Original Imperial German WWI Prussian EM/NCO 17th Pioneer Regiment M1915 Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet - Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a stunning example of an excellent condition M-1915 Imperial Prussian 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 spine is interesting in that it does not have a vent, as most do.
The front wappen features a crowned Prussian state eagle clutching a scepter and orb in its claws, over the King's motto, MIT GOTT FÜR KOENIG UND VATERLAND (With God for King and Country, i.e. Prussia).
It is complete with original 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, as on this helmet. The attached chinstrap is a newer replacement, 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 black leather finish. The helmet is marked with a depot stamp: , size marking 55, Unit marking P.R.17 (17th Pioneer Regiment), and 1893 and 1917 dates. This is an interesting helmet in that this helmet shows evidence of being an older model helmet which was updated to 1915 specifications at a depot in 1917.
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 still. 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. The front and rear visors appear to be completely attached.
Overall a very nice condition Imperial Prussian pickelhaube, perfect for any WWI collection!
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