BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE-OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92
This is a very fine post-1897 Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 officer’s pickelhaube from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 was founded in 1809. It was posted to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal against Napoleon’s France. It had an enviable record and suffered severe casualties during the Peninsula Campaign. The regiment sported two different wappen-styles prior to 1912. Prior to 1912, Bataillon Nr I and Nr 2’s headdresses displayed the dreaded Totenkopf (Death’s Head), while Bataillon Nr III’s headdresses featured a running horse emblem that indicated their ties to Hanover. After 1912, ALL the Bataillone’s headdresses displayed the Totenkopf.
The helmet’s leather body is in good condition, generally. Some minor cracking, spidering, and one small depression are evident, but are NOT particularly detractive. The helmet’s furniture is all brass, including the chin scales, the front visor trim, the base plate, the officers’ stars, the pearl ring, and the spike. The spike is quite tall. The only silver-toned items on the exterior that are the Totenkopf and the “Peninsula” bandeau (the latter battle honor was restored by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1897). The Totenkopf’s eyes are darkened by a black cloth backing, which lends it an eerie perspective. The exterior’s final detail is the correct officers’ State’s and Reich’s kokarden.
The interior features a light-brown leather liner in decent condition. A complete, beige, silk liner is attached to the leather liner. The silk liner is soiled and sports one rip. One-hundred-percent of the original hardware is present beneath the liner. Even more important, NO double holes appear where the wappen is attached. This is a 100% original, spiked helmet that comes to us from a longtime, elderly, German collector.