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eMedals-Prussia, State. A Heer (Army) EM’s Pickelhaube

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Prussia, State. A Heer (Army) EM’s Pickelhaube

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Prussia, State. A Heer (Army) EM’s Pickelhaube

(Heer Pickelhaube). This is a well-preserved First War period German Army EM’s Pickelhaube constructed of a reinforced blackened leather shell with magnetic metal reinforcements and embellishments. The helmet features downward sloping leather flaps at the front and rear, with the front trimmed by a magnetic metal border, providing a partial visor and neck protector. The rear flap is stamped “161R” for the 161st (10th Rhenish) Infantry Regiment. The front of the helmet bears a magnetic metal stylized Prussian eagle clutching an imperial sceptre and orb, inlaid with a ribbon inscribed “MIT GOTT FÜR KOENIG UND VATERLAND” (“WITH GOD FOR KING AND FATHERLAND”), with central “FR” monogram of King Frederick the Great of Prussia. The magnetic metal spike is held in place at the top by four rivets secured into the interior of the helmet with an equal number of intact butterfly-style pins. The interior of the helmet has a blackened leather sweatband incorporated into the body of the shell, complete with nine fingers. The helmet is unmarked and measures 182 mm (w) x 244 mm (l) x 225 mm (h). The rear flap has lost some of its original stitching, the chinstrap and rosettes are missing, and age-appropriate wear and fatigue to the leather is evident throughout, but the helmet presents in an otherwise good condition.
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