BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – BATAILLON Nr III
This is a very fine Duchy of Braunschweig Fähnrich’s (officer candidate) Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 pickelhaube. [As a comparison, Great Britain used the equivalent rank of Ensign until 1871, while the U.S. used it until 1815]. The spiked helmet is a post 1897 example, whose regiment wore two different styles of wappens prior to 1912. Until 1912, only Bataillone Nr I and Nr 2 sported the dread-inspiring Totenkopf, while Bataillon Nr III featured the running horse emblem that acknowledged their ties to Hanover. After 1912, ALL Bataillone displayed the Totenkopf.
Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 was founded in 1809. It was posted to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal against France and Napoleon. They achieved an enviable record and suffered severe casualties during the Peninsula Campaign.
The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. One VERY minor blemish does not affect the overall presentation. The helmet’s furniture is all brass, including its chin scales, front visor trim, base plate, officers’ stars, pearl ring, and spike (the latter is quite tall). The only silver-toned exterior part is a sunburst on which features a running horse in a profile view. As the wappen is for a Fähnrich rather than an officer, it is NOT enameled as is an officer’s wappen. [PLEASE NOTE: we have a simply wonderful Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 officers’ helmet on offer]. The exterior’s final details are the correct officer’s State kokarde and an NCO’s Reich’s kokarde.
The interior displays a dark-brown, leather liner in good condition. A mint-green, silk liner is attached to that leather liner. The silk is smooth, not ribbed. [Personally, I much prefer the smooth silk liner, but see them far less often]. All of the correct hardware appears under the liner. The two washers on the wappen do NOT match the other hardware pieces. In spite of this situation, we see NO double holes where the wappen is attached.
This is a 100% original, spiked helmet that comes to us from the collection of a longtime collector who is known for selecting top-quality items that are in sparkling condition. It is a very rare example that constitutes quite a real bargain compared to an officer’s pickelhaube. [This is often the case for Fähnrich’s or One-Year-Volunteer’s helmets, which are quite near in quality to officers’ helmets.