BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ
This is an Enlisted Man pickelhaube from Bavaria. It is of the ersatz variety and instead of leather the body is made of felt.
As Germany went to war, leather was in short supply with the need of belts, rifle slings, ammunition boxes, etc. So as an interim substitute it was deemed necessary to resort to alternate materials.
This is most likely an early war example as the furniture to include the wappen, base, spike, and trim is brass. Later the furniture was subdued gray metal. In 1916 the pickelhaube was replaced by the M-1916 stalhelm.
The felt of the body is in excellent condition. As good as I have seen on this type of helmet. The correct Reich and state kokarden are in place and a lovely original brown leather chin strap is in place.
Looking at the interior, we see that all of the leather tongues are in place. The sizing thong is not in place. We see the initials “K.M.” are on the front visor. There are some moth nips on both the front and back visors.
This is a really nice example and we seldom see Bavarian ersatz pickelhauben.
This is a consignment item.