Share your favorites on Show & Tell

WW I Prussian M-95 Pickelhaube

In Military and Wartime > Military Helmets > Show & Tell and Military and Wartime > World War One > Show & Tell.
Military Helmets589 of 634Original WW I German M-17 HelmetWW1 87th Infantry Division "Golden Acorn" Helmet
Love it
Like it

tlmbarantlmbaran likes this.
eyesopeneyesopen loves this.
pinetreehiltonpinetreehilton loves this.
packrat-placepackrat-place loves this.
JamesJames loves this.
KnivesnsuchKnivesnsuch loves this.
Shawnl86Shawnl86 loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
toolate2toolate2 loves this.
StonieStonie loves this.
TeresaDTeresaD loves this.
ChrisnpChrisnp loves this.
vanskyock24vanskyock24 loves this.
RonMRonM loves this.
kerry10456kerry10456 loves this.
See 13 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 6 years ago


(350 items)

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


  1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 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.

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

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.