Baden was the Imperial German Empire’s largest Grand Duchy. Before WW I, her population was not all that much smaller than the Kingdom of Württemberg, (the smallest of the four kingdoms). For her size, her military was also quite impressive. She fielded a wide variety of regiments, with especially fine Artillerie Regiments. Prior to WW I’s big troop build-up (and the actual war), Baden fielded a total of five Feldartillerie-(Field Artillery) Regiments (Nr’s 14, 30, 50, 66, and 76) and one Fußartillerie-(Foot Artillery)-Regiment (Nr 14). The smaller number of Fußartillerie versus Feldartillerie Regiments was consistent throughout the German Army. Fußartillerie-Regiments were a later development, which limited their numbers. For this reason, Fußartillerie kugelhelme are much more difficult-to-find than Feldartillerie, AND much more expensive.
We are offering an officer’s kugelhelm for Baden’s ONLY foot artillery regiment, Badisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 14. The regiment was founded in 1893. It was garrisoned at Straßburg i.E. and assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The helmet presents a generally pleasing leather body. Some cracking and spidering appear at many points on the body. Some curling also shows on both the rear visor’s halves. While I generally prefer the body to be a bit fitter, it is still an acceptable piece. As it is such an unusual helmet, I could NOT pass on it. All of the kugelhelm’s furniture is gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome. You have probably been wondering how we determine if a kugelhelm is for a field or foot artillery regiment? It is all in the chin scales. The more commonly-seen field artillery regiments have domed, or arched scales. A foot artillery helmet has flat scales. It is the subtle and ONLY difference between the helmets! Attached is a fine pair of kokarden for Baden and the Reich. I have always been fond of the Baden-style state kokarden. They are similar to those used by Württemberg, Saxony, and Hesse-Darmstadt.
Inside the helmet is a well used, complete leather sweatband and silk liner. The silk liner is without some of the typical shredding that we often see, but is quite soiled. Peeking under the silk liner, we can see all of the original hardware. Also enclosed with the helmet is an officer’s style storage case. You will rarely see a helmet like this, only having been used by a single regiment.
Very few officers’ helmets were produced, as the regiment was only in existence from 1893 through 1918. It definitely is a prewar helmet!