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  1. Helmet ca. 1914/15 for Infantry of the Saxon Duchies (Thüringen). This pattern emblem and cockade, green with a white ring, was worn by troops from following states: Sachsen-Altenburg, Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Sachsen-Meiningen. i.e., following regiments: 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment No.95 (Gotha, Hildburghausen and Meiningen) and 8. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment. 153 (Altenburg) The helmet bears the Prussian Line Eagle with Fürst motto, with a white metal star and crowned Saxon emblem. This example is not regimentaly marked, but has a date stamp of 1915 and a hardly legible makers
  2. Helmet for other ranks of Royal Saxon Grenadier-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm No. 101, based in Dresden. This example in good condition, only the tip of the spike is damaged. The helmet is a regular issue but without any regimental markings. The spike is removable, as this regiment wore black parade plumes, as did also Regiment 100. Original cockades of Saxon pattern (white with green ring), on replaced original flat chinscales M.91 The emblem is a gilded starburst with a white metal crowned Saxon emblem within a laurel wreath. Saxony held 15 infantry regiments in the peacetime period.
  3. Helmet for an officer of the Reserve of one of the Saxon Field Artillery Regiments. This helmet is of very light, thin construction, made about 1912-14 in the most elegant form. Due to the lightness of construction, the helmet body has suffered some damage and is slightly misshapen, but has been restored. The gilded fittings are in excellent condition with most original frosting to centre of emblem. The Saxon emblem has an underlying silver Reserve Cross over the gilded star. The Saxon Reserve Cross had no motto. The cockades are finely silvered and enameled. The chinscales are highly convex a
  4. Helmet dated 1915 with stamp Fs.A.R.4 for Magdeburgisches Fuss-Artillerie-Regiment No.4, based in Magdeburg, and part of the IV. Army Corps. There is also a makers mark of: Heinrich Timm in Magdeburg. Almost mint conditon, apart from storage dirt and age, inside looks as though hardly worn. The chinstrap and cockades have been replaced, in this case a patent leather private purchase type chinstrap with gilded fittings, not quite fitting for an issue helmet, the Reichs cockade is an orginal, the Prussian is a repainted collectors copy. This item came to the West shortly after the fall of the
  5. Peaked field cap for an officer or Wachtmeister of the Reserve in Kurhessisches Husaren-Regiment No.14, based in Kassel. Dark blue top, red band and crown piped in white. Vulcanised peak with some aging to lacquer. Medium blue cotton lining with silver embossed maker mark: A. Schröder in Emsdetten. Flat silvered cockades with the silver Landwehr cross on Prussian cockade in officer style. Top condition, hardly worn. Field cap or service cap as worn about 1913/14 for peacetime uniform. The Uniform of the regiment was a dark blue braided Atilla tunic, with white lace, silver buttons. The fur c
  6. Helmet for Garde Infanterie M.1895 with black horsehair parade plume. The guards regiments wore horsehair plumes for parades and special occasions. The first and second battalions of each regiment wore white plumes, the third (Füsilier-) Batallions wore black plumes. For all companies of Garde-Füsilier-Rgt,. black plumes were worn. This example is from the third or Füsilier-Batallion (III.) of the Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment No.1, which was based in Berlin, Alexanderplatz, just behind the Berlin City Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss). The Czar of Russia had always been honorary
  7. German M.16 Steel Helmet This nice old helmet I acquired from a second hand shop in London on 12th September 1964 and it cost the princely sum of 40 shillings or 2 pounds. The dealer wanted originally "our price 45 bob", as they said in those days. I bargained a little, agreed on 2 pounds and left a deposit of ten shillings, and then started saving my pocket money like mad, and about one month later I paid the rest and was the pround young owner of a German Steel Helmet. At first I wondered a little at the curious shape and with the horns, but then after looking at many pictures, tv-document
  8. Early or pre-war walking out dress cap for Artillery other ranks and ncos. Fine fieldfgrey doeskin top. Fine dark green band and all bright red piping. The patent leather chinstrap has some aging to lacquer. Found with eagle missing, this has been replaced. Fine silvered cockade and oakleaf in prewar quality. Above the cockade there are signs that a further badge has been attached, which looks to have been a small Edelweiss for the Gebirgs-Artillerie. Eagle is of zinc. Inside, a good brown leather sweatband and champagne coloured silky lining. The celluloide patch has the makers name of Burgme
  9. Helmet of a Prussian Officer of the Landwehr Infantry. The line eagle has no scroll, on the breast is the Landwehr Cross with the usual motto. The spike is of medium height, dating the helmet beween 1897 and before 1910. Both cockades. The silk liner has an ink marked R.VIII being the 8th Reserve Korps in the Coblenz region (Rhein). Helmet is is very good condition with some slight shrinkage to upper crown.
  10. More photos 1./Na.Abt.240 Fw.J.Schatz Here are further document photos belonging to Feldwebel Jürgen Schatz, 1./Nachr.Abteilung 240 Wound Badges in Black and Silver Eastern Front Medal 1941/42 Krim Shield He was also probably entitled to KVK 2.Kl., document and decoration were not amoungst the lot, just a ribbon bar, and also a party badge, which was probably either from him or a relative.
  11. Shown is a helmet for Prussian Dragoner regiments with white metal fittings. The chinscales are, as always, of yellow metal, with white rosettes mounted with iron screws of the old pattern before 1894. Only the Prussian cockade was worn. The plate is the white metal dragoon pattern eagle, the spike with perlring on a crossbase, is removable, as all dragoon regiments wore a black horsehair plume for special occasions. The crown is slightly higher than on later models, and the helmet is of thick lacquered leather. Helmet fitings have some staining and verdigris from long storage. A printed linne
  12. This helmet is for a Reserve Officer of the Prussian Dragoner Regiments with yellow metal fittings, as worn before 1897, and only has the Prussian cockade on the right side. The golden dragoon pattern eagle has a gilded Reserve Cross on the breast and no scroll across the wings. The cross bears the motto: Mit Gott für König und Vaterland 1813, which was the date in which Reserve and Landwehr were first raised. The gilding on most of the fittings shows some wear and darkening, the gilt on the emblem is almost 100% This pattern of helmet was also worn by all Officers of the Provinzial Landwehr-K
  13. This is a standard helmet of the Prussian field artillery regiments. There is a date stamp in the crown of 1915, and the fittings have not been gilded. The helmet has the normal line eagle, the balltop has a perlring around the base, the chinscales are of the convex type always worn by mounted troops. In very good condition, as probably only worn for a short period before the introductiion of the steel helmet. The helmet has no further markings, apart from an erased stamp in the neckguard.
  14. This old model 1867/71 helmet was worn by 1st Foot Guards, Garde-Füsilier-Regt. and by the Garde-Pionier-Bataillon until more modern helmets were introduced in 1887. The Reichs cockade was not introduced until 1897 and only the Prussian cockade was worn under the right chinscale. The crown of the older helmets was higher, the peaks longer. The spike had a perlring around the base, the back spine had no ventilation slider. The flat yellow metal chinscales were worn with white metal rosettes fastened by iron screws (eiserne Schlitzschrauben) The guard eagle and other fittings are of white metal
  15. Helmet for Baden Infantry Regiments in Ersatz material, known as a Filzhelm. Made during a period when leather stocks were in short demand. Body is made in one piece in greygreen felt, lightweight black leather liner. No markings to inside of helmet. The plate, side lugs, peak rim and spike are of peacetime quality yellow metal. This example was not fitted with a back spine.. The plate is the Baden Griffin with Fürst motto, the Reichs cockade and chinstrap both original replacements, the Baden cockade is a simple cast copy with the correct colours. The helmet was manufactured in 1914 - 1915 or
  16. Some pictures from the French side: Marechal Pétain, the Defender of Verdun, a French counter attack at Verdun and the French National Cemetery of Verdun. It is said that almost every French soldier was at some time at the Verdun Front, as the French used a rotation system for their troops.
  17. Depicted is a Prussian infantry helmet from around 1915. The fittings are mainly of peacetime yellow metal variety. The side posts are greymetal finished iron. The chinstrap has brass fittings, spike and line eagle are of yellow metal. Many examples had these fittings with a toned bronze finish to make the helmet less conspicuous. Helmets of this type were only worn for a brief period, and were basicly experimental, and mainly because of shortage of materials, leather stocks were becoming scarcer as the war progressed and could not be easily replaced. This type of helmet was not intended for f
  18. Shown is an older example of a Hessian helmet for Grossherzoglich Hessisches Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm II, No.116, based in Giessen/Hessen. Kaiser Wilhelm II. chose to be the regimental colonel in chief of this Hessian Regiment. The uniform looked quite distinguished with dark blue tunics, white metal buttons, red collars and facings, the shoulder straps and cuff patch were white, the former with the red monogram of Wilhelm with the Imperial Crown (one of the few regiments to wear this type of crown). The helmet could be fitted with a black horsehair plume for parades. The Gra
  19. Shown is a fieldgrey fitted pickelhaube for Hessian troops. The helmet is of a very small size, 53/54. All fittings have the original greymetal finish. The chinstrap is of original brown leather and very worn. The Reichs cockade is original, the Hessian cockade is a very good collectors replacement, which I got at a Berlin Arms Fair about 14 years ago, this being of the correct pattern, entirely different from the usual cockades. This was blank, so I lacquered this in the correct colours, white with two red rings. The normal pattern spike shown is not the correct pattern, but has been with the
  20. Shown is an older helmet ca.1889, which has been reactivated for service at the outbreak of WWI. The front and rear peak have been renewed you can see the contrast between the skull inner and the peaks, which are of almost fresh tan leather. Helmets were supposed to have a service period of at least 6 years, and then they were used as replacement parts for others. Anything serviceable was repaired and restored. The emblem is the old type with screw threads, as is the rear spine without ventilation, the spike and base are of the new 1895 type. The rear peak has a stamp inside of Inf..Regt.180,
  21. Shown is an other ranks helmet from Dragoner-Regt. Königin Olga von Württemberg (1.Württ.) No.25, based in Cannstatt near Stuttgart. The helmet is remarkably lightweight as with a private purchase type, but has a typical standard issue leather li'ner. The helmet has been somewhat restored. The chaincales have been replaced, but original, as also the state cockade, which is a collectors copy. The front plate is very finely frosted. The crossbase for the spike has seen some damage, but has been straighened out. The spike is removable, as this regiment wore white horsehair plumes for important oc
  22. M.1915 Helmet of Prussian Jäger-zu-Pferde Shown is a 1915 pattern grey metal fitted helmet of the Jäger-zu-Pferde Regiments. As with all helmets of Sept.1915 regulations, the spike was removable. This is quite an average helmet of its type, the blued finish is almost completely intact, the skull has a few minor dents. The large size cockades are original - metal helmets were always fitted with this type. The leather of the chinstrap has been collector replaced at some time, the greenish finish of the spike has also been renewed, otherwise completely unaltered. The blackened leather liner ha
  23. This was the first pickelhaube I ever got. It was purchased for the proud sum of 4 pounds from the stately shop in Mayfair, London called "Regimental", owned jointly by Major Wilkinson-Latham and his two sons, Robert and Christopher. That was the 30th March 1967, just a few days after my 14th birthday, and a present from my father. I was told, it was one of at least 50 found in an old barn in Switzerland, most of them were Prussian fieldgrey, one Hesse, one Baden at least one officer, etc. The helmet was minus chinstrap and cockades and preserved under 50 years of dust. I later managed to find
  24. Luftwaffe peaked cap for n.c.o or other ranks for walking out dress. The cap is of later production, and shows hardly any signs of wear. The top is made of fine melton or doeskin cloth, all other aspects are typical, apart from the chinstrap, which is made of artificial material, being of later war production. The inside is lined in champagne coloured artificial silk, the sweatband is also not leather, being of pressed paper with a leather like surface. The original celluloid Salmi is still in place, no makers details. The insignia is also the late war type, the second pattern eagle being clea
  25. Prussian Garde Infantry helmet This is a 1915 dated pickelhaube of the Prussian Guards Regiments. The helmet is only marked 1915 and the inner rear peak has the usual stamp of K.B.A.G. being Kriegs-Bekleidungsamt der Garde. This helmet was nominally worn by Garde-Grenadier-Regts. 1-5 ,by Garde-zu-Fuss-Regts.. 2, 3 and 4 and by the Garde-Reserve-Regiments that were raised after mobilisation in August 1914. The spike, as always with guard regiments, has a screw fitting. This example has the wartme leather chinstrap for field use. This example is somewhat battered and somewhat misshapen, possi
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