PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – GENERAL Á LA SUITE – ORIGINAL TRANSPORT CASE
The rank of General á la Suite was a most interesting position. In the German military there were two types of General. First there holding a tactical command from the Brigade, Division, Armeekorps, Armee, and Armee Gruppe. The second were á la Suite. These á la Suite were generally men of noble or royal birth but they held no tactical command. General á la Suite essentially held position at Court. These court positions were seen across the many Kingdoms, Duchies and Principalities. One should also know that the General á la Suite was a far rarer position than that of a line General.
During WW I in the Prussian army alone there were hundreds of Generals at any one time. This does not take in account deaths in action or from other causes. The reality is, the number of General á la Suite was much smaller and consequently these helmets are far rarer.
- BODY: Excellent black leather with minor spidering to the body. This is in no way is detractive to the overall all presentation. VISOR: Squared front visor which is indicative of a general officer
- FURNITURE: The primary furniture of the helmet is silver toned to include the wappen, cruciform, front visor trim, back strap, and fluted spike.
- CHIN SCALES: The chin scales and officer stars are a contrasting brass.
- KOKARDS: The correct officer state and Reich kokarden are present.
- SWEATBAND: Turning to the interior of the pickelhaube we find a light brown leather sweatband. There are minor touches of perspiration stains on it.
- SILKLINER: The silk liner is in perfect condition. It is also a light brown and of a weave that I have seldom seen.
Under the silk liner we see 100% of the original hardware. There are NO double holes.
- SIZE: Finally penciled in we see that this is a size “53″ helmet.
This is a consignment item that comes to us from the collection of a long time and highly experienced collector.