PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871
This is a smart-looking, enlisted men/NCO’s M-1871 pickelhaube from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. As an M-1871 helmet, the body is a bit taller than later M-1897’s. Also, the front and rear visors are a bit longer than the later models. A number of refinements took place over the ensuing fifty years after the pickelhaube’s 1842 Prussian Army debut. The leather body’s condition is exceptional. One could examine HUNDREDS of M-1897 helmets and not find one in such superb condition. It is a textbook example of superiority. Its condition is picture book-worthy! All of the helmet’s furniture is highly-detailed gilt brass. Its wappen features a large Reserve Cross centered in an eagle’s chest. The cross displays the phrase “Mitt Gott für König und Vaterland.” [This is the correct manner for the phrase’s display on a reservist’s helmet. An active-duty solider or officer’s helmet would display the phrase directly on the wappen]. The chin scales are stunning. They have full leather behind them. A single Prussian state kokarde appears on the right side. At this point in history, pickelhauben were not yet displaying the Reich’s kokarde. Thus, a single kokarde on a helmet like this is 100% correct. The spike atop the helmet is not detachable.
Inside the helmet is a complete leather liner. All of its tongues are present, but the sizing cord is not. Double depot-marks appear on the extended rear visor. They indicate the helmet came from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. Marks for 1881 are also present. The rear visor’s opposite side is labeled size “57.” (In metric sizing for the period, the helmet’s size was considered average or a little bit over). The front visor’s brass trim is stamped for its manufacturer, “Clemen.” All of the correct hardware is present. The wappen is mounted with a screw and nut, rather than the simple leather thong inserted through loops more commonly used with M-1897 and M-1915 pickelhauben.
You could search for years before you would find as fine a spiked helmet as this.