This is a very fine Prussian Infanterie-Regiment NCO’s pickelhaube. The prewar example comes complete with brass furniture. The helmet’s leather body is amazing for being more than one-hundred-years-old. It shows some shrinkage on the front and rear visors, but remains quite pleasing, nevertheless. All of the furniture is gilt-toned (as it is brass). It boasts a lovely, consistent patina. Its back strap reveals that the helmet originally was for an enlisted man. It also was a privately-purchased example as NO depot marks are evident. The NCO’s kokarden (both state and Reich) are present and in fine condition. The spike detaches from the helmet. I love the patina on its various pieces, particularly because it all matches, telling me that these pieces have all been together on the helmet since it was made. It is absolutely lovely.
Moving to the helmet’s interior, we see a fine enlisted man’s leather liner. An astounding FIFTEEN tongues extend from the sweatband. Corresponding depot-issued helmets sport far fewer tongues, more in the range of six-to-eight. This makes their tongues far LARGER than those on our offering. The complete sizing thong is NOT present. It has been cut in several places, leaving only short pieces in place. [I am leaving it up to you to remove them or not. I always prefer to sell items as I have received them]. A size “53″ has been penciled inside the helmet. This is one of the SMALLEST pickelhauben we have offered, as the average usually falls in the 54-to-55 size range. The final interior detail I need to point out is that the wappen is attached with nuts and screws, “officers’ style.” Enlisted men’s helmets were more often attached by a clip and a thong. This is a very fine example of an Infanterie-Regiment NCO’s pickelhaube in top condition, AND it is value-priced!