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GERMAN WWI PRUSSIAN OICKELHAUBE WITH COVER
A superb classic battlefield pick-up Prussian enlisted ranks all leather pickelhaube with its cover. Standard leather skull with all brass fittings, which include the back strap, non removable spike Prussian front plate, brass front edge trim with all matching strap fittings and strap and brass attachment points. The skull itself it would appear to have been struck at the side probably from a glancing shrapnel blow which has distorted the right hand side of the helmet as the helmet is viewed and caused two cuts to the leather skull, one each side of the Prussian State cockade. It has also torn away the thread holding the back peak to the main body of the helmet and also caused the front peak trim to split. The helmet still has its leather strap attached in the position it would have been worn in as a chinstrap and not just for decoration. To the interior the leather liner is all complete apart from some minor holes, which could either be rodent or just rot. Rubber ink stamped ‘2.CII’ to the inner rear peak, the upper inner crown there are profuse markings, which are all obscured including a date of ‘1897’ plus the remains of an old name label. The cover, which is a standard other ranks cover has the remains of ‘R55’ applied to the front. To the inside it is stamped size ‘56’ in ink, another large rectangular regimental stamp, which unfortunately the numbers are obscured with ‘J.R.55’ clear below the rectangular stamp, the cover has not been damaged by the blow the helmet receivedThe condition of this helmet is a classic battlefield pick-up and has come from a superb collection.