Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – General
This is a fine Prussian General’s Pickelhaube that provides an intriguing contrast to the Prussian General à la Suite helmets. The helmet has great eye appeal, with a leather body (skull) that is in good condition, overall. It has a squared front visor rather than a rounded one, as is correct for a General Officer. One area on the right rear section does display some leather-loss. It is actually more of a crack that reveals the material underneath the leather. Another one to one and a half-inch spot appears on the opposite side. Some settling of the crown has occurred at the point where the cruciform is attached, which is a frequent occurrence on helmets that sport large cruciforms.
A number of other details make up for these minor flaws. All of the furniture is gilt-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, cruciform, officers’ stars, and, of course, the fluted, quite tall spike. The Grenadier-style wappen features the extra wide wings that extend to the kokarden’s midpoints on either side. In mentioning the latter, please note that the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are in place.
The interior reveals a brown leather sweatband that definitely has seen use, with signs of perspiration stains. The silk liner is smooth rather than ribbed in style. This smooth liner is not as common. I often find it on senior officers’ helmets such as our General, here. A rectangular rubber stamp appears on one half of the liner, with much of its information appearing to have been crossed out with black ink. It looks as though some of the info may have been about the manufacturer. It is also possible some information about its original owner has also been obliterated. The liner’s overall condition is near excellent, with just a hint of a spot where a hole has developed. All of the correct hardware is in place, with NO extra holes where the wappen has been attached to leather body. It is a fine example that is fairly priced.
This is a consignment item.