Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – Grenadier Rgt Zu Pferde Von Derfflinger (NEUMÄRKISCHES) NR 3
It is also one of the rarer Dragoner-Regiment Pickelhauben that you will ever see. The regiment, while a Dragoner-Regiment, was officially known as Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde [a Grenadier Horse Regiment] Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3. The regiment was raised in 1703 and garrisoned at Bromberg, where it was attached to the Prussian II. Armeekorps.
The Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3 Pickelhaube’s leather body is generally above-average in condition. Some blemishes are present, but are not detractive to its overall condition. The helmet boasts a squared front visor, a further indication that it belongs to a Dragoner-Regiment. All of the furniture is silver, with the exception of the brass officers’ stars and brass chin scales. The wappen’s eagle has its wings so widespread that the tips reach the kokarden on either side. The helmet attachments that secure these kokarden are quite unique in that they resemble the grenade/flaming bomb insignia sported by Imperial German Artillerie Regiments. NO other Dragoner-Regiment displays them. The correct State’s and Reich’s Kokarden are secured under these attachments.
The Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3 Pickelhaube’s interior features an original leather sweatband that has seen service. A very handsome green silk liner with an interesting watermark is attached to it. All of the original hardware is present underneath that silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen is attached.
This is a complete and original Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3 Pickelhaube. The helmet is VERY difficult-to-find. This is the first that has come across my desk.