Saxony – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. Leib-Grenasier – Rgt NR 100 – With Parade Bush
The Imperial German Army had several elite Infanterie Regiments that were considered the crème de la crème infantry contingents that they fielded. Other elite regiments that also boasted unique pickelhauben are listed below.
Prussia – 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß.
Braunschweig – Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92.
Baden – 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109.
Hesse-Darmstadt – Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches ) Nr 115.
Württemberg – Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr 119.
Bavaria – Infanterie-Leib-Regiment.
The subject of our offering today is a fine Offizier’s Königl. Sächs 1. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 Pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Saxony. While perhaps not as showy as some of the other pickelhauben that display enamel highlights, this pickelhaube is very different in an understated and elegant way. The high-quality spiked helmet’s leather body is in very fine condition. Its leather is quite handsome and supple. The wappen consists of a silver sunburst with Saxony’s golden Coat-of-Arms in its center. It is the opposite of Saxon Line-Regiments’ golden sunburst against a silver Coat-of-Arms. Also, ALL of its furniture is silver, where a Line-Regiments is gold, including the correct flat chin scales for Infanterie Pickelhauben, the spike base, the officers’ stars, trim, and so on.
The helmet comes with a straight, silver trichter to which a full and beautiful parade bush has been mounted. The bush is VERY full. We curry-combed it a bit so that it just flows over all the helmet’s four sides. The final details to the helmet’s exterior are the Saxon-pattern State’s and Reich’s kokarden. [In my opinion, these kokarden (which are also used by Hesse-Darmstadt, Württemberg, and Baden) are more elegant than the Prussian pattern].
The helmet’s interior sports a lightly-used brown leather sweatband. The latter also boasts unusual white cross stitching at its upper end. Attached to that sweatband is a rust-colored, ribbed-silk liner. A couple of small “wear” spots appear on the silk liner. All of the correct hardware is present, with NO double holes where the wappen is mounted. This is an honest and original helmet that is in first-rate condition.