Despite my best efforts to be satisfied with only one representative example Pickelhaube (my ersatz M1895) I was compelled by some mysterious force to purchase another example, this time an officer's lid (gotta love those chinscales)!
This example, and I'm learning as I go...is a Dragoon (mounted infantry) Reserve Officers example and dates from around 1880-1890 I believe. I was particularly drawn to the chinscales (of course) as well as the cruciform spike base and the quality of the wappen. The delicate and intricate work that went into the wappen speaks volumes to me about the quality and pride of workmanship that was a feature of 19th century manufacturing.
I'll post a few photos now and add more as time permits (the wife doesn't know about this yet...it's a 'surprise' ) so for now this is all I have.
Please enjoy the images...