KUGELHELM – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – OFFICER
Without a doubt, this is the rarest kugelhelm that we have ever offered. Although we have previously offered officers’ kugelhelme from SINGLE regiments in the past, today we are offering you one from a single Batterie WITHIN a regiment. [It is quite probable that the Batterie never contained more than five officers at any one time]. This exciting offering hails from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whose Batterie Nr III formed part of a Prussian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment that was formally designated as Holsteinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 24. While the rest of the regiment was garrisoned at Güstrow, Batterie Nr III was garrisoned in Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s capital city, Neustrelitz. The regiment was raised in 1872, so it only existed for a brief thirty-six years before WW I’s end. The regiment was attached to Prussia’s IX. Armeekorps.
The helmet’s body is in good condition, overall. Some cracking appears to the leather across both its front and back, with some shrinkage to its front and rear visors, as well. The rear visor also exhibits some curling, although we have placed it on a head form in an attempt to minimize the situation. The Regiment’s seven other Prussian Batterien displayed brass Prussian wappens. This wappen consists of a brass sunburst with a silver center displaying Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Coat-of-Arms. If you did not pay close attention, you might suppose that it belongs to a Mecklenburg-SCHWERIN regiment. Some minor details, however, confirm that it actually hails from Mecklenburg-STRELITZ. [Such is also the case for the Infanterie Regiment that the two Grand Duchies shared (Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89). Mecklenburg-Strelitz fielded one Bataillon (Nr II), while two Bataillone (Nrs I and III) belonged to Mecklenburg-Schwerin].
The rest of the kugelhelm’s furniture is brass, including the flat chin scales, the base, the officers’ stars, the pearl ring, the kugel, the back strap, and the front visor trim. The helmet exterior’s final details include the correct officer State’s and Reich’s Kokarden.
The interior features a well-used leather sweatband and a silk liner. The latter shows signs of shredding. Most important, NO double holes appear under the silk liner where the wappen is attached. Furthermore, we can see that 100% of the original hardware is present.
This rare kugelhelm comes to us from an elderly German’s collection. It has been in his possession for decades. It is a consignment item.