IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN PALESTINE HELMET.
The ultra rare ersatz pickelhaube with an all cork body, known amongst collectors as the Palestine helmet, this may be a myth that has grown with collectors over the years in actual fact it may be one of the many types of ersatz helmets produced when leather became very short, nevertheless an extremely rare helmet. A one-piece all cork body covered in ribbed canvas-like material. The removable spike, circular spike base, front plate, strap fittings and strap posts all matching in the chemically patinated field grey finish. Clear discoloration below the front plate on the canvas indicating where the plate has lain for many years. Totally original strap. Complete with its national and state cockades. To the interior the leather liner is absolutely complete with some minor tears to the drawstring holes, all tongues complete. A name stamped under the front peak would appear to be an English style name ‘Joseph B. (with the last part of the name indistinct, this may have been the name of the American souvenir helmet collector that acquired the helmet.) Also faint traces of an Army Group markings in a rubber ink stamp rectangle to the inner rear peak, which again is indistinct. The edge of the helmet is trimmed in field grey leather.
Code: 68477 Price: 2350.00 GBP