PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ENLISTED MAN – KÜRASSIER-REGIMENT NR 2
Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was one of the most elite Kürassier regiments in the Prussian army. It was founded in 1717 and was garrisoned at Pasewalk where it was assigned to the Prussian II. Armeekorps. It’s regimental Chef (Chief) during the time of Kaiser Wilhelm II was his wife the Kaiser and Königin Augusta Viktoria. Their eldest son Crown Prince Wilhelm was also an officer in the regiment. This regiment won fame at the Battle of Hohenfriedberg which took place on 4 June 1745. In the battle the Prussian army soundly routed a combined army of Saxons and Austrians. After this battle King Frederick II of Prussia became known as “Frederick the Great”.
This spike helmet for an Enlisted Man has a silver metal exterior. It has an extended rear visor also known as a “Lobster Tail”. It has gilt trim and base for the spike. Its most important feature is the brass wappen. At the bottom of the wappen there is a bandeau which proclaims “Hohenfriedberg 4 Juni 1745″. The large chinscales are also brass. The oversized kokarden for the state and reich are present thus ensuring that this helmet is post 1897. The overall condition of the exterior is quite pleasing with a few small dimples.
Inside the helmet, we see a complete Enlisted Man leather liner. All tongues are present and the sizing thong is present. Stamped in the inside of the helmet we see “C. E. Juncker 1914″ (Yes, the same as the firm that produced Prussian pilot badges as they were a sales store that sold a complete line of military accouterments.) stamped. I see no depot markings, so this is most likely a private purchase.
This helmet comes to us from a very advanced collector and is a consignment item.