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    SKU: 04-621

    $4,295.00 $3,436.00

    This is a first-rate Prussian Pionier (Engineer) Line-Bataillon officer’s pickelhaube. The helmet would be correct for Bataillon Nr’s 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 20, or 30. [Prussian Bataillon Nr’s 1, 3, and 10 displayed a slightly different wappen]. (One Garde-Pionier-Bataillon also existed). For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Pionier,” these men were the German Army’s engineers. Their primary function was building bridges and other forms of military construction. Inquiring minds want to know, “How does one distinguish a Pionier Pickelhaube from, say, an Infanterie Pickelhaube?”

    That is an excellent question! To answer, one starts with a rounded front visor, the same as that found on an Infanterie helmet. Next, the wappen, cruciform, trim, and the spike are silver-toned. The chin scales (they are flat, as are Infanterie scales) and officer’s stars are gilt. An Infanterie Pickelhaube has all gilt furniture. So, the silver wappen, spike, and trim are major giveaways. We can safely identify our helmet as belonging to a engineer rather than an infantryman. I want to point out that the helmet’s condition is exceptional. Its leather body is just gorgeous. All of the furniture, whether silver or gilt, is magnificent. As a matter of fact, pay special attention to the wappen and the hardware’s other silver pieces. All have a marvelous patina. The toning is first-rate. The correct Prussian and Reich’s kokarden are present. The helmet has been well cared for by its previous owners. The next owner of such a piece of history has an obligation to continue the same care in displaying and owning this pickelhaube. Its interior is equally pristine. It sports a fine leather sweatband and a complete light-brown or tan silk liner. Under the liner, we can see that the helmet is marked a size “56.” We can also see that all the original hardware is correct and properly in place.

    Overall, this spiked helmet is 100% original and in superb condition. Finding a PIONIER helmet in such pristine condition is not easy, since far fewer Pionier Bataillons existed than did Infanterie regiments.

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    SKU: 04-742 XJT

    $19,995.00 $13,500.00

    This amazing pickelhaube ensemble is a consignment item. It comes to us from two very special collections. It originally hailed from one of Europe’s premiere collections, and now has been consigned to DRM by the USA’s leading (in my opinion) pickelhauben collector. The helmet has become surplus to the gentleman’s needs, so he has entrusted us to find it a new home!…..

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    SKU: 04-761 XKA

    $4,395.00 $3,735.75

    Today we are offering you a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, Garde zu Fuß-Regiment, or Garde Train-Abteilung. The helmet, which features all-brass fittings was correct for nine different Garde-Regiments AND the Garde-Train Abteilung. The correct units are listed below.

    Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1
    Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2
    Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3
    Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4
    Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5

    2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland
    Garde-Train Abteilung

    The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with a nominal amount of spidering to its surface. It exhibits NO dings or other issues and rates well above average. As previously mentioned, all of its furniture is brass (gilt), including the wappen, chin scales, base, trim, pearl ring, officers’ stars, and tall, elegant spike.
    The Garde wappen is one of the most beautiful of Imperial Germany’s wappens. Its massive eagle with its outspread wings is an impressive sight. The eagle’s wingtips extend all the way to the officers’ State and Reich’s kokarden on either side of the helmet. [That is a VERY wide eagle]! The Garde wappen’s beauty is even further advanced by the fabulous Garde Star located within the central silver sunburst on the eagle’s chest. The Garde Star boasts a black Hohenzollern Eagle within an enamel center, highlighted by multicolored enamel accents and its Latin motto. This helmet’s emblem is in perfect shape, with no cracks or chips to its enamel.
    The helmet’s interior reveals a light-brown leather sweatband that remains in good condition. A creme-colored, ribbed, silk liner is attached to the sweatband. It also is in excellent condition, with no rips, tears, or running of the material. 100% of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen attaches to the leather body.
    This is a very fine example of a Prussian Garde helmet which is in top condition. It is also reasonably priced.

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    SKU: 04-747 XKA

    $6,995.00 $6,295.50

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria: an officer’s pickelhaube from the very elite Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7, with its parade bush. The regiment was founded in 1797. It was garrisoned at Liegnitz (now Legnica, Poland) and attached to Prussia’s V. Armeekorps. Its Regimental Chef was none other than Prussia’s König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I. [The regiment was founded the same year, 1797, as Wilhelm I was born, the importance of which we will share with you shortly].
    The helmet’s leather body is most appealing. Its only flaw shows up on the helmet’s right rear three-quarters, where two small gouges appear very close to one another. They are not overly noticeable, because the parade bush masks the small flaw quite well, unless the bush is lifted up for inspection. Its wappen features a very attractive Grenadier-style eagle whose outspread wings extend greatly from its body (in direct contrast to a Line-Infanterie-Regiment’s closed-wing eagle). This wappen-style was used not only on Grenadiers’ helmets but for the various Garde-Regiments. The eagle’s wings extend almost to the kokarden’s midpoint.

    The Grenadier-style wappen is only part of what makes this helmet so special. Near the eagle’s base it sports a wonderful bandeau that proclaims “22 März 1797,” König Wilhelm I’s birth date. [This bandeau was unique among other German helmets. Bandeaux typically were awarded as battle honors for major battles or campaigns in which a regiment had participated. During the Imperial Period, most bandeaux were worn by regiments whose battle honors had been restored to them in 1897 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Most of these regiments had been absorbed into the Prussian Army following the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The battle honors primarily dated from the Napoleonic Wars. Wilhelm II’s 1897 gesture allowed the regiments (including some from Hannover, Braunschweig, and Nassau) to regain some of their former states’ prestige. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 7, as well as Füsilier-Regiments Nr 34 and Nr 35 were the only regiments whose bandeaux celebrated monarchs (the two Füsilier-Regiments acknowledged the Swedish Queen)].
    All of the helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, etc., is gilt-toned. [PLEASE NOTE: Officer’s pickelhauben chin scales often are attached to the helmet by devices called rosettes. A special rosette boasting Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher was available as an option on this regiment’s helmet. It was the only regiment to be so honored, since it saluted the first Kaiser, along with a nod from his grandson Wilhelm II. This particular helmet does NOT have those rosettes. It remains ENTIRELY correct, despite the fact that many helmets in reference books sport the rosettes. Remember, the rosettes were an option and were NOT mandatory for Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7’s pickelhauben]! The helmet’s parade trichter is also gilt-toned, and sports a marvelous, soundly-attached, full, black bush. NO spike comes with the helmet, just the trichter and parade bush. The correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are attached.
    The helmet’s interior features a high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband, with an attached, ribbed, light-beige, silk liner. A couple of small tears appear on the silk liner, but no major damage. It is in much better condition than the major shredding we often find. The hardware is all original, with the exception of one nut that does not match. The latter securely fastens the helmet officers’ stars. What is most important, NO double holes are present where the wappen is attached.
    It is a fine pickelhaube in parade configuration from an elite regiment and would make an excellent addition to your collection. Its condition rates as very fine.

    At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
    The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880’s until around 1910.
    We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].

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    SKU: 04-791 XJT

    $7,995.00 $7,195.50

    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……


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    SKU: 04-760 XKGJT

    $8,495.00 $7,645.50

    One helmet that we are frequently asked about is the Prussian General Officer’s Parade Pickelhaube with the trichter and parade feathers rather than the service spike. To be honest, they do NOT appear very often. The General’s Pickelhaube with spike is rare enough, but a spiked helmet with its parade feathers and trichter, constitutes a stupendous find!…..

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    SKU: 04-715

    $14,995.00 $13,595.00

    This is a simply delicious 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß officer’s spiked helmet. The regiment was the most elite among Prussia’s and Germany’s Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned in Potsdam with its Kavallerie Regiment counterpart, the Regiment der Garde du Corps. The regiment was loaded with denizens of 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……

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    SKU: 04-827 XKGJT A

    $4,995.00 $4,150.00

    This is a fine officer pickelhaube from Grenadier-Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreußisches ) Nr 1. This elite regiment was founded in 1655 and was garrisoned at Königsberg i. Pr and was attached to the Prussian I. Armeekorp.
    The front plate (wappen) on this helmet is a variation of the basic wide winged Grenadier eagle with the addition of the historic banner “1655” on the hips of the Grenadier Eagle to commemorate the founding of Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 on 20 December 1655. The “1655” banner was first authorized for Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 for the Heraldic Eagle (small winged eagle) by AKO on 6 Nov 1888. When the eagle was changed to the Grenadier Eagle on 6 May 1900, the outstanding mention banner was moved from above the eagle’s head to the eagle’s hips. The eagle is found in only one size and was worn with a Reich and a Prussian Kockarde….

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    SKU: 12-856 XJT

    $120.00 $108.00

    This is the 1901 Rangliste that shows the various regiments from all of Imperial Germany, with the exception of Bavaria. The book is invaluable when researching regimental and officer material. I always keep a couple of these handy. You might wish to do so, as well…..

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    SKU: 33-110

    $1,595.00 $1,350.00

    This is a wonderful, pre WW I NCO’s visor cap from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. The regiment was formed in 1815. It was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde Korps. It is important to know that the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was among the four most important of the Küraßier-Regiments, along with the Regiment der Garde du Corps, Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1, and Küraßier-Regiment Königin Pommersches) Nr 2 (one of Kronprinz Wilhelm’s principal regiments). The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was the only other regiment, aside from the Regiment der Garde du Corps, that wore the massive Hohenzollern Eagle on its helmet for parade functions. This very famous regiment was filled with the flower of German nobility, as was its sister regiment, the Regiment der Garde du Corps.
    Our cap has a fine, white wool body. It features a single wide blue trim band, measuring 1 ¼” wide. A narrower band of blue piping encircles the top. NCO’s state and Reich’s kokarden are in place. Some widely scattered moth tracking appears on the exterior. Inside the cap is a leather sweatband in good condition. The silk liner sports a very elaborate, raised depiction of the Berlin cap manufacturer. The metal initial “J” is also set into the liner.
    This is a very rare visor cap in fine conditionPrice.

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    SKU: 23-523 XJT

    $250.00 $175.50

    This is a pair of Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I NCO or enlisted man’s shoulder straps. They sport the cypher “A” (for Alexander), a Roman numeral “I” between the A’s legs, and a crown above the “A.” They display a light grey-backing…..

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    SKU: 33-294

    $5,995.00 $4,796.00

    This is a Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 NCO’s tschako from a Hanoverian unit (originally, it was absorbed by Prussia in 1866). The Bataillon was formed in 1803, garrisoned at Goslar, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. [In the past, we have shared the Jäger-Bataillon’s role within the German Army. When it came to marksmanship, these Bataillons were (collectively) the German Army’s best. Most of them were formed in the mid 18th and early 19th centuries. Some of the very early Prussian Bataillone fought with Frederick the Great. All of them, and those formed during Friedrich Wilhelm III’s reign, fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Their role was to advance in front of their army’s main body. When possible, they engaged the opposing army’s officers and NCO’s, disrupting the opposition’s front-line command and control structure. As these men were the best shots, they were given early versions of rifles that boasted a greater range and accuracy than the front-line infantry regiments’ muskets]. While not a Prussian unit during the Napoleonic Wars, no one had a prouder record than the Kingdom of Hannover’s Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. In the Napoleonic Wars, Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 served in both the Peninsula Campaign and in June 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. At the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, Hannover’s territory and army were incorporated into Prussia’s victorious kingdom. This concluded Germany’s reorganization, leaving Prussia as the dominant power under Wilhelm I’s and von Bismarck’s leadership. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, Wilhelm I was named Germany’s first Kaiser. His grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, restored the former Hanoverian regiments’ (including Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10) Napoleonic battle honors in 1897, allowing them to display the Peninsula and Waterloo bandeaux on their headdresses once more.
    Our tschako’s leather body is in very fine condition. Its wappen, with its crowned eagle encircled by the Peninsula and Waterloo bandeaux, and its chin scales are gold-toned. As is correct, only the single Reich’s kokarde appears on its right side (from the wearer’s perspective). Inside the helmet, is a typical enlisted man. All of the liner’s leather tongues are in place, as is the original leather sizing thong.
    Returning to the tschako’s exterior, we see a correct Prussian in the front (this is where this example gets very interesting). Slipped into the same slit as the Feldzeichen is a parade bush’s trichter. The parade bush is red, which means it is for a musician or other personnel assigned to the Bataillon’s band. The parade bush and the gold trichter are in very fine condition. A little curry combing would help make the bush fuller again. You can now see that this is one of the rarest Jäger Bataillon tschakos that we could ever offer to you and it is in excellent condition overall.

    Our photo has mistakenly shown the parade bush and trichter installed backwards. That can easily be taken care of by turning it around.

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