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Officer Silk Liners

Post by b.loree » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:33 pm

I have been planning a post on the variations in colour and design, that we find on officer private purchase liners. I would like to thank Randy Trawnik from Age of Kings for granting permission to use pictures taken from their site. Let's take a look:( ## This post is under reconstruction 2018)
First an example of the officer liner worn 1842-1888:

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First, a very unusual Prussian General liner. I have encountered this once before on a Wurtt Dragoner Off restoration. In my opinion, it is post war due to the use of a stiff, nylon mesh type of material not cloth. In addition, they have done away with the scalloped edging along the rim of the sweatband.

I managed to go through my picture files and here is the Wurtt Dragoner officer which I worked on. Note the " stiff mesh material" similar to above and again no scalloped edge.
A more traditional Prussian General's liner with either museum or costume house stamping.


A Prussian Infantry Officer again in my opinion, a wartime piece because of the "satin like" material used not the ribbed silk of the pre war haube. To me the sweat band looks like "oilcloth" not leather, I could be wrong. Again, these are my personal opinions and I am quite prepared to be challenged or corrected on them.


A size button with manufacturer's initials.


Saxon Train Officer with the more expensive woven silk ribbon style of liner, lime green.

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A similar liner on a GdK officer helme. Note the cypher/initials stamped in gold on the silk. This is a rare feature in my experience.

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Baden Dragoner Officer liner, a wine colour.

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Unusual Tschapka officer liner...heavy cotton.

Another high quality "ribboned" liner this time with white silk. A Bavarian Feld Arty helme in my collection.
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A rare Hessen officer helme from JR 117 with a surprise inside.
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I had no idea that black was ever used!! :eek: My thanks once again to Randy T from Age of Kings for providing this pic of a rare helmet with a unique liner!
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Post by b.loree » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:03 am

This is an example of a war time liner and typical of what they look like after 100 years. The cloth, which seems to have been a satin of some kind is extremely thin, like tissue paper. As such it does not stand the test of time.
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Post by KAGGR#1 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:24 am

Brian ;
I have heard that Royals seem to have white silk liners
in their helmets . I have a 1 Garde Regt zu Fuss to a Royal Prince
with a white silk liner . True or not I do not know .
I have had other Royal helmets over the years
but at the time , I paid no attention to the color of the liner .
it was of much more interest if their cypher with a crown
was on the liner .
I would guess if you had the money to spend
you could purchase whatever color of liner
that you wanted , as long as you had the money
to pay for it .

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Post by poniatowski » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:16 pm

Nice examples Brian!

I've heard that about royal helmets too, but I think in many cases, if not most or all, it was a matter of choice, except during war time when one probably had to get what one could.

Here's a Prussian infantry officer helmet (nothing special, fiber helmet), light gray-green silk:

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Bavarian officer, infantry, etc. white silk:

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Maker mark and liner on a Prussian General a'la Suite, light gray green silk:

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Since others were showing the exteriors as well as the liners, I added those for you folks.

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Re: Officer Silk Liners

Post by edwin » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:46 pm

Interesting topic!

Thanks for starting this thread :D

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Re: Officer Silk Liners

Post by Dragoner08 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:13 am

Here a cuirassier officer . Brown silk ribbon style.

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Post by Adler » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:51 am

Here's my contribution:

Garde Landwehr Pionier
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Pruissian M95 General
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Bavarian M95 General (Prinz Alfons of Bavaria)
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Bavarian wartime M15 officer Artillerie
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Wurtemberg wartime M15 Reserve officer Infanterie
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Saksen Anhalt M95 Inf. Officer
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Mecklemburg M95 Officer Infanterie
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Braunschweig IR92 M95 (post 1912) pickelhaube of Johan Albrecht (regent of Braunschweig)
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Re: Officer Silk Liners

Post by KAGGR#1 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:25 pm

Hello Adler ;

Were you able to I D the owner of I R 92
" A " cypher on liner ?

Charles told me that he was able to visit you
last year

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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:38 pm

Here are a couple of my different ones, similar have been shown above.

First two are from Saxon officer helmets, next two including a wonderful AWS marked liner are from Garde officer helmets.

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Post by Adler » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:30 am

Were you able to I D the owner of I R 92
" A " cypher on liner ?
Yes, that's his monogram and also found out where the helmet came from.

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Post by Dragoner08 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:40 am

Here more pieces of me.

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Post by poniatowski » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:37 am

Nice helmets all!

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Post by b.loree » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:16 am

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to photograph your helmets and post them on this thread. We are very fortunate to have so many helmets to look at and compare. Once again, this is one of the advantages of this digital forum...no book publisher would print 20 pictures of liners. Some observations....it would seem that the most common colours were: cream, rusty brown and various shades of lime green, dark green being the rarest of these. The uber rare colour would seem to be black as we have only one example, which I had never seen before in 30 years of collecting.
A "ribbed silk" is the most common material used, although we do see "watered silk" and satin. We also have one example of a coarse cotton/linen cloth on a pre war officer tschapka. I have seen one other piece with similar coarse cotton cloth. There are also 2 examples of what I believe to be post war helmets with a stiff mesh type patterned material (man made, synthetic). Both these helmets have non scalloped edges to the sweat band. Karel has provided us with one example of a non scalloped liner on his M15 Bavarian Artillery helmet which prevents us from saying that anything without scallops is post war. Gunnar has posted one example with the perforations (small holes) in the front of the sweat band. We have seen this before and discussed it. I believe we decided this was post war production.
Regarding cyphers, we see metal ones which I feel were obviously used by the very wealthy nobility. There are also liners with stamped letters or cyphers in gold on the silk. In addition, some manufacturers embossed their names etc in gold on the sweat band. Finally, the most fancy and therefore, most expensive liner option appears to be the type with woven silk ribbon along the scalloped edge.
This is what I see here, I welcome any further comments from the members.
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Re: Officer Silk Liners

Post by jimturinetti » Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:49 pm

Does anyone know when officers changed from the leather petals to the silk/cloth lining in the helmets? I've heard that it was the vogue to have silk/cloth lining at the turn of the 20th century. Does anyone know anything about this?

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Post by Adler » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:36 am

The leather liner with squared fingers was worn until 1880, then they changed to the more comfotable silk/cloth liners...

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Post by joerookery » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:05 am

The leather liner with squared fingers was worn until 1880, then the changed to the more comfotable silk/cloth liners...
I am not so sure this date is accurate. Certainly that is the date that is used in conventional wisdom however, the leather liner was available at different retailers all the way up to the war. It seems as though the leather one was less expensive. And I agree that the cloth ones were more comfortable. But I do not think it was a sharp date of change. Rather I think it happened over time and still not completely. With more than one helmet in the closet it seems as though one of those would be top floor and the other somewhat more service-oriented.
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Post by Adler » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:57 pm

Maybe I should have written that the silk/cloth liners were available from 1880 on. I agree there's no exact date and it must have been with a certain tansition time or so...

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Post by jimturinetti » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:27 pm

Adler and Joe,
Thank you very much for your help. I had thought that it wasn't until 1900. This info will help me a lot.
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Post by b.loree » Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:38 pm

Great posts on this thread gentlemen, thank you all again, for your contributions! I am unaware of anywhere else in the world where such comparisons and information exists.
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Re: Officer Silk Liners

Post by pickelhauben » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:36 am

A few months late to the party but there are some beautiful helmets posted here !!!!!!

Thank you all for sharing.

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