STORAGE CASE – PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM – W/SPECIAL PARADE EPAULETTES SECTION
This is perhaps the most interesting storage/transport case that we have ever offered. It is far different from the standard pyramid-shaped (i.e., wider at the bottom and narrower at the top) pickelhaube case. THIS case is cylindrical, standing 15″ tall and measuring 12″ in diameter. All of its leather exterior straps are present. As a matter of fact, the straps are what make the case so unusual. TWO different straps secure its two halves together. The first is a conventional strap that is cinched up by a buckle at its end. The other strap has a metal end that is locked into second metal attachment. Unfortunately, the small key that would lock it has been lost to history. A tag is present at the top that I believe lists its original owner’s name. [That said, I am unable to decipher the information].
The case’s interior presents something that is very curious. At first blush, it appears to be a pedestal upon which the pickelhaube or kugelhelm would rest. Upon closer examination, however, we discover that the “pedestal” has a removable lid that reveals an interior that is handsomely-lined with red cotton material! It immediately becomes obvious that a pair of epaulettes was once housed in it. A ribbon is present to tie the epaulettes in place during transportation (similar ties appear in epaulette storage boxes for the same purpose).
This is a rather unique storage/transport box that offers the additional function of storing epaulettes. I have never seen another box like this, especially in such excellent condition. All the leather straps and buckles are in place. It offers amazing way to store/display your pickelhaube/kugelhelm along with a pair of epaulettes.