Bavarian Model 1915 Infantry Pickelhaube
War Bond Prize helmet
Bavarian Infantry Regiment, Enlisted Man Model 1916 (Bavarians adopted this pattern one year later than the Prussians). Black lacquered leather helmet body with field gray metal trim. Helmet body has firm stitching and is in excellent condition. Exterior finish is in untouched condition, but has an old paper label with the words "Oregon 61" (see photo). We feel that this indicates the helmet was sent to Oregon as one of the War Bond Prizes of 1919 (see photo of prizes). The interior has undyed EM style leather liner. Leather is still supple. Inside leather helmet liner is handwritten number #544.
Makers stamp from maker " Romer-1915-Neu-Ulm" in Bavaria. No other markings inside helmet bell. This helmet shows genuine use as it has rust marks inside visors from the metal clips that secured the cloth field cover. No extra holes in helmet body. All metal trim is matte field gray. Bavarian Line frontpate "In Treue Fest"motto that is attached to helmet body with loops and leather wedges. Round spike base attached with 4 split brad retainers. Spike is removable (bayonet type) at base which is proper for M1916. Old replacement leather chinstrap for M91 side lug. Original Reichs EM cockade. Bavarian cockade is original but has been repainted. Classic Bavarian wartime helmet that probably came to the US as a War Bond Prize..
Note: "The Liberty Loan Prizes" document is NOT part of this auction. A copy can be supplied upon demand.
- Overall condition Excellent
- State / Country Bavarian