BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT
This is a line infantry regiment officer’s pickelhaube. 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 pickelhaube for an officer from one of these line-regiments. The leather body is in excellent condition with very minor signs of ageing. 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. I would like to mention that this spike helmet has an interesting non Prussian kokarde which I find to be quite elegant. The Reich kokarde is of the Prussian pattern and shows the contrast of the two styles.
Inside the helmet is a brown, leather sweatband in very fine condition. Attached to that is a green (is it green or a gold) silk liner. It has a far finer weave of the silk than we see in many silk liners. I find this pattern to be more elegant.
Under the liner, we see that the wappen is attached with the two normal holes. There are no extra holes.
ALL of the correct and original hardware for this pickelhaube are in place. Thus we have a completely original spike helmet for the Duchy of Baden in excellent condition. You’ll pay a lot more for a pickelhaube in similar condition.