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WW1 German / Prussian Garde Artillery Officers Pickelhaube (Kugelhelm) Helmet

WW1 German / Prussian Garde Artillery Officers Pickelhaube (Kugelhelm) Helmet

$2,250.00
Product code: 53

Availability: SOLD

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FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN PREUßEN PICKELHAUBE (KUGELHELM) FÜR EINEN OFFIZIER IM GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE (OFFICERS) HELMET.  This is a very good original example of a Preußen Pickelhaube für einen Offizier im Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment (Prussian Guards Foot Artillery Officers Spiked-Ball  Helmet). It was manufactured, probably in 1914, and is fitted with a Preußen Garde Wappen (front plate) with the distinctive spread-eagle wing with Garde star. 

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FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN PREUßEN PICKELHAUBE (KUGELHELM) FÜR EINEN OFFIZIER IM GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE (OFFICERS) HELMET.  This is a very good original example of a Preußen Pickelhaube für einen Offizier im Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment (Prussian Guards Foot Artillery Officers Spiked-Ball Helmet). It was manufactured, probably in 1914, and is fitted with a Preußen Garde Wappen (front plate) with the distinctive spread-eagle wing with Garde star. The pickelhaube, in various forms and models, was in use with the forces of the German states from 1842 until the end of WW1 in 1918. The Preußen pattern spiked ball (Spitze Kugel) for artillery helmets was adopted in 1844. Shortages during the First World War saw the introduction of Ersatz Helmets that were made of ersatz (replacement/substitute) materials such as felt, tin, steel or fibre. Pickelhauben were gradually phased out in 1916 with the introduction of the M.16 steel helmet (stahlhelm).

This is a rare a Preußen Pickelhaube für einen Offizier im Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment, with much of its original liner is in very good condition. The helmet is lacquered black and has the distinctive Garde-Fußartillerie brass fittings, including a dismountable Field Artillery spiked ball (Spitze Kugel) with five ventilation holes (Luftlocher) above the officers "egg & dart" Perlring.  The ‘Wappen’ is that of a Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment and is secured by leather strips that pass through two soldered loops, which sit through the body of the helmet. The original nine-tongued liner is no longer complete and displays evidence of use consistent with age. The brass helmet fittings; the rear spine (Hinterscheine) and visor trim (Vorderschirm) are the correct specification as unlike the Infantry in 1894, the Artillerie did not adopt the rear vent on the Hinterscheine. The two replacement cockades (Kokarde), the National and the Prussian are secured with a later replacement chin strap of the correct pattern.  Unlike the Feld Artillerie (Field Artillery) the Fußartillerie (Foot Artillery) did not retain their flat brass chinscales and in 1894 adopted the leather M1891 chinstrap as did all Foot-Troops. The body of the helmet is very good and still retains its formed shaped and waxed polish finish.

This Kugelhelm would have been worn by an officer serving with the Garde-Fußartillerie-Regt. and for interest a couple of photo’s of Gunners serving with Garde-Fußartillerie are attached to this listing for reference.

Pickelhaube of all typeswere highly valued as souvenirs by Australian and other Allied troops fighting against the Germans during the First World War. It’s probably fair to say that Pickelhaube were amongst the most valued items to bring home as a momento and there are also some interesting photographs at the AWM showing ‘Diggers’ with their captured Pickelhaube including http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/P00151.028 and http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/EZ0137  

From Australia, and almost certainly a souvenir of the fighting on the Western Front during World War One, this Preußen Pickelhaube für einen Offizier im Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment is in excellent original condition and is a first class example of its type. It has everything you look for in a Prussian Garde-Officers Kugelhelm; condition, patina and provenance.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.0000
Country of Origin German
Pattern Preußen Pickelhaube für einen Offizier im Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment
Maker No
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914