Original German WWI Bavarian Model 1896 Line Infantry Pickelhaube Helmet - dated 1910
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a traditional German first world war Bavarian Mannschaften (Other Ranks) brass mounted leather helmet known as a Pickelhaube, for the Foot-troops (Infantry). The M1896 Bavarian Pickelhaube was the final pre-1914 evolution in a long series of spiked helmets, and is very similar to the M1895 Prussian version. It was manufactured from boiled leather, lacquered black, and provided with fittings made of brass or German silver dependent upon the Regt. The protection it offered was very limited and led to the eventual replacement by a steel helmet in 1916.
This helmet features a gilt brass infantry wappen (front plate) with the Bavarian coat of arms, over the kingdom's motto, In Treue Fest, German for "steadfast in loyalty." It also has correct kokarden (cockades) on both sides, blue/white Bavarian State kokarden and Reichs (black/red/white). Interior of the Pickelhaube is in very fine condition, exhibiting moderate use. It has a correct black leather liner, complete with securing tie on the top. There is some damage over the ears due to wear and age. The inside of the helmet is dated 1910, and also has a manufacturers ink stamp rondel, though we cannot read it due to fading.
The black leather shell shows normal age crazing and wear. The lacquer finished leather is in very good condition having no serious issues. There is also definitely some level of leather shrinkage due to age, which is why the some fittings are somewhat loose. The chin strap originally would have been flat chin scales, but it was replaced during wartime with a 1915 pattern.
The front leather visor has brass trim in very good condition, though it has pulled away from the visor due to shrinking. The metal spine that descends from the spike's baseplate to the edge of the rear visor is also in very good condition. Overall a very nice condition Bavarian Infantry pickelhaube, a great addition to any collection.
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