Original Imperial German WWI Grand Duchy of Baden M1915 EM/NCO Infantry 55cm Pickelhaube Helmet

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition Imperial German Line Infantry enlisted man's Mannschaften (other ranks) EM/NCO pickelhaube, with Grand Duchy of Baden Wappen. The M1915 was the last model of Pickelhaube issued prior to the move to all 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.

This helmet features a oxidized steel frontplate (wappen) with the Crowned Heraldic Griffin clutching a sword and resting on the Baden state shield. Below this is the Grand Duchy's motto: MIT GOTT F. FUERST U. VATERLAND (With God for Prince, or Grand Duke, and Fatherland). The crown of this leather helmet displays a vented enlisted removable spike mount on an oxidized steel baseplate. The spike is in excellent condition, and is removable using the "bayonet-style" attaching system, though it is a bit fussy. It also has the correct "vent" on the rear support spine of the helmet. Unfortunately the chin strap and both cockades (kokarden) are missing from around the chin strap mounting lugs.

The interior features a nice original leather liner, complete with the original leather tie strap, though the leather is somewhat deteriorated, and the top tie has broken in several places, as shown. There is a faint 55 stamp near the front on the top, indicating it is in size 55cm.

The black leather shell shows normal age crazing and wear, but no flaking or other major damage. 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 front leather visor has oxidized steel trim in very good condition. 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 Imperial German pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Baden, a great addition to any collection.

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