Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – General A La Suite
This is a wonderfully conditioned spike helmet for a Prussian General a la Suité. In terms of numbers of generals of this type as opposed to line generals, there are fewer in numbers than those of line generals. Typically an officer who wore this helmet was an aide or an officer who did not have command responsibilities. Likely he was a royal or at the very least a high ranking noble who was a “part time” soldier.
While the leather body of this spike helmet is generally good, there are numerous flaws. Having said this there is no loss of leather or serious problems. In terms of rating a helmet on a one to four basis, this would be a solid number two. The front visor of the helmet is squared as is correct for any general officer.
Looking at the helmet straight on you will immediately be drawn to the silver toned wappen. It is in amazing condition and the detail is striking. This is so as the wappen is handsomely frosted. Line general’s had gilt wappens to differentiate from an a la Suité general. Attached to the center of the Eagle’s chest is a Garde Star that also attracts attention. The multi colored enamel is in excellent condition with no flaws at all. Aside from the silver wappen the helmet trim, cruciform, pearl ring, and ultra-tall fluted spike are also of silver. Only the chinscales and officer stars are made of brass. The final detail to the exterior of the helmet are the correct Prussian and Reich officer kokarden.
As we examine the interior, we see a well-used dark brown leather sweatband. By well use we mean there is evidence of perspiration and general use. The beige silk liner is complete and in fine condition. There is one small bit of a tear that is less than an inch in length. Under the silk liner we see all of the original hardware.
This is a complete, original, and untouched pickelhaube. It comes from the collection of a well-known and trusted collector. Buy in confidence. This is a consignment item.