Prussian infantryman's pickelhaube

Production date
Pre 1918
Country
Germany
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Object detail

Description
Pickelhaube with shortened spike. Brass front plate, fittings and crown spike. Front plate is a coat of arms design of an eagle crowned displayed, maintaining in its claws an orb and a scepter. The motto reads "MIT.GOTT.FUR.KOENIG.UNT.VATERLAND."

Original register description - Helmet, Geman soldier
Classification
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Armour helmet
Production date
Pre 1918
Production place
Measurements
L229 x W181 x H200 mm
Media/Materials description
Leather, brass.
Signature/Marks
MIT.GOTT.FUR.KOENIG.UND.VATERLAND
A951
3R150 (?)
MGK \ 134C 2 Back
R. Rond (?)
History and use
A legacy of the early nineteenth century, the leather German pickelhaube was found unsuitable for the demanding conditions of trench warfare offering no protection against shrapnel. Both Commonwealth and German forces introduced steel helmets after 1916.

This Prussian infantryman’s helmet was collected by
Driver Arthur Sykes of Bundaberg who served with the 106th Howitzer Battery.
Registration number
H2376

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