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Authentic World War I Imperial German Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet Real Antique For Sale
The 1915Pickelhaube Imperial German Spiked
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.
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.
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Authentic World War I Imperial German Pickelhaube Spiked Helmet Real Antique: $6