PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – WITH SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU
The 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß was the most elite infantry regiment in the Prussian and German army. They along with the Regiment des Garde du Corps were the pride of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Today we offer a first rate officer pickelhaube for the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Any spike helmet for this regiment is a prize, but one with the Semper Talis bandeau is a step ahead as we will discuss a bit later.
1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß was founded in 1688. It was garrisoned in Potsdam along with the most elite of the Garde-Regiments including the Regiment des Garde du Corps (GdC). While the GdC was more showy being a cavalry regiment and wearing the shiny gold toned helmets with the massive Prussian Eagle mounted atop, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß was even more elite. All Hohenzollern princes were entered into the regiment at a young age. Aside from Kaiser Wilhelm who was the Regimental Chef the senior prince was Prinz Heinrich, the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who held the rank of Generaloberst in the Rank of Generalfeldmarschall. In all there were TWENTY-FIVE+ royals and nobles in the regiment, far more than the GdC.
Overall the leather body or skull is in pleasing condition. There is some minor spidering to the leather and one small loss of leather much smaller than a dime. All of the furniture is silver. The magnificent Grenadier style wappen is beautifully frosted which is a nice touch. This wappen reaches all the way back to the kokarden. With its size it is among the most handsome of wappens that there is. Directly above the Eagle we see an equally frosted “Semper Talis” bandeau. Only one Bataillone in the regiment carried this bandeau along with regimental staff officers.
All furniture is silver with one of the other unique points of this helmet is the fluted spike. In Prussia the only other use for a fluted spike was on a General’s helmet. Mounted on the silver wappen is a silver toned sunburst. In the center is the multi colored enamel (Which is in excellent condition.) Garde star along with the Latin motto “Suum Cuique.” This sunburst and Garde star stand out more than on many 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß pickelhauben. The final detail to the exterior is the correct officer State and Reich kokarden.
Inside the helmet we see a brown leather sweatband which shows moderate wear and a cream colored silk liner which shows extensive use and is partially detached from the sweatband. There is a metal button which says the size which is on the small side at 55 ½. Under the silk liner we see a aper label that confirms this size. We also see all of the original hardware and there are NO double holes. This pickelhaube comes to us from a German collector who has owned it for more than forty years. It is a gorgeous, untouched, and 100% original spike helmet.