Original Imperial German WWI Grand Duchy of Baden M1915 Infantry Pickelhaube Helmet with Issue Markings
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition Imperial German line Infantry enlisted man's Mannschaften (other ranks) pickelhaube, with Grand Duchy of Baden Wappen and Cockades. 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 easily removable using the "bayonet-style" attaching system. It also has the correct "vent" on the rear support spine of the helmet. It is complete with the Baden (Yellow and Red) and German National Colors (red white and black) cockades around the chin strap lugs.
The interior features a nice original leather liner, complete with the original leather tie strap. The crown of the helmet is stamped with size 57, which is approximately a US 7 1/8. There are also issue markings stamped on the inside of the helmet: J.R. 170 on the rear skirt, and B.A. XIV on the top (faint). The chin strap appears to be an arsenal replacement, but the lug loops are definitely original.
The black leather shell shows normal age crazing and wear. 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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