Original WWI Imperial German Überzug Maker Marked Cover for Pickelhaube Helmets - dated 1915
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a good condition original Überzug (helmet cover), something that we have only had very few of before. Thought by some to be a product of the First World war, the Überzug ("Pull over" or helmet cover) was first introduced for general issue on 17 May 1892. The brass and German silver fittings on all pickelhaube helmets, although very attractive in garrison, proved to be highly reflective and were determined to be a liability in the field. For this reason, a cloth Überzug was introduced to be worn by all ranks on all helmets when in the field. This need was later negated in 1915, with the introduction of oxide coated steel fittings.
This example is in very good condition, and has steel hooks under the front and back for attachment to the Pickelhaube visors. It also has a drawstring around the top, and inside the spike cover is reinforced with thicker canvas. The inside has a maker mark, which we cannot quite make out, however it definitely has a 1915 date underneath. There is also a depot marking further up inside the cover.
The cover does show wear and staining, including rust stains from the somewhat corroded retaining hooks. One of the straps that holds the spike cover on is also partly torn through, and there are small holes in areas.
A very nice example of a hard to find German Pickelhaube Accessory, ready to display!
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