. The helmet’s leather body is most appealing. Its only flaw shows up on the helmet’s right rear three-quarters, where two small gouges appear very close to one another. They are not overly noticeable, because the parade bush masks the small flaw quite well, unless the bush is lifted up for inspection. Its wappen features a very attractive Grenadier-style eagle whose outspread wings extend greatly from its body (in direct contrast to a Line-Infanterie-Regiment’s closed-wing eagle). This wappen-style was used not only on Grenadiers’ helmets but for the various Garde-Regiments. The eagle’s wings extend almost to the kokarden’s midpoint. The Grenadier-style wappen is only part of what makes this helmet so special. Near the eagle’s base it sports a wonderful bandeau that proclaims “22 März 1797,” König Wilhelm I’s birth date. [This bandeau was unique among other German helmets. Bandeaux typically were awarded as battle honors for major battles or campaigns in which a regiment had participated. During the Imperial Period, most bandeaux were…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER’S - LINE DRAGONER-REGIMENT NRs 7, 8, 11, 13, AND 14 - WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER’S – LINE DRAGONER-REGIMENT NRs 7, 8, 11, 13, AND 14 – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE

    SKU: 04-754

    $6,995.00

    Today we are offering a fine reserve officer’s pickelhaube that would have been suitable for FIVE different Prussian Line Dragoner-Regiments (Nrs 7, 8, 11, 13, and 14). All of them featured gold-toned brass fittings, in contrast to Dragoner-Regiments Nrs 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, and 15, which featured silver-toned fittings. Dragoner Regiments were part of the Prussian Army’s Kavallerie, along with the Husaren, Ulanen, and Küraßiers. The first Prussian Dragoner-Regiment was formed in 1689. Another was formed in 1704. More were formed in the early 19th Century during the Napoleonic Wars. The bulk of the line Kavallerie Regiments were formed around 1860, prior to the 1864 Danish-Prussian, the 1866 Austro-Prussian, and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian Wars.   By the time the Franco-Prussian War arrived, it was becoming evident that the cavalry’s future in modern warfare would be limited. This was partially due to bolt action rifles that permitted more accurate, rapid firing than the old muzzle-loaders, and other advances in artillery. The situation was further heightened by the introduction of machine guns late in the 19th Century, which rendered cavalrymen equally as tasty targets as the infantry. During WW I’s early months, the cavalry’s role was quickly reduced, since charges against entrenched positions became futile. At best, the cavalrymen were used as scouts, or more often dismounted to fight in the trenches alongside the infantry. Their horses were sent home, used to move artillery, or (later) eaten. The era for the cavalry had ended. The helmet’s leather body is high-quality, with…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE -ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S - LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE -ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S – LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871

    SKU: 04-533

    $3,195.00

    This is a smart-looking, enlisted men/NCO’s M-1871 pickelhaube from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. As an M-1871 helmet, the body is a bit taller than later M-1897’s. Also, the front and rear visors are a bit longer than the later models. A number of refinements took place over the ensuing fifty years after the pickelhaube’s 1842 Prussian Army debut. The leather body’s condition is exceptional. One could examine HUNDREDS of M-1897 helmets and not find one in such superb condition. It is a textbook example of superiority. Its condition is picture book-worthy! All of the helmet’s furniture is highly-detailed gilt brass. Its wappen features a large Reserve Cross centered in an eagle’s chest. The cross displays the phrase “Mitt Gott für König und Vaterland.” [This is the correct manner for the phrase’s display on a reservist’s helmet. An active-duty solider or officer’s helmet would display the phrase directly on the wappen]. The chin scales are stunning. They have full leather behind them. A single Prussian state kokarde appears on the right side. At this point in history, pickelhauben were not yet displaying the Reich’s kokarde. Thus, a single kokarde on a helmet like this is 100% correct. The spike atop the helmet is not detachable. Inside the helmet is a complete leather liner. All of its tongues are present, but the sizing cord is not. Double depot-marks appear on the extended rear visor. They indicate the helmet came from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. Marks for 1881 are also present. The rear visor’s opposite…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE -M-1871 ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S  - 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE -M-1871 ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S – 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß

    SKU: 04-541

    $4,495.00

    In 1842, Prussia introduced a spiked helmet that was initially used by both Infanterie and Artillerie regiments. The Artillerie switched to a kugel (ball) on the top of their helmets. It remained this way as long as the Prussian Army used pickelhauben and kugelhelme. Over the next forty years, other German states phased in the pickelhaube. Bavaria was the last to do so, in 1886. Early pickelhauben share many of the same features we find in the M-1897 helmets. Over the years, however, a number of refinements were made. In particular, the helmets’ heights were reduced until the final evolution in 1891/1897. Today we are offering an enlisted men/NCO’s M-1871 pickelhaube from 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. This was a very elite regiment. It was founded in 1813 and garrisoned in Berlin. (All Garde-Regiments were stationed in the Berlin area, with many located in Potsdam, which today is a Berlin suburb). Like all Garde-Regiments, it was assigned to the Gardekorps. The helmet’s leather body is in good condition. It does not show the cracking and dryness that can come in one-hundred-plus-year-old leather. It does reveal some shrinkage on the front and rear visors, which is quite common even in later helmets. The helmet is still a lot taller then an M-1897, but not nearly as tall as the original M-1842. Its front and rear visors are longer than later models. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, with the exception of a silver Garde Star. The helmet has a lovely set…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER - MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

    SKU: 04-431

    $2,695.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – MILITARY ADMINISTRATION. This is a very fine example of an officer’s pickelhaube for a member of the Prussian Army’s Military Administration. The spiked helmet’s leather body finish is quite handsome. Some settling appears where the cruciform is attached at the helmet’s top. This happens occasionally due to the cruciform, spike, and et cetera’s weight settling into the leather body. Most collectors do not consider this a major problem, but, I wanted to mention it. It is depicted in greater detail in our attached photos. The pickelhaube has a squared visor. At first glance, one might think it comes from a Dragoner-Regiment. I made this mistake until I was recently advised by a very experienced researcher from the U.K. that such was NOT the case. [We send our sincere thanks to GJ for the correction]! I also mistakenly identified the pickelhaube as being for a Dragoner-Regiment’s veterinarian. We always strive to give you a correct description. In many ways, the correction reveals that our helmet is even MORE desirable to collectors. The broad category of “Military Administration” contains several different specialties to which this helmet could belong. Our expert identified several possible positions, which we have listed below. *Technical Official from the War Ministry *Military Intendance Official *Military Justice Official *Official of the General Staff *Military Construction Official *Senior Technical Official of the Military Institute *Apothecary Official Typically, these positions were NOT at the Regimental level. If they were for the General Staff, these officials…

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  • PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GRENADIER STYLE

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GRENADIER STYLE

    SKU: 04-739

    $250.00

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GRENADIER STYLE. This is a prewar enlisted man/NCO’s Grenadier-style wappen. [Grenadier-style wappen (also used on certain Dragoner and Jäger zu Pferde Regiments) feature Hohenzollern Eagles with outspread wings rather than the folded-in wings displayed on Line-Infanterie, Küraßier, Ulanen, Feldartillerie, Fußartillerie, and Train Battalion wappens]. As a prewar example, the wappen is made of brass. As WW I progressed, by 1915 wappens usually were made of steel that had been painted gray (subdued) to prevent sunlight glinting off them and betraying their wearers to enemy troops. The wappen measures an impressive 6″ wide from wingtip to wingtip. As it is for an enlisted man/NCO, the crown is closed not open (voided) as it would be for an officer. Its reverse sports two clips by which the wappen was inserted into its helmet’s leather body. Small pieces of leather inserted through these clips kept the wappen in place. These clips are another indication it is NOT an officer’s wappen. Officers’ wappens typically had screw posts attached rather than clips. The example is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S FELDGRAU - DRAGONER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FELDGRAU – DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-492

    $175.00

    This is a consignment piece. It is a wartime feldgrau or subdued, painted wappen for an enlisted man serving in a Dragoner-Regiment. It is in very fine condition. Both of the clips on the reverse are present.

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  • PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S M-1915 - INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S M-1915 – INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-599

    $225.00

    This is a fine enlisted man/NCO’s M-1915 wappen. It was used on a Prussian Infanterie or Artillerie Regiment’s pickelhaube or kugelhelm. [Please note the wappen’s wartime subdued gray exterior instead of the prewar brass. It provided a soldier more protection from enemy snipers than did shiny, sunlight-reflecting brass. A further aid against foul weather and sniper fire was a protective canvas cover. Soldiers who served in Artillerie Regiments (kept to the rear) were not in as much danger from snipers as were Infanterie soldiers in the front trenches]. The wappen displays a closed crown, which confirms its non officers’ status. The screw posts are not present. It is a very fine example.

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  • PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MEN’S TSCHAKO - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MEN’S TSCHAKO

    SKU: 04-655

    $150.00

    This is an enlisted men’s wappen. It is from Prussia and sports a fine gilt finish on its pre war brass plate. On the reverse we see a pair of clips that enable it to be fitted to a tschako. The wappen is in very fine condition, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S M-1871 INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S M-1871 INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-526

    $395.00

    This is an enlisted men/NCO’s spiked helmet wappen from a Prussian M-1871 Infanterie-Regiment. The wappen is in very fine condition. Both screwposts with which it is attached to a helmet are present on its reverse. It measures 5 ” x 4 ½.”

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  • PRUSSIA -PICKELHAUBE -  OFFICER'S  - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74, NR 77, NR 78, NR 164, OR NR 165 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA -PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74, NR 77, NR 78, NR 164, OR NR 165

    SKU: 04-612

    $4,995.00

    This is a wonderful officer’s pickelhaube that could have been worn by one of FIVE Prussian Infanterie-Regiments: 1. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74, 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 77, 3. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 78, 4. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 164, or 5. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 165. The regiments originally were from the Kingdom of Hannover. Each was formed in 1813 and fought with Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The five regiments were absorbed into the Prussian Army after the Kingdom of Hannover’s defeat in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Kaiser Wilhelm restored the Hanoverian regiments’ battle honors in 1897, including the bandeaux worn on the various regiments that had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Some had fought only at Waterloo (such as these five regiments). Others also had fought on the Peninsula Campaign in Spain and/or Portugal. The helmet’s leather body exhibits some minor spidering, although no major faults affect the body. It displays very well. All of its furniture is gilt-toned and a bit subdued, with the exception of the chin scales. The wappen carries the Waterloo bandeau that identifies it as a former Hanoverian regiment and Battle of Waterloo participant. The Reich and state’s kokarden are present. Inside the pickelhaube is a fine leather sweatband that has seen mild use. Its creme-colored silk liner shows some shredding. No double holes appear inside the helmet. All of the original hardware is present. Penciled in is its size, “57,” which makes the helmet larger than average. Overall, it is a very…

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  • PRUSSIAN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 73 OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 73 OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-673

    $4,995.00

    This is an amazing Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr 73 officer’s pickelhaube. The regiment, commonly referred to as Füsilier-Regiment Nr 73, was originally founded by the Kingdom of Hannover in1803. The Kingdom’s senior Infanterie regiment, it was garrisoned in the capital city of Hannover and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. The regiment was sent to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain’s Field Marshal Wellington. It later joined other Hanoverian regiments in the penultimate Battle of Waterloo, which defeated Napoleon for the final time. Five Hanoverian Infanterie regiments fought at the Battle of Waterloo, along with one Jäger-Bataillon, two Dragoner-Regiments, two Ulanen-Regiments, two Artillerie Regiments, and one Pionier-Bataillon. Years later, Hannover sided with Austria in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a very brief, sharp war in which Prussia and its allies ROLLED over Austria and hers. Hannover paid a huge price for its poor choice of allegiance when her territory was annexed by Prussia. This included the complete takeover of all Hanoverian military units, whose regiments were required to display Prussian wappens on their headdresses. In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm II honored the former Hanoverian units by allowing them to once more display their battle honors (bandeaux) on their headdresses. The gesture was warmly received by these regiments/Bataillons, as it distinguished them from other Prussian line-units. The pickelhaube’s leather body is in excellent condition, overall. It has an unusual, matte-black finish that I see every once in a while. This finish’s benefit is that it provides an impeccable background…

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  • PRUSSIAN INFANTERIE REGIMENT NCO'S PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN INFANTERIE REGIMENT NCO’S PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-691

    $1,895.00

    This is a very fine Prussian Infanterie-Regiment NCO’s pickelhaube. The prewar example comes complete with brass furniture. The helmet’s leather body is amazing for being more than one-hundred-years-old. It shows some shrinkage on the front and rear visors, but remains quite pleasing, nevertheless. All of the furniture is gilt-toned (as it is brass). It boasts a lovely, consistent patina. Its back strap reveals that the helmet originally was for an enlisted man. It also was a privately-purchased example as NO depot marks are evident. The NCO’s kokarden (both state and Reich) are present and in fine condition. The spike detaches from the helmet. I love the patina on its various pieces, particularly because it all matches, telling me that these pieces have all been together on the helmet since it was made. It is absolutely lovely. Moving to the helmet’s interior, we see a fine enlisted man’s leather liner. An astounding FIFTEEN tongues extend from the sweatband. Corresponding depot-issued helmets sport far fewer tongues, more in the range of six-to-eight. This makes their tongues far LARGER than those on our offering. The complete sizing thong is NOT present. It has been cut in several places, leaving only short pieces in place. [I am leaving it up to you to remove them or not. I always prefer to sell items as I have received them]. A size “53″ has been penciled inside the helmet. This is one of the SMALLEST pickelhauben we have offered, as the average usually falls in the…

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  • RESERVE OFFICER’S WAPPEN - LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RESERVE OFFICER’S WAPPEN – LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT – SAXONY

    SKU: 04-594

    $350.00

    This two-piece wappen is suitable for an officer’s spiked helmet in a Saxon Reserve line-infantry regiment. The wappen measures 4 ½” x 4 ½.” It features a gilt sunburst with the Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms in its center. Please note its open (voided) crown, which is indicative of an officer. No nuts exist for the posts that are on the reverse and placed through the leather body’s holes. The wappen’s overall condition is excellent.

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  • RESERVE PIONIER OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RESERVE PIONIER OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 04-452

    $2,295.00

    This is a Reserve Pionier Bataillon Officer’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Prussia. The helmet’s leather body is a little rougher than we prefer. We purchased it for two reasons. First, it is unusual to find this particular helmet for a member of the Reserves. Second, we were able to acquire it for a VERY interesting price (as you will discover at the end of our description). The helmet reveals substantial cracking, and in one place, a piece of the leather is missing. If you can overlook its faults, however, the helmet is MORE than fairly-priced and constitutes a major bargain. Pionier pickelhauben are far more scarce than Infanterie examples (Prussia fielded twenty-three Pionier Bataillons). The fact that it is for a Reserve Officer makes it all the more attractive. Pionier pickelhauben are easily identifiable compared to Infanterie. Whereas Infanterie spiked helmets have all-brass furniture, Pionier examples boast silver-toned wappens, spike, trim, and so on, only their chin scales and officers stars are gilt-toned. This helmet’s silver-toned wappen displays a brass Reserve Officer’s cross that features the date “1813.” The correct state (Prussia) and Reich officer’s kokarden are in place. The helmet’s interior features a well used, brown-leather sweatband. Its silk liner is also quite well used, with shredding on its surface. A fair amount of perspiration stains are also present. We have NO doubt that the helmet has seen significant use! Under the silk liner we see all of the original hardware, and no double holes where the wappen…

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  • SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MEN’S 6. THÜRINGISCHES INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MEN’S 6. THÜRINGISCHES INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95

    SKU: 04-637

    $1,895.00

    While we generally prefer to offer officers’ helmets, we will make exceptions. One of our exceptions is for an enlisted men’s helmet from a state that fielded a single regiment. This very fine enlisted men’s pickelhaube from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’s 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 95 exactly fits the bill. The regiment was raised in 1807. Its three Bataillons were located in different cities: Bataillon Nr 1 was in Gotha, Bataillon Nr 2 was in Hildburghausen, and Bataillon Nr 3 was in Coburg. The regiment was attached to the XI. Armeekorps, along with other Saxon regiments. Although a couple of small areas on the helmet’s leather reveal some minor scrapes and depressions, the exterior is in astoundingly good condition for a one-hundred-plus years-old enlisted men’s helmet. The helmet appears to have been privately-purchased, as I can detect NO depot markings. This fact also speaks to its condition, as a single owner would have taken much better care of his possession than a series of depot-assignees. All the furniture is gilt, with the exception of the crowned, Saxon Coat-of-Arms appearing in the wappen’s center. The Coat-of-Arms is placed on what I refer to as a sunburst design. Both the sunburst and the Coat-of-Arms are silver. If you peek under the sunburst, you will note the word “Fürst” rather than “König.” Otherwise, the wappen looks like a standard Prussian emblem, except for its telltale, Saxon “Fürst.” The spike is NOT removable on this helmet. The state and Reich’s kokarden are properly in place. We also…

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  • SAXONY - WAPPEN - ENLISTED MEN'S LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT OR LINE ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – WAPPEN – ENLISTED MEN’S LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT OR LINE ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM

    SKU: 04-657

    This is a pre war brass wappen for an enlisted men’s pickelhaube (spiked helmet) in a line Infanterie regiment or for a kugelhelm Artillerie regiment from the Kingdom of Saxony. The silver Saxon Coat-of-Arms is set against a gilt-toned sunburst. Its reverse sports twin posts by which it can be it can be attached to a helmet.
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  • SAXONY - WAPPEN - LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR LINE-ARTILLERIE-KUGELHELM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – WAPPEN – LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR LINE-ARTILLERIE-KUGELHELM

    SKU: 04-661

    $175.00

    This is an Saxon officer’s wappen that was correct for either an Infanterie spiked helmet or a kugelhelm for an Artillerie regiment. A silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms appears within a wreath of oak leaves. The coat-of-arms is topped by a silver-toned, voided crown. This device is set on a gilt-toned sunburst. Two screws are soldered on its reverse.

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  • SMALL PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SMALL PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 04-716

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a small black leatherette helmet carrying case in excellent condition. Both the carrying strap and its securing hardware are intact. Its exterior is stamped “452 Bayreuth 2.” [Bayreuth, located in Bavaria, is world-famous for its yearly festivals featuring the operas of Richard Wagner]. The case stands 10 ½” tall and measures 11″ across the base.

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  • STORAGE CASE FOR OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM/SCHIRMÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE CASE FOR OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM/SCHIRMÜTZE

    SKU: 04-687

    $995.00

    Imperial German Period Storage case that will accommodate an Officer’s Pickelhaube or Kugelhelm and Schirmutze. Today we are offering a very special officer’s pickelhaube/kugelhelm/schirmütze storage/transport case, quite unlike any Storage Case that we have offered previously. To safely transport their headdresses, as well as protect them when not being worn, military officers purchased storage cases . Most such cases are conical, looking much like a cylindrical pyramid, instead this case is round.   This first section of the Storage Case under is a covered single epaulet box. The first thing one sees when the outer lid is removed, if the box is empty, is the epaulet box raised on a platform, making it . Although when it is in full transport mode the schirmütze would be placed over the “epaulet” box. The Storage Case is rather unusual as this internal storage box can contain only ONE epaulet. One would have to store its mate on the upper deck or in the case’s lower section.  To reveal a red cover over the lower storage section, the entire upper deck lifts out (by pulling two ribbons located on either side). The removable cover sports a circular opening in its center to accommodate the helmet’s spike or kugel. This means the helmet can be placed in the lower section WITHOUT necessitating the spike’s or kugel’s being dismounted. Once the helmet and inner contents are packed into place, the top lid is replaced over and strapped down. I should add that all of the leather straps to…

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  • UNITED STATES - MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNITED STATES – MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-394

    $125.00

    This is another of the very popular miniature pickelhauben. This example is made of a silver-toned metal. It is not a typical metal helmet (not designed for a küraßier, GdC, etc.). The detail is good enough to reveal it is an American spiked helmet. It measures 2″ x 1 1/4″ x 1 3/8.” Along with the silver-toned exterior comes a gilt-toned wappen, cruciform, and spike. [Initially I identified this as a Prussian pickelhaube. One of my favorite people in the world (and a sharp-eyed bugger to boot) advised me that I had erred describing it. He told me it was in fact a pickelhaube from the United States! I pulled it back out, and had a look. He is 100% correct. The cruciform is different, as is the eagle, of course. The latter is vastly different from those that appear on Prussian pickelhauben. In the last quarter of the 19th Century pickelhauben became very popular with the armies of the world. This was also true here in the U.S. where our army also adopted the pickelhaube. Thanks for clearing up the confusion, Roberto]!

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  • WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - CROSS FOR RESERVE OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE, KUGELHELM, ETC. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – CROSS FOR RESERVE OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE, KUGELHELM, ETC.

    SKU: 04-693

    $95.00

    This is a reserve officer’s cross that was worn in the center of the eagle’s chest on a Prussian wappen. The brass cross measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” It is stamped and vaulted as well. The top arm displays “Mit Gott.” The cross’s center sports “Für König und Vaterland,” while the cross’s bottom features the date 1813 for the Napoleonic Wars. The cross is in very good condition.

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  • WHITE CANVAS PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM COVER FOR OFFICER SERVING AS MILITARY MANEUVERS UMPIRE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WHITE CANVAS PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM COVER FOR OFFICER SERVING AS MILITARY MANEUVERS UMPIRE

    SKU: 04-336

    $495.00

    Canvas covers for pickelhauben, kugelhelme, etc. are always a popular accessory. The white cover is for either a kugelhelm or a pickelhaube. It is different in that it was constructed to allow the ball or spike to protrude through the cover; leaving that portion of the helmet exposed. It was designed this way, and is neatly finished. It is not a matter of somebody snipping off the pouch that would have housed the kugel or spike. The white covers were used by umpires during military maneuvers. I have offered a variety of standard helmet covers in the past, even some with a wide red stripe. The latter were used by officers. The red stripe made it easier for their own men to see them when they were issuing orders. The white covers were to immediately identify the umpires who made decisions on the proceedings during maneuvers. I saw photos of these men, who also wore colored armbands to further identify them. The photos I saw were from the 1903 period, but I would expect these were used prior to and certainly after that date as well. The cover is identical in construction in every way to a conventional kugelhelm cover, with the exception of its white color. This is a very rare accessory, and a picturesque touch for you helmet collectors who want something a little different! This will fit a spiked helmet properly. I just have not taken the time for these photos to fit it completely on the…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG -  PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25 - - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25 –

    SKU: 04-372

    $6,295.00

    We are very pleased to be able to offer a fine example of an officer’s pickelhaube that would have been correct for Württemberg Dragoner-Regiment Nr 25. This was one of two dragoon regiments in the Kingdom of Württemberg’s army. This regiment was raised in 1813 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. The helmet has a pleasing leather body and the squared front visor typical for a dragoon regiment. The wappen and furniture for this helmet are silver, except for the officer’s stars and the chin scales, which are gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome, with a frosted finish and gentle toning. Württemberg’s Lion and Stag stand out most handsomely on this wappen, with the Württemberg Coat-of-Arms between them. The silver of the cruciform and spike are very attractive, with a superb patina. Both the state and Reich’s kokarden are present. The Württemberg kokarde is quite similar in style, if not in color, to the Saxon kokarde. [ I particularly admire the helmet’s chin scales as they are set against the other silver fittings. They seem to jump out at the observer]. Inside a gently-used leather sweatband and a green silk liner appear. Under the liner we see that this is a size “57” helmet. All of the fittings are in lovely condition under the silk liner, with no extra holes for the wappen’s installation. This is a very pleasing example of a difficult-to-find spiked helmet for a well known regiment.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - RESERVE OFFICER

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – INFANTERIE – RESERVE OFFICER

    SKU: 04-734

    $3,995.00

    We are pleased to share with you a spiked helmet for a reserve officer in a Württemberg line-infantry regiment. The pickelhaube sports a very high quality leather body in above-average condition. It has a few minor flaws, but no major issues. As is correct for Württemberg helmets, the front visor is squared (similar to those found on its next-door neighbor Bavaria’s helmets). As with Bavarian pickelhauben, it displays a large cruciform rather than Prussia’s smaller style. The larger cruciform causes some settling to the helmet’s crown, which is perfectly normal in a helmet that is more than one-hundred-years-old. All of its fittings are gilt, including the wappen, chin scales (flat), cruciform, officers’ stars, spike, and trim. The reserve officer’s cross is silver-toned for contrast. The correct state and Reich’s kokarden are in place. The pickelhaube’s interior is equally handsome. The light-brown leather sweatband is in place and has seen mild use. The silk liner is an unusual brown silk. All of the original hardware appears underneath the silk liner. Furthermore, no double holes are present. This is a fine helmet that would make a worthy addition to your collection. At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER'S  - INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S – INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-635

    $4,795.00

    Today we are offering a fine example of an Infanterie line-regiment officer’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Württemberg. This is a fine pre war example that would be appropriate for Infanterie-Regiment Nr’s 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, and 180. These eight regiments were among the ten Württemberg Infanterie regiments that existed prior to the big military expansion just before WW I. The helmet’s body is quite handsome, with a fine exterior finish. The leather is well-maintained, quite supple, and relatively problem-free. The left rear quarter shows one inch-long scratch. [Also, please note that its front visor is squared, which is quite unusual for an Infanterie helmet. Only Bavaria shared this trait]. All of the furniture is gilt, including the trim, wappen, chin scales, spike, officers’ stars, etc. The state and Reich’s kokarden are present. Inside the helmet we find a fine leather sweatband, and a complete silk liner. The liner is light-copper in color. It is of the smooth variety (not seen as often as ribbed silk), which is complete but show some “running.” All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner, with no signs of double holes where the wappen is attached. This is a well-put-together, very complete spiked helmet. Finding one this original and in such good condition is getting harder and harder.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG ARMY ZAHLMEISTER PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG ARMY ZAHLMEISTER PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-647

    $2,695.00

    The Zahlmeister (Paymaster) played an important role in every regiment. These officers and assistants handled the regiment’s payroll functions. A special box was entrusted to the Zahlmeister and his assistants, so that they could count out each regiment member’s pay on the appropriate day. Each man received his due, based on his rank and time in service. The helmet’s leather body sports a fine finish, overall. Some light spidering shows on one of the helmet’s rear quarters, but is of little consequence to the helmet’s overall condition. It sports the squared-front-visor traditional to Württemberg officers’ helmets. The helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, the cruciform, the (rounded) chin scales, the spike, and the trim, is all silver-toned. The wappen is especially handsome, with a fine, frosted-silver finish. The cruciform’s, pearl ring’s, and spike’s patinas are especially handsome. The officers’ stars, however, are gold (normal for a Zahlmeister’s pickelhaube, to show contrast). Inside the helmet, instead of a silk liner, we find the leather liner more commonly found on enlisted men/NCO’s liner. This spiked helmet is in excellent condition, with all its leather tongues present and the sizing thong attached. It is a lovely helmet, in amazing condition.

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