Helmet for a Lieutenant General, Mecklenburg
Owner and wearer Carrier Lieutenant General Grand Duke Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg. A la suite in the Dragoon Regiment No.17 in Ludwigslust. 1897-1898.
A gilt sun helmet with silver star and multi-part, nice star of the Wendish Crown. White, relatively clean lining and white leather sweatband. Silver crown with letters of the duke.
The Grand Duke was of course a la suite as the helmet of the regiment with General emblem. (contrary to the rest of the generals after 1897 who wore the helmet in silver color).
That is a stunning collection! Can you provide close up photos of the other three? I have only read about two of these (# 2 & #4) but haven't seen them up close.
That was a terrific Christmas present for all of us.
Excellent, an amazing grouping! Your name here on the forum "newbe" is misleading you obviously have been collecting for some time to own 4 exceedingly rare helmets as those. I am also hoping for some additional photos.
Thank you for posting the additional photos. The helmets are truly special.
If you would like to correspond outside the forum, I would welcome an email from you. I'd love to discuss our helmets further. I have all of the items that you have posted with the exception of the beautiful Saxe-Weimar Flugel Adjutant.
Thanks again for the post.
Jim Turinetti [email protected]
I would really like to know more about the Saxe-Weimar helmet. On first glance, it appears to be a Prussian Guard officer's pickelhaube that has had the Black Eagle Order replaced by the White Falcon Order (note the rounded visor, round spike base, and "Koenig" vs. "Fuerst" motto). Of course I'm not familiar with every variation, so if this helmet does in fact "make sense" I'd love to know...
The officers' Bekleidungsvorschrift of 1911 does not specifically mention the uniforms of the Flügeladjutanten of the Bundesfürsten but both Oberstleutnant Fiebig in a 1940 article in the Zeitschrift für Heereskunde and the Knötel/Pietsch/Collas "Das Deutsche Heer" describe the helmet of the Sachsen-Weimar Flügeladjutant as having a square peak and a cruciform spike base?
Interestingly, this unnamed Hauptmann who appears on page 45 of "Deutsche Offiziershelme 1870-1918" Band I, is miscaptioned as a Sachsen-Weimar Flügeladjutant. He is in fact Hauptmann Kurt v. Gillhausen, Flügeladjutant to the Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha. An easy mistake to make as only the centre decoration on the eagle was different. Note the square peak.