This is a consignment item. The Regiment der Gardes du Corps clearly was the most elite unit within the Imperial German Army. They were considered the personal Garde of Prussia’s König (later the German Empire’s Kaiser). The regiment’s officers and enlisted men sported distinctive spiked helmets. For daily wear (Dienst), the pickelhaube was worn with a fluted spike. For dress occasions, the spike was replaced with an elaborate, silver-toned Hohenzollern Eagle, which is what we are offering here.
The Eagle’s wings are outspread and a gold-toned Hohenzollern Crown is perched on its head. The detailing to the Eagle’s wings and body is quite striking. One can clearly see individual feathers on its body. An old, professional repair is visible on one of its toes. Another professional repair was made to the Eagle’s underside. Some very old blue tape is visible in this area. The owner never removed it since it cannot be seen when the Eagle is mounted on the pickelhaube. Speaking of mounting, a large wingnut spins down on a screw that extends into the helmet. The nut is what secures the Eagle to the helmet’s top.
This is a very hard-to-find accouterment that would complete a Gardes du Corps enlisted man’s helmet. The Eagle’s condition is quite pleasing, overall. It will make a fine addition to any collection.