PICKELHAUBE – HESSE-DARMSTADT – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 – CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24.
Today we are offering an unusual, privately-purchased, officer’s spiked helmet from Hesse-Darmstadt. In addition to the usual variations that we find in Hessen officers’ helmets (round-topped spike fasteners except for Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115, and no pearl ring around the spike’s base except for Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nrs 25 and 61), this helmet saw service in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115 as well as in Dragoner-Regiment Nr 23 or 24 when its owner transferred to the cavalry.
The pickelhaube’s leather body shows spidering (NOT deep cracking) in both its front and its rear. It also sports a rounded front visor (as is correct), unlike Dragoner-Regiment pickelhauben. It is configured with the spike’s round-topped fasteners and arched chin scales, which are appropriate for the Dragoners. The Infanterie Regiment Nr 115-appropriate, star-topped spike fasteners and their correspondingly flat chin scales are also included.
The helmet’s interior is clean, with an acceptable amount of wear showing on the cloth liner. A real gem is pasted to the leather body underneath the liner, the maker’s label that displays the Hessen Lion and the inscription “HOF MARSCHALL AMTS.KÖN.HOHEIT des LANDGRAFENv.HESSEN.” [PLEASE NOTE: the interior DOES reveal holes (located above the Lion) for the double laurel and oak leaf wreath and IR Nr 115’s 1621 bandeau. The helmet’s exterior shows that these holes were professionally filled in at the armory. ONLY the basic Hessen front plate’s holes remain. While we generally prefer to see helmets with NO extra holes, some legitimate exceptions do exist for their presence. This situation is one of them].
It is a solid helmet with no dings whose overall appearance is very pleasing. The helmet clearly has an interesting history that presents a challenge to any history buff who desires to identify an officer who served in both branches. [REMEMBER: the price includes the helmet, the star fasteners, and the flat chin scales]. This is a consignment item.