Authentic World War I Imperial German Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet Real Antique
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Authentic World War I Imperial German Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet Real Antique:
The 1915Pickelhaube Imperial German Spiked Helmet!
One Of The Most Sought OutTreasures From The World War I Battle Fields!
Note: There has"not"been any touch-up paintingto this antique.
"The Helmet's Superb ConditionIs Authentic & Untouched!"
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The Pickelhaube (plural Pickelhauben; from the old German Pickel, "point" and Haube,”headgear") was a spiked helmet worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by the German military, firefighters, and police officers. The Pickelhaube was originally designed in 1842 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and perhaps as a copy of similar helmets, that were adopted at the same time by the Russian military.
The basic Pickelhaube was made of hardened (boiled) leather, given a glossy-black finish, and reinforced with metal trim (usually plated with gold or silver for officers), that included a metal spike at the crown. Aside from the spiked crown, perhaps the most recognizable feature of the Pickelhaube was the ornamental front plate which denoted the regiment's province or state. The most common plate design consisted of a large, spread-winged eagle, the emblem used by Prussia.
All helmets produced for the infantry before and during1914 were made of leather. As the war progressed, Germany's leather stockpiles dwindled. After extensive imports from South America, particularly Argentina, the German government thenbegan producing ersatz Pickelhauben made of other materials. In 1915, some Pickelhauben began to be made from thin sheet steel. However, the German high command needed to produce an even greater number of helmets, leading to the usage of pressurized felt and even paper to construct thePickelhauben in 1915.
Such is the case in the construction of this helmetthat is currently included in the photos and for sale. Inside the helmet is the date of1915 along withthe number 53 which is believed to be ahelmet size (53 cm.= 65/8inchesU.S.A. measurement). An unreadable stamp marking also exists inside the helmet, but only the second word is readable which isBerlin (possibly the city ofthe manufacturer). The inside measurement from ear to ear is approximately 6 inches, and appears to have been worn by a youthenlisted soldier, due to the small size of the helmet itself.
During the early months of World War I, it was soon discovered that the Pickelhaube did not measure up to the demanding conditions of trench warfare. The leather helmets offered virtually no protection against shell fragments and shrapnel, and the conspicuous spike made its wearer a target. These shortcomings, combined with material shortages, led to the introduction of the simplified model in1915, with a detachable spike.Later that year,it was ordered that the new helmets were to be worn without spikes, when servingin the front lines.