A Scarce Dragoon Regiment Pickelhaube
Nice issue example of an Hessen Dragoon Pickelhaube. Blackened lacquered leather construction with silvered metal fittings. This helmet features a rounded body and extended, rounded corner front and squared rear visors. The forward edge of the front visor is trimmed in metal which is secured in position by two dome headed studs. The front visor is has suffered drying over time and pulled away from the silvered rim. The pickelhaube has the Hessen pattern, stamped, silvered helmet plate (wappen). The helmet plate features a central lion with sword. The helmet plate is attached to the pickelhaube by two screw posts. The spike base has two circular ventilation holes to the "neck" portion. The reverse center of the pickelhaube has a vertical reinforcement spine. The pickelhaube has a multi-piece, convexed, tapered chinscales with a black leather backstrap to the reverse which is secured in place by side posts. The chinscales are secured at the front center of the helmet with a small horizontal slit to the right side and an extended swivel tab to the left side. The leather backstrap has a small brass buckle enabling it to be functional as a chin strap. Both korkarden are present and are original. The interior of the pickelhaube is in natural dark leather with 9 fingers. Although unmarked, it stands as a rare example of this type. Overall, very fine.