Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – 1st Garde Regiment zu Fus – Semper Talis Bandeau
The 1st Garde Regiment zu Fuß was the most elite infantry regiment in the Prussian and German army. It wdas garrisoned in Potsdam with its Kavallerie Regiment counterpart, the Regiment der Garde du Corps. The 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß was loaded with denizens from Imperial Germany’s highest royal and noble families. Every Hohenzollern Prinz was invested in it, including all of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons, just as the Kaiser himself had been as a young man. The Kaiser also served as its Regimental Chef (royal patron). The latter was a ceremonial post, since every regiment that possessed a royal patron actually was run on a daily basis by its true commander, typically an Oberst or Oberstleutnant. [Please remember that the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß also was notable as one of only two Prussian Infanterie Regiments to retain the Mitre as its headdress for high dress occasions. The Mitre had been the Infanterie’s preferred headdress prior to the pickelhaube’s introduction in 1842. After that date, all the other regiments switched to a combination of pickelhauben, schirmmützen and mützen for their headgear]. The addition of the “Semper Talis” Bandeau made this spike helmet for the most elite Bataillone in the regiment. This regiment also had four Bataillones instead of the typical three. That additional Bataillone was a training Bataillone in order to move trained men to the other three Bataillones as needed.
The condition of the leather body is impressive with but a spot or two to the leather body, not surprising in a helmet that is more than one hundred years old. The front visor is rounded as is correct for this type of pickelhaube.
The wappen shows some signs of age but the gold tone is certainly there. Placed in the center of the wappen we see the Garde Star which protrudes well forward. It’s enamel work is vibrant and unflawed. Above the crown of the Eagle we see the “Semper Talis” Bandeau. All of the furniture of the spike helmet is gold toned to include the wappen, flat chin scales, base for the tall fluted spike, (Another of the special features for this helmet.) Helmet trim, and officer stars. The final features of the exterior are the correct Reich and Prussian officer kokarden.
Turning to the interior, a leather sweat band which while showing use is still most attractive. Attached to the leather sweatband we see a complete and unmarred beige silk liner. Under the silk liner we see ALL of the original hardware. There are no extra holes where the wappen is attached by a single mounting screw.
This is an all original and untouched helmet which comes to us from the collection of a well-known collector. You may buy this helmet with complete confidence.
This is a consignment item.