GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ENLISTED MAN – EARLY WAR – ERSATZ
This is a very fine example of a early war ersatz pickelhaube / spiked helmet. During the early months of WW I the construction of spike helmets was shifted from using leather (Leather had greater need in the production of belts, pouches, rifle slings, etc.) bodies to felt. These felt pickelhauben were referred to as “ersatz” or substitute.
This example has a fine exterior. Often we see these with extensive mothing. All of the furniture is made of brass. This is pre war style brass and not painted over. Chances are that in combat, this pickelhaube used a canvas foul weather cover and this would have helped to preserve the helmet. There is some settling in the area of the crown.
We see both the correct Reich and State kokarden at the see. The leather chinstrap is a reproduction. Turning to the interior