BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – RESERVE- WITH PARADE BUSH – INFANTRY REGIMENT NR 92 – BATTALION NR 1 AND NR 2
This is a most uncommon pickelhaube from the fabled Infanterie-Regiment Nr 2 from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The regiment was first formed in 1809 and fought in the Peninsula campaign. The Peninsula campaign took place in Spain and Portugal until 1814 until the Allies broke out of Spain and advanced into France to end the first Napoleonic War (1803-1814). The final phase of the Napoleon wars came in 1815 with the Battle of Waterloo which ended once and for all Napoleon’s dreams of domination. The famed British general the Duke of Wellington was in overall command during the Peninsula campaign and there were units from other German states including Hannover to which Braunschweig was a vassal state.
The leather body of this spiked helmet is in overall fine condition. The furniture for the most part is brass, which includes the chinscales, wappen, trichter, base, and trim. The silver portion is a sunburst which lies over the chest of the Eagle. In the center of the sunburst is the side view of a running horse. This represents Hannover. Below that we see the bandeau for “Peninsula.” This bandeau was granted by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1897. Superimposed over portions of the bandeau we see a reserve cross. This reserve cross differs from the more commonly seen Prussian reserve cross. One important thing to know is that this helmet which was used by Bataillone Nr 1 and Nr 2 was used from 1897-1912. Bataillone Nr 3 used the more commonly seen Totenkopf. From 1912 onward the entire regiment used the Totenkopf.
One other feature we would like to discuss on the wappen is the open crown. This is in fact an officer’s wappen. Under the terms of the One Year Volunteer program was that on headdress a man was required to have at least one part of his helmet to be non-officer. In this case the man used an officer wappen. But he also used enlisted man kokarden (For both the Reich and the State.) and non-officer lugs on the base as opposed to officer stars. The final detail to the exterior is a fine brass trichter and a black parade bush.
Turning to the interior of the helmet we see a lightly used dark brown sweat band. Attached to that is a mint white silk liner. Under the silk liner we see most importantly that there are NO double holes. Further we see that all of the original hardware is in place.
In conclusion this is a very fine One Year Volunteer spiked helmet to a very famous regiment. As a One Year Volunteer spike helmet this was a privately purchased item. This helmet would only have been in use from 1897-1912.
This is a consignment item.