We have recently purchased a small collection of six pieces of Imperial German headdress, the collector took great pains over many years to obtain the very best that he could and all six pieces are unbelievable examples. This superb condition Leibgendarmerie enlisted ranks is the best we have ever seen and fully conversant with this collectors standards. The exterior skull is magnificent, just minor congealing to both front and back peaks, which are securely attached to the body. All of the brass fittings still have some original lacquer to them. The Guard style plate in gilded metal with the white nickel overlay star of the Guard. Correct large size domed chin scales with its correct large size national and State cockades. This is the earlier pattern helmet. To the interior body is marked ‘LG 1890’. The 9 tongued liner is all intact. The interior also retains much original mid tan colour. The helmet is with its rare early style field cover, which is matching marked to the helmet ‘LG’ but with a different date of ‘1892’ with Roman numeral size II. The interior of the cover spike is lined in leather. The cover also of the enlisted rank style with clip-over fixings.
A very nice condition all one-piece felt shell, totally undamaged, strong and firm with the non removable brass spike and circular spike base present, which matches the Prussian front plate perfectly. Complete with its national and State cockades, original chinstrap with matching brass fittings. To the interior the 9 tongued liner is virtually complete, the tip of one of the tongues is missing. Regimental markings in the back peak appear to be ‘JR16’ Prussian Infantry Regiment no.16. to the very tip of the spike a small hole where the point has been struck by either a passing round or a section of shrapnel.
An unusual pickelhaube from the State of Hesse being a pre 1871 model form with all of its correct fittings in brass with its unique style Hesse fluted removable spike. Standard Hessian front plate. The leather skull is superb, both of the peaks firmly attached to the main body, the rear peak to the right is slightly deformed. Just above the Hessian plate to the right and to the left are two depot repair shop filled holes, this undoubtedly would have been where the 1621 scroll was introduced in December 1871, the helmet has then been reissued to an identified Jager Regiment, the faint markings of which remain to the right hand side of the rear peak in the area where unfortunately it is congealed and very dark, the ink block tht holds these markings is long indicating that the last three digits which cannot be seen would either be Reserve 115 or another Hessian number, such as 117 or 118, this would have been done after 1894, the left hand side of the rear peak is marked ‘J.R.115 1894’, at the time of the change to the Reserve Infantry ( or another Hessian ) Regiment the 1621 scroll would have been removed. Its 10 tongued leather liner all intact with its original leather drawstring. Between the two plate attachment bolts is the remains of where the original Hesse 115 wearer’s name label was situated. The helmet is also with its correct national and red and white Hessian cockade and original chinstrap.
A very nice untouched body armour set retaining some original colour to the exterior, all three plates intact. Much original field grey green paint remaining to the shoulders of the main plate. The main body piece having the three ringed mark of ‘Krupp’. Unusually the armour still has all of its original tapes and all six original felt pads, however as often happens the tapes have broken over the years and all the plates are now held to each other by wire to prevent further loss and damage to the tapes and felt pads.
A very nice condition large size Saxon enlisted mans all leather pickelhaube. The skull is crazed overall, both peaks securely attached to the main body, the stitching has not rotted. All brass fittings, complete with its Saxon nickel and brass 8 pointed star front plate with its correct national and Saxon State cockades. Original chinstrap. The interior 10 tongued liner all complete, slight stretching to the eyeholes for the drawstring to flow through but not broken.
In and around the Civil War period the USA exported to Germany a small quantity of Colt navy percussion revolvers, Germany constructed its own holsters, this is one of the very rare examples. Marked crown over ‘KM’, the extra cylinder pouch, which was fitted to the side of the holster is missing, its belt loop and closing lid is still intact. The lid for the tool pouch is intact but the closure stud is missing, otherwise good strong stitching overall.
A fabulously rare example of the tan canvas covered cork helmet worn by marine troops in the German Colonies in Asia, Model 1895, having its single Reich cockade fitted to the front of the helmet. Some storage staining and light discoloration overall. Complete with its cloth centre band. No damage to the cork body, which is highly unusual. Complete with its cork sprung inner leather liner, the interior all green brush cotton lined. Very faint traces of white rectangular ink marking to the interior lining.
A rare piece of headdress being a feldmutze constructed in the colonial tan with blue piping, blue centre band, single Reich cockade. The interior is hardly worn. Age staining. Large size ‘57’ with an unidentified marking of ‘M.FL.’ with the date ‘1908’.
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