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  • ANHALT - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER  - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER  – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93

    SKU: 04-766 XKGJT

    $6,995.00

    ANHALT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER  – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93 It has been some time since we have had the pleasure of offering a pickelhaube from the very small Duchy of Anhalt, Saxony’s neighbor. In 1900, the population of Anhalt was 271,963. Its capital was located in Dessau. Its final reigning Duke was Friedrich II, who ruled from 1904-1918. Anhaltisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 93 was founded in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. Bataillone Nrs 1 and 3 were garrisoned in Dessau, while Bataillon Nr 2 was based at Zerbst. The regiment was assigned to the IV. Armeekorps. The pickelhaube’s leather body is quite pleasing. Though not perfect, the bulk of the helmet’s (minor) imperfections appear on its right side (from the wearer’s perspective). These are minor ripples rather than gouges in the leather. Its wappen is especially handsome. At first glance, it looks like a standard Prussian wappen. A closer inspection reveals the word “Fürst” (indicating the Duke) rather than “König” for Prussia’s ruler. Its gold eagle displays a lovely, gilt-fired finish. A silver sunburst containing a crowned shield with an “A” in its center is superimposed over the eagle. All of the helmet’s other exterior furniture is gold-toned, including the chin scales, trim, base, officers’ stars and its VERY tall spike. Its final exterior details are the correct officers’ State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The interior reveals a lightly-used, brown, leather sweatband, which is attached to a ribbed, rust-colored silk liner that is in fine condition. One hundred percent of the original…

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - FÄHNRICH’S  - DRAGONER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH’S – DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-765

    $2,495.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH’S  – DRAGONER-REGIMENT In the Imperial German Army, the rank of Fähnrich was equivalent to that of an Offizier’s candidate. [The rank differed from a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) in more than its enlistment duration. A Fähnrich was on a fast track to FULL Offizier’s status in either the regular army or as a reserve officer. Many OYV’s ultimately became officers after they ended their active duty service and entered the reserves. During their formal one year’s service, OYV’s typically remained privates or privates first- class. In some instances they might enter the junior level as an NCO]. The Grand Duchy of Baden maintained three Dragoner-Regiments, Dragoner-Regiment Nrs 20, 21, and 22. Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20 was the oldest, formed as a Leib-Dragoner-Regiment in 1803. The other two regiments were raised in the mid-19th Century. The helmet’s leather body is in good condition. It has a couple of scrapes and dings, but nothing to seriously affect its overall condition. The wappen sports a fine frosted silver surface and an open/voided Offizier’s Crown. The cruciform, spike, and helmet trim is silver-toned. The helmet has NO Offizier’s stars (the helmet’s only feature that is NOT Offizier’s level. The pearl ring where the spike is attached is also an Offizier’s style. The chinstraps are brass. The exterior’s final features are the State’s and Reich’s kokarden. Again, they are Offizier’s level. [I am always drawn to the non Prussian kokarden pattern. The style that we see on the Baden kokarde was also used…

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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 - Officer - Infanterie - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    Baden – Pickelhaube – Officer – Infanterie

    SKU: 04-645

    $1,795.00

    Baden – Pickelhaube – Officer’s – Infanterie 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…

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

    Baden – Pickelhaube – Officer – Pionier-Bataillon 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 - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - RESERVE INFANTERIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – RESERVE INFANTERIE

    SKU: 04-755

    $4,495.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – RESERVE INFANTERIE 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…

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - PRE-1897 DRAGONER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – PRE-1897 DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-628

    $4,995.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – PRE-1897 DRAGONER-REGIMENT This is a fine example of a One-Year-Volunteer’s pickelhaube that was produced prior to 1897 for Dragoner-Regiments Nr 20, Nr 21, and Nr 22. The Grand Duchy of Baden, located just west of modern-day Stuttgart, fielded a total of three Dragoner-Regiments. These included 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. The first regiment was raised in 1803, the other two in 1850. They were garrisoned in Karlsruhe (the capital), Bruchsal-Schwetzingen, and Mülhausen i.E. All three regiments were attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. (ALL Baden regiments were part of the XIV. Armeekorps, since the Armeekorps had been established along geographic boundaries within Germany prior to WW I). These three regiments comprised Baden’s entire Kavallerie contingent. [Unlike some other states that fielded Küraßier, Dragoner, Ulanen, or Husaren Regiments, Baden focused on Dragoner-Regiments only]. Our offering today is a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Dragoner-Regiment. The helmet’s leather body has a squared-off front visor rather than a rounded one. All Dragoner helmets throughout Germany had squared visors. Only Württemberg and Bavaria used the squared visor for regiments other than the Dragoner. The other use for a helmet with a squared front visor was as general officers’ pickelhauben. The leather body of this spiked helmet is generally pleasing. The leather is in great shape. We see some minor cracking from age. We also see a bit of settling at the top in the area…

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY

    SKU: 04-772 XJT

    $7,995.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY . In keeping with our offering of Generals’ pickelhauben, we present the pickelhaube of a Bavarian General who served either as an Adjutant or at the Bavarian War Ministry. While its basic shape and leather are good, patches of leather are missing between the cruciform’s four arms. Some settling of the crown has occurred at the point where the cruciform is attached, which is a frequent occurrence on helmets that sport large cruciforms. For some reason, we see this occur more on Bavarian helmets than we do on helmets from other states that display similar cruciforms. Its front visor is squared. The helmet’s furniture features a superb, frosted-gold wappen that displays the traditional, twin, rampant, Bavarian Lions. A stunning, unblemished, oval, red, gold, black, and blue enamel shield appears between them. This shield was first introduced to Bavarian General Officers’ helmets in May 1914, just a few months before WW I began in August. All of the helmet’s other metal details, including the chin scales, trim, cruciform, and officers’ stars, are gold-toned. Its very tall, elegant spike is fluted. The exterior’s final detail is a fine pair of State and Reich Officer’s kokarden. The spiked helmet’s interior shows a topnotch leather sweatband. The sweatband is a very dark brown, which is a bit unusual. The back visor displays a gilt button that indicates the helmet is a size “57,” which is on the top limit of average (55-57). [Anything below…

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - CHEVAULEGER-REGIMENTS NR 1, NR 3, NR 5, AND NR 7 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – CHEVAULEGER-REGIMENTS NR 1, NR 3, NR 5, AND NR 7

    SKU: 04-564

    $5,195.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – CHEVAULEGER-REGIMENTS NR 1, NR 3, NR 5, AND NR 7 This is an officer’s pickelhaube from Bavaria’s 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus von Rußland, 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor, 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich, or 7. Chevaulegers Prinz Alfons. Bavaria had a total of eight Chevaulegers-Regiments. The four odd-numbered regiments featured gilt furniture. The four even-numbered regiments displayed silver furniture, instead. Today’s helmet sports a fine leather body. It is in excellent condition. Its front visor is squared rather than rounded. All of its furniture, including the chin scales, the wappen, the trim, the cruciform, and the spike, is gilt-toned (meaning it belongs to an odd-numbered regiment). Its spike is fluted. Both the Reich and state’s kokarden are attached. Inside the helmet we find a used leather sweatband and a fine, light-brown, silk liner. All of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner. No double holes are evident. This is a VERY attractive spiked helmet!

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - LINE INFANTERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE INFANTERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-610

    $3,495.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE INFANTERIE REGIMENT This is an officer’s pickelhaube from a Bavarian line-infantry regiment. The helmet’s leather body is generally pleasing, with no major flaws or issues. A mild case of shrinkage affects the left rear quarter, and some settling shows at the crown where the cruciform are attached. [For some reason, this situation seems quite common among Bavarian pickelhauben. I have no idea why. We will depict it in the photographs that accompany our description]. All of the furniture is gilt, including the wappen, cruciform, chin scales, spike, etc. Please pay particular attention to the wappen’s splendid appearance. It absolutely glistens (NOT from cleaning)! The removable spike is fluted. The chin scales are flat (non vaulted), which confirms that it is an Infanterie helmet. The front visor is squared. The helmet’s exterior exhibits fine state (Bavarian) and Reich’s kokarden. Inside the helmet is a brown leather sweatband. It displays normal use. The silk liner is gold. A few spots exhibit shredding (what women used to refer to as “runs” in silk stockings). The helmet’s front and rear visors are lined in green and red leather, respectively. Under the silk liner is the original hardware. We also see that no double holes appear where the wappen is attached. It is a solid officer’s spiked helmet that is fairly priced.

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - INFANTERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – INFANTERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-535

    $3,695.00

    This is a high-quality pickelhaube for a One-Year-Volunteer serving in a line-infantry-regiment. As I have shared with you in the past, a One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV) uniform and headdress are often one of military collectibles’ biggest values. One-Year-Volunteers came from financially well set families. These young men entered their military service under a different program from the regular two-year-conscript who entered the army as an enlisted man. The OYV’s enlistment was for one year. Once they had completed their service, however, they often were promoted to officer status in the reserves. Men who served as OYV’s did so while paying all of their own expenses. This included supplying all of their uniforms and personal gear. As a result, the men were allowed more latitude in their dress items. They often wore items that were officer’s quality, especially when it came to pickelhauben. The differences were subtle, but with some minor exceptions qualified as officer’s level. This is why the pickelhaube we are offering today is a real value. It is common to see an OYV pickelhaube cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars less than an officer’s helmet from the same regiment. This is a very fine example of a Bavarian One-Year-Volunteer’s Infanterie Regiment Pickelhaube. Its leather body is in very fine condition. It is supple, clean, and quite appealing. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt of the highest quality. The chin scales are of the flat variety. All of it is definitely officer’s quality. It features an officer’s style wappen…

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

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – 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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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER - CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT NRs 2, 4, 6, AND 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT NRs 2, 4, 6, AND 8

    SKU: 04-763

    $3,995.00

    The Bavarian Army’s principle Kavallerie units were known as Chevaulegers (from the French) and for a total of eight. Bavaria also fielded two Ulanen-Regiments that were created AFTER the Chevaulegers-Regiments came into existence. That said, two of the eight Chevaulegers-Regiments were created in 1905 and 1909. The other six regiments were created during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the last being raised during the Napoleonic Wars. Of the eight regiments, four had helmets featured brass furniture, while the other four had silver furniture. [In the past, it has been my experience that brass helmets were more plentiful than silver]. This spiked helmet is correct for the Bavarian units listed below. The 2. Chevaulegers-Regiment Taxis, which was raised in 1682 and garrisoned at Regensburg. The 4. Chevaulegers-Regiment König, which was raised in 1744 and garrisoned at Augsburg. The 6. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Albrecht von Preußen, which was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Bayreuth. The 8. Chevaulegers-Regiment, which was raised in 1909 and garrisoned at Dillingen. The helmet’s leather body is in very good condition, overall. One small scrape appears near the State kokarde. The wappen is most attractive, with an excellent frosted finish. A shield that boasts a gold-toned Reserve Officer’s Cross in its center appears between the two rampant Bavarian Lions. All of its remaining furniture, including the chin scales, cruciform, trim, officers’ stars and fluted spike is silver. The chin scales, cruciform, and spike have a marvelous patina to them. The spike is quite tall for a Bavarian…

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER - LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-724 XLO 

    $4,295.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT High-quality Leib-Infanterie-Regiment Reserve Officer’s spiked helmet from the Kingdom of Bavaria’s most elite infantry regiment. Each of Imperial Germany’s four kingdoms, as well as many of its Grand Duchies and Duchies had a regiment that was often their oldest and/or part of their ruler’s private guard, as was the case with Bavaria’s Leib-Infanterie-Regiment. The latter was founded in 1814 during Maximilian Joseph I of Bavaria’s reign. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Munich, and assigned to the I. Bavarian Armeekorps. The helmet boasts a lovely leather body. Its front visor is squared, as was the case for all Bavarian Infanterie and Kavallerie pickelhauben. A few blemishes show on the exterior, including some areas of cracking, but nothing major. The crown has settled a bit where the cruciform is attached, which is quite common for Bavarian helmets due, in part, to the cruciform’s size and weight. The primary difference between the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment’s pickelhaube and all other Bavarian Infanterie Regiments is that all its fittings (with the exception of the gold-toned Reserve Officer’s Cross) are silver-toned. The latter include the wappen, chin scales (flat, as is correct for the Infanterie), cruciform, front/rear visor trims, officers’ stars, and the extra-tall fluted spike. The spike is massive. It is one of the tallest that I have ever seen on ANY pickelhaube. It is large even by Saxon standards, which are among the tallest of all pickelhauben spikes. Finally, the helmet’s exterior displays the correct…

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  • BERLIN - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER  - REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BERLIN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN)

    SKU: 04-759 XAS

    $8,995.00

    It is an officer’s pickelhaube. It is for a Schutztruppen officer, one who had already served in the colonies and had been reassigned to Berlin’s Reichskolonialamt. Here is where its story gets very interesting. The uniform regulations for this helmet were introduced on 25 January 1916. What makes this particular helmet so special is that by 1916 pickelhauben had been replaced by stahlhelme at the front. Thus, pickelhauben were relegated to ceremonial functions back home in Germany or, if used in the front’s rear areas, they were usually concealed beneath canvas covers. This date is also important because it was the LAST spiked helmet to be authorized by the War Ministry! [By this time, all of Germany’s overseas colonies had been pretty much captured by the Allies. Generalmajor Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck was still engaging the British Army all over East Africa, but Germany’s colonial heyday was kaput]. The officer who originally owned this helmet initially had served in either German East Africa, German Southwest Africa, or Cameroon, which is confirmed by the helmet’s silver furniture. He was based in the Reichskolonialamt Building at No. 62 Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin. [The building eventually was demolished in 1938]. For all intents and purposes, the Reichskolonialamt was the “Home Office” for Germany’s colonial administration. [We are including a photograph of the building among the photographs accompanying our description]. The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. It is virtually unblemished and smooth as a baby’s bottom. It is little different from the day it…

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92: BATAILLONE NR I AND II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92: BATAILLONE NR I AND II

    SKU: 04-758 XJB

    $11,995.00

    This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a definite rarity, an Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Officer’s Pickelhaube. I know you are more used to seeing Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 helmets displaying the Totenkopf (Death’s Head), but another version was used earlier by the regiment’s Bataillon Nrs I and II. After 1912, the entire regiment switched to the wappen sporting the Totenkopf. The earlier examples are seen far less often. Although many collectors prefer the Totenkopf wappen, this beautiful helmet deserves equal consideration, primarily because the wappen’s center features enamel on it. [PLEASE NOTE: the presence of enamel on wappens is rather unusual (IF you discount Prussia’s Garde-Regiments). Only SIX Imperial German Army regiments incorporated some form of enamel into their wappens. They were 1). Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, 2). Baden’s Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109, 3). Hesse-Darmstadt’s Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115, 4). Prussia’s Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2, 5). Württemberg’s Dragoner-Regiment Nr 26, and 6). Prussia/Hannover’s Ulanen-Regiment Nr 13. The latter’s tschapka featured a Prussian Garde Star along with various Hanoverian bandeaux above a Prussian Eagle, thus resembling a Prussian Garde-Regiment wappen with attached bandeaux]. Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 had a long and proud history. It was raised in 1809 and fought extensively in Spain under the command of Field Marshal Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars, suffering substantial casualties. It was garrisoned in Braunschweig’s capital city and assigned to the X. Armeekorps along with other Hanoverian regiments. [The Duchy of Braunschweig was a vassal state of the Kingdom of Hannover. Both were absorbed into Prussia…

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  • GERMAN REICH - PICKELHAUBE - NCO - BEAMTE - ELAß LOTHRINGEN (ALSACE LORAINE) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN REICH – PICKELHAUBE – NCO – BEAMTE – ELAß LOTHRINGEN (ALSACE LORAINE)

    SKU: 04-757 XJT

    $3,995.00

    GERMAN REICH -PICKELHAUBE – NCO’S – BEAMTE – ELAß LOTHRINGEN (ALSACE LORAINE). This is a consignment item. It is a very unusual pickelhaube for a Beamte (Civilian Administration Official) from the province of Elass (Elaß) Lothringen (Alsace Loraine). The area was traded back and forth between France and Germany for MANY years. Its population spoke both French and German. The first exchange was in 1871 at the Franco-Prussian War’s end. It was returned to France when WW I ended. Nazi Germany seized it again at the beginning of WW II, until its final return to France after the ward ended in 1945. The thing that one must remember at the outset is that the helmet represented the Deutsches Reich, NOT the Kingdom of Prussia where Elass Lothringen was located. This is the key to several of the differences between it and a military spiked helmet. [PLEASE NOTE: Pickelhauben were not exclusively limited to the Imperial German Army. They were also worn by many different government representatives, such as train officials, mining officials, department heads, and etc. The term “Beamte” was used for both military AND civilian administration officials]. This helmet was privately-purchased for an NCO. He was a civil official serving in the province of Elass Lothringen/Alsace Lorraine. Again, he was serving the Deutsches Reich, NOT the state of Prussia wherein Elass Lothringen/Alsace Lorraine was located. We know this due to several key helmet parts as outlined below. 1. The wappen features a Deutsches Reich Eagle instead of Prussia’s. 2.…

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  • HESSE-DARMSTADT - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-579

    $6,995.00

    This is a fine example of a Dragoner-Regiment officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. The Grand Duchy fielded two Dragoner-Regiments. These two regiments were Garde-Dragoner-Regiment (1. Großherzogl.) Nr 23 and Leib-Husaren-Regiment (2. Großherzogl.) Nr 24. The former regiment was founded in 1790, and the latter in 1859. Both were garrisoned in the capital city of Darmstadt, and assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. The helmet is correct for either of the two regiments. The helmet’s body is in very good condition, generally. It is made of fiberglass. I see one chip on the right side. Also, a patch is missing near the Reich’s kokarde. [We will show these in the photographs that accompany the description]. Some settling shows in the cruciform area. Unlike most other Dragoner helmets, the front visor is rounded rather than squared. All of the furniture is silver. I am especially drawn to the luscious chin scales and wappen. [Please take a moment to look closely at the wappen’s photograph. Its detailing is incredible]. Both the officer’s state and Reich’s kokarden are present. The cruciform and the short, fluted spike are also worth mentioning. The Hessian kokarde is a work of art. Inside the helmet is a fine leather sweatband that shows mild use. A name, “Otto Neumann,” appears on the sweatband, which may well be that of the original owner. It sports a complete green silk liner in very fine condition. All of the original hardware is in place under the silk liner. No double…

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  • HESSE-DARMSTADT - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117

    SKU: 04-674

    $8,295.00

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117 This is a very tasty Infanterie-Regiment Nr 117 officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. The regiment was officially known as Infanterie-Leib-Regiment Großherzogin (3. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 117. Although it was numbered as Hesse-Darmstadt’s THIRD infantry regiment, it actually was the SECOND-oldest, and also held “Leib” (life) status. The proud old regiment was founded in 1697. It was garrisoned at Mainz and attached to the XVIII. Armeekorps. This very desirable spiked helmet possesses a marvelous, leather body of the highest quality and condition. Despite a small mark or two, its overall condition is amazing. The leather is smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Some slight settling (often seen in Bavarian helmets) shows at its top due to the cruciform’s weight. The Bavarian and Hesse-Darmstadt cruciforms were much larger than the bases used on Prussian helmets, for example. Its wappen is made of very fine, frosted gold, which adds a lot of style. It displays a rampant, Hesse-Darmstadt Lion brandishing a sword in its right forepaw, surrounded by a wreath on both sides. The dates 1697 and 1897 appear on the wreath’s two halves. [1897 was an important year in Imperial German headdresses’ design. Prior to that year, all headdresses displayed only the state’s kokarde from which the soldier originated. Beginning in 1897, a Reich’s kokarde was added to that of the state. Pickelhauben and kugelhelme had their states’ kokarden moved from their right sides (from the wearers’ perspectives), to their…

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  • PARADE HELMET - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE

    PARADE HELMET – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE

    SKU: 04-769 XRH

    $15,995.00

    PARADE HELMET – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE. Today we are offering an officer’s parade helmet (complete with its gorgeous Hohenzollern Eagle) from what may be the most legendary regiment in the Imperial Germany Army, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC). The most distinctive parade headdresses in the Imperial Germany Army were the metal helmets worn by the Küraßier-Regiments. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry whose accouterments harkened back to the Napoleonic era. This included their küraßes, heavy metal breastplates for protection from lances and swords. Their helmets’ extended rear visors (lobster tails) also offered extra protection from sword slashes for their necks. However, as firearms replaced edged weapons on the battlefields, this protection was rendered inadequate, and the elaborate helmets were relegated showpieces in formal parades. To begin, please remember that the body of an officer’s helmet was much lighter than troopers’ and NCO’s depot-issued helmets. An officer’s version usually was made of tombak, an expensive and considerably lighter metal that eased the load when the Parade Eagle was attached. [When one hefts an officer’s helmet then picks up one belonging to a trooper, the heaviness of the latter is amazing]! This helmet’s tombak body is gold-toned. The front and rear visors remain a fairly vivid shade of gold, while the rest of the helmet’s color has faded due to age and other factors. Some very small dings and dents are visible, but remain quite limited. The helmet’s wappen features a silver sunburst…

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  • PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P - SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P – SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU

    SKU: 04-774 XAS

    $9,495.00

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P – SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU. This is a simply marvelous 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 Gardes du Corps. The 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß was loaded with denizens from 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 (royal patron). 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 magnificent helmet’s body is quite pleasing. Its leather is generally supple, with no major flaws to its surface. It is clean and in excellent condition for being more than one-hundred-years-old. Its silver body furniture is correct for the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß, including the wappen, chin scales, the base…

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  • PRUSSIA - HELMET - M-1915 KÜRAßIER ENLISTED MAN - XIV. ARMEEKORPS PROTOTYPE

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

    SKU: 04-529

    $5,095.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE  - NCO - INFANTERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – NCO – INFANTERIE REGIMENT

    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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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871

    SKU: 04-533

    $3,195.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871 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…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - M1871 - 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – M1871 – 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß

    SKU: 04-541

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – M1871 – 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß 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…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL

    SKU: 04-771 XJT

    $8,995.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL. This is a fine Prussian General’s Pickelhaube that provides an intriguing contrast to the Prussian General à la Suite helmet also offered in this update. The helmet has great eye appeal, with a leather body (skull) that is in good condition, overall. It has a squared front visor rather than a rounded one, as is correct for a General Officer. One area on the right rear section does display some leather-loss. It is actually more of a crack that reveals the material underneath the leather. Another one to one and a half-inch spot appears on the opposite side. Some settling of the crown has occurred at the point where the cruciform is attached, which is a frequent occurrence on helmets that sport large cruciforms. A number of other details make up for these minor flaws. All of the furniture is gilt-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, cruciform, officers’ stars, and, of course, the fluted, quite tall spike. The Grenadier-style wappen features the extra wide wings that extend to the kokarden’s midpoints on either side. In mentioning the latter, please note that the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are in place. The interior reveals a brown leather sweatband that definitely has seen use, with signs of perspiration stains. The silk liner is smooth rather than ribbed in style. This smooth liner is not as common. I often find it on senior officers’ helmets such as our General, here. A rectangular rubber stamp appears on one…

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – 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 - GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S

    SKU: 04-770 XKJ

    $9,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S . This is a very fine Prussian General à la Suite or Flügeladjutant’s pickelhaube. The role of the Imperial German Army General à la Suite was an interesting one. Officers of this type were typically royals or nobles who did NOT have a direct field command. Instead, they were appointed to the à la Suite group based on their birth rather than their military ability. In addition to being more of an honorary officer, they often served their sovereign as a Flügeladjutant. In the Prussian Army, a line or serving General Offizier wore a helmet that had all-gilt furniture, as well as a squared, front visor. The à la Suite General’s had all-silver furniture, with the exception of its gilt-toned officers’ stars. The helmet’s leather body is very good, overall. It reveals only a few minor age lines. The helmet’s centerpiece is its Grenadier-style wappen, featuring the ultra widespread wings of the Prussian Eagle. Its wings are so wide that they reach the kokarden’s midpoint. NO other wappen is this wide! A silver sunburst that is superimposed over the Garde Star (composed of black, gold, and white enamel) is centered on the Eagle’s chest. The Garde Star shines like a beacon against the silver background. Please note the Eagle’s simply stunning patina. Every facet of the detailing to the Eagle’s feathers, head, crown, etcetera is absolutely striking. As previously mentioned, the front visor is squared. The cruciform, especially due to…

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – LINE-OFFICER – PIONIER-BATAILLON

    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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  • 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 - GARDE-GRENADIER/GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß/ REGIMENT/GARDE-TRAIN ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE-GRENADIER/GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß/ REGIMENT/GARDE-TRAIN ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 04-761 XKA

    $4,395.00

    Today we are offering you a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, Garde zu Fuß-Regiment, or Garde Train-Abteilung. The helmet, which features all-brass fittings was correct for nine different Garde-Regiments AND the Garde-Train Abteilung. The correct units are listed below. Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2 Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3 Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4 Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß 4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß 1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland Garde-Train Abteilung The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with a nominal amount of spidering to its surface. It exhibits NO dings or other issues and rates well above average. As previously mentioned, all of its furniture is brass (gilt), including the wappen, chin scales, base, trim, pearl ring, officers’ stars, and tall, elegant spike. The Garde wappen is one of the most beautiful of Imperial Germany’s wappens. Its massive eagle with its outspread wings is an impressive sight. The eagle’s wingtips extend all the way to the officers’ State and Reich’s kokarden on either side of the helmet. [That is a VERY wide eagle]! The Garde wappen’s beauty is even further advanced by the fabulous Garde Star located within the central silver sunburst on the eagle’s chest. The Garde Star boasts a black Hohenzollern Eagle within an enamel center, highlighted by multicolored enamel accents and its Latin motto. This helmet’s emblem is in perfect shape, with no cracks or chips to its enamel. The helmet’s…

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

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

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – RESERVE PIONIER

    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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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - TRICHTER AND PARADE FEATHERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – TRICHTER AND PARADE FEATHERS

    SKU: 04-760

    $9,995.00

    One helmet that we are frequently asked about is the Prussian General Officer’s Parade Pickelhaube with the trichter and parade feathers rather than the service spike. To be honest, they do NOT appear very often. The General’s Pickelhaube with spike is rare enough, but a spiked helmet with its parade feathers and trichter, constitutes a stupendous find! Today we are offering just such a gem! The helmet’s fine leather body is in good condition overall, with some spidering/cracking on its back. The front visor is squared, which is a requirement for a General’s Pickelhaube. The helmet’s furniture is all brass (silver is for a General à la Suite), including the chin scales, trim, large cruciform base, officers’ stars, and, of course, the fluted trichter on which the parade feathers are mounted. [PLEASE NOTE: I just learned a new fact about the chin scales from my pickelhaube guru. The chin scales are arched (convex), which is normally what one sees on a Kavallerie helmets. HOWEVER, the General’s pickelhaube was based on a Dragoner helmet, so it kept its cavalry-style chin scales even if he was from the Infanterie or Artillerie. general. While I have owned many General’s helmets in the past, for some reason this just never dawned on me. It just goes to show that you can always learn something new]! As one peers underneath the helmet’s feathers, one is immediately captivated by its Garde/Grenadier-style eagle with outspread wings. They are so wide that they extend to either kokarde’s midpoint.…

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER -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 - One-Year-Volunteer  - Grenadier-Regiment w/FRW - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – 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 – 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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  • PRUSSIAN - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - FÜSILIER REGIMENT Nr 73 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – FÜSILIER REGIMENT Nr 73

    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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  • RUSSIA - HELMET - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GARDE du CORPS

    RUSSIA – HELMET – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 04-730 XRH

    $10,995.00

    RUSSIA – HELMET – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GARDE du CORPS As a rule, we rarely stray from offering Imperial German artifacts on our website. This is one of those times when an item deserves to be shared with you. Our offering today is a Russian Empire Garde du Corps trooper’s (enlisted man/NCO’s) helmet. As was the case with the Prussians, the Imperial Russian Garde du Corps (GduC) served as the Tsar’s personal guard. The Russian GduC consisted of two regiments: Preobrazhensky and Semonovsky. Their wappen was a silvered eight-pointed starburst that featured an enamel, double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle with the Cross of St. Andrew in its center, surrounded by a Russian inscription in gold Cyrillic lettering that translates as “For Faith and Loyalty.” The helmet is topped by a large, crowned, silver-toned, House of Romanov (founded in 1613), double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle. The Eagle’s chest sports a shield bearing a depiction of St. George slaying a dragon. The helmet’s front visor is lined in black velvet. This helmet-style was introduced in 1846 and saw service until 1914. [The lobster-tailed helmet is similar in appearance to the Prussian GduC’s gold-toned, Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets]. The helmet’s correct and original chin scales are present. The wearer’s right side sports a large gold, red, and blue kokarde that is similar in style to those used by Württemberg, Saxony, Hesse-Darmstadt, and Baden. It is far different from the Prussian pattern and, in my opinion, more elegant. The helmet’s exterior displays some minor dimpling in perhaps…

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

    SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – 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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  • SAXE-WEIMAR - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

    SKU: 04-179

    $4,495.00

    SAXE-WEIMAR – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 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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  • SAXONY - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - FÄHNRICH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – INFANTERIE – FÄHNRICH

    SKU: 04-705

    $4,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – INFANTERIE – FÄHNRICH. The Imperial German Army had a rank for which the USA does NOT have an equivalent known as a “Fähnrich.” The best way to describe the rank is that it indicated an officer’s candidate or cadet. It ranked above a Senior NCO (Feldwebel), but below the rank of Leutnant (equivalent to the U.S. Army’s 2nd Lieutenant). In Napoleonic times, the same position was referred to as an “Ensign” by the British, even though it had nothing to do with the navy! This brief explanation allows to begin our description of a Saxon line-infantry regiment Fähnrich’s spiked helmet. [One notable difference exists between this helmet and that belonging to an officer ranking as a Leutnant (or above), which we will address later in this description]. Our helmet possesses a particularly delightful leather body that is smooth, clean, and supple, just like a baby’s bottom! The helmet has had the best of care from every family member or collector who has owned it before it came to us. [To maintain your helmet in the best possible condition, apply a high-quality leather conditioner at least twice a year. Doing so more often is perfectly fine, as it helps keep its leather body moist. A lack of moisture causes the leather to dry out and crack. Using a leather conditioner on ALL of your leather goods will contribute to a longer life of your collectible]. All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s…

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  • SAXONY - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 100 - WITH PARADE BUSH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 100 – WITH PARADE BUSH

    SKU: 04-677

    $5,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – OFFIZIER’S – KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 100 – WITH PARADE BUSH The Imperial German Army had several elite Infanterie Regiments that were considered the crème de la crème infantry contingents that they fielded. Other elite regiments that also boasted unique pickelhauben are listed below. Prussia – 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Braunschweig – Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. Baden – 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. Hesse-Darmstadt – Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches ) Nr 115. Württemberg – Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr 119. Bavaria – Infanterie-Leib-Regiment. The subject of our offering today is a fine Offizier’s Königl. Sächs 1. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 Pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Saxony. While perhaps not as showy as some of the other pickelhauben that display enamel highlights, this pickelhaube is very different in an understated and elegant way. The high-quality spiked helmet’s leather body is in very fine condition. Its leather is quite handsome and supple. The wappen consists of a silver sunburst with Saxony’s golden Coat-of-Arms in its center. It is the opposite of Saxon Line-Regiments’ golden sunburst against a silver Coat-of-Arms. Also, ALL of its furniture is silver, where a Line-Regiments is gold, including the correct flat chin scales for Infanterie Pickelhauben, the spike base, the officers’ stars, trim, and so on. The helmet comes with a straight, silver trichter to which a full and beautiful parade bush has been mounted. The bush is VERY full. We curry-combed it a bit so that it just flows over all the helmet’s…

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  • SAXONY - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE SENIOR NCO - INFANTERIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE SENIOR NCO – INFANTERIE

    SKU: 04-680

    $3,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE SENIOR NCO – INFANTERIE This is a marvelous Saxon line-infantry regiment Senior NCO’s pickelhaube. Its fine leather body is of the highest-quality and condition. All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The latter features a brass sunburst inset with a reserve cross on a silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms. We can tell that this is not an officer’s wappen because the crown is closed, not open. The brass chin scales’ superior quality and condition are extremely impressive, as is the non removable spike (shorter than the ordinarily tall Saxon spikes). The rear brass fitting is not flush against the leather body, which causes it to stand out just a bit. The exterior’s final features are lovely Officers’ Saxon-pattern Reich’s and State’s kokarden. Five Imperial German states (Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Württemberg, and Saxony) employed this particular kokarde pattern instead of the usual Prussian pattern. The helmet’s interior displays a moderately-used dark-brown leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner. The liner has seen more use and wear than the sweatband, exhibiting evidence of perspiration. The barest signs of shredding/running are also visible. Under the silk liner we see NO evidence of double holes. Nearly all of the original hardware is present, although one of the four clips at the top is missing. The latter does NOT affect the helmet’s integrity (that is why four of the clips are in place). This is a rock-solid, high-quality pickelhaube in first-rate condition. The fact that it…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG  - PICKELHAUBE - ARMY - ZAHLMEISTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – ARMY – ZAHLMEISTER

    SKU: 04-647

    $2,695.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – ARMY – ZAHLMEISTER 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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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25

    SKU: 04-372

    $6,295.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25 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 - OFFICER - INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-635

    $4,795.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT 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 - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - RESERVE OFFICER

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE

    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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