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 pickelhaube, enhancing the exterior with an elegant crowning touch (pardon the very poor pun). The correct State and Reich’s kokarden are present.
The helmet’s interior displays a near-mint, brown, leather sweatband. Its rust-colored, ribbed silk liner is in excellent condition. A perfect combination of all the original hardware appears under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen attaches to the helmet’s body.
This is a fantastic complete, original, and untouched spiked helmet in outstanding condition. It is the kind of helmet we seek to offer you whenever possible. The stunning helmet exhibits plenty of character.
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 condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880’s until around 1910.
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