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.