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WW1 GERMAN PICKELHAUBE HELMET
Officers Dress 'Pickelhaube' worn at the beginning of WW1.
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- This is a Prussian example of either a senior NCOs helmet, or one worn by an 'Einjahriger Freiwillger', or one year volunteer. Whilst the metal fittings are an uprgrade, in terms of quality and similar to those used by officers, it features a non-commissioned ranks' pearlring decoration to the spike neck, and an other ranks' eagle. The cockades, chinscales, and metal spine trim however are identical to those worn by officers, indicating a higher status. The lining is possibly not of the conventional O/Rs type, but more likely to resemble and officers quality. Not just a "dress" helmet, these were also used for front line service.
.......... Martin Boswell, , 24th of August 2010