Outstanding example of a unique helmet worn by the Bavarian Infantry. Very rare to find a complete M1886/1896 helmet. A must for a Bavarian collector.
Bavarian Infantry transition helmet Model 1896. This helmet is a wonderful example of the Bavarian Army re-utilization (recycling) existing helmet stocks.
** Please note copies from Schulz and Siebolts book, "Die Helme der Koenigliche Bayerischen Armee 1806-1918". page 91.
This helmet was originally a Model 1886 which is clearly seen by the small brass plates placed to close the M1886 holes for a crossed spike base. This helmet is exactly like the one photographed in the book. Black lacquered helmet body with brass trim. The helmet was originally a M1886 Infantry helmet that was modified by replacing the crossed spike base with a simple rounded one and replacing the squared front visor with a rounded one. Helmet body in good shape with firm stitching. The plugged holes are clearly noted with the original blackened brass plates. Interior has original early style leather liner with grommet holes for draw string. Liner all intact but shows age and use. Markings in back visor not legible. brass spike and back spine. Front plate is the standard 1890's Bavarian EM with looped back. One loop in back is broken. M1891 brass side lugs with flat chinscale for troops of foot. Unique M1886 Bavarian non-serrated cockade (see booked noted above page 79). outstanding example of a unique helmet worn by the Bavarian Infantry. Very rare to find a complete M1886/1896 helmet. I must for a Bavarian collector.
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