The largest size produced, very impressive looking helmet, marked ‘TS68’. This M.17 helmet having a very unusual camouflage of 8 small circles of dark ochre, surrounded by black lines, three small portions of green with the remainder of the skull in an applied brown. To the interior the helmet has its M.17 steel liner band with its three white leather inner pads, all of the pads have lost their horsehair padding, the tip of one pad missing and complete with the remains of a chinstrap. Faint traces of an owner’s name hand applied to the inner rear skirt. A highly unusual helmet.
nice condition slight toning to the lower right hand side. 1926-33 model, original pin hook and hinge, marked on the reverse side ‘Original Ges Geschutz’.
A nice condition all leather pickelhaube for an infantryman in a Baden Regiment. Good skull, both peaks securely attached to the main body, no congealing to either front or back peaks but light crazing. Matching gilded brass finish to the back strap, non removable spike, circular spike base, large griffin style Baden front plate and front peak trim. Complete with its national and state cockades, the state cockade appears to have been refinished. To the interior the 9 tongued liner all intact with its original leather drawstring, good colour to the interior shell. The helmet size ‘54’ stamped to the rear peak. Faint traces of an owner’s name.
A good leather pickelhaube with both its front and back peaks securely attached. Minor congealing to the front peak, minor distortion to the rear peak but both securely attached to the body. No damage to the skull, slight abrasions. All the fittings are in field grey and match exactly including the strap fixtures. To the interior the 9 tongued liner all intact, no rot, with its leather drawstring. Marked to the back peak ‘G.R.1’ this may be a garrison mark. Also complete with both its national and state cockades, some slight loss of paint to the national cockade.
In the last two years a quantity of mint unissued field grey mixed Wurttemberg and Prussian feldmutzes were discovered in Germany, all in good condition, this example having one minor moth nip to the crown, the remainder of the cap is absolutely free of any moth damage. Excellent nap. Red centre band, red piping to the crown with its Prussian and Wurttemberg field cockades. The interior canvas lining in very light cream. A good size 57 and clearly stamped ‘B.A.XIII’ Army Corps 13, dated ‘1914’.
The field grey green cap with apple green centre band, fibre peak, front double buckle strap with both the Prussian and national cockades in large size. No moth damage. Complete with interior lining and regimentally marked ‘GR 71’ dated ‘1918’ to the interior.
A possibly private purchase back pack haversack constructed in the slightly thicker quality grey green material very similar to the material that helmet covers are constructed from. A single closing flap with strap and buckle complete, neck closure via a string pull. A single extra pocket on the exterior with its original football style closure button. All other shoulder straps and fittings are complete, supple and usable.
A very good all field grey one-piece enlisted mans steel belt buckle, complete with its leather tab, which is marked to the Prussian Guard Korps. Maker marked and dated ‘1915’ depot marked ‘BAG’ indicating it was issued by the Guard Depot.
A nice set of Bavarian Leutnant’s shoulder boards, standard wartime subdued lace with the white and blue fleck of Bavaria. Gilded Aviation propellers attached to each board, red underlay, accompanied by a nice photograph of the WWI aviator, half bust, wearing his visor cap with the Karpathian Korps badge to his visor cap and wearing the wing propeller shoulder boards. We cannot guarantee that these boards belonged to this aviator. To the reverse side of the mount of the photograph there is a three line inscription in German, which is very difficult to read.
A good all leather pickelhaube, the skull excellent, minor crazing marks. Congealing to both front and back peaks, both are strongly stitched to the main body. All field grey finish to the back strap, removable spike and spike base, large Baden griffin front plate, front peak trim, which unusually is not kinked. Complete with its worn national and Baden cockades. To the interior the 9 tongued liner is in position, the tips of three tongues are missing. Good original colour although slightly toned to the interior skull. A very unusual feature of this helmet, it must have been part of a war bond drive, affixed to the rear skull of the helmet is an oval paper label with light script which cannot be identified. A wire also passing through the area of where the back strap turns over and fits underneath the rear peak indicating this has been hung from a wall at some stage of its life, possibly after its acquisition in the war bond drive. Typical of a helmet coming from the United States.
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