Original Imperial German WWI Bavarian EM/NCO M1915 Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet by Hans Römer - Size 56, Dated 1915
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a stunning example of an excellent condition M-1915 Imperial Bavarian Line Infantry Mannschaften (other ranks or EM / NCO) pickelhaube in good condition. 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 use brass, silver, or Tombak as the M1895 did. All issued Pickelhaube would now use gray oxidized steel fittings for all Regiments. As with previous versions, the body was constructed from boiled leather, which was shaped and lacquered black.
This helmet features an oxide plated steel frontplate (wappen), and the crown of this leather helmet displays a vented enlisted removable spike mounted on a steel baseplate, which still correctly comes off.
The front wappen features a crowned Bavarian coat of arms, over the kingdom's motto, In Treue Fest, German for "steadfast in loyalty."
It has both the Bavarian Cockade and the 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, as on this helmet. The attached chinstrap is a solid original, which completes the outward appearance of this particular example.
The original liner is present and in exceptional condition. The liner is in beautiful condition and is still soft, retaining its original leather finish. The helmet is marked on the inside with a Hans Römer maker’s stamp with a 1915 date in the center. The opposite side, also on the dome is a 56 size stamp.
The exterior of the helmet shell is in good shape, with very little change to the shape, and the black enamel still exhibits a nice sheen. There are areas of cracking and checking, but they just serve to add to the lovely patina of age. The front and rear visors are still quite well attached to the helmet with much of the stitching still present.
Overall a very nice condition Imperial Prussian pickelhaube, perfect for any WWI collection!
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