PRUSSIA – HELMET – M-1915 KÜRAßIER ENLISTED MAN – XIV. ARMEEKORPS PROTOTYPE
This is an interesting helmet that presents a bit of a puzzle. As we examine it, we can see that it is an M-1915 Küraßier’s helmet, suitable for Küraßier-Regiment von Seydlitz (Magdeburgisches) Nr 7 or Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8. These are the only two Küraßier-Regiments sporting silver-toned helmets with a darkened brass or bronze finish on their wappens.
Essentially, this helmet is unissued. It shows the wear of years on its surface. I would venture that it has not been cleaned in decades, if ever. It features the large Küraßier’s kokarden for state and Reich. It also has an original, leather chinstrap. The spike is painted gray. It is removable. Inside the helmet is a green-painted front visor and a black-painted rear visor. The standard, enlisted men’s, leather-tongue liner is in place. All of the tongues are in place, but the sizing thong is missing. The inside of the helmet is marked “C. E. Juncker 1915.”
The wappen is held in place by two small pieces of leather, which was very typical for enlisted helmets. Now comes the mystery. Attached on the helmet’s right side is a tag measuring 2 1/2″ x 2″ It marks the helmet as a prototype. I have seen these tags before. Usually, they have been for the War Ministry. This one is stamped “Kriegs-Bekleidungsamt des XIV. Armeekorps.” The tag is dated 25 August 1915. What is even more curious — neither of these regiments were assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps prior to the beginning of WW I! As a matter of fact, NO Küraßier-Regiments were assigned to this Armeekorps.
This spiked helmet is all original and very handsome. It is as fine an example of an M-1915 wartime production Küraßier’s helmet as you will ever find.