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 very close to mint condition. Its ribbed silk liner is rust-colored. It also is in mint condition, as I can find no tears, rips, or running that often plague silk liners. Peeking under the liner, we see that 100% of the original hardware is present AND it all matches. Needless to say, NO double holes appear in the spiked helmet’s front where the wappen is attached. A paper label is pasted inside the helmet’s front that indicates its size is 55 ½. This same information also appears on a small gilt button attached to the metal back strap’s end where it clasps the rear visor’s interior.
If you are seeking to add a Baden Infanterie pickelhaube to your collection, you need look no further. This helmet will NEVER need to be upgraded. I am very excited about this pickelhaube and believe that you will feel the same way.