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German spiked helmets (pickelhauben) and Imperial Germany's other headdresses are our specialty! We have some of the best sources from Germany and around the world.  99.9% of our helmets are personally selected by me during our frequent buying trips to Europe and throughout North America.
As you will see, we concentrate on officer's-level pieces, One-Year-Volunteers, NCO's, smaller states within the Empire, and the German military's more elite regiments and formations. We offer from time to time some Enlisted Men helmets from smaller states or some uncommon examples. This includes the  enlisted men's headdresses from the larger Kingdoms (Outside of Prussia). 
I prefer the "thrill" of  hunting for hard-to-find items. On each trip I look at HUNDREDS of helmets before I select the few good enough to bring back. Each helmet must score high in CONDITION (excellent condition is crucial in Imperial German headdress collectibles). It also must rank high in AUTHENTICITY before it makes its long journey back to the U.S. (While authenticity is important in all areas of collecting, it is essential when collecting pickelhauben or any other  Imperial German headdress form). Many "put-together" helmets lurk out there. What started out as a Prussian officer's or enlisted man's helmet can quickly morph into another state's officer's helmet demanding 20 times its starting price! If you are looking for partial helmets or fixer-uppers, that is NOT what we do.
If you are searching for the
BEST HIGH-QUALITY PICKELHAUBEN AND OTHER IMPERIAL GERMAN HEADDRESS, please look closely at the helmets and other headgear offered below.

 

As you peruse our helmets and other forms of headdress, you will note the term "One-Year-Volunteer" (OYV). A OYV enlisted in the army under a different program from ordinary recruits, whose terms were for two years. A OYV's term of enlistment was for one year, followed by service in the reserves. Following service in the reserves, he was often promoted to a Leutnant der Reserve. These young men came from upper middle class families and in some cases from nobility or even royalty.
In return for the government accepting their enlistment as an OYV, the COMPLETE cost of outfitting and maintaining the individual (including payment for quarters and provisions)  was borne by his family. The German Army permitted a great deal of latitude in pickelhauben styles when it came to non-issued helmets. An OYV was allowed to wear very high-quality headdresses quite similar to those of  officers. This was because he was expected to PAY for whatever he wore, hence the flexibility! He was allowed to have many of an officer's helmet's details, but not all of them.
For example, some of the primary differences between most officers' vs. enlisted men's/NCO's spiked helmets were in the area of wappens, officer's stars, kokarden, and spikes. As you study an OYV helmet, you will find them very similar to many officers' helmets from the same regiment. An OYV helmet is actually quite scarce. The numbers of OYV's was very limited in a regiment. As variants, they are quite desirable and collectible. They are, in my opinion, one of the best bargains (and one of the best kept secrets) on the market. They are a great value and, in terms of quality and collectibility, a true cut above an enlisted man's or an NCO's piece.
That is why you will see that we offer them whenever possible. Please consider some of these marvelous helmets, busbies, etc. whenever we DO offer them. I have come to appreciate and seek them out over the years. I recommend them to you as an excellent value with a very high level of quality (at considerably less expense). As a rule, I usually find they have been maintained in excellent condition. This is always a plus when we consider adding items to our respective collections.

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Infanterie

 

 

Baden

 Infanterie

 

 

04-645 Line Infanterie Officer's Pickelhaube - Baden. This is a line infantry regiment officer's pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy of Baden had a large military presence. Together with the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, it was exceeded only by the Kingdoms of Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Bavaria. The Baden contingent was divided equally among Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, engineering (Pionier), and train regiments.  Baden’s leading Infanterie regiment, 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109, was one of the German Army’s most elite. Baden had eight other Infanterie regiments that were created by 1897. They were considered "line-regiments," having been in existence prior to WW I’s buildup. Their pickelhauben were similar with no major distinctions among them as existed with 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109.
Our offering today is a spiked helmet for an officer from one of these line-regiments. [ONE CAVEAT: Although it is a good helmet in terms of condition, it is NOT a great one. In spite of this flaw, you will see that its very interesting price justifies our offer]! Its leather body has extensive spidering. The spidering is apparent in every area, except for its front and rear visors. Some slight settling also is apparent in the crown. All of the furniture is (correctly) gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, and etc. The helmet displays the correct state and Reich's kokarden.
Inside the helmet is a brown, leather sweatband. Attached to that is a green silk liner. Under the liner, we see that the wappen is attached with the two normal holes. A third hole is present, which (in my opinion) is not of any consequence regarding the wappen’s mounting. Usually, one would see two extra holes drilled to accommodate a previous wappen. I can see no real reason for the single hole, especially in the position which it appears.
I was able to purchase this helmet at a very attractive price, a savings that I am very happy to pass along to you.
$1,795.00

 

 

 

 

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Artillerie

 

 

04-723 IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE - BADEN. If you read the title for this item, you are probably scratching your head. How can one have an Artillerie Regiment pickelhaube, shouldn’t it be a kugelhelm? [We should note, however, that Bavaria’s Artillerie Regiments did not convert to kugelhelme from pickelhauben until about 1913, and had delayed converting pickelhauben until about 1886 – the last German state to do so. This helmet is a different exception, and the facts behind it are even more obscure than the Bavarian situation, as you will learn].
This pickelhaube is for a doctor, a veterinarian who served in the 4. Badisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 66. The regiment was raised in 1899 and garrisoned at Lahr. Like all Baden regiments, it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. Its leather body is in average condition with some areas of distress, especially on the right side. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, spike, trim, officer stars, and so on. Its chin scales reveal why this artillery officer is wearing a pickelhaube! An Infanterie pickelhaube’s chin scales are flat. The chin scales on THIS helmet are vaulted, like those on Kavallerie helmets. The helmet’s original owner was a veterinarian (needed for cavalry units’ and field artillery units’ horses), so his chin scales were vaulted. It is also an identified helmet. Tucked into the silk liner we find a calling card for one Dr. Siebert that also identifies the regiment. The exterior’s final details are the correct officer State and Reich’s kokarden. [PLEASE NOTE: the State kokarde is a different pattern/ design than those found on Prussian helmets. Its more elegant pattern is seen on helmets from Baden, Württemberg, Hesse, and Saxony].
The pickelhaube’s interior features a well-used brown leather sweatband. Its silk liner is beige in color and in less than pristine condition. It exhibits shredding/running similar to what one might find in a silk stocking. All of the original hardware is in place under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen is attached.

 

This is a 100% original pickelhaube. Although it is not quite in the condition that we prefer to offer, it remains a very unusual and scarce helmet. $4,295.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pionier

 

 

04-576 Officer's Pionier-Bataillon Nr 14 Pickelhaube - Baden. This is a very clean officer's pickelhaube from Badisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 14. The unit was raised in 1850. It was garrisoned at Kehl and attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. The leather body is complete and in very good condition, overall. Portions of the leather show some signs of age. The wappen, spike base, pearl ring, spike and trim are silver-toned. The chin scales and officer’s stars are gilt. The officer’s red and gold kokarde is rendered in the style used by Baden, Württemberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, and Saxony. I find this kokarde style very elegant. The Reich's kokarde is in the Prussian style. The spiked helmet’s interior has a black leather sweatband that has seen moderate use. The silk liner’s red color is quite unusual. All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner. The helmet’s leather body reveals no double holes. Only one Bataillon wore this helmet. Our example, although clearly worn, has a lot of character and "honest age" to it. It is only the second Baden Pionier’s Pickelhaube I have offered. It is in far better condition than the first. $4,695.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kavallerie

 

04-628 PRE-1897 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S DRAGONER-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE - BADEN. This is a fine example of a One-Year-Volunteer's pickelhaube that was produced prior to 1897 for Dragoner-Regiments Nr 20, Nr 21, and Nr 22. The Grand Duchy of Baden, located just west of modern-day Stuttgart, fielded a total of three Dragoner-Regiments. These included 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. The first regiment was raised in 1803, the other two in 1850. They were garrisoned in Karlsruhe (the capital), Bruchsal-Schwetzingen, and Mülhausen i.E. All three regiments were attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. (ALL Baden regiments were part of the XIV. Armeekorps, since the Armeekorps had been established along geographic boundaries within Germany prior to WW I). These three regiments comprised Baden’s entire Kavallerie contingent. [Unlike some other states that fielded Küraßier, Dragoner, Ulanen, or Husaren Regiments, Baden focused on Dragoner-Regiments only].
Our offering today is a very fine officer's pickelhaube from a Dragoner-Regiment. The helmet’s leather body has a squared-off front visor rather than a rounded one. All Dragoner helmets throughout Germany had squared visors. Only Württemberg and Bavaria used the squared visor for regiments other than the Dragoner. The other use for a helmet with a squared front visor was as general officers’ pickelhauben.
The leather body of this spiked helmet is generally pleasing. The leather is in great shape. We see some minor cracking from age. We also see a bit of settling at the top in the area where the cruciform is attached due to the extra weight of the cruciform.. This is another sign of aging. We are dealing with a helmet that is most certainly more than one-hundred years-old. In fact, I would say that the helmet dates from the 1890-1897 period, for a reason I will explain further in the description.
The helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, cruciform, spike, and trim, is silver. It is a very high-quality silver. I cannot go so far as to say it is actually .800 silver, but it is a high-grade material, whatever it may be (possibly even German silver). It has a marvelous patina, with a certain special quality about it. The chin scales and the officers stars are gilt-toned, in the only deviation from the silver theme. Returning to the wappen, as high as is its quality, it is NOT for an officer. As a part of the OYV program, it was mandatory that at least one of the pickelhaube’s features be of NCO/enlisted man’s quality. This man choose the wappen. He elected that the helmet’s entire balance, including the cruciform, stars, and kokarde, be officer’s level. So you are dealing with an officer’s quality pickelhaube as it was privately purchased and not issued from government stores, with that one exception. Many a collector would not even notice that the wappen’s crown is closed instead of open, as is the officer’s crown on a wappen.
The pickelhaube’s final feature, on the right side (from the wearer’s perspective) is a Baden officer’s kokarde. It is the helmet’s only kokarde, indicating that the helmet was manufactured and worn prior to 1897. [Prior to 1897, a Reich’s kokarde was not used, just one for the state. Post 1897, the Reich’s kokarde appeared on the right side, and the state’s kokarde was shifted to the left, hence my estimate that the helmet was manufactured in the 1890-1897 period. In fact, I place it closer to 1897 than 1890, again for a reason I will share later]. The kokarde has Baden’s national colors of red and gold. The Baden-style pattern was shared by only a few states including Saxony, Württemberg, and Hesse-Darmstadt. I find the pattern to be very elegant. I am always pleased to find a helmet with this type of kokarde.
The interior sports a handsome, leather sweatband. We see a brown silk liner that, while complete, is in a bit rougher condition than I prefer. Some tears and runs appear in the silk, and it has come loose from the leather sweatband to which it originally was attached. Under the silk liner, all of the original hardware is in place. In a previous paragraph I said that I felt the helmet had been produced fairly close to 1897. My reason is that many officer’s helmets from pre 1890 did not use silk liners. They instead used the same leather liner as did NCO/enlisted men’s helmets. The use of silk liners for privately-purchased helmets (silk liners were NOT used on depot-issued helmets) appeared closer to 1897. It was just an attractive addition to a privately-purchased helmet and often was used on officer’s, OYV’s, and even NCO’s helmets. When we look at the wappen’s attachment we see that it was attached with a leather thong rather than a screw and nut, because it did not belong to an officer.
As I said, good quality is one of the reasons that I often am attracted to a One-Year-Volunteer’s helmet, which this helmet certainly possesses. Another reason is the current cost. A similar helmet to a FULL officer, whose only difference from ours was the wappen’s open rather than closed crown, cost two thousand dollars more. At first glance, only the experienced eye can even tell it is not an officer’s helmet. The fellow who bought this helmet more than one-hundred-ten years ago knew good quality and was not afraid to pay for it. Anyone who examines this helmet closely will see its true value.
$4,995.00

 

 

 

 

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Bavaria

 

General Officer

 

 

04-729 XAS BAVARIA - GENERAL OFFICER'S - PICKELHAUBE. This is a consignment item. Our offering today is an extremely fine General Officer’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Bavaria. It is Bavaria’s final General Officer’s pickelhaube pattern, which was introduced in 1913 then used through WW I’s end. It sports an excellent leather body that has remained in fine shape due to its owners’ careful maintenance since it was first accepted at its purveyor’s establishment. The general who purchased it both knew AND demanded superior quality, as is evident from its smooth, almost blemish-free surface. Babies’ bottoms do not come much cleaner or smoother than this! Some depression/settling shows where the cruciform attaches at the helmet’s crown, which is very common with Bavarian pickelhauben. [Interestingly enough, I do NOT see this as often with other Imperial German states’ headgear].
Its front visor is squared-off instead of rounded. All of its furniture is silver-toned, including the chin scales, cruciform, officers’ stars, and its (magnificently tall and fluted) spike. Its wappen displays a gorgeous silver patina that confirms it has not been cleaned in decades. The oval, multicolored (black, red, gold, blue, and white) enamel shield in the wappen’s center is what makes this general’s helmet "pop" when you look at it. The shield features two rampant Bavarian Lions (whose silver-toned likenesses comprise the rest of the wappen on either side of the shield), above and below a smaller blue and white Bavarian checkerboard in its center. [The same blue and white checkerboard design also dominates Bavaria’s state flag]. The helmet’s exterior also features the correct Bavarian and Reich’s kokarden.

 

 

The pickelhaube’s interior reveals a fine brown-leather sweatband. A pinkish-colored liner is attached to the sweatband. It may be made from polished cotton rather than the more commonly seen silk. It is in mint condition. No extra holes appear under the sweatband. All of the original hardware is in place.
This is a marvelous example of a 1913-pattern Bavarian General Officer’s pickelhaube. You would be hard-pressed to find a finer example. It is being offered UNDER its current market value because its consignor has had it for more than fifteen years. He is allowing me to pass the savings onto you!
$12,995.00  
At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.

 

We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Infanterie

 

 

04-724 XLO BAVARIA - RESERVE OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE - LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT. This is a consignment item. It is a high-quality Leib-Infanterie-Regiment Reserve Officer’s spiked helmet from the Kingdom of Bavaria’s most elite infantry regiment. Each of Imperial Germany’s four kingdoms, as well as many of its Grand Duchies and Duchies had a regiment that was often their oldest and/or part of their ruler’s private guard, as was the case with Bavaria’s Leib-Infanterie-Regiment. The latter was founded in 1814 during Maximilian Joseph I of Bavaria’s reign. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Munich, and assigned to the I. Bavarian Armeekorps.
The helmet boasts a lovely leather body. Its front visor is squared, as was the case for all Bavarian Infanterie and Kavallerie pickelhauben. A few blemishes show on the exterior, including some areas of cracking, but nothing major. The crown has settled a bit where the cruciform is attached, which is quite common for Bavarian helmets due, in part, to the cruciform’s size and weight. The primary difference between the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment’s pickelhaube and all other Bavarian Infanterie Regiments is that all its fittings (with the exception of the gold-toned Reserve Officer’s Cross) are silver-toned. The latter include the wappen, chin scales (flat, as is correct for the Infanterie), cruciform, front/rear visor trims, officers’ stars, and the extra-tall fluted spike. The spike is massive. It is one of the tallest that I have ever seen on ANY pickelhaube. It is large even by Saxon standards, which are among the tallest of all pickelhauben spikes. Finally, the helmet’s exterior displays the correct Bavarian and Reich’s kokarden.

 

 

The interior sports a well-worn brown leather sweatband that is attached to an equally well used, rust-toned, silk liner. The latter reveals signs of perspiration and even hair oil from the wearer’s head. NO double holes appear under the silk liner, although a couple of the helmet’s original washers are missing. The helmet’s size, 57 ½, has been penciled-in. Anything above a 56 is on the large side. Helmets running from 55 to 56 would be considered medium. Many helmets from the WW I-era range from 53 to 54, and would be classified as small.
This is a pleasing, original spiked helmet that has not been altered. It is also bargain-priced.
$4,295.00 
At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.

 

We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-671 RESERVE LINE INFANTRY OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - BAVARIA. This is a fine example of an officer’s pickelhaube from one of the twenty-three pre 1897 Bavarian Infanterie-Regiments. The helmet comes to us from a European collection, where it has resided for the last thirty-plus years. The leather body’s overall condition is quite pleasing. Some light spidering appears in a few areas, but it is not extensive or pronounced. Some settling has occurred at the crown, which is quite common among Bavarian pickelhauben. [I believe it is due to the cruciform and spike’s weight. Most other states did not make extensive use of such large cruciforms as did Bavaria]. As is correct for Bavarian infantry officer’s helmets, this has the squared front visor that is more commonly found on other states’ Dragoner helmets. [It is interesting to note that Württemberg, Bavaria’s neighbor, also extensively used squared front visors].
All of this spiked helmet’s furniture is gold-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, cruciform, spike (which is quite tall and fluted), officers’ stars, and trim. Its reserve officer’s wappen sports a lovely, frosted finish. I also find that the cruciform, officers’ stars, and spike display a consistent patina. [When discussing it with the former owner, he told me it was untouched and uncleaned while in his possession]. Both the officer’s state and Reich's kokarden are in place. The Bavarian kokarde does show some loss of paint.
As attractive as is the pickelhaube’s exterior, its interior is equally as handsome. Its lovely, brown sweatband is in top condition, featuring the always-pleasing high stitching at its top. This is a mark of an extra-high-quality helmet. Its original owner took enough pride in his spiked helmet to insist on using the best materials both outside and in. The sweatband sports a gold inscription, "Aue-Marke" (we are not sure we have read this correctly, any correction is appreciated). Attached to the marvelous sweatband is a most-unusual, blue, silk liner in top shape. Under the liner, all of the original hardware is in place. Even more important, NO double holes appear. All these details, along with the helmet’s exterior evidence, lead us to the realization that the helmet is all-original, and has not been tampered-with over the years.
It is a fine Bavarian Reserve Officer’s pickelhaube for a very attractive price, ready for your collection.
$2,495.00

 

 

 

 

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04-610 Infanterie Officer's Pickelhaube - Bavaria. This is an officer's pickelhaube from a Bavarian line-infantry regiment. The helmet’s leather body is generally pleasing, with no major flaws or issues. A mild case of shrinkage affects the left rear quarter, and some settling shows at the crown where the cruciform are attached. [For some reason, this situation seems quite common among Bavarian pickelhauben. I have no idea why. We will depict it in the photographs that accompany our description]. All of the furniture is gilt, including the wappen, cruciform, chin scales, spike, etc. Please pay particular attention to the wappen’s splendid appearance. It absolutely glistens (NOT from cleaning)! The removable spike is fluted. The chin scales are flat (non vaulted), which confirms that it is an Infanterie helmet. The front visor is squared. The helmet’s exterior exhibits fine state (Bavarian) and Reich’s kokarden. Inside the helmet is a brown leather sweatband. It displays normal use. The silk liner is gold. A few spots exhibit shredding (what women used to refer to as "runs" in silk stockings). The helmet’s front and rear visors are lined in green and red leather, respectively. Under the silk liner is the original hardware. We also see that no double holes appear where the wappen is attached. It is a solid officer’s spiked helmet that is fairly priced. $3,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-535 One-Year-Volunteer's Infanterie Regiment Pickelhaube - Bavaria. This is a high-quality pickelhaube for a One-Year-Volunteer serving in a line-infantry-regiment.  As I have shared with you in the past, a One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV) uniform and headdress are often one of military collectibles’ biggest values. One-Year-Volunteers came from financially well set families. These young men entered their military service under a different program from the regular two-year-conscript who entered the army as an enlisted man. The OYV’s enlistment was for one year. Once they had completed their service, however, they often were promoted to officer status in the reserves. Men who served as OYV’s did so while paying all of their own expenses. This included supplying all of their uniforms and personal gear. As a result, the men were allowed more latitude in their dress items. They often wore items that were officer’s quality, especially when it came to pickelhauben. The differences were subtle, but with some minor exceptions qualified as officer’s level. This is why the pickelhaube we are offering today is a real value. It is common to see an OYV pickelhaube cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars less than an officer’s helmet from the same regiment.
Today we are offering a very fine example of a Bavarian One-Year-Volunteer’s Infanterie Regiment Pickelhaube. Its leather body is in very fine condition. It is supple, clean, and quite appealing. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt of the highest quality. The chin scales are of the flat variety. All of it is definitely officer’s quality. It features an officer’s style wappen with a voided crown. The NCO’s state and Reich’s kokarden are in place. The helmet does not display officer’s stars at the top. Instead it boasts an NCO/enlisted man’s lugs. The spike is not detachable, but is taller (as an officer’s would be). The rear gilt spine is also officer’s style. Inside the helmet, it is pure officer’s style, with a leather sweatband and a silk liner. Under the liner is 100% original hardware. The wappen is mounted officer’s style, with screws and washers rather than a small bit of leather holding it in place. The latter is more commonly seen in depot-issued, NCO/enlisted man’s helmets. No double holes appear where the wappen is mounted.
This is a delightful spiked helmet that would make a worthy addition to any collection. $3,695.00
 

 

 

 

 

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04-702 BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN’S - INFANTERIE-LEIB-REGIMENT. This is a most interesting Bavarian Infanterie-Leib-Regiment enlisted man’s pickelhaube. It was the most elite of all the Kingdom of Bavaria’s Infanterie Regiments. Founded in 1814, the regiment was garrisoned in Munich, where it was attached to the I. Bavarian Armeekorps. Each of Imperial Germany’s four kingdoms had an elite Infanterie Regiment that was considered the "King’s Own." Each was located in their ruler’s capital city. Typically, all of them attended most state and ceremonial occasions. The similar regiments for the other three kingdoms were Prussia’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (garrisoned in Potsdam), Saxony’s Königl. Sächs. 1. (Leib) Grenadier-Regiment. Nr 100 (garrisoned in Dresden), and Württemberg’s Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr 119 (garrisoned in Stuttgart). The Grand Duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hesse-Darmstadt, and Baden also had their own elite Infanterie Regiments.
The helmet’s leather body is in very good condition, especially for an enlisted man. It is quite clean and problem-free. No depot marks are evident, so it may be a privately-purchased example. All of the furniture is silver-toned, which is correct for the regiment. The spike is NOT detachable. The correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are present. It sports a leather chin strap rather than metal chin scales. The latter were fairly common: metal chin scales were used when the regiment was in the garrison, while the leather strap was employed in the field.
The interior reveals a typical enlisted man’s setup. All of its leather tongues are present, although the thong that normally is attached to each tongue is NOT.
While I do not see the traditional depot marks, "XXX 1905" is stamped onto the helmet’s leather interior. Overall, its condition is quite pleasing.
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At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-732 BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER’S - LEATHER HELMET SHELL. I recently acquired a Bavarian Infanterie Officer’s pickelhaube. Upon inspection, I decided it did NOT exhibit the superior quality that Der Rittmeister strives to offer our collecting community. I made the decision that rather than offer a helmet that failed to meet our standards, we would part it out instead. The primary issue with the helmet’s leather body was extensive damage to its rear section. The leather exhibited extensive buckling and decay from directly behind the spike to the very bottom of the rear visor. Some portions almost looked like they had been chewed up! In actuality, it resulted from poor care over a number of years. Perhaps it was exposed to a great deal of heat in an attic or basement.
 

 

 

 

That said, hope exists for this leather shell, for the right collector. A collector who has the time and willingness to restore it can bring it back to life. As I mentioned previously, it is a Bavarian helmet. While it was an Infanterie helmet, it could also be used for a Kavallerie Regiment. As it sports a front square visor, one might also use it as the basis for a Württemberg helmet. Other possibilities also exist, but Bavaria and Württemberg are the best prospects.
At any rate, this is a starter shell. I hope somebody will step forward to bring it back to life. Unfortunately, no one here at Der Rittmeister has the time or talent to undertake the restoration.
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Kavallerie

 

 

04-564 Chevauleger-Regiments Nr 1, Nr 3, Nr 5, and Nr 7 Officer's Pickelhaube - Bavaria. This is an officer’s pickelhaube from Bavaria’s 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus von Rußland, 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor, 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich, or 7. Chevaulegers Prinz Alfons. Bavaria had a total of eight Chevaulegers-Regiments. The four odd-numbered regiments featured gilt furniture. The four even-numbered regiments displayed silver furniture, instead. Today’s helmet sports a fine leather body. It is in excellent condition. Its front visor is squared rather than rounded. All of its furniture, including the chin scales, the wappen, the trim, the cruciform, and the spike, is gilt-toned (meaning it belongs to an odd-numbered regiment). Its spike is fluted. Both the Reich and state’s kokarden are attached. Inside the helmet we find a used leather sweatband and a fine, light-brown, silk liner. All of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner. No double holes are evident. This is a VERY attractive spiked helmet! $5,195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Braunschweig

 

Infanterie - NONE right now

 

Hesse-Darmstadt

 

Infanterie

 

 

04-674 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117 OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE - HESSE-DARMSTADT. This is a very tasty Infanterie-Regiment Nr 117 officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. The regiment was officially known as Infanterie-Leib-Regiment Großherzogin (3. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 117. Although it was numbered as Hesse-Darmstadt’s THIRD infantry regiment, it actually was the SECOND-oldest, and also held "Leib" (life) status. The proud old regiment was founded in 1697. It was garrisoned at Mainz and attached to the XVIII. Armeekorps.
This very desirable spiked helmet possesses a marvelous, leather body of the highest quality and condition. Despite a small mark or two, its overall condition is amazing. The leather is smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Some slight settling (often seen in Bavarian helmets) shows at its top due to the cruciform’s weight. The Bavarian and Hesse-Darmstadt cruciforms were much larger than the bases used on Prussian helmets, for example. Its wappen is made of very fine, frosted gold, which adds a lot of style. It displays a rampant, Hesse-Darmstadt Lion brandishing a sword in its right forepaw, surrounded by a wreath on both sides. The dates 1697 and 1897 appear on the wreath’s two halves. [1897 was an important year in Imperial German headdresses’ design. Prior to that year, all headdresses displayed only the state’s kokarde from which the soldier originated. Beginning in 1897, a Reich's kokarde was added to that of the state. Pickelhauben and kugelhelme had their states’ kokarden moved from their right sides (from the wearers’ perspectives), to their LEFT. Thenceforth, their Reich's kokarden appeared on their right sides. This was also the case with Schirmmützen and mützen. The other headdress forms, such as busbies, tschapkas, and the tschakos, displayed only the Reich's kokarde on the right side]. The twin dates confirm that the helmet was produced during (or after) 1897. [Another important distinction for 1897 was that Hannover, Braunschweig, and Nassau, which had been annexed by Prussia after their defeat in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, were allowed to again display bandeaux celebrating Napoleonic War battle honors. This allowed these states to differentiate themselves from other Prussian line-regiments by noting their previous service and the famous battles in which they had bravely fought].
All of the helmet’s other furniture is also gilt-toned. The (flat) chin scales, trim, cruciform, spike, etc., are all gilt. [Please note: the cruciform sports bolts rather than officers’ stars. This is a major difference among Hesse-Darmstadt helmets, which makes it a bit more difficult for a new collector to differentiate between an officer’s helmet and that of a One-Year-Volunteer. Also note that spikes and the trichters (when worn) are fluted]. The exterior’s final detail concerns Hesse-Darmstadt’s red and white state’s kokarde, which displays a very different pattern from that found on typical Prussian helmets. I find it to be a very elegant kokarde, one that also can be seen on Württemberg’s, Baden’s, and (sometimes) Saxony’s helmets.
Moving to the helmet’s interior, we see a high-quality, lightly-used, leather sweatband. The light-beige silk liner does display some "runs" (shredding). EVERY piece of original hardware is in place under the silk liner, including a unique wappen-mounting system. Also, since we see no double holes, we are assured that it is a totally original helmet.
This is a very rare and desirable spiked helmet in the very best of condition. $8,295.00

 

 

 

 

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04-579 OFFICER'S DRAGONER-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE - HESSE-DARMSTADT. This is a fine example of a Dragoner-Regiment officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt.  The Grand Duchy fielded two Dragoner-Regiments. These two regiments were Garde-Dragoner-Regiment (1. Großherzogl.) Nr 23 and Leib-Husaren-Regiment (2. Großherzogl.) Nr 24. The former regiment was founded in 1790, and the latter in 1859. Both were garrisoned in the capital city of Darmstadt, and assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. The helmet is correct for either of the two regiments.
The helmet’s body is in very good condition, generally. It is made of fiberglass. I see one chip on the right side. Also, a patch is missing near the Reich’s kokarde. [We will show these in the photographs that accompany the description]. Some settling shows in the cruciform area. Unlike most other Dragoner helmets, the front visor is rounded rather than squared. All of the furniture is silver. I am especially drawn to the luscious chin scales and wappen. [Please take a moment to look closely at the wappen’s photograph. Its detailing is incredible]. Both the officer’s state and Reich’s kokarden are present. The cruciform and the short, fluted spike are also worth mentioning. The Hessian kokarde is a work of art. Inside the helmet is a fine leather sweatband that shows mild use. A name, "Otto Neumann," appears on the sweatband, which may well be that of the original owner. It sports a complete green silk liner in very fine condition. All of the original hardware is in place under the silk liner. No double holes show where the wappen is attached.
Hessen helmets always seem to be a bit more difficult-to-find, although I do not know why. I am always quite pleased when I find a Hessen helmet. I am especially pleased to find a Hessen spiked helmet rather than an Infanterie example. This relates to scarcity, of course. A Hessen Dragoner helmet certainly is scarce. $6,995.00

 

 

 

 

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Lippe-Detmold

 

Infanterie

 

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

 

Infanterie

 

 

Kavallerie

Mecklenburg-Strelitz

 

Infanterie

 

Oldenburg

 

Infanterie

 

Kavallerie

 

 

Prussia

 

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04-719 XRH GENERAL’S PICKELHAUBE IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION WITH TRICHTER, PARADE FEATHERS, DAILY SERVICE SPIKE AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item for a Prussian Army General Officer, most likely a General der Infanterie. One thing about a spiked helmet such as this, any rank of General from Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall would have worn this helmet. What I find particularly exciting about this helmet is that it not only comes with its daily service spike, but the full trichter with its parade feathers for a parade/formal setting. Most of the time we find helmets with one of these two components, not both.
The pickelhaube’s leather body is in excellent condition. We treated it with a fine leather conditioner, and its overall appearance is astonishing. The leather is extremely smooth and supple. The helmet also sports a squared front visor, which is a key requirement for a General’s pickelhaube.

 


All of the helmet’s furniture is gold-toned, including the chin scales, the helmet base, officers’ stars, the cruciform base, the pearl ring, the VERY tall, fluted spike, as well as the front visor’s and the back strap’s trim. The wappen’s eagle has its wings spread so wide that they reach back to the two kokarden on either side. The one area that is silver-toned is the sunburst in the center of the eagle’s chest, which serves as the background to the helmet’s Garde-Star. The Garde Star is in excellent condition, sporting green, white, gold, and black enamel. Its Black Eagle is so beautifully formed and the enamel’s application is so perfect that it takes one’s breath away. [The Black Eagle is emblematic of the House of Hohenzollern. Every Prinz of the House was invested with one or more of the Order of the Black Eagle’s different levels. It was also awarded to those outside of the House at the pleasure of the King or (later) Kaiser]. The exterior’s final details are the two kokarden: one for the State of Prussia and one for the Reich (required on all headdresses AFTER 1897).

 

The interior boasts a very-well-cared-for brown leather sweatband. It barely exhibits any real wear. It is attached to a rust-colored silk liner that is in absolutely gorgeous condition. 100% original fittings and clips appear underneath the silk liner. Close inspection of the area where the wappen attaches to the helmet reveals that it is original to the helmet and NO double holes are present.
We have saved the best for last, i.e., the parade feathers and trichter. The spike is easily screwed off and replaced with the trichter. The black and white feathers are full and in lovely condition. They are housed in a circular black carton when not in use, which has kept them in their superior condition over the years.

 

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a 100% original Prussian General’s Pickelhaube, complete with spike, parade feathers and the latter’s storage case. $14,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-687 OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM/SCHIRMMÜTZE STORAGE CASE. Imperial German Period military officers usually purchased storage cases to safely transport their headdresses, as well as protect them when not being worn. Today we are offering a very special officer’s pickelhaube/kugelhelm/Schirmmütze storage/transport case that is quite unlike any that we have offered previously. Most such cases are conical, looking much like a cylindrical pyramid. This case is round instead, measuring X" in diameter and standing X" in height. Under the lid is an area containing a covered box that houses a single epaulette. The box is raised on a platform, making it the first thing one sees when the outer lid is removed if it is empty. When it is in full transport mode, however, the Schirmmütze is placed over the "epaulette box."
It is rather unusual for the internal storage box to contain only ONE epaulette. Its mate would have to be stored on the upper deck or in the case’s lower section. The entire upper deck lifts out (by pulling two ribbons located on either side) to reveal a red cover over the lower storage section. The removable cover sports a circular opening in its center to accommodate the helmet’s spike or kugel (ball). This means the helmet can be placed in the lower section WITHOUT requiring the spike/kugel to be dismounted. Once the helmet and inner contents are packed into place, the top lid is replaced, then strapped down. I should add that all of the leather straps for securing the top to the bottom are in place and functional.
This amazing case has many ways to display an officer’s helmet and visor cap, not to mention his epaulettes.
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Infanterie - Garde-Grenadier - Garde zu Fuß - Garde-Fusilier - Colonial

 

 

04-667 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 87 OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. Today we are offering you something really "tasty." It is a 1. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 87 officer’s pickelhaube. The Duchy of Nassau’s entire military force consisted of the previous regiment and its sister, 2. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 88. Several smaller "Nassau" counties had been combined in 1806 to produce the new Duchy, due to Napoleon’s prodding (in his capacity as the Confederation of the Rhine’s "Protector"). Both regiments saw action during 1815's Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon (more about that later).
I lusted after this pickelhaube as soon as it was offered. Most of you are well aware that I have ZERO interest in poorly-conditioned helmets, and that my standards for ORIGINALITY and CONDITION are fierce. The helmet, however, more than exceeded my expectations and filled me with admiration. A dull black finish covers its entire leather body, which is close to absolute perfection. One tiny little circular ding (measuring about 1/8") shows up near the Reich's kokarde. It easily can be missed if one does not pay close attention. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, including the wappen, the flat chin scales, the trim, the officer’s stars, and the spike.
[Interestingly, the spike is a bit taller than those usually found on Prussian helmets. I believe it can be explained by the helmet’s decidedly NON-Prussian origins. We have already mentioned that our spiked helmet originated from 1. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 87. The Duchy of Nassau belonged to a group of German states (including the Kingdom of Hannover and its vassal state, Braunschweig) that allied with Austria during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The group was absorbed by Prussia following the alliance’s (very swift) defeat at the war’s conclusion. From then on, the former Duchy of Nassau’s regiments were considered Prussian units. Then, in 1897, two very important changes occurred that further altered headdresses’ appearance. First, all states began displaying the Reich's kokarden on all their headdresses, including pickelhauben, tschapkas, busbies, tschakos, mützen, Schirmmützen, and etc. Prior to that, only the state’s kokarden were displayed. {It was a huge change. Now, from the wearer’s perspective, the state’s kokarde was worn on a pickelhaube’s left side, while the Reich's kokarde was worn on the right}. The second change affected Austria’s hapless 1866 War allies. The regiments that had been absorbed into the Prussian Army were once again allowed to display on their pickelhauben the bandeaux awarded to them by their former rulers. 1. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 87, which had fought bravely at the Battle of Waterloo, once again proudly displayed their bandeaux touting "La Belle Alliance" on their pickelhauben. That very bandeau is how we identified the helmet’s origin with 1. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 87. Its presence also helps explain the taller, non-Prussian spike].
[We have one more historical aside. Our helmet’s sister regiment, 2. Nassauisches-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 88, displayed bandeaux for "La Belle Alliance, Mesa de Ibor, and Medellin." It had previously fought with Wellington during the Peninsula Campaign. Both Nassau regiments (totaling some 3,000 men) stood and held at "La Belle Alliance," a Belgian inn that was Napoleon’s headquarters until he joined his troops in the field. Ferocious fighting broke out near the inn, and the Nassau men suffered serious casualties. After the battle was won, German Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Blücher suggested that the overall conflict be known as the Battle of La Belle Alliance. The English commander, the Duke of Wellington, objected that it was bad form to name a battle after the losing commander’s headquarters. Ultimately, it came to be known as the Battle of Waterloo].
The pickelhaube’s wappen displays a fine, frosted finish. The gold and black "La Belle Alliance" bandeau makes a good contrast against it. The correct state’s (Prussian) and Reich's kokarden are in place.
The interior boasts a gently-used, light-brown, leather sweatband. A light-beige silk liner, also in top condition, is attached. A few perspiration stains appear, but the actual silk liner is excellent. When one pulls the liner’s two halves apart to look underneath, all of the correct hardware is in place. More important, NO double holes show up where the wappen attaches to the helmet’s body. A penciled-in "55" indicates the helmet’s size.
This spiked helmet is in absolutely beautiful condition. You will have to search long and hard to find a better one. $6,995.00

 

 

 

 

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04-691  PRUSSIAN INFANTERIE REGIMENT NCO'S PICKELHAUBE. This is a very fine Prussian Infanterie-Regiment NCO’s pickelhaube.  The prewar example comes complete with brass furniture.  The helmet’s leather body is amazing for being more than one-hundred-years-old.  It shows some shrinkage on the front and rear visors, but remains quite pleasing, nevertheless.  All of the furniture is gilt-toned (as it is brass).  It boasts a lovely, consistent patina. Its back strap reveals that the helmet originally was for an enlisted man. It also was a privately-purchased example as NO depot marks are evident.  The NCO’s kokarden (both state and Reich) are present and in fine condition.  The spike detaches from the helmet.  I love the patina on its various pieces, particularly because it all matches, telling me that these pieces have all been together on the helmet since it was made. It is absolutely lovely.
Moving to the helmet’s interior, we see a fine enlisted man’s leather liner.  An astounding FIFTEEN tongues extend from the sweatband.  Corresponding depot-issued helmets sport far fewer tongues, more in the range of six-to-eight. This makes their tongues far LARGER than those on our offering.  The complete sizing thong is NOT present.  It has been cut in several places, leaving only short pieces in place. [I am leaving it up to you to remove them or not. I always prefer to sell items as I have received them].  A size “53" has been penciled inside the helmet.  This is one of  the SMALLEST pickelhauben we have offered, as the average usually falls in the 54-to-55 size range. The final interior detail I need to point out is that the wappen is attached with nuts and screws, “officers’ style.”  Enlisted men’s helmets were more often attached by a clip and a thong.  This is a very fine example of an Infanterie-Regiment NCO’s pickelhaube in top condition, AND it is value-priced!  $1895.00

 

 

 

 

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04-673 PRUSSIAN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 73 OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE. This is an amazing Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr 73 officer’s pickelhaube.  The regiment, commonly referred to as Füsilier-Regiment Nr 73, was originally founded by the Kingdom of Hannover in1803.  The Kingdom’s senior Infanterie regiment, it was garrisoned in the capital city of Hannover and assigned to the X. Armeekorps.  The regiment was sent to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain’s Field Marshal Wellington.  It later joined other Hanoverian regiments in the penultimate Battle of Waterloo, which defeated Napoleon for the final time.  Five Hanoverian Infanterie regiments fought at the Battle of Waterloo, along with one Jäger-Bataillon, two Dragoner-Regiments, two Ulanen-Regiments, two Artillerie Regiments, and one Pionier-Bataillon.  Years later, Hannover sided with Austria in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a very brief, sharp war in which Prussia and its allies ROLLED over Austria and hers.  Hannover paid a huge price for its poor choice of allegiance when her territory was annexed by Prussia.  This included the complete takeover of all Hanoverian military units, whose regiments were required to display Prussian wappens on their headdresses.  In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm II honored the former Hanoverian units by allowing them to once more display their battle honors (bandeaux) on their headdresses. The gesture was warmly received by these regiments/Bataillons, as it distinguished them from other Prussian line-units.
The pickelhaube’s leather body is in excellent condition, overall.  It has an unusual, matte-black finish that I see every once in a while.  This finish’s benefit is that it provides an impeccable background that highlights the wappen and other helmet sections.  The wappen is an absolute jewel.  (My eyes constantly are drawn to it as I write this description). The wappen’s finish sports a fine frosted effect, EXCEPT for the “FR” located below the crown and “Koenig.”  It remains quite bright even though the helmet has not been cleaned for decades.  It lights up like a headlight piercing the darkness.  All of the other furniture is gilt-toned, including  the chin scales, spike, trim,  officers stars, etc.  The exterior’s final details are the two officers kokarden, one for the state of Prussia and the other for the Reich.
Its interior boasts a fine brown leather sweatband in good condition. A gold silk liner is attached to it.  Stamped on one half of the liner is “101597-1.” [I believe it is simply an inventory number, probably for a European museum.   Such marks are quite common. I obtained the helmet from a longtime German collector.  I know for a fact that he does not mark his helmets in this manner].  We see three things under the silk liner. First, all of the original hardware is in place. Second, NO double holes appear where the wappen is attached. Finally,  we see the number “56.”  This is its size, which is a bit larger than average. [I find the most common size to be “54.” “56" is at the beginning of significantly larger sizes.  When one reaches “59" or above, it is VERY large.  Over the years, I have seen two helmets that were over “60.”  One was for a regimental commander and the other was for a general].
This is an exceptional pickelhaube from Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr 73. You will have to look long and hard to find a better officer’s pickelhaube from this regiment.  While it is NOT an inexpensive helmet, its amazing condition and elegant details justify the price. 
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04-612 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74, NR 77, NR 78, NR 164, OR NR 165 OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. This is a wonderful officer’s pickelhaube that could have been worn by one of FIVE Prussian Infanterie-Regiments: 1. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74, 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 77, 3. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 78, 4. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 164, or 5. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 165. The regiments originally were from the Kingdom of Hannover. Each was formed in 1813 and fought with Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The five regiments were absorbed into the Prussian Army after the Kingdom of Hannover’s defeat in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Kaiser Wilhelm restored the Hanoverian regiments’ battle honors in 1897, including the bandeaux worn on the various regiments that had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Some had fought only at Waterloo (such as these five regiments). Others also had fought on the Peninsula Campaign in Spain and/or Portugal.
The helmet’s leather body exhibits some minor spidering, although no major faults affect the body. It displays very well. All of its furniture is gilt-toned and a bit subdued, with the exception of the chin scales. The wappen carries the Waterloo bandeau that identifies it as a former Hanoverian regiment and Battle of Waterloo participant. The Reich and state’s kokarden are present. Inside the pickelhaube is a fine leather sweatband that has seen mild use. Its creme-colored silk liner shows some shredding. No double holes appear inside the helmet. All of the original hardware is present. Penciled in is its size, "57," which makes the helmet larger than average.  Overall, it is a very fine example of a hard-to-find spiked helmet. $4,995.00

 

 

 

 

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04-557 One-Year-Volunteer Grenadier-Regiment w/FRW Wappen Pickelhaube - Prussia. This is a One-Year-Volunteer Pickelhaube for a line-Grenadier-Regiment that displayed the FRW wappen.  A total of eight Grenadier-Regiments could have worn a wappen similar to this at various times up to 1913. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr's 2, Nr 3, Nr 5, Nr 6, Nr 8, Nr 10, Nr 11, and Nr 12. As this pickelhaube has state and Reich’s kokarden, rather than the single state kokarde used prior to 1897, we can eliminate Grenadier-Regiment Nr’s 2 and 8. They shifted to the newer style Grenadier wappen prior to 1897. Historically, we can reduce the number of regiments that wore this to SIX. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3 (founded in 1685), Nr 5 (founded in 1689), Nr 6 (founded in 1772), Nr 10 (founded in 1808), Nr 11 (founded in 1808), and Nr 12 (founded in 1813). Whew! As you can see, these were very old and elite regiments. All fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian War under Prussian leadership.
The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with only minor scuffing. All of the furniture is gilt, including the chin scales, wappen, spike, trim, etc. As this is a One-Year-Volunteer's Pickelhaube, many of the features are pure officers quality. This includes the early Grenadier-style wappen with the FRW center. The older-style Grenadier wappens also have an eagle with folded wings, rather than the later style where the eagle had outspread wings. The pearl ring, trim, and spike are all officers-level items. Only the lack of officers stars and the enlisted man’s kokarden indicate that this is NOT an officer’s helmet. The two kokarden for state and Reich are attached. Inside the helmet is a pure, officer’s-quality, leather sweatband and silk liner. Underneath the silk liner we see all of the original hardware. No double holes appear where the wappen is attached. We also see that the helmet is marked as a size 57 ½.  This is an incredibly clean spiked helmet that dates from the period of 1897-1913. $5,995.00     

 

 

 

 

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04-541 M-1871 ENLISTED MEN/NCO’S PICKELHAUBE - 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - PRUSSIA.  In 1842, Prussia introduced a spiked helmet that was initially used by both Infanterie and Artillerie regiments. The Artillerie switched to a kugel (ball) on the top of their helmets. It remained this way as long as the Prussian Army used pickelhauben and kugelhelme. Over the next forty years, other German states phased in the pickelhaube. Bavaria was the last to do so, in 1886. Early pickelhauben share many of the same features we find in the M-1897 helmets. Over the years, however, a number of refinements were made. In particular, the helmets’ heights were reduced until the final evolution in 1891/1897.
Today we are offering an enlisted men/NCO’s M-1871 pickelhaube from 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. This was a very elite regiment. It was founded in 1813 and garrisoned in Berlin. (All Garde-Regiments were stationed in the Berlin area, with many located in Potsdam, which today is a Berlin suburb). Like all Garde-Regiments, it was assigned to the Gardekorps. The helmet’s leather body is in good condition. It does not show the cracking and dryness that can come in one-hundred-plus-year-old leather. It does reveal some shrinkage on the front and rear visors, which is quite common even in later helmets. The helmet is still a lot taller then an M-1897, but not nearly as tall as the original M-1842. Its front and rear visors are longer than later models. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, with the exception of a silver Garde Star. The helmet has a lovely set of chin scales. They are flat and made of fine brass. The wappen’s eagle is also attractively struck. The helmet’s spike unscrews. It is consistent in height with other earlier pickelhauben.
During this era only a single state’s kokarde (in this case, Prussia’s) was worn on pickelhauben. Reich’s kokarden were not officially used until after 1897. The state’s kokarde is seen on the helmet’s right side, where the Reich’s kokarde later appeared. After 1897, the state’s kokarde was switched to the helmet’s left side. Inside, we find a normal enlisted men/NCO’s leather liner. All of the tongues are present, but the sizing cord is not. The wappen is secured with screws and nuts (no double holes show where the wappen has been installed).  A nut secures the helmet's back trim.  The screw and washer are present, but the nut is not. Inside the front visor on the brass trim is stamped "G. Scholz Nachf." It is a very attractive helmet in fine condition, even after 130+ years.
The spiked helmet comes from a longtime German collector. It was previously owned for 30+ years. $4,495.00

 

 

 

 

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04-533 ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S LANDWEHR-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 25 M-1871 PICKELHAUBE. This is a smart-looking, enlisted men/NCO’s M-1871 pickelhaube from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. As an M-1871 helmet, the body is a bit taller than later M-1897's. Also, the front and rear visors are a bit longer than the later models. A number of refinements took place over the ensuing fifty years after the pickelhaube’s 1842 Prussian Army debut. The leather body’s condition is exceptional. One could examine HUNDREDS of M-1897 helmets and not find one in such superb condition. It is a textbook example of superiority. Its condition is picture book-worthy! All of the helmet’s furniture is highly-detailed gilt brass. Its wappen features a large Reserve Cross centered in an eagle’s chest. The cross displays the phrase "Mitt Gott für König und Vaterland." [This is the correct manner for the phrase’s display on a reservist’s helmet. An active-duty solider or officer’s helmet would display the phrase directly on the wappen]. The chin scales are stunning. They have full leather behind them. A single Prussian state kokarde appears on the right side. At this point in history, pickelhauben were not yet displaying the Reich’s kokarde. Thus, a single kokarde on a helmet like this is 100% correct. The spike atop the helmet is not detachable.
Inside the helmet is a complete leather liner. All of its tongues are present, but the sizing cord is not. Double depot-marks appear on the extended rear visor. They indicate the helmet came from Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 25. Marks for 1881 are also present. The rear visor’s opposite side is labeled size "57." (In metric sizing for the period, the helmet’s size was considered average or a little bit over). The front visor’s brass trim is stamped for its manufacturer, "Clemen." All of the correct hardware is present. The wappen is mounted with a screw and nut, rather than the simple leather thong inserted through loops more commonly used with M-1897 and M-1915 pickelhauben.
You could search for years before you would find as fine a spiked helmet as this. $3,195.00

 

 

 

 

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04-696 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S LINE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. This is an exceptional privately-purchased One-Year-Volunteer’s Line Infanterie-Regiment pickelhaube. As frequent visitors to our website are aware, the normal enlistment period in the Imperial German Army was for two years. After that, soldiers were assigned to the Landwehr, which involved a yearly call up to duty (very similar to the USA’s National Guard). In addition to the required two-year enlistment, a one year enlistment program was available, whose soldiers were referred to as One-Year-Volunteers (OYV’s). Many differences existed between the two programs, with certain requirements and expectations for OYV’s. Whereas men serving under the two-year program were issued all their uniform items from the Army depots (including their headgear), were provided with barracks to sleep in, and ate their meals at the Army’s mess halls, an OYV was expected to entirely pay his own way. He purchased his own uniforms and personal gear, was expected to pay for all his other expenses.
Consequently, men who opted for this program often came from families that could afford the required expenses. Typically, they also were better educated, often having attended universities. When they completed their one year’s service, they entered the reserves. They often attained NCO status very early, or even more often were given officer’s status and promoted to Leutnants der Reserve. During WW I, many young OYV’s were thrust into platoon and company commander positions due to the great attrition of soldiers serving at this level with their troops at the front.
A One-Year-Volunteer’s pickelhaube is quite a find because it contains many of an officer’s finer features. Since OYV’s numbers were far less than those of officers, an OYV’s pickelhaube is a real "sleeper." Like officers’ pickelhauben, the OYV’s helmets were privately-purchased, rendering them of a much higher quality than other enlisted men’s depot-issued pieces. In addition, OYV’s were rewarded with more flexibility among their uniforms and headdress items as a tribute to the program under which they had joined the Army (or Navy). OYV’s usually frequented the same military effects shops as did officers, purchasing their gear with the necessary modifications to distinguish it from that belonging to enlisted men AND officers. The OYV’s pickelhauben had to sport at least one exterior feature differing from officers’ helmets.
This helmet displays a fine leather body. Its condition is exceptional. The only defect is some spidering, which is neither severe nor unusual with one-hundred-PLUS-year-old leather. Its quality is exceptional, and far superior to depot-issued (and frequently RE-issued) helmets. All of the furniture is superb prewar quality brass. [PLEASE NOTE one small detail: the brass trim on the helmet’s back is officers-style rather than enlisted men’s]. The helmet sports gorgeous brass chin scales. The highly-detailed, NCO’s-quality
wappen features a closed crown rather than an open (voided) officers’ crown. NCO/enlisted men’s bolts instead of officers’ stars appear at the top. A pearl ring is present above the cruciform, which is a mark of an officer’s helmet. Its spike is quite tall for a Prussian helmet. [Interestingly, the spike does not detach as would an officer’s].
The pickelhaube’s final intriguing exterior features are its kokarden. At first glance, the Prussian and the Reich’s kokarden would appear to be at the officers’ level. Instead, they actually signify an NCO’s rank! So, our man attained at least an Unteroffizier’s rank during his one year of active duty. I learned this small but very important detail from Jim Turinetti, our good friend and resident headdress expert. An officer’s kokarde displays THREE circular bands inside it, an NCO’s sports only TWO. This is an important distinction that many collectors overlook, including me until Jim educated me.
[Speaking of education, I urge you to check out Jim’s books on our
Headdress Nr 3 Merchandise Page (click here to see). These fine English-language books cover all types of Imperial German Headdress, from pickelhauben to kugelhelme, busbies to tschapkas, from Schirmmützen and mützen to tschakos. NO better set of books exists on the market, particularly in English. Jim has published them in a useful spiral bound format that helps him keep his costs very reasonable. The info they provide will help keep collectors from making expensive mistakes. These are a MUST for your collecting library! You can order the books on "his" page directly from him. I want to make sure that Jim receives every penny for his considerable efforts producing these fine works. We stay out of the ordering process. His books are helpful, educational, and beautiful. Buy one and you will want them all]!
The helmet’s interior reveals no depot marks on the back visor. We see a fine brown leather sweatband that shows only moderate use. Attached to that sweatband is a simply beautiful blue silk liner. The silk watermarks are really attention-getting as well as gorgeous. This is one of the most handsome silk liners that I have ever seen. It is in exceptional condition.  NO double holes appear under the silk liner where the wappen is attached. All of the original hardware is present. The helmet is 100% original and in fine condition.

This is a "keeper" for any collection. I simply love the blue silk liner on this helmet. Not only are OYV helmets scarcer, but they are less expensive than officers’ helmets. $1,695.00

 

 

 

 

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04-529 M-1915 KÜRAßIER ENLISTED MAN'S HELMET - XIV. ARMEEKORPS PROTOTYPE. This is an interesting helmet that presents a bit of a puzzle. As we examine it, we can see that it is an M-1915 Küraßier’s helmet, suitable for Küraßier-Regiment von Seydlitz (Magdeburgisches) Nr 7 or Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8. These are the only two Küraßier-Regiments sporting silver-toned helmets with a darkened brass or bronze finish on their wappens.
Essentially, this helmet is unissued. It shows the wear of years on its surface. I would venture that it has not been cleaned in decades, if ever. It features the large Küraßier’s kokarden for state and Reich. It also has an original, leather chinstrap. The spike is painted gray. It is removable. Inside the helmet is a green-painted front visor and a black-painted rear visor. The standard, enlisted men’s, leather-tongue liner is in place. All of the tongues are in place, but the sizing thong is missing. The inside of the helmet is marked "C. E. Juncker 1915." The wappen is held in place by two small pieces of leather, which was very typical for enlisted helmets. Now comes the mystery. Attached on the helmet’s right side is a tag measuring 2 1/2" x 2" It marks the helmet as a prototype. I have seen these tags before. Usually, they have been for the War Ministry. This one is stamped "Kriegs-Bekleidungsamt des XIV. Armeekorps." The tag is dated 25 August 1915. What is even more curious -- neither of these regiments were assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps prior to the beginning of WW I! As a matter of fact, NO Küraßier-Regiments were assigned to this Armeekorps.
This spiked helmet is all original and very handsome. It is as fine an example of an M-1915 wartime production Küraßier’s helmet as you will ever find.
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04-452  RESERVE PIONIER OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. This is a Reserve Pionier Bataillon Officer’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Prussia.  The helmet’s leather body is a little rougher than we prefer.  We purchased it for two reasons.  First, it is unusual to find this particular helmet for a member of the Reserves.  Second, we were able to acquire it for a VERY interesting price (as you will discover at the end of our description). The helmet reveals substantial cracking, and in one place, a piece of the leather is missing. If you can overlook its faults, however, the helmet is MORE than fairly-priced and constitutes a major bargain.  Pionier pickelhauben are far more scarce than Infanterie examples (Prussia fielded twenty-three Pionier Bataillons).  The fact that it is for a Reserve Officer makes it all the more attractive.  Pionier pickelhauben are easily identifiable compared to Infanterie.  Whereas Infanterie spiked helmets have all-brass furniture, Pionier examples boast silver-toned wappens, spike, trim, and so on, only their chin scales and officers stars are gilt-toned.  This helmet’s silver-toned wappen displays a brass Reserve Officer’s cross that features the date “1813.”  The correct state (Prussia) and Reich officer’s kokarden are in place.
The helmet’s interior features a well used, brown-leather sweatband.  Its silk liner is also quite well used, with shredding on its surface.   A fair amount of perspiration stains are also present.  We have NO doubt that the helmet has seen significant use!  Under the silk liner we see all of the original hardware, and no double holes where the wappen is mounted. If this helmet were more in line condition-wise with what we generally offer you, it would easily be double the price. Thus, this pickelhaube is a remarkable value. $2295.00

 

 

 

 

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04-621 PIONIER-BATAILLON LINE-OFFICER PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. This is a first-rate Prussian Pionier (Engineer) Line-Bataillon officer’s pickelhaube. The helmet would be correct for Bataillon Nr’s 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 20, or 30. [Prussian Bataillon Nr’s 1, 3, and 10 displayed a slightly different wappen]. (One Garde-Pionier-Bataillon also existed). For those of you unfamiliar with the term "Pionier," these men were the German Army’s engineers. Their primary function was building bridges and other forms of military construction. Inquiring minds want to know, "How does one distinguish a Pionier Pickelhaube from, say, an Infanterie Pickelhaube?"
That is an excellent question! To answer, one starts with a rounded front visor, the same as that found on an Infanterie helmet. Next, the wappen, cruciform, trim, and the spike are silver-toned. The chin scales (they are flat, as are Infanterie scales) and officer’s stars are gilt. An Infanterie Pickelhaube has all gilt furniture. So, the silver wappen, spike, and trim are major giveaways. We can safely identify our helmet as belonging to a engineer rather than an infantryman. I want to point out that the helmet’s condition is exceptional. Its leather body is just gorgeous. All of the furniture, whether silver or gilt, is magnificent. As a matter of fact, pay special attention to the wappen and the hardware’s other silver pieces. All have a marvelous patina. The toning is first-rate. The correct Prussian and Reich’s kokarden are present. The helmet has been well cared for by its previous owners. The next owner of such a piece of history has an obligation to continue the same care in displaying and owning this pickelhaube. Its interior is equally pristine. It sports a fine leather sweatband and a complete light-brown or tan silk liner. Under the liner, we can see that the helmet is marked a size "56." We can also see that all the original hardware is correct and properly in place.
Overall, this spiked helmet is 100% original and in superb condition. Finding a PIONIER helmet in such pristine condition is not easy, since far fewer Pionier Bataillons existed than did Infanterie regiments. $4,295.00

 

 

 

 

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04-672 BEAMTE OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA. This is a Beamte (a military or non military official) officer’s pickelhaube. The helmet has a leather body that exhibits some wear in the form of limited cracking. Also, some settling of the pickelhaube’s crown can be seen in the accompanying photographs. All of the helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, cruciform, trim, and spike, is silver. Only the officers’ stars are gold. It is interesting to note that the spike is fixed to the cruciform, and is not removable (usually it CAN be removed). Also please note that the chin scales are vaulted, which often signifies a cavalry regiment rather than an infantry regiment’s flat chin scales. The silver, Prussian wappen features a gold-toned Beamte Eagle directly below the "FR.". (The Eagle confirms that the officer was a Beamte). The exterior’s final details are the officer’s state and reich’s kokarden in place behind the posts that also secure the chin scales.
The interior presents a brown, leather sweatband secured to a rust-colored, silk liner. The liner exhibits some wear in the form of minor shredding, which is quite common on many pickelhauben that have been worn. All of the original hardware is present under the silk liner, with no double holes, meaning the wappen is original to the helmet. Finally, the size, "56 3/4" is marked on the leather liner. [It is on the large side for a pickelhaube. We generally see them in the "54-55" range. Anything above 56 is uncommon].
This is an attractive, original helmet in every respect. $2,195.00

 

 

 

 

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04-431 OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE – MILITARY ADMINISTRATION - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine example of an officer’s pickelhaube for a member of the Prussian Army’s Military Administration. The spiked helmet’s leather body finish is quite handsome. Some settling appears where the cruciform is attached at the helmet’s top. This happens occasionally due to the cruciform, spike, and et cetera’s weight settling into the leather body. Most collectors do not consider this a major problem, but, I wanted to mention it. It is depicted in greater detail in our attached photos.
The pickelhaube has a squared visor. At first glance, one might think it comes from a Dragoner-Regiment. I made this mistake until I was recently advised by a very experienced researcher from the U.K. that such was NOT the case. [We send our sincere thanks to GJ for the correction]! I also mistakenly identified the pickelhaube as being for a Dragoner-Regiment’s veterinarian. We always strive to give you a correct description. In many ways, the correction reveals that our helmet is even MORE desirable to collectors.

The broad category of "Military Administration" contains several different specialties to which this helmet could belong. Our expert identified several possible positions, which we have listed below.

 

*Technical Official from the War Ministry
*Military Intendance Official
*Military Justice Official
*Official of the General Staff
*Military Construction Official
*Senior Technical Official of the Military Institute
*Apothecary Official

 

Typically, these positions were NOT at the Regimental level. If they were for the General Staff, these officials were assigned to duties in Berlin. The other functions might also have been in Berlin, although some might have been employed at the Armeekorps level prior to the beginning of WW I (when the latter was the highest military formation within the Imperial German Army.
All of the furniture is silver with the exception of the four gilt officers’ stars. The helmet has a high-caliber wappen with a luscious, frosted finish. An official’s small, gilt, eagle has been attached to the wappen. The other silvered furniture is exquisitely appealing, with superb chin scales (all the leather behind the chin scales is present), cruciform, pearl ring, and a sharp-looking spike. The officer’s state and Reich’s kokarden are present as well. Inside, a leather sweatband shows moderate use. It also boasts a light-green silk liner in splendid condition. All the original hardware is present under that liner, with NO double holes where the wappen is attached.

This is a seldom-seen variety of pickelhaube in fine original condition. $2,695.00
 

 

At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].

 

 

 

 

 

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04-394 MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE - UNITED STATES. This is another of the very popular miniature pickelhauben. This example is made of a silver-toned metal. It is not a typical metal helmet (not designed for a küraßier, GdC, etc.). The detail is good enough to reveal it is an American spiked helmet. It measures 2" x 1 1/4" x 1 3/8." Along with the silver-toned exterior comes a gilt-toned wappen, cruciform, and spike. [Initially I identified this as a Prussian pickelhaube. One of my favorite people in the world (and a sharp-eyed bugger to boot) advised me that I had erred describing it. He told me it was in fact a pickelhaube from the United States! I pulled it back out, and had a look. He is 100% correct. The cruciform is different, as is the eagle, of course. The latter is vastly different from those that appear on Prussian pickelhauben. In the last quarter of the 19th Century pickelhauben became very popular with the armies of the world. This was also true here in the U.S. where our army also adopted the pickelhaube. Thanks for clearing up the confusion, Roberto]!$125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-705 SAXONY - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - FÄHNRICH. The Imperial German Army had a rank for which the USA does NOT have an equivalent known as a "Fähnrich." The best way to describe the rank is that it indicated an officer’s candidate or cadet. It ranked above a Senior NCO (Feldwebel), but below the rank of Leutnant (equivalent to the U.S. Army’s 2nd Lieutenant). In Napoleonic times, the same position was referred to as an "Ensign" by the British, even though it had nothing to do with the navy!
This brief explanation allows to begin our description of a Saxon line-infantry regiment Fähnrich’s spiked helmet. [One notable difference exists between this helmet and that belonging to an officer ranking as a Leutnant (or above), which we will address later in this description].
Our helmet possesses a particularly delightful leather body that is smooth, clean, and supple, just like a baby’s bottom! The helmet has had the best of care from every family member or collector who has owned it before it came to us. [To maintain your helmet in the best possible condition, apply a high-quality leather conditioner at least twice a year. Doing so more often is perfectly fine, as it helps keep its leather body moist. A lack of moisture causes the leather to dry out and crack. Using a leather conditioner on ALL of your leather goods will contribute to a longer life of your collectible].
All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The wappen consists of a brass sunburst with Saxony’s silver-toned Coat-of-Arms in its center. We can tell that this is an officer’s wappen because the crown is open (voided). Non officer’s wappens sport closed crowns (this is true for every Imperial German state). Examine those crowns, boys and girls, and you will quickly see that you have an officer, a Fähnrich, or a One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV’s) helmet.
All of these brass fittings simply glow. Its removable spike is the ultra-tall Saxon officer’s spike. The helmet also sports a pearl ring just below the spike. Its only NON-officer detail is the lack of officers’ stars. Instead, the helmet displays NCO-style studs. Its officers’ theme even extends to the Officers’ Saxon-pattern Reich’s and State’s kokarden. Five Imperial German states (Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Württemberg, and Saxony) employed this particular kokarde pattern instead of the usual Prussian one.
The helmet’s interior features a moderately-used, dark-brown, leather sweatband and a rust-colored silk liner. The liner has seen more use and wear than the sweatband, exhibiting evidence of perspiration. The barest signs of shredding/running are also visible. Under the silk liner we see NO evidence of double holes, and all of its original hardware is present. Its front visor boasts a small label with a number on it. [The latter leads me to surmise that the helmet once belonged to a larger collection and this was its identification number within the collection].
This is an elegant pickelhaube that has been well cared for during the last one-hundred-plus years. [I personally find this spiked helmet more intriguing than an officer’s helmet. The number of Fähnrichs within the Imperial German Army was limited compared to officers and NCO’s]. You will be hard-pressed to find many pickelhauben in such excellent condition, regardless of the rank or regiment represented!
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At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-680 SAXONY - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - RESERVE SENIOR NCO. This is a marvelous Saxon line-infantry regiment Senior NCO’s pickelhaube. Its fine leather body is of the highest-quality and condition. All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The latter features a brass sunburst inset with a reserve cross on a silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms. We can tell that this is not an officer’s wappen because the crown is closed, not open. The brass chin scales’ superior quality and condition are extremely impressive, as is the non removable spike (shorter than the ordinarily tall Saxon spikes). The rear brass fitting is not flush against the leather body, which causes it to stand out just a bit.
The exterior’s final features are lovely Officers’ Saxon-pattern Reich’s and State’s kokarden. Five Imperial German states (Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Württemberg, and Saxony) employed this particular kokarde pattern instead of the usual Prussian pattern.
The helmet’s interior displays a moderately-used dark-brown leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner. The liner has seen more use and wear than the sweatband, exhibiting evidence of perspiration. The barest signs of shredding/running are also visible. Under the silk liner we see NO evidence of double holes. Nearly all of the original hardware is present, although one of the four clips at the top is missing. The latter does NOT affect the helmet’s integrity (that is why four of the clips are in place). This is a rock-solid, high-quality pickelhaube in first-rate condition. The fact that it is a reserve Senior NCO example makes it all the more attractive. It is a true value based on what you are receiving!
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At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-695 PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LINE-INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE - SAXONY. This is a very fine Line-Infanterie Regiment pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Saxony. In addition its excellent condition, the helmet was privately-purchased rather than issued by a military depot. Its leather body is in absolutely remarkable condition: smooth, supple, essentially problem-free. All of the helmet’s furniture is made of brass, except for the silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms. It is mounted on a brass starburst to form the helmet’s wappen. [Please note: the helmet’s spike is permanently attached]. A brass and leather chinstrap is connected, as are the correct (green and white) Saxon and Reich’s (red, black, and white) kokarden.
The helmet’s interior is equally attractive. The back visor displays NO depot marks, confirming that it was privately-purchased. Although we have described it as an enlisted man/NCO’s pickelhaube, its private-purchase status suggests an outside possibility that it belonged to a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV). Its superior condition could be attributed to the situation wherein an OYV’s promotion to the rank of Leutnant der Reserve required that he purchase an officer’s pickelhaube, effectively "retiring" this helmet. It is doubtful that our offering spent much (if any) time in the trenches, so my supposition could account for its fantastic condition.
The interior also boasts the typical enlisted man/NCO’s leather liner. Nine leather tongues are attached to the outside liner. Each tongue has holes punched in it, allowing a leather thong to be strung through all nine to "size" the liner to fit its wearer. Not only are all nine tongues complete and intact, the original leather sizing thong is present. Again, this speaks to the helmet’s marvelous condition. All too often the liner is damaged or deteriorating from age. The liner looks exactly as it did when purchased more than one-hundred-years ago.
The interior’s final revelation appears where the wappen is attached via clips inserted through the helmet’s leather body. All the clips AND the short leather pieces inserted through them are still attached, meaning 100% of the original interior is still in place!
This amazingly complete, high-quality pickelhaube is in stunningly untouched and original condition.
$1,695.00

 

 

 

 

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Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

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04-637 ENLISTED MEN’S 6. THÜRINGISCHES INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95 PICKELHAUBE- SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA. While we generally prefer to offer officers’ helmets, we will make exceptions. One of our exceptions is for an enlisted men’s helmet from a state that fielded a single regiment. This very fine enlisted men’s pickelhaube from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’s 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 95 exactly fits the bill. The regiment was raised in 1807. Its three Bataillons were located in different cities: Bataillon Nr 1 was in Gotha, Bataillon Nr 2 was in Hildburghausen, and Bataillon Nr 3 was in Coburg. The regiment was attached to the XI. Armeekorps, along with other Saxon regiments.
Although a couple of small areas on the helmet’s leather reveal some minor scrapes and depressions, the exterior is in astoundingly good condition for a one-hundred-plus years-old enlisted men’s helmet. The helmet appears to have been privately-purchased, as I can detect NO depot markings. This fact also speaks to its condition, as a single owner would have taken much better care of his possession than a series of depot-assignees. All the furniture is gilt, with the exception of the crowned, Saxon Coat-of-Arms appearing in the wappen’s center. The Coat-of-Arms is placed on what I refer to as a sunburst design. Both the sunburst and the Coat-of-Arms are silver. If you peek under the sunburst, you will note the word "Fürst" rather than "König." Otherwise, the wappen looks like a standard Prussian emblem, except for its telltale, Saxon "Fürst." The spike is NOT removable on this helmet. The state and Reich’s kokarden are properly in place. We also see an excellent, original, leather chinstrap with prewar brass fittings.
The helmet’s interior is every bit as attractive as its exterior. As previously mentioned, I see no marks on the rear visor that would indicate a regimentally-issued helmet. The enlisted men’s leather sweatband is present and complete, with all its tongues in place. The liner’s sizing thong is NOT in attendance. The wappen is held in place with a simple leather thong that slides through its hoop. One of the thongs is not present. The other leather piece keeps the wappen secure, so it is not a major problem.
This is a fine enlisted men’s spiked helmet. It would make a fine companion piece if you already have an officer helmet for the regiment. Whether as a companion piece or a standalone, it is a fantastic piece of headdress. $1,895.00
 

 

 

 

 

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Saxe-Weimar

 

Infanterie

 

04-179 OFFICER'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 PICKELHAUBE - SAXE-WEIMAR. This is a very rare officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. This duchy raised only one Infanterie Regiment, which was officially designated as Infanterie Großherzog von Sachsen (5. Thüringisches) Nr 94. The regiment was raised in 1762, making it one of the older regiments in the German army. This helmet, in addition to being very scarce, is also in fine condition.
The helmet's leather is in very good shape and retains a good finish. While the wappen and chin scales are gilt, the other fittings (with the exception of the gilt officers stars) are silver.  The spike exhibits a lot of tarnish. The wappen appears to be a standard Prussian officer’s, until you look in the center of the eagle’s chest and you see the device of Saxe-Weimar. The original state and Reich's kokarden are both in place.
The interior of the helmet shows very light wear to the leather sweatband and has a very unusual silk liner. We can also see under the liner that this is size "57" (a bit larger than normal) helmet. Overall, it is a very delightful example of this uncommon spiked helmet.
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Württemberg

 

Infanterie

 

04-635 INFANTERIE LINE-REGIMENT OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE - WÜRTTEMBERG. Today we are offering a fine example of an Infanterie line-regiment officer’s pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Württemberg. This is a fine pre war example that would be appropriate for Infanterie-Regiment Nr’s 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, and 180. These eight regiments were among the ten Württemberg Infanterie regiments that existed prior to the big military expansion just before WW I.
The helmet’s body is quite handsome, with a fine exterior finish. The leather is well-maintained, quite supple, and relatively problem-free. The left rear quarter shows one inch-long scratch. [Also, please note that its front visor is squared, which is quite unusual for an Infanterie helmet. Only Bavaria shared this trait]. All of the furniture is gilt, including the trim, wappen, chin scales, spike, officers’ stars, etc. The state and Reich’s kokarden are present. Inside the helmet we find a fine leather sweatband, and a complete silk liner. The liner is light-copper in color. It is of the smooth variety (not seen as often as ribbed silk), which is complete but show some "running." All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner, with no signs of double holes where the wappen is attached.
This is a well-put-together, very complete spiked helmet. Finding one this original and in such good condition is getting harder and harder. $4,795.00

 

 

 

 

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04-734 WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - INFANTERIE - RESERVE OFFICER. Today we share with you a spiked helmet for a reserve officer in a Württemberg line-infantry regiment. It sports a very high quality leather body in above-average condition. It has a few minor flaws, but no major issues. As is correct for Württemberg helmets, the front visor is squared (similar to those found on its next-door neighbor Bavaria’s helmets). As with Bavarian pickelhauben, it displays a large cruciform rather than Prussia’s smaller style. The larger cruciform causes some settling to the helmet’s crown, which is perfectly normal in a helmet that is more than one-hundred-years-old.
All of its fittings are gilt, including the wappen, chin scales (flat), cruciform, officers’ stars, spike, and trim. The reserve officer’s cross is silver-toned for contrast. The correct state and Reich’s kokarden are in place.
The pickelhaube’s interior is equally handsome. The light-brown leather sweatband is in place and has seen mild use. The silk liner is an unusual brown silk. All of the original hardware appears underneath the silk liner. Furthermore, no double holes are present. This is a fine helmet that would make a worthy addition to your collection. $3,995.00   

 

 

 

At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880's until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works,
Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-647 WÜRTTEMBERG ARMY ZAHLMEISTER PICKELHAUBE. The Zahlmeister (Paymaster) played an important role in every regiment. These officers and assistants handled the regiment’s payroll functions. A special box was entrusted to the Zahlmeister and his assistants, so that they could count out each regiment member’s pay on the appropriate day. Each man received his due, based on his rank and time in service.
The helmet’s leather body sports a fine finish, overall. Some light spidering shows on one of the helmet’s rear quarters, but is of little consequence to the helmet’s overall condition. It sports the squared-front-visor traditional to Württemberg officers’ helmets. The helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, the cruciform, the (rounded) chin scales, the spike, and the trim, is all silver-toned. The wappen is especially handsome, with a fine, frosted-silver finish. The cruciform’s, pearl ring’s, and spike’s patinas are especially handsome. The officers’ stars, however, are gold (normal for a Zahlmeister’s pickelhaube, to show contrast).
Inside the helmet, instead of a silk liner, we find the leather liner more commonly found on enlisted men/NCO’s liner. This spiked helmet is in excellent condition, with all its leather tongues present and the sizing thong attached. It is a lovely helmet, in amazing condition. $2,695.00

 

 

 

 

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Kavallerie

 

 

04-372 OFFICER PICKELHAUBE FOR DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 25 - WÜRTTEMBERG. We are very pleased to be able to offer a fine example of an officer’s pickelhaube that would have been correct for Württemberg Dragoner-Regiment Nr 25. This was one of two dragoon regiments in the Kingdom of Württemberg’s army. This regiment was raised in 1813 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg.
The helmet has a pleasing leather body and the squared front visor typical for a dragoon regiment. The wappen and furniture for this helmet are silver, except for the officer’s stars and the chin scales, which are gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome, with a frosted finish and gentle toning. Württemberg’s Lion and Stag stand out most handsomely on this wappen, with the Württemberg Coat-of-Arms between them. The silver of the cruciform and spike are very attractive, with a superb patina. Both the state and Reich’s kokarden are present. The Württemberg kokarde is quite similar in style, if not in color, to the Saxon kokarde. [ I particularly admire the helmet’s chin scales as they are set against the other silver fittings. They seem to jump out at the observer].
Inside a gently-used leather sweatband and a green silk liner appear. Under the liner we see that this is a size "57" helmet. All of the fittings are in lovely condition under the silk liner, with no extra holes for the wappen’s installation.
This is a very pleasing example of a difficult-to-find spiked helmet for a well known regiment.
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Canvas Covers - Pickelhauben

 

 

04-336 WHITE CANVAS PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM COVER FOR OFFICER SERVING AS MILITARY MANEUVERS UMPIRE. Canvas covers for pickelhauben, kugelhelme, etc. are always a popular accessory. The white cover is for either a kugelhelm or a pickelhaube.  It is different in that it was constructed to allow the ball or spike to protrude through the cover; leaving that portion of the helmet exposed. It was designed this way, and is neatly finished. It is not a matter of somebody snipping off the pouch that would have housed the kugel or spike. The white covers were used by umpires during military maneuvers.  I have offered a variety of standard helmet covers in the past, even some with a wide red stripe. The latter were used by officers. The red stripe made it easier for their own men to see them when they were issuing orders. The white covers were to immediately identify the umpires who made decisions on the proceedings during maneuvers. I saw photos of these men, who also wore colored armbands to further identify them. The photos I saw were from the 1903 period, but I would expect these were used prior to and certainly after that date as well. The cover is identical in construction in every way to a conventional kugelhelm cover, with the exception of its white color. This is a very rare accessory, and a picturesque touch for you helmet collectors who want something a little different! This will fit a spiked helmet properly. I just have not taken the time for these photos to fit it completely on the helmet. $495.00

 

 

 

 

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04-590 XRP PROTECTIVE COVER - PICKELHAUBE. This is a consignment item. It is a canvas protective cover for a pickelhaube. A pickelhaube cover was useful for two reasons (the same being true for any headdress cover used in the field). First, it protected the helmet from foul weather. Snow, rain, and mud was not good for a helmet’s exterior. In fact, such items could easily be called "foul weather covers." The other reason is that they served to protect their wearers from enemy fire during combat. Early in the war, brass wappens provided excellent targets for enemy snipers. In 1915, wappens were produced with a subdued or gray finish to keep the bright brass from glinting in sunlight. (The introduction of the M-1916 Stahlhelm in 1916 eliminated the problem). The cover’s exterior and interior are in very fine condition. It would make a fine accessory for any spiked helmet. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

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04-652 OFFICER’S CANVAS PICKELHAUBE COVER. The canvas covers worn on pickelhauben were pre WW I items that initially were used on helmets to protect them from foul weather in the field. As the war progressed, they were used not only to protect the helmets from foul weather, but to hide the pickelhauben’s bright and shiny state wappens, which provided excellent targets for enemy snipers. As the army expanded and more soldiers entered the field, the M-1915 pickelhaube came into use. Their wappens were subdued (more gray in color) to solve the problem. In 1916, the first of the M-1916 stahlhelme were introduced. The pickelhaube was removed from field service and were only worn at home for parades, etc. Today we are offering an interesting officer’s foul-weather canvas cover for a spiked helmet. Its exterior is the normal gray. When one looks inside, however, one spies a red stripe encircling it. This indicated it was worn by an officer who was acting as an umpire during Field Maneuvers. Along its inside rim, a manufacturer’s stamping is visible, although it is very faint. This type of cover is actually quite scarce, and it is in very solid condition. $275.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Imperial Russian Garde du Corps Helmet

 

 

04-730 XRH RUSSIA - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GARDE du CORPS HELMET. This is a consignment item. As a rule, we rarely stray from offering Imperial German artifacts on our website. This is one of those times when an item deserves to be shared with you.
Our offering today is a Russian Empire Garde du Corps trooper's (enlisted man/NCO’s) helmet. As was the case with the Prussians, the Imperial Russian Garde du Corps (GduC) served as the Tsar’s personal guard. The Russian GduC consisted of two regiments: Preobrazhensky and Semonovsky. Their wappen was a silvered eight-pointed starburst that featured an enamel, double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle with the Cross of St. Andrew in its center, surrounded by a Russian inscription in gold Cyrillic lettering that translates as "For Faith and Loyalty." The helmet is topped by a large, crowned, silver-toned, House of Romanov (founded in 1613), double-headed Imperial Russian Eagle. The Eagle’s chest sports a shield bearing a depiction of St. George slaying a dragon. The helmet’s front visor is lined in black velvet. This helmet-style was introduced in 1846 and saw service until 1914. [The lobster-tailed helmet is similar in appearance to the Prussian GduC’s gold-toned, Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets].

 

 

 

The helmet’s correct and original chin scales are present. The wearer's right side sports a large gold, red, and blue kokarde that is similar in style to those used by Württemberg, Saxony, Hesse-Darmstadt, and Baden. It is far different from the Prussian pattern and, in my opinion, more elegant. The helmet’s exterior displays some minor dimpling in perhaps three or four places. These are in NO way detractive to the helmet’s overall appearance. The large detailed Eagle and crown are silver toned. The rear visor sports three different levels in the "Lobstertail" style also favored by the Imperial German GduC and Küraßier Regiments, originally intended to protect their wearers’ necks from sword slashes.

 

 

The helmet’s interior features a liner in the style typically used for Prussian enlisted men’s helmets, i.e., multiple leather tongues (ALL present) strung together by a leather thong that allowed its wearers to adjust the liner according to their head sizes and/or comfort-levels.
This helmet is extremely difficult-to-find. We are pleased to offer it here for your pleasure and consideration.
$10,995.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helmet Front Plates (Wappens)

Occasionally I am able to locate a small hoard of the front plates (wappens) worn on various types of Imperial German headgear, including pickelhauben, busbies, and tschakos. While they are important for completing the various types of headgear, wappens are wonderful collectibles by themselves. 
Also, they are far less expensive than the headgear items.

 

 

 

04-492 XWB ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S FELDGRAU WAPPEN - DRAGONER-REGIMENT. This is a consignment piece. It is a wartime feldgrau or subdued, painted wappen for an enlisted man serving in a Dragoner-Regiment. It is in very fine condition. Both of the clips on the reverse are present. $175.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-594 RESERVE OFFICER’S WAPPEN - LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT - SAXONY. This two-piece wappen is suitable for an officer’s spiked helmet  in a Saxon Reserve line-infantry regiment. The wappen measures 4 ½" x 4 ½." It features a gilt sunburst with the Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms in its center. Please note its open (voided) crown, which is indicative of an officer. No nuts exist for the posts that are on the reverse and placed through the leather body’s holes. The wappen’s overall condition is excellent. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-526 ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S M-1871 INFANTERIE PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted men/NCO's spiked helmet wappen from a Prussian M-1871 Infanterie-Regiment. The wappen is in very fine condition. Both screwposts with which it is attached to a helmet are present on its reverse.  It measures 5 " x 4 ½."  $395.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-598 PREWAR ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S WAPPEN - INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT. This is a fine pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s brass wappen. It was used on a Prussian Regiment’s pickelhaube or kugelhelm. Please note that it has a closed crown, which confirms its non officers’ status. Both screw posts are present. It is a very fine example. $275.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-599 ENLISTED MAN/NCO'S M-1915 WAPPEN - INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE REGIMENT. This is a fine enlisted man/NCO’s M-1915 wappen. It was used on a Prussian Infanterie or Artillerie Regiment’s pickelhaube or kugelhelm. [Please note the wappen’s wartime subdued gray exterior instead of the prewar brass. It provided a soldier more protection from enemy snipers than did shiny, sunlight-reflecting brass. A further aid against foul weather and sniper fire was a protective canvas cover. Soldiers who served in Artillerie Regiments (kept to the rear) were not in as much danger from snipers as were Infanterie soldiers in the front trenches]. The wappen displays a closed crown, which confirms its non officers’ status. The screw posts are not present. It is a very fine example.
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04-600 PRE WW I OFFICER LINE-INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN - PRUSSIA. This is an officer’s wappen from a pre WW I Prussian Infanterie or Artillerie Regiment. The wappen has a fine brass finish, along with the open or voided crown indicating it is an officer’s wappen. Both screw posts are attached to the wappen’s rear. $325.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-602 ENLISTED MAN/NCO M-1915 INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN - PRUSSIA. This is an M-1915 Prussian NCO/enlisted man’s wappen. With the onset of WW I, all brass wappens were retired, and M-1915 wappens were introduced in their place. They featured a gray-painted (subdued) finish to better protect the men in the trenches from snipers, etc. On the reverse are the simple loops that passed through a pickelhaube or kugelhelm’s holes. A small bit of leather was then be inserted through the loop to keep it in place. It was simple, yet effective. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-733 XLO PRUSSIA - WAPPEN - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN/NCO. This is a consignment item. It is a pre war brass wappen for a Prussian pickelhaube. It is in very fine condition, with the original clips in place on the reverse. While it is primarily used on a pickelhaube, it could be used on other forms of Prussian Headdress such as a kugelhelm or a shako. $150.00   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-603 PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO INFANTERIE/ARTILLERIE WAPPEN - SAXONY. This is a fine pre WW I enlisted man/NCO’s brass wappen from a line-infantry or artillery regiment. The wappen’s sunburst is gilt. The Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms is silver-toned. On the reverse are the simple loops that passed through a pickelhaube or kugelhelm’s holes. A small bit of leather was then be inserted through the loop to keep it in place. It was simple, yet effective. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-601 PRE WW I ENLISTED MEN/NCO'S PIONIER-Bataillon PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN  - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted men/NCO’s silver-toned wappen from a Prussian Pionier-Bataillon. This would have been correct for a spiked helmet. It is a very handsome pre war example. Both screw posts are attached to the wappen’s rear. $275.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-606 OFFICER'S LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - SAXONY. This two-piece wappen is suitable for an officer’s spiked helmet  in a Saxon line-infantry regiment. The wappen measures 4 ½" x 4 ½." It features a gilt sunburst with the Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms in its center. Please note the open or voided crown that is indicative of an officer. No nuts exist for the posts that are on the reverse and which are placed through the leather body’s holes. The wappen’s overall condition is excellent. $425.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-655 ENLISTED MEN’S TSCHAKO WAPPEN - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted men’s wappen. It is from Prussia and sports a fine gilt finish on its pre war brass plate. On the reverse we see a pair of clips that enable it to be fitted to a tschako. The wappen is in very fine condition, overall. $125.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-657 ENLISTED MEN'S LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT OR LINE ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM WAPPEN - SAXONY. This is a pre war brass wappen for an enlisted men's pickelhaube (spiked helmet) in a line Infanterie regiment or for a kugelhelm Artillerie regiment from the Kingdom of Saxony. The silver Saxon Coat-of-Arms is set against a gilt-toned sunburst. Its reverse sports twin posts by which it can be it can be attached to a helmet. $150.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-658 OFFICER PICKELHAUBE WAPPEN - BAVARIA. This is a prewar brass wappen for a Bavarian pickelhaube. It has a fine brass finish that displays a handsome patina. On the reverse, it features its original attachment clips. $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-661 LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE OR LINE-ARTILLERIE-KUGELHELM WAPPEN - SAXONY. This is an Saxon officer’s wappen that was correct for either an Infanterie spiked helmet or a kugelhelm for an Artillerie regiment. A silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms appears within a wreath of oak leaves. The coat-of-arms is topped by a silver-toned, voided crown. This device is set on a gilt-toned sunburst. Two screws are soldered on its reverse. $175.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-693 CROSS FOR RESERVE OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE, KUGELHELM, ETC. - PRUSSIA. This is a reserve officer’s cross that was worn in the center of the eagle’s chest on a Prussian wappen. The brass cross measures 1 ½" x 1 ½." It is stamped and vaulted as well. The top arm displays "Mit Gott." The cross’s center sports "Für König und Vaterland," while the cross’s bottom features the date 1813 for the Napoleonic Wars. The cross is in very good condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-560 STORAGE/TRANSPORT CASE - PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM - W/SPECIAL PARADE EPAULETTES SECTION. This is perhaps the most interesting storage/transport case that we have ever offered. It is far different from the standard pyramid-shaped (i.e., wider at the bottom and narrower at the top) pickelhaube case. THIS case is cylindrical, standing 15" tall and measuring 12" in diameter. All of its leather exterior straps are present. As a matter of fact, the straps are what make the case so unusual. TWO different straps secure its two halves together. The first is a conventional strap that is cinched up by a buckle at its end. The other strap has a metal end that is locked into second metal attachment. Unfortunately, the small key that would lock it has been lost to history. A tag is present at the top that I believe lists its original owner’s name. [That said, I am unable to decipher the information].
The case’s interior presents something that is very curious. At first blush, it appears to be a pedestal upon which the pickelhaube or kugelhelm would rest. Upon closer examination, however, we discover that the "pedestal" has a removable lid that reveals an interior that is handsomely-lined with red cotton material! It immediately becomes obvious that a pair of epaulettes was once housed in it. A ribbon is present to tie the epaulettes in place during transportation (similar ties appear in epaulette storage boxes for the same purpose).
This is a rather unique storage/transport box that offers the additional function of storing epaulettes. I have never seen another box like this, especially in such excellent condition. All the leather straps and buckles are in place. It offers amazing way to store/display your pickelhaube/kugelhelm along with a pair of epaulettes.
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04-727 XRH PICKELHAUBE PARADE BUSH AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE. This is a consignment. It is a fine pickelhaube storage case that houses the helmet’s parade bush and trichter when they are not in use.  The case measures 13" in height and 5" in diameter. The cardboard container features a black leatherette exterior. Its exterior shows some scuffing, but remains structurally sound. $295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-641 SMALL PICKELHAUBE OR KUGELHELM STORAGE CASE. This is the smallest pickelhaube case that we see. It is for an officer’s spiked helmet, or his kugelhelm. The case stands 10" tall. The handle is present, as are the straps with which to secure it. One of the securing hardware pieces is missing. The case was produced by a firm in Berlin. It is a good, solid storage case. $250.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04-716 XRH SMALL PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM STORAGE CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a small black leatherette helmet carrying case in excellent condition. Both the carrying strap and its securing hardware are intact. Its exterior is stamped "452 Bayreuth 2." [Bayreuth, located in Bavaria, is world-famous for its yearly festivals featuring the operas of Richard Wagner]. The case stands 10 ½" tall and measures 11" across the base. $250.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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