PRUSSIA/HANNOVER – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKE HELMET – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 16
This spiked helmet is a fine example of an officer pickelhaube from 2. Hannoversches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 16. This regiment was a Hannoverian regiment which was founded in 1813 and saw action in the Napoleonic wars and extensively at Waterloo. After the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 Hannover was annexed by Prussia as was Braunschweig which was a vassal state of Hannover. The regiment was garrisoned at Lüneburg and was attached to the X. Armeekorps.
This spike helmet has a fine leather body or skull. The front visor is squared, as opposed to rounded, as is correct for Dragoner-Regiments. The wappen, cruciform, pearl ring, spike and front and rear visor trim is silver. The chin scales and officer stars are brass. Returning to the wappen across the face of the Eagle we see the “Waterloo” bandeau. This battle hono,r as were all of those for former Hannoverian regiments, was restored in 1897 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The State and Reich officer kokarden are present.
Turning to the interior we see a lightly used brown leather sweatband. Attached to this is a mint conditioned cream colored silk liner. Under the silk liner we see all of the original hardware. Most importantly we see that there are no double holes where the wappen is attached to the leather body.
This is a 100% original pickelhaube that is in excellent condition.
You will look for a long time to find a helmet in this condition!