Original Imperial German WWI Prussian EM/NCO Infantry M1915 Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. A good example of an M-1915 Imperial Prussian Line Infantry enlisted man's 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 is unfortunately oxidized and won’t attach properly without cleaning. There is also a small adjustable vent on the spine that supports the rear skirt, only seen on the enlisted helmets, which still moves properly. 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). The wappen retains both of the original leather wedges which were used to attach the plate to the front of the helmet.
It is missing the Prussian (black and white) and German National Colors (red white and black) Kokarden (cockades) around the chin strap lugs. For historical reference, the “new” Reichs-Kokarde in Red-White-Black was introduced for all ranks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kaiser Wilhelm 1st.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 chinstrap is missing. The original liner is present and in good condition. The liner is still soft, retaining its original black colored leather finish but it is missing the top leather thong.
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 attached but the front visor seems to only be attached by a few stitches and the side pins. There is no manufacturer stamp but there is a size stamp of 55 present on the rear visor.
Overall a very nice condition Imperial Prussian pickelhaube, perfect for any WWI collection!
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