PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – OFFICER – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 4
This is a spike helmet for an officer in Grenadier Regiment 4 in the 1911 – 1914 period. Officially it was known as Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich der Große (3. Ostpreußches) Nr 4. This regiment was founded in 1626 and was garrisoned at Rastenberg in East Prussia, where it was attached to the Prussian I. Armeekorp. . The helmet originally took the Heraldic Eagle with the shorter wings and FWR on its breast. A large banner above the eagle inscribed with the number “1626 was awarded by AKO on 6 Nov 1888, to commemorate the date that the regiment was activated. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4 was the oldest regiment in the Imperial Army, and the Kaiser chose to honor the unit with the addition of its activation date on its helmet plate. The short winged style plate was worn until 1 May 1911 when it was replaced with the wide winged Grenadier Eagle shown on this helmet. The Grenadier Eagle, first came into service in 1898 and replaced the Heraldic Eagle for the Grenadier Regiments. The Grenadier Eagle faces the eagle’s right and has a very wide wing span. The sword in its right talon has a curved, Reverse “S” hilt, and the scepter in its left talon has a pine cone like device at the top. The motto banner bears the inscription “MIT GOTT FUR KOENIG UND VATERLAND” (With God for King and Fatherland)This plate is often incorrectly referred to as the “Guard Eagle without the star”, but it is in fact unique and different from the Guard Eagle without the star. A close comparison between the two eagles reveals subtle differences between the two plates. The sword handles are different, Reverse “S” vs/ Bow Tie; the devices on the tops of the scepters are different, pine cone vs. small guard eagle: and the tail feathers on Grenadier Eagle are solid between the talons holding the sword and scepter, while the tail feathers on Guard Eagle do not entirely fill the spaces. We have seen many instances of Grenadier Eagles with Bow Tie sword handles instead of the Curved Handles. I think that these were either early models of the Grenadier Eagle or jeweler’s interpretations.
The helmet is very solid with no major imperfections. All of the furniture is correct and there are no additional holes. The interior is very clean with no tears or blemishes on the silk. On a rating scale of 1 to 3 Where 1 is a bit rough with some scratches and dents to 3 which is pristine condition, almost new, I would rate this helmet a solid 2.5. This is the FIRST type of this pickelhaube that we have ever been able to offer you.