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Pictured is an original WW I Prussian infantryman's helmet, otherwise known as a Pickelhaube, or spiked helmet. This type of helmet was originally designed in 1842, and continued to be manufactured until the closing months of WW I, with various design changes. The helmet is made from several sheets of leather, molded to form the shape of the helmet, and sealed with a glossy black finish. Every province or area had a different form of frontal plate. The most recognized feature of the helmet is the ornamental spike, which also served as a means of ventilation. This was removeable on some helmets, for this was easily seen by enemy troops, making the soldier an easy target for snipers. A helmet cover was made to fit over the helmet in order to better conceal the soldier. This is a late war helmet because the eagle and spike are painted grey. The helmet itself provided very little protection to the wearer. As the war progressed and leather was becoming scarce, a new steel helmet, the M-16 was designed to take the place of the Pickelhaube on the front lines. The Pickelhaube remained in service being used by rear echelon troops and new recruits. This was a favorite bring back souvenir for many returning U.S. soldiers

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  1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 3 years ago
    Nice pikelhaube. These are getting harder to find in the nice condition you have it in because most haven’t stood up well after 90+ years.

    One thing though, you’ve misidentified the helmet plate – it’s Prussian, not Koenig. This type of plate is known as the Prussian line eagle. The motto reads “MIT GOTT FÜR KOENIG UND VATERLAND" which translates as “With God for King and Fatherland.” The Kaiser was both Emperor (Kaiser) of Germany and King (Koenig) of Prussia.

    Chris
  2. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 3 years ago
    Thanks Chris.
  3. Shawnl86 Shawnl86, 3 years ago
    Wow! thats Amazing!
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    very nice.
  5. pinetreehilton pinetreehilton, 2 years ago
    Have a bancroft crusher that would look great hanging on the spike lol
  6. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    I always wanted that pickelhaube on Klinks desk! Seeing it every week probably fueled my later collecting.
  7. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Pinetreehilton, you had me thinking of this all day:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5h0-mJEJM4

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