Today we are offering you a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, Garde zu Fuß-Regiment, or Garde Train-Abteilung. The helmet, which features all-brass fittings was correct for nine different Garde-Regiments AND the Garde-Train Abteilung. The correct units are listed below.
Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1
Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2
Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3
Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4
Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5
2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland
The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with a nominal amount of spidering to its surface. It exhibits NO dings or other issues and rates well above average. As previously mentioned, all of its furniture is brass (gilt), including the wappen, chin scales, base, trim, pearl ring, officers’ stars, and tall, elegant spike.
The Garde wappen is one of the most beautiful of Imperial Germany’s wappens. Its massive eagle with its outspread wings is an impressive sight. The eagle’s wingtips extend all the way to the officers’ State and Reich’s kokarden on either side of the helmet. [That is a VERY wide eagle]! The Garde wappen’s beauty is even further advanced by the fabulous Garde Star located within the central silver sunburst on the eagle’s chest. The Garde Star boasts a black Hohenzollern Eagle within an enamel center, highlighted by multicolored enamel accents and its Latin motto. This helmet’s emblem is in perfect shape, with no cracks or chips to its enamel.
The helmet’s interior reveals a light-brown leather sweatband that remains in good condition. A creme-colored, ribbed, silk liner is attached to the sweatband. It also is in excellent condition, with no rips, tears, or running of the material. 100% of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen attaches to the leather body.
This is a very fine example of a Prussian Garde helmet which is in top condition. It is also reasonably priced.
At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880’s until around 1910.
We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject, available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].