PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS FIELD ARTILLERY PICKELHAUBE.
An incredibly large size pickelhaube having an all leather skull, stamped size ‘60’ to the interior, which was originally a Saxon Artillery and it is well known within collecting circles that towards the end of the period of issue of pickelhaubes instead of steel helmets many Saxon helmets were subsequently worn by Prussian units. The skull itself is superb, good and strong with some age crazing lines, the front and back peaks securely stitched to the main body, all the fittings, which include the back strap, removable ball top, circular base, front Prussian plate, front peak trim and all strap fittings match in the chemically patinated field grey. Original leather chinstrap, fitted with its national and state cockades. To the interior all the original colour showing. Three separate owners names are applied to this helmet, which coincides with the change of plate, one owner’s name of ‘Grief’ in pencil behind the front peak, another name of what appears to be ‘Espenhauyn’ in indelible ink into the rear peak and a further owner’s name which appears to end in ‘Fischer’ to the interior skull. Clearly dated ‘1916’ plus faint traces of a manufacturer’s stamp. The tongued liner is complete with splits in the tongue in two only of the tongues. The helmet is further stamped ‘B.A.XII.16’ which is a Saxon Army Corps stamping. A superb helmet with interesting history.
Code: 69228 Price: 650.00 GBP