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Original German WWI Prussian M1895 Infantry E.M. Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet in Case - USGI Bring Back

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition Imperial Prussian line Infantry enlisted man's Mannschaften (other ranks) pickelhaube. The M1895 was the final pre-1914 evolution in a long series of spiked helmets. It displays lovely condition brass Prussian spread eagle helmet plate and comes complete with supple original leather liner. The spike on top denotes infantry issue and retains correct brass chinstrap lugs, cockades, and chin strap. This particular example is a Private Purchase or "Eigentums-helm" version, so it lacks the detachable top spike and rear spine vent. However this also means it comes complete with it's original hard case, which has most of an original address label, from a USGI back to either his wife or his mother, though we cannot tell whether it was WWI or WWII era. We leave this to the customer as a lovely research opportunity.

This helmet features a lovely gold-colored alloy frontplate (wappen) with the Prussian state eagle clutching a scepter and crown, over the King's motto, MIT GOTT FÜR KOENIG UND VATERLAND (With God for King and Country, i.e. Prussia). The Preußen issued Wappen in 1895 were intended to be made out of Tombak (an alloy made from a combination of copper and zinc) but it seems that the copper-color was unpopular and they were soon replaced with Aluminiumbronze which has a very bright brass appearance.

The crown of this leather helmet displays a brass vented enlisted spike on an brass baseplate. The spike is in excellent condition, and as per the pattern, is fixed and does no rotate.  It is complete with the Prussian (black and white) and German National Colors (red white and black) Kokarden (cockades) around the chin strap lugs. In 1897 the new Reichs-Kokarde in Red-White-Black was introduced for all ranks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kaiser Wilhelm 1st. The Reichs-Kokarde was to be worn on the right side of the helmet, and the state Kokarde was moved to the left.

The soldered bolt and nut system used to secure the front Wappen onto the helmet was changed to a system for retaining Wappen on the front of helmets that had been used as far back as 1845 for Bayern (Bavarian) helmets and 1867 for Sachsen (Saxon) helmets. A soldered loop was affixed to the back of the Wappen which passed through corresponding grommetted holes on the front of the helmet. A leather wedge was then passed through the loop on the interior to keep the Wappen in place. Both Leather wedges are still present, and they look original.

The lacquer finished leather is in very good condition having no serious issues, just the usual cracking and finish crazing due to age. There is also definitely some level of leather shrinkage due to age, which is why the some fittings are somewhat loose. The interior features a nice original leather liner, which is still soft, though it does show wear. The chin strap is in delicate condition, and has a break around the left attachment point, which was secured with thread long ago.

The front leather visor has brass trim in very good condition, and the metal spine that descends from the spike's baseplate to the edge of the rear visor is also in very good condition. As with most WWI and older pickelhauben we have encountered, the front and rear visor stitching is almost completely deteriorated, due to the helmet body shrinking away from the visor.

Overall a very nice condition Imperial Prussian Private Purchase Pickelhaube, with a USGI marked case! A great addition to any collection.

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