Found while packing up at my last show!

JohnS3rd

Member
I found this little beauty while packing up at the end of my first show, Saturday 3 April, since SOS 2020. A friend of mine who sets up near me just closed a deal for this pickelhaube and had it sitting on his table. After looking at it and seeing that the stitching was tight and the liner intact.

OR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 F.jpgOR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 L.jpgOR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 B.jpgOR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 R.jpgOR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 Inside 1.jpgPrussian OR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR circa 1889 Inside & Rear 2.jpg
 

b.loree

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Staff member
Great condition, no slider vent on the rear spine? An excellent makers label as well. I will have to see if we have that company on our list. I would als be interested in the markings when you have time.
 

JohnS3rd

Member
Can you make out the regiment markings on the rear visor ?
Steve
Hi Steve,
I am glad you asked. The unit marking on the right side of the rear visor has a strike-through and is not very legible. However, here it is; someone more knowledgeable might be able to read it. The left side almost completely unreadable.Prussian OR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR Circa 1889 Unit Mark.jpg
John
 

JohnS3rd

Member
Great condition, no slider vent on the rear spine? An excellent makers label as well. I will have to see if we have that company on our list. I would als be interested in the markings when you have time.
Brian,
Here is the maker label with the size of the helmet located inside the top of the helmet. I hope you can use it.
John
Prussian OR Pickelhaube 70:68 IR Circa 1889 Maker.jpg
 

JohnS3rd

Member
I like to summarize what I believe is the history of this helmet.
Arriving home, I pulled out Chris Dale’s Traditions of the Imperial German Infantry Regiments. Using Chris’s book, along with Tony’s website and the forum links to Col. Joe’s information on manufactures and unit identifications and locations. The Prussian Wappen with the threaded post and nut set up for securing the brass Adler to the helmet along with the “1889” stamp on the rear visor, the high dome-like leather shell, and the ventless back brass spine indicates that the Pickelhaube began as a Model-1887.

The front visor’s H. CLEMENS brass edging and easily removable brass v notch and chinstrap system indicate that the Pickelhaube was refitted sometime after the Kaisers 1891 decree calling for the reenforced front visor.

The unit markings indicate the 70th Infantry Regiment, stationed in Saarbrücken, first had this helmet. Because of the strike trough on the 70th R and the 68th R stamped next to it, the helmet was in the 68th Infantry Regiment, barracks in Koblenz Germany inventory. The helmet’s transfer took place sometime after the improvements dictated by the Kaiser’s 1891 order.

Because the older Prussian Wappen on the higher domed leather shell indicates that the pickelhaube received the upgrades and standardization of helmets dictated by Kaiser’s order in 1895 and the inclusion of the Reich-Korkade dictated in 1897 order ensured the helmet would stay in the back of the supply shelves. The German’s are known for their adherence to orders are also known to use available items if practical. However, the need for uniformity probably saved this helmet from the wear and tear that the newer model pickelhaube experienced.

I am incredibly grateful to Tony for his excellent website, Sandy, for his detailed research about the Pickelhaube. Brian and Joe’s collecting and making available the information on pickelhaube makers and unit markings are indispensable in providing background on individual Pickelhaube.


All of you have inspired me to look closer at my new addition to my pickelhaube collection’s rebirth.

Best regards,
John
 

CLOVIS 57

Member
Good night,

I confirm, what Steve said above. It is an M91 model. The rear vertical reinforcement ring is not ventilated (no flap at the top, no ventilation on the return under the neck cover and fixing by rivet instead of screw-nut. Ditto, the eagle is not fixed not by bridges but by screw-nut. No eyelets to fix the plate, and above all, the bomb is an old bomb, still with a seam hidden by the rear ring.

The index, chinstrap trunnions with their large center button should only have one anti-rotation latch, on the 95 model the center button is smaller and there are two side latches folded down at the rear.

Stationed at Sarrebrück (AK XXI) the helmets of the 70R were effectively marked with white paint, freehand or with a stencil.
These old helmets were taken out of stocks during the mobilization to equip the Ersatz-Bataillon, RJR or LIR.
Clovis.
 

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CLOVIS 57

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Good evening, On a French forum, I had the opportunity to list the manufacturers of military equipment in leather and skins:

001 A.K. (Albrecht Kind)
002 A.K. ah (Albrecht Kind)
003 E. ARNDT DANZIG
004 A.W.M. (Artillerie-Werkstätten München)
005 CARL ACKVA, BAD KREUZNACH
006 LEDERWERKE KARL ACKVA AG, BAD KREUZNACH
007 Reinhold Adam Sattlerwaren, Oberursel
008 Aeolus-Werke Witzenhausen
009 Albert & Noll, Berlin
010 Armee- und Marinehaus, Berlin
011 JULIS ARNADE, MOYS
012 AUWAERTER & BUBECK AG, STUTTGART
013 BALAU & WEBER, BERLIN S.W. 68
014 F.B. BAMMERSBACH: ROISDORF/BONN
015 F.B. BAMMERSBACH, WALDBRÖHL
016 Karl Barth, Waldbröl
017 W.F. Bauer GmbH, Offenbach
018 BECKER & CO, BERLIN
019 BECKER & CO, ELBERFELD

Alphabetically, Becker-Elberfeld is number 19 ... of 405.
;)
 
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