BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – METAL.
When WW I began (and as the German Army was greatly expanded), leather soon was in short supply for manufacturing pickelhauben due to the HUGE demand for leather belts and all the other field gear pieces constructed of this desperate-needed commodity. During the war’s early days, ersatz helmets were made of felt. Then, the German Army’s supply departments asked various manufacturers (toy maker Bing being the largest firm) to supply metal helmets. This was merely a stopgap measure, as these metal helmets supplied minimal protection from shrapnel. By 1916, the stahlhelm had been introduced, which offered far greater protection than had the various leather, felt, or toy manufacturers’ metal helmets.
Today we are offering an early metal pickelhaube that was used by a Bavarian infantryman. It sports a pre war brass wappen. Its wappen is loose in the front and shifts around a bit. It stays in position, however, once the helmet is set down. Neither a chin strap nor any kokarden are attached. It features a standard enlisted man’s leather pickelhaube liner. The liner, while complete, is NOT well attached to the pickelhaube’s interior. Although it is not in the greatest shape, it is an interesting oddity and is priced accordingly.
It is a consignment item.