Hessen Line Infantry Pickelhaube model 1915
Original helmet with a great history
Hessen Line Infantry Regiments, Enlisted Man Model 1895-1915. The helmet is original prewar -first issued pre-war in 1912- and reconstructed in 1915 as a field gray helmet. Black lacquered helmet body with field gray trim. Helmet has good form and firm stitching. The exterior finish is matte with age (see photo) but has no cracks or flaws. There are extra holes from the earlier plate as seen from the inside of the helmet. They have been arsenal plugged and the exterior relacquered. The plugs cannot be seen from the outside of the helmet (see photos).This was commonly done in 1915 to keep helmets in the field. Hessen style crossed spike base with fluted spike removable at the base. The frontplate is the Hessen rampant Lion. Plate held to helmet body through grommeted holes and loops with leather wedges (see photos).
Helmet interior has 1915 style undyed leather EM style headliner. Liner is complete but shows age and wear. The Interior visors are natural leather that has legible markings in ink "1912" over which is stamped "XVIII" and the letter "F". This indicates that the helmet was reissued to the 18th Army Corp (proper for Hessen) and "F" for readiness to be issued. All metal parts are gray toned with oxidation and minor discoloration. EM leather chinstrap on M91 side lugs. Chinstrap seems to be original with the leather fastened to the metal slide with a rivet. Original EM stamped one-piece Reichs and Non-Serrated Hessen cockades. This is an original marked helmet that has a genuine WWI history. A rare Hessen model field gray helmet with cross base and fluted spike. It would be a great addition to any Wartime collection. Very seldom seen in todays' collector market
- Overall condition Excellent
- State / Country Hessen