G003085 PRUSSIAN EM/NCO'S M1915 PICKELHAUBE.

BACKGROUND: Development of the pickelhaube may be traced back to the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV who initiated the original design and introduced it for wear by most of the Prussian line Infantry regiments on October 23RD 1842. The pickelhaube became a visual symbol of Prussia's military might and underwent numerous modifications starting in 1860 and continuing right up until 1915. The demise of the pickelhaube began in the fields of WWI as a result of increased head wounds suffered by the German troops which were mainly caused by grenade and shell fragments. As a result of the increased head wounds and the development of the first "modern" steel helmets by the French army in early 1915 and by the British army later that year the German army began tests for their own steel helmet at the Kummersdorf Proving Grounds in November, and in the field in December 1915. An acceptable pattern was developed and approved and production of the new steel helmets began at the Eisen-und Hüttenwerke, AG Thale/Harz, in the spring of 1916. After the introduction of the M16 helmet the pickelhaube was relegated for wear only on ceremonial occasions.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Prussian M1915 Pickelhaube. Front and rear visors have become unstitched. Extra set of holes under the Prussian wappen indicating there was another plate on it at one time. Original liner is complete, with a few small tears. The chinstrap looks to off of a WW2 German visor cap. Body is quite sound, good project helmet for somebody. Priced accordingly.

GRADE *** 1/4                             PRICE $375.00

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