COLONIAL – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – BEAMTE.
This may well be one of the rarest General Officer’s pickelhauben that we have ever offered. It is a highly-prized Colonial General/Beamte (Official) Pickelhaube. In the Imperial German Army those officers who held Beamte status often displayed a small eagle on their wappens to distinguish them from the line-military officers who held tactical or field responsibilities.
Our Colonial General/Beamte Pickelhaube’s exterior leather is in well-above-average condition. Some settling in the crown area is due to the weight of the helmet’s cruciform, which often appears in pickelhauben sporting heavier cruciforms, especially those from Bavaria. Its front visor is squared, as is correct for General Officer’s Pickelhauben. All of the helmet’s furniture is silver, including the chin scales, cruciform, wappen, spike and trim, with the exception of the brass officers’ stars. The helmet’s silver spike is beautifully fluted. [Fluted spikes are another indication that it is a true General Officer’s Pickelhaube].
The Colonial General/Beamte Pickelhaube’s gorgeous wappen is the real “star” of this helmet. As previously mentioned, the wappen is silver, and frosted silver at that. The helmet’s wappen displays a highly-detailed Hohenzollern Eagle. [Please pay special attention to the Eagle’s feathers. Their individual features are visible]! The Eagle is topped with a Hohenzollern Crown, whose miter flows down from it. A Beamte Shield enclosed within a Hohenzollern Kollar is centered on the Eagle’s chest. Twin Reich’s Kokarden complete the Pickelhaube’s exterior, which is correct for this helmet.
The Colonial General/Beamte Pickelhaube’s interior features a light-brown leather sweatband that is attached to a complete, beige, silk liner. The liner has two one-inch areas that reveal minor shredding or “running,” a frequent plague of aging silk. All of the original hardware is present underneath that silk liner, with NO double holes. Finally, a paper tag featuring a Hohenzollern Eagle, along with the term “Reich Colonial Amt” (Imperial Colonial Office) is pasted against the helmet interior surface.
We have no doubt that this is a complete and original helmet to a Colonial General Beamte Pickelhaube from 1900 to 1910. I am sure with some basic research that the identity of the owner can be determined, since only a limited number of men would have held this rank.