A Cavalry "Jäger zu Pferde" Lobster Tail Pickelhaube
A Cavalry "Jäger zu Pferde" Lobster Tail Pickelhaube - This pickelhaube has a basic three-piece construction: helmet, visor and extended rear protective neck guard. It is fabricated from steel with a black painted finish, magnetic, with silvered steel fittings, which includes the spike (with five ventilation holes) and spike mounting base (with four points, held in place by four large capped rivets). The front comes with a visor designed with a turned-up lip, held in place by large capped rivets on either end and a central rivet. There is a three-colour cockade of Imperial Germany on the right side and a black and white cockade of Prussia on the left side, with original pins connecting to the replacement leather chin strap, with central buckle for adjustment. The helmet plate is silvered die-stamped metal with the Prussian eagle insignia. The underside of the visor is painted in green. The rear neck guard protrudes outwards, away from the body in the traditional "lobster tail" design, with a reinforced steel underside, held in place with nine large capped rivets just inside the outer edge and one central rivet at the rear neck line. The entire outer edge is trimmed in a rolled-around steel band, including the visor and neck guard, protecting the wearer from the raw steel edges of the helmet itself, held in place with use of very small rivets. It is size stamped "56" on the steel band on the underside of the neck guard, along with being maker stamped and dated "BR. JSRAEI 1916" on the inside of the dome. The inside comes complete with its original supple, black finished, nine-panel leather liner, each with one hole at the tip for placement of the drawstring which has been lost to time. There are replacement washers, nuts and bolts holding the spike mounting base in place. It measures 195 mm x 280 mm x 280 mm in height, with normal wear overall, some minor denting and paint loss on the exterior, separation in the rolled-around steel band on the right side where it meets the visor, the liner exhibiting extensive wear on the outer edges and at the front from active use, in very fine condition.