SAXONY – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – METAL BODY
This is an Enlisted man kugelhelm from the Kingdom of Saxony. The body of the helmet is made of metal. This makes it a transitional kugelhelm that was produced after the ersatz variety and before the M-1916 stalhelm. The metal helmet was thought to afford better protection from shrapnel that the leather or ersatz bodies did not. The black paint would rate excellent. It has a silver emblem with the Saxon coat of arms. This is superimposed on a brass sunburst. This is in fact a prewar wappen and not the subdued that was more commonly seen once the war began.
It has the correct Reich and State kokarden for an Enlisted Man. There is also an original leather chinstrap. Turning to the interior, we see the standard Enlisted Man leather sweat band. The leather of the sweatband is a bit brittle but all of the tongues are present. There is no leather sizing brand present.
There are no regimental or depot markings present. Metal helmets such as these were often produced by German toy makers. I might add that this is the FIRST Saxon metal helmet that we have ever offered. Prussian helmets are more commonly seen. This is a very fine example