Original German WWI Prussian M1915 Line Infantry EM/NCO Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet - size 58
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice condition Imperial Prussian Line Infantry enlisted man's Mannschaften (other ranks) pickelhaube. The M1915 was the last model of Pickelhaube issued prior to the move to steel helmets. In accordance with the 1915 regulations these helmets would no longer would use brass, silver, or Tombak as the M1895 did. All issued Pickelhaube would now use grey oxidized steel fittings for all Regiments. As with previous versions, the body was constructed from from boiled leather, which was shaped and lacquered black.
This helmet features an oxidized steel frontplate (wappen), and the crown of this leather helmet displays a vented enlisted removable spike mounted on a steel baseplate. There is also the small adjustable vent on the spine that supports the rear skirt, only seen on the enlisted helmets.
The front wappen features 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). It is held in place by the standard leather wedges on the inside of the shell, though one has been replaced by a piece of paper. 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 Attached chin strap is complete, however it is worn, with a wire-wrapped repair on the right side.
The interior features a nice original leather liner, however it is somewhat delicate, like the chin strap. The "fingers" have cracking, and the securing holes for the top tie are torn on many. The top tie is completely missing. Size is faintly stamped as 58. The black finish on the leather is good, however it definitely has some cracking and flaking of the enamel, and has shrunk over the past 100 years. The front visor and rear skirt do still have intact stitching, a rarity, though it is a bit loose on both sides.
Overall a nice condition Imperial Prussian pickelhaube, perfect for any WWI collection!
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