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 wappen is attached with the two normal holes. A third hole is present, which (in my opinion) is not of any consequence regarding the wappen’s mounting. Usually, one would see two extra holes drilled to accommodate a previous wappen. I can see no real reason for the single hole, especially in the position which it appears.
I was able to purchase this helmet at a very attractive price, a savings that I am very happy to pass along to you.