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Prussian Pickelhaube d. 1915

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    I've just purchased my very first pickelhaube, an apparently very ordinary and late-production Prussian infantry example dated 1915. I believe it to be essentially "unmessed" with, but will post pictures of it and its markings and welcome input. My question, however, regards the chinstrap which I recognize to be wrong (for one thing it's too long), though it obviously fits. Before anyone goes ballistic, I realize it should NOT be allowed to rest on its peaks - I only did that for the photos. It was on a hat stand when I bought it, and right now its resting on another I improvised from an old candlestick, with all the weight of the spike resting on that and NOT the leather helmet body.

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    I at first believed the cockades to be repainted, but on closer inspection believe the Prussian one to be OK; the National looks like maybe the white center might have been. I was a little concerned about the poor detailing of the eagle but wonder if that lack of detail may be the result of a worn-out mold or stamp?

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    The liner is in overall sound condition, with only one "finger" torn a little, and showing obvious darkening from wear. The helmet body appears to be stamped Hugo Basuchs & Co. Berlin 1915. (?) Written in ink are blurred inscriptions that look like Bekr. Depot Rgt. 1?? on one side and R. D. 1 / II / 160. on the other. I presume this to indicate Infantry Regiment 160, Second Battalion?

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    It might be something like Rekruten Depot 1, 2nd batallion, Infanterie Regt. 160...
    The chinstrap is an altered chinscales type. They kept the chinscale ends and replaced the chinscales by a leather strap. These were mostly used as replacement straps, so it's perfectly possible for your pickelhaube...

    Here's my Baden steel ersatz pickelhaube with such a strap...

    Adler


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    Nice 'Haube' James!

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