Original German WWI Trench Art Model 1915 Prussian Cuirassiers Lobster Tail Steel Pickelhaube by Juncker - Dated 1916
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine M15 Cuirassiers Lobster Tail Pickelhaube by Juncker. This pickelhaube has a basic three-piece construction: helmet, visor and extended rear protective neck guard. It is fabricated from polished silvered steel, magnetic, topped by a spike with two ventilation holes and a spike mounting base with two points, held in place by four large capped rivets. The front comes with a visor designed with a turned-up lip, held in place by large capped rivets on either end.
The helmet plate is die-stamped bronze with the Prussian eagle insignia. The rear neck guard protrudes outwards, away from the body in the traditional "lobster tail" design, held in place with eleven large capped rivets just inside the outer edge and one smaller central rivet at the rear neck line. The entire outer edge is trimmed in a rolled-around steel band, including the visor and neck guard, protecting the wearer from the raw steel edges of the helmet itself. It is size stamped 57K on the steel band on the underside of the neck guard, along with being maker stamped and dated C.E. JUNKER 1916 on the inside of the dome.
The interesting aspect of this helmet is that someone decoratively painted it. The painted the shell black, the rivets, border, spike and spike plat gold and the eagle helmet plate in white, blue red, yellow and gold. It is actually very well done and almost certainly the work of a US soldier with long hours of bored to kill in the trenches.
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